Womanhood

“What does womanhood matter at all
When the mind is concentrated well,
When knowledge flows on steadily
As one sees correctly into Dhamma.

“One to whom it might occur,
‘I’m a woman’ or ‘I’m a man’
Or ‘I’m anything at all’—
Is fit for Mara to address.” – SN 5.2

“Itthibhāvo kiṁ kayirā,
cittamhi susamāhite;
Ñāṇamhi vattamānamhi,
sammā dhammaṁ vipassato.
“Yassa nūna siyā evaṁ,
Itthāhaṁ purisoti vā;
Kiñci vā pana aññasmi,
Taṁ māro vattumarahatī”ti.

“ကောင်းစွာ တည်ကြည်သော စိတ်၌ ဖလသမာပတ်ဉာဏ် ဖြစ်သည်ရှိသော် တရားကို ကောင်းစွာ မြင်သောသူအား မိန်းမအဖြစ်သည် အဘယ် ပြုအံ့နည်း။

အကြင်သူအား ငါကား မိန်းမဟူ၍လည်းကောင်း၊ ငါကား ယောကျာ်းဟူ၍လည်းကောင်း၊ ငါကား တခြား တစ်စုံတစ်ခု ဖြစ်၏ဟူ၍လည်းကောင်း (တဏှာ မာန ဒိဋ္ဌိတို့ဖြင့်) ဤသို့ ဖြစ်ရာ၏။ ထိုသူကိုသာလျှင် မာရ်နတ်သည် ဆိုခြင်းငှါ ထိုက်၏။”

“Nữ tánh chướng ngại gì,
Khi tâm khéo Thiền định,
Khi trí tuệ triển khai,
Chánh quán pháp vi diệu?
Ai tự mình tìm hỏi:
“Ta, nữ nhân, nam nhân,
Hay ta là ai khác?”
Xứng nói chuyện Ác ma,
Ác ma thật cân xứng.”
「與女人的狀態何干?
當心已善入定時,
當智轉起時,
正確地觀察法者。

確實有這樣的人:
『我是女人,或男人』,
或我是其他任何東西,
那是適合魔說的。」

Common Kingfisher
©Ashin Sopāka 2019

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Udders

“Bhikkhus, if someone were to give away a hundred pots of food as charity in the morning, a hundred pots of food as charity at noon, and a hundred pots of food as charity in the evening, and if someone else were to develop a mind of lovingkindness even for the time it takes to pull a cow’s udder, either in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, this would be more fruitful than the former.” – SN 20.4

“Yo, bhikkhave, pubbaṇhasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo majjhanhikasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo sāyanhasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo vā pubbaṇhasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, yo vā majjhanhikasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, yo vā sāyanhasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, idaṁ tato mahapphalataraṁ.”

ရဟန်းတို့ အကြင်သူသည် နံနက်တစ်ကြိမ် နေ့လည်တစ်ကြိမ် ညနေ တစ်ကြိမ် မွန်မြတ်သော ဘောဇဉ်တို့ဖြင့် ပြည့်သော ထမင်းအိုးတစ်ရာဖြင့် အလှူကို ပေးလှူရာ၏၊ အကြင် သူသည်ကား နံနက်အခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ, နေ့လည်အခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ, ညနေအခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ အယုတ်သဖြင့် နွားနို့တစ်ညှစ် ခန့် ကာလမျှလည်း မေတ္တာစိတ်ကို ပွားများရာ၏၊ ဤနွားနို့တစ်ညှစ်ခန့်မျှ မေတ္တာစိတ်ကို ပွားများခြင်း သည် ထိုအလှူသုံးကြိမ်ထက် အထူးသဖြင့် အကျိုးကြီး၏။

「比丘們!如果任何人在午前時施與百鍋食物之布施,如果任何人在中午時施與百鍋食物之布施,如果任何人在傍晚時施與百鍋食物之布施;如果任何人在午前時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,如果任何人在中午時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,如果任何人在傍晚時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,這因此而有更大果。」

“Này các Tỷ-kheo, ai vào buổi sáng bố thí một trăm cái nồi, ai buổi trưa bố thí một trăm cái nồi, hay ai buổi chiều bố thí một trăm cái nồi, và ai buổi sáng chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, hay ai buổi trưa chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, hay ai buổi chiều chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, sự việc này đối với sự việc trước, quả có lớn hơn.”

Tũn Meets Cows
©Ashin Sopāka 2019

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Busybody

“Not the wrong of others, or what
others have done or have not done
one should consider, but what has
been done and not done by oneself.” Dhp 50
“Na paresaṁ vilomāni,
na paresaṁ katākataṁ
attano va avekkheyya,
katāni akatāni ca.”

 

သူတစ်ပါးတို့၏ မလျော်သော အပြစ်အနာအဆာတို့ကို မကြည့်ရှုရာ၊ သူတစ်ပါးတို့၏ ကောင်းမှု မကောင်းမှု ပြု မပြုကို မကြည့်ရှုရာ၊ မိမိ၏ ကောင်းမှု မကောင်းမှု ပြု မပြုကိုသာလျှင် ကြည့်ရှုရာ၏။

“Không nên nhìn lỗi người,
Người làm hay không làm.
Nên nhìn tự chính mình.
Có làm hay không làm.”
「不探查他人過錯,
不管他人已作、未作,
只應該察覺自己做了什麼事,
什麼事尚未作。」

 

Air Plant, Cathedral Bells, Life Plant, Miracle Leaf, Goethe Plant
©Ashin Sopāka 2019

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