THE GIFT OF DHAMMA EXCELS ALL OTHER GIFTS Title: Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure Author: Oh Teik Bin Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia Front and back cover by Oh Teik Bin Email: Printed for free distribution Not for sale This edition (2013) : 1000 copies This Dhamma Dana literature is a gift, printed solely for free distribution. Lots of other educational and Dhamma material by the same author are available at the following Websites: No copyright is applicable to this publication and any organizations, societies or individuals are welcome to reprint part or all of it. However, such reprints must be for free distribution. It would be appreciated if the author could be informed by email of any reprint. Printed by: Majujaya Indah Sdn. Bhd (85902-U) 68 Jalan 14E Ampang New Village 68000 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Kuala Lumpir, Malaysia Tel: 03-42916001



DEDICATION “Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure” is dedicated in ever loving memory of My late Parents
OH KHAY LENG ( 1924 – 1999 ) LIM SAW GHIM ( 1924 – 2012 ) ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS My sincere thanks and gratitude go to the following: All Sangha and lay members who have taught the sublime Dhamma and valuable LIFE LESSONS at Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan since 1987 All my friends who have in one way or other contributed to my growth in the Dhamma This book has been sponsored for free distribution From the Royalty Payment of my Book “Wisdom From Laughter” DEDICATION OF MERITS May all beings share in the merits of this Dhamma Dana. May they find happiness, peace and liberation.



Dedication/Acknowledgements Preface 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Mind Wisdom Peace Happiness Truth Loving-Kindness Compassion Morality Virtue Education Giving Attitude Mindfulness Anger Delusion Meditation Freedom Humor Aspiration Miscellaneous 1 10 22 29 35 41 46 50 56 60 68 71 76 80 84 89 92 96 103 109



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Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure is a collection of the Twitter Tweets I posted on the Internet since the year 2009. They can be found at my Twitter Home Page The more than 500 tweets convey Dhamma, educational messages or Life lessons grouped into twenty subjects like Mind, Happiness, Virtue, Freedom, Education and so on. This book is written with the following objectives: * To convey some important Dhamma points for reflection, practice and realization * To inculcate moral and ethical values in the young * To point out our defilements and help to overcome them * To teach some valuable educational and Life lessons In a world of mobile SMSes, Emails, MSN Chat and messages, Skype, Blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, not many read educational, motivational or Dhamma books filled with long linear texts. Twitter on the Internet has a huge following of users. It is a powerful communication tool. Nearly all the Tweets in Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure are written in a Couplet form. There is rhyming in each of the couplet pairs and each line in the pair bears the same number of syllables. This makes for easier and catchy reading. After each Tweet there is a URL link to a PowerPoint presentation, video or document which has related points to the Tweet. Most of the Tweets have been penned based on the Author’s reflections over the 25 years of Dhammaduta work at the local Buddhist Association, Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak. It is hoped the various Tweets can help the young and old alike reflect upon and actualize the Dhamma points in them. May we all strive on diligently along the Path to grow in Compassion and Wisdom.


In the Dhammapada, the Buddha said, “Mind is the forerunner of all things. All that we are arises with our thoughts.” How very true this is! We create our mental world, our happiness and sorrow and other mental states. Today we see more and more problems among people, the young and old alike due to a mind that is not well-directed and trained. It is trapped in this sensual world; it is overwhelmed by the kilesas or mental defilements of greed, hatred and delusion. On account of this, there is much mental suffering despite the material and technological progress man has made. Until we are completely liberated through Enlightenment, our minds are defiled. It is imperative that we train and purify our mind and conquer the hindrances that obstruct mental peace. The hindrances include: * Unwholesome sensual desires * Restlessness and worry * Anger and ill-will * Sloth and torpor * Skepticism and doubt The Buddha said, “It is good to control the mind. To master it brings happiness.” How subtle and elusive the mind is! The task is to quiet it – by ruling the mind, peace and happiness are found. “With single-mindedness, The Master quells His thought. He ends their wandering. Seated in the cave of the heart He finds Freedom.” Mindfulness is the Way to Peace, Bliss and Freedom. Train your mind to be awake; contemplate and watch. Work with care and attention. Live in the Noble Eightfold Path. With the foundation of morality, train the mind in stillness and develop wisdom through Right Understanding and Thought.


