How to Make a Monk Filter in 3 Minutes

Here is a quick tip on how to make a filter in just a few minutes. Maybe as fast as one minute. This is useful for monks who want to put filters on their water taps. It is my own invention as far as I know, but I am sure other monks somewhere else also do the same. The Buddha did mention that if we did not have a filter, we could use the corner of our robes (that we are wearing). This was how I got the idea by using an old robe. Old robes are abundant and easy […]

I Finally Did It!

I Finally Did It! This Rainy Season (Vassa) I was able to learn the Pātimokkha (227 Rules) by heart. It is the first round and it takes me a long time to do it, and there are mistakes. Never the less, it is considered “learned” and “memorized” at this stage. I will hopefully recite the Pātimokkha for the full moon November 3rd if all goes well. I need to get my 2+ hours of recitation down to at least 1:15 minutes. Most people do the recitation in 45 minutes or less. Some can do it in 25 minutes! It is […]

How Do Monks Say Grace Before Eating?

How Do Monks Say Grace Before Eating? Do Theravāda monks say anything before they eat? Do they give thanks? Who do they say thanks to? Or is it something else? Buddhist monks generally do a reflection and chant something before eating. In fact it is said that the monks incurs debt if they doe not reflect before eating. Actually, there are 4 reflections concerning the Four Requisites: 1. Robes 2. Food 3. Lodging 4. Medicine If the monk does not reflect on these before use (for food and medicine) or at least once daily (for robes and lodging), then he […]

Making A Foot-Rug From Old Robes

Here is an instructional video on how to make a foot-rug from old and discarded monk’s robes.  If you are a monk, perhaps you will be very interested in this.  I made the video as I was making my very first rug.  Ven. Khemavamsa is the one who helped in the end.  It was his idea and I have never seen this before.  The story from the texts is below: Ven. Ānanda told King Udena what the sangha did with their robes. King Udena spoke thus to the venerable Ānanda: “Did not our concubines come here, good 1 Ānanda?” “Your […]

5, 8 and 10 Precepts

Here is a comparison of 5, 8 and 10 precepts or also known as a regular lay Buddhist, a serious Buddhist, and a Novice monk.  It is important to know these classes to know which rules are more important to follow.  It also can explain, what class of rules a monk is following.  It is a unique way of looking at Monastic Morality.  It is also important for lay people who take 8 precepts to really take real 8 precepts.  Otherwise it is just rights and rituals, something that is in the opposite direction as Enlightenment and what The Buddha […]

Making Helmut Schmidt’s Day

A Story from 1993 from my college days, before the Internet was around. I remember all the way back in ’93, when I was in college and I had just spent a few weeks in China for an academic scholarship. Because I was now some type of “International” student, I was asked to attend a “lunch hour” question and answer session with Helmut Schmitt. Although I had international travel experience, I was hardly experienced in “international issues,” and I did not even know who or what he was. What was a Chancellor anyway? I guess it was some type of […]

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Lucky-Draw and Devas

  Do you believe in devas? Devas are the Buddhist equivalent to angels. Ok .. Here is the story. I was on alms round two weeks ago and a regular supporter invited us to ask for anything for our studies at school. I needed some pens, so I asked for some pens. He told me to wait and showed up with a huge pen gift-box. He opened it up for me and there was a fat and expensive Cross pen inside. It was probably worth over $100 and there was no way that I would accept it. I refused it […]

Make The Best Meditation Seat: The Samadhi-Sausage

Download Free A4 format PDF Download Free A5 format PDF Tutorial on How to Sit Many times I have given advice to yogis on how to sit properly and I have received raving success. In fact, I asked one fellow student to model for the pictures you will see in this article and he was absolutely amazed at how comfortable he was as soon as he sat down. He spoke loudly with joy and excitement as soon as he was seated in the Samādhi-Sausage, which prompted other people to peek inside the room to see what all of the commotion […]

The Coolest Incense Holder

Here is a sample video and written instructions for making a self-contained incense holder made from a plastic bottle.  It is the coolest incense holder I have ever used. The idea is not mine. An American lay person had one at his dorm room and I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. I made mine in minutes. The Problem: No matter how you slice it, incense holders often let the ashes fall outside of the “catching-base.” It makes a mess and might be a fire-hazard too. The Solution: Thinking outside of the box, if one can cope with […]