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you as the wheel follows the ox that draws the card. The Buddha 1 Do good, avoid vice, purify the mind. This leads to happiness and peace sublime.

2 A worried, angry or restless mind will lead one away from Peace Sublime.

3 Wholesome and wise thoughts in the mind can lead to joy and Truth Sublime.


Be Good. Be Wise. Be Kind. Have a Creative Mind.

5 Do we wisely use our priceless time? Do we find time to purify the mind?

May your righteous thoughts actualize to help you become kind and wise. ways




A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi 7 Relax...let your mind think out of the box. Then you'll untangle many 'Puzzle Knots'. 8 "Don't have a rigid mind," the sage says. "Look at a problem in different ways."

9 With a mind of determination and cultivation, strive on for peace and liberation. 10 Our Real Home lies within the Mind. Strive on to realize this Truth Sublime. 11 Realize that Mind precedes everything. May Wisdom arise through clear thinking.


For the mind to think most clearly, you need to practice constantly.


The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven. JOHN MILTON


When thoughts transform the mind positively, one lives more happily and peacefully.

14 When the mind is heedless and lacks clarity, one can expect actions of stupidity.

15 A mind that's creative and discerning will understand many a happening.

16 Train the mind to think divergently. You can then see many things clearly.

17 The mind needs exercise just like the body; only then can one think so creatively.


Mind your Brain, Mind your MIND for Joy and Peace sublime.



Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha 19 A mind with Wisdom and Clarity is filled with joy and serenity.

20 Tapping into the Silent Mind gives insights of the wisest kind. 21 A Righteous and a confident mind helps one on the Path to Peace Sublime. 22 Living wisely helps the mind when it comes to THINKING TIME. 23 Hard it is to keep in check our mind. Train ardently for mental Peace sublime. Misunderstanding what is said can cause pain that is truly great.



The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Khalil Gibran 25 Amidst our 'busyness' do find time to be in solitude to train the mind. 26 When the mind is confident and strong, there are fewer things that will go wrong. 27 Knowing truly the 8 Gifts that are free, you will be more joyful with less worry. Words of wisdom enrich the mind. They help mental peace grow with time.


29 Courage and positive thinking need diligent cultivating. 30 When right views and right thoughts fill the mind, we'll have happiness and peace sublime.


All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? Buddha 31 When one trains ardently the mind, one will find joy and peace sublime.


When one knows how to think wisely, one can live much more peacefully. 33 Creative minds think out of the box. They are not imprisoned by their thoughts. 34 Stop and ponder from time to time. May Wisdom arise in your mind. 35 Do you exercise your Right Brain sufficiently ? No? That’s why many cannot think creatively! 36 Train your mind to think ‘out of the box’. Enjoy puzzles with tricky twists and knots.


To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Zhuangzi 37 When one has the Right View of everything then there is little mental suffering. 38 Unexpected things can happen anytime. Realize this, it is important for the mind.

39 Regular Exercise of the mind can help to prevent it from decline. 40 Like the body, the mind needs exercise. If you lack thinking, start now, gals and guys! 41 When you have had a busy time, a good Hymn can recharge your mind.


One cannot live peacefully and well with an untrained mind that creates hell. 43 When the mind is calm, clear and steady, one is more peaceful, free and happy.


Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. Buddha 44 Renunciation is one of the Paramis. It leads to tranquility, freedom and peace. 45 If we do not mind our MONKEY mind, we are heading to spiritual decline.


Wise words are great food for the mind. They bring thoughts of the wholesome kind. 47 When the mind is confident and strong, there are fewer things that will go wrong. 48 ‘Keep your thoughts clear, right and wise.’ This is really treasured advice.

49 The unclear mind is easily tricked. The untrained mind is muddled indeed.


According to Wikipedia, Wisdom is the judicious application of knowledge. It is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true, coupled with optimum judgment as to action. In Buddhism, Wisdom or Panna in Pali, together with Compassion are mental qualities or states that when developed to perfection bring about Enlightenment. One with great wisdom can see or realize to a great degree the true nature of all physical and mental phenomena. He realizes the Truth of * suffering or unsatisfactoriness in all conditioned existence. * ignorance and craving as the cause of suffering. * a mental state where suffering can cease. * a Path that can lead to the end of Suffering. The wise person can also see the truth of dukkha (suffering), anicca (impermanence) and anatta (non-self) in Samsara. He understands that we are all subjected to the eight worldly vicissitudes, namely gain and loss, pleasure and pain, praise and blame and honor and dishonor. The person of wisdom, realizing the Truth or Nature’s Universal Laws, can live in harmony with all beings and the environment. He is happy, peaceful and tranquil. He lives a life of virtue and moral righteousness. He is loving, kind, compassionate, generous, patient and offers selfless service to others in need. He knows when to ‘let go’ and let things be when it should be so. His steady and unruffled mind has equanimity amidst the changing conditions of our world.




Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. Tao Te Ching 50 Forgiving and 'letting go' cut suffering and woe.

51 Simplicity gives peace and serenity. 52 Your life won't last if it's a rush. 53 Don't forget what you have or get. 54 'Should be' does not always fit 'Reality'.

55 Understand and see things clearly. We can then live more peacefully.


Yesterday - it's dead. Tomorrow - yet to be made. Live TODAY, the wise said.

57 Dishonest ways will lead to woeful days. 58 Can one really tell that all is well?


Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed. Speak truly, and each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed. Live truly, and thy life shall be a great and noble creed. Horatius Bonar, D.D. 59 Living a life of worthiness will lead to peace and happiness.

60 Self-interest and selfishness kills happiness. Can't forgive? Then suffer and grieve.

61 When one is perfectly wise, there are no more pain and cries. 62 Learning and realizing Life's Lessons needs moments of quiet reflections.

63 Living without Wisdom and Compassion can bring much suffering and confusion. 64 Self-confidence you certainly need if you want to achieve and succeed.

65 When you need to think, then think. When not thinking, keep noting.


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 66 Through mindfulness and constant reflection, wisdom can come to face a situation. 67 KNOW when you don't truly know; one day you'll get out of woe. 68 What truly matters at the end of the day, one must reflect as one walks the Dhamma Way. 69 The past is gone; the future is yet to come. Value the present. It is a Gift. 70 Must you all really think twice to walk the path of the wise? 71 Don't worry. Be happy. Laugh greatly. Learn wisely.


A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere 72 When wisdom arises in the mind, one is nearer to true Peace Sublime.

73 Accepting inevitable things is wise. They could be truly a Blessing in disguise.

74 When one sees that things are always changing, one has a wiser view of everything. 75 Misinterpreted speech and actions can lead to unexpected reactions. 76 In Life, if we wonder and ponder, we could become kinder and wiser.

77 Reach out to others and look in the mind to attain Happiness and Peace Sublime 78 Remember this important thingRight Thoughts lead to peaceful living.


By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius 79 Wise Quotes help us grow and cope in Life's flow. 80 When Impermanence is realized, one will become peaceful and wise.

81 Much wisdom can be realized from a story if we calm the mind and reflect silently.

82 Count MORE our Blessings, LESS our 'misery' in order to live peacefully.

83 Realizing our defilements within helps us to relate with every being.

84 Do reflect when we are alone... How much has our Wisdom grown? 85 Do mindfully contemplate and reflect. Wisdom lies beyond the mere intellect.


The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin 86 LIFE Lessons of Wisdom seen and caught matter more than anything you've got. 87 Reflecting ardently on a WISDOM story can help one to grow in mental maturity. 88 'Don't associate with fools,' Wise Ones say. They can in no time lead you astray. 89 Wise ones reflect and change for the better. They then spiritually progress further. 90 In life, when wisdom is lacking, one will feel much more suffering. 91 Understanding clearly what needs to be done, the wise pursues good goals until they are won. 92 Knowing the things that really matter, the defilements we'd want to conquer.


In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool. Lord Chesterfield 93 Forgiving and 'letting go' can cut suffering and woe. 94 LIFE Lessons put into practice reduce mental pain and DIS-EASE. 95 We need to digest spiritual food to cultivate what is wise and good. 96 Wise words to reflect on carefully help us all to grow spiritually. 97 Marriage is not all honey; there are times of misery. Ignorance is not bliss; it can bring you dis-ease. 98 There arises lots of pain and suffering when one reacts to others' views and thinking.


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Laozi 99 One filled with money-mindedness cannot find real happiness. Expectation is one thing...reality can be surprising.

100 When will we say Goodbye to Samsara And start to walk The Path to Nibbana? 101 Knowing the Greatest things in Human living, can help one realize Life's purpose and meaning. 102 The wiser a person is, the greater his mental ease. 103 As time passes, everything will pass. Why attach knowing that nothing will last? 104 If you do not heed wise hints and advice, you will soon be sorry and pay a price.


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James 105 Make the very best of what is in TODAY. TOMORROW? We can't know what will come our way.

106 The wise one knows how to live life well. His peacefulness and happy ways tell. 107 In Great Books lie an immense Treasure. The Wisdom found is beyond measure. 108 When the Enlightened One’s Words are actualized, true Happiness, Peace and Wisdom are the PRIZE.

109 When a person lives life wisely and well, his interactions with others will tell. http://www/ 110 There are stories that teach LIFE’s meaning. Wisdom arises when there’s clear SEEING.


A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone. Unknown 111 When there is contentment in the mind, you'll find Happiness and Peace Sublime. 112 Embarking on a spiritual quest, we realize much more by doing less! 113 In life there will be meeting and parting. Realizing this, there will be Peace within. 114 When we see clearly WISDOM Ways, we can have much more happy days! … 115 When more Wisdom points are realized truly, we have less suffering and misery. 116 Good stories can teach us a lot. Wisdom bit by bit can be caught.


Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. Henry James In life, when wisdom is lacking, one will face much more suffering. 118 It certainly would be good and nice if people heed wise words of advice. 119 Knowing the things that really matter, mental poisons we’d want to conquer. 120 The Dhamma we need to learn and actualize. Only then can we see where sublime peace lies. 121 The Buddha’s Teachings put into right practice will reduce mental suffering and DIS-EASE. 122 If KIASU is your great ‘disease’, you will suffer and have no peace. 117


A few years ago a longtime friend whom I had not seen for fifteen years or so, paid me a visit at our local Buddhist Association. We talked about old times when we were doing Dhammaduta work. I remember this friend of mine used to tell me she had no mental peace. She suffered from insomnia and was constantly in a state of restlessness, worry, frustration and filled with ill-will and anger towards certain family members and working colleagues. She had told me that she was desperate to settle down by finding a life partner soon. She believed she would then find happiness and mental peace. I knew she was holding wrong views of the nature of life and things but there was little I could do to ‘change’ her. Now, meeting her again after so many years, I saw that she was still not at peace. Despite having settled down with a husband and two teenage daughters already, she was still very troubled in her mind. She showed me her bagful of medication – a lot of them psychotic drugs. Today we see many who suffer from mental afflictions. They cannot cope with the problems, stress and conflicts of modern living. Some suffer from depression, schizophrenia and other stress-related mental illnesses. To have mental peace is indeed a great Blessing. The peaceful man is free from unhappiness, stress and tension. The mind is calm, contented, tranquil and steady. He has a peaceful living and he is in harmony with himself, with the others and with the environment. This mental peace surpasses all the worldly wealth, possessions and power. To have peace in the mind, one has to walk diligently the Noble Eightfold Path of Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. Ultimately he will attain Perfect Happiness and Peace which is the Goal of all Buddhists, the attainment of Enlightenment.




Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. Buddha 123 When our sense faculties are used wisely, there will be more peace and harmony. The spiritual way needs practice to attain true mental peace True Teachings of Wisdom and Compassion help one attain Peace and Liberation Seeking for Happiness and Peace? Nirvana is the highest Bliss. Peace develops with less expectation; be present, be aware, pay attention. Open your heart, Watch your mind And you will have Love and Peace Sublime. Right Thoughts in the mind lead to Peace sublime.








Human beings are of such nature that they should have not only material facilities but spiritual sustenance as well. Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to get and maintain peace of mind. Dalai Lama 130 Sing a Buddhist Hymn mindfully to relax oneself peacefully. 131 Developing Wisdom of the mind leads to Peace of the highest kind.

132 Dhamma Reflection of the wise kind can lead to a greater peace of mind.


Solitude is a need for the mind to have peace of the sublime kind.

134 When we have Virtue and Mindfulness then we will get Peace and Happiness 135 Thoughts that are truly wise and right give you mental peace day and night.


A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. Wayne Dyer 136 When more Wisdom grows in the mind, there will be greater Peace sublime. 137 Listen to what the Sage says if you wish for peaceful days. 138 Stress? Take steps to beat it to get the Peace you need.


To live in peace, joy and serenity, follow the Laws of Life diligently. When the mind is truly wise and clear, supreme happiness and peace is near. When we observe and reflect mindfully, we will live a life much more peacefully.




Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi 142 Getting along well with everybody helps bring to the mind peace and harmony. -A-Short-Course-in-Human-Relations 143 When Wisdom arises in the mind, Peace still reigns when things don't turn out fine. 144 True Peace lies within the mind. You can find this Truth Sublime.

145 We know that true peace is much needed. When will words of wisdom be heeded? 146 Wisdom arises through Awakening. Peace and Freedom come through Seeing.


Putting the reflective mind into practice is an important step to wisdom and peace.


Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson 148 When thoughts and words are truly wise, you will have more peace, gals and guys 149 When we don't react negatively, we will have much more peace mentally.

150 When Wisdom rules the mind, Peace comes most of the time. 151 Fun and pleasure differ from true mental peace. Investigate,'ll find which is which. 152 May we not destroy Nature's Wonders and Beauty. In Nature seek out Peace, Bliss and Serenity. 153 When too much high-tech stuff fills the mind, we will lose the state of Peace Sublime.


Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. Baruch Spinoza 154 The restless mind cannot be at peace. Be mindful and this hindrance will come to cease. 155 Do check your sensual desires from arising. Peace and contentment you’ll soon be experiencing. 156 A peaceful mind is a true treasure that is priceless. Cultivate your mind to attain peace and happiness.

157 Keeping the precepts is a must for peace of mind. The mind can then be trained to realize Truth Sublime. 158 Greed and anger rob the mind of peace. With these defilements, you have DIS-EASE. 159 With Right View, Right Concentration and Right Mindfulness, you’re on the Path to ultimate peace and happiness.


Every sentient being wants to be happy. But the interesting point is this: “What do you mean by being happy? What is real happiness?” I have asked many people both young and old alike, “What do you think will make you happy?” Ponder on the answers commonly given by many people: * I will be happy if I have a lot of wealth. * I will be happy if I get to travel round the world. * I will be happy if I fall in love and marry the most gorgeous girl or boy. * I will be happy if I own the most sophisticated hi-tech gadgets (iPod, iPhone, iPad?). * I will be happy if I score all As in all my exams. * I will be happy if I have a good family with no problems. * I will be happy if I am successful in my business or political world. And the list goes on and on… Do all the above things really bring you true happiness and peace? Undoubtedly they do give you pleasures of the senses and some sort of temporary worldly happiness. The irony is that so many people, so successful in acquiring much wealth, fame and worldly possessions are still not truly happy or peaceful. We hear of a growing number of ‘successful’ people sinking into worry, stress and depression. They resort to drugs, drinking and other unwholesome activities that titillate the senses more and more in a futile attempt to find inner meaning, peace and happiness. The truly happy person is peaceful, contented and more free from desires of the senses. He finds inner joy through the spiritual practice of reaching out to others in need of help. His mind is calm and tranquil through ‘letting go’ and compassion and wisdom fills his mind and heart. True happiness and peace has these elements. And the highest happiness is Nibbana.


The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of every thing, they just make the best out of everything that comes their way . Unknown 160 Living by a wise philosophy will help make one peaceful and happy! 161 The greatest gifts are intangible things. They bring meaning and joy to all beings. 162 Bring to children happiness. Teach them some songs of goodness. 163 Do remember that true friends are priceless; they help us walk the path to happiness. 164 Happiness first, then Success; this should be everyone's quest. Material gains don't give true happiness. It is Compassion and Loving-kindness.


Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind. Unknown 166 Having worldly and spiritual success does indicate that you are indeed blessed. 167 When Dhamma is reflected on, practiced, you're on the way to Happiness and Peace. 168 Always heed wise words and advice to have happiness as the prize. 169 No happiness? No true SUCCESS! If you have happiness, you're really blessed. 170 LIFE Lessons will help one to grow wise. In LIFE Lessons, The Path to true happiness lies. 171 People in the East or in the West want to get happiness and success.


It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. Dale Carnegie 172 There is so much suffering and DIS-EASE. However there's a Path to Peace and Bliss 173 With an Open Heart, Radiant Mind, May we find Happiness Sublime. 174 For happiness and peace sublime, one needs clear insights of the mind. 175 Thoughts of Wisdom and Kindness pave the way to Happiness. 176 To be truly peaceful and happy, one needs to know when to 'Let Things Be'. 177 There must be happiness for success Enlightenment is by far the best.


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus 178 Start your day with a Hymn of devotion. It will raise a positive emotion. 179 When we actualize Buddha's Words of Greatness, we will all attain true Peace and Happiness. 180 When we develop our Wisdom and Compassion, we'll attain the highest bliss and liberation.

181 When more LIFE Lessons are realized in the mind, we will find more happiness and peace sublime. 182 Happiness…we want to know the ‘WHAT’ and the ‘HOW’. The trained mind knows that Happiness lies in the NOW. 183 There is a good Recipe for living happily. We need to understand and follow it faithfully.

34 Pictures and Quotes of great inspiration, HAPPINESS can bring happiness and satisfaction. The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. William Dean Howells

184 Many chase after happiness in the world outside. True peace and happiness come from within through insight. 185 Pictures and quotes of great inspiration can bring happiness and satisfaction. 186 When people are more compassionate and wise, the world will be much more happy and wise. 187 When we know how to count every Blessing, we will be much more happy deep within. 188 Our attitude and the manner we view a thing will determine our happiness and well-being. 189 When we all know how to live Life, we’ll be more happy and alive. to-live-40-10812716


Religions and the various spiritual faiths all claim to teach the Truth, that according to their founders or masters will lead man to happiness, peace and salvation. It is sad that in the course of human history so many wars, conflicts and trouble have arisen out of religious beliefs that their teachings and dogmas represent the Truth. Now, what is the Truth? To my mind, Truth is that state of Ultimate Reality, the Way things naturally are, the Universal Laws that govern all physical and mental phenomena in all the realms of existence. In Truth, there is righteousness, love, compassion and wisdom. Many students in the course of my teaching career over thirty years , have commented or asked me questions such as: * There are so many religions and spiritual faiths in the world today. Which is the true one? * If all religions teach good, why is there still so much evil and trouble in the world today? * How do we know if a spiritual faith is teaching the Truth? I pointed out that there may be various spiritual paths that lead to ultimate salvation or liberation of the mind. Despite having good religious teachings, man still commits evil or unwholesome actions primarily because of their mental defilements of greed, anger, hatred, ignorance and delusion. For me, there is Truth in a spiritual faith if it brings about * a lessening of one’s greed, attachment, anger, ill-will, ego, conceit and delusion * love, compassion and wisdom * harmony and peace within oneself and with all beings * generosity, virtue, morality and righteousness * a mental state of ‘letting go’ resulting in mental peace In the Dhamma I find Truth and the Way to ultimate happiness, peace and bliss.




Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Albert Einstein 190 With a mind that's wise and good, one will soon realize the Truth. 191 When a person lives mindfully, all his days will pass peacefully. 192 When thoughts are based on Right Understanding, then Wisdom, Joy and Peace will keep growing. 193 Enlightening Answers to deep questioning greatly help one understand Life's meaning. 194 Know that all conditioned things don't last. Attach not to them; they will all pass.


Seeing things as they truly are, then, along the spiritual path one will get far.


Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha 196 When real LIFE values are gone, pain and DIS-EASE come along. 197 Striving hard to get things of beauty we would. The greatest beauty is the Beauty of Truth. Realizing what life really means, one detaches from many things. Where is Real Peace, True Paradise? The Truth is realized by the Wise.




To end all suffering and misery, realize the Truths of Nobility. 201 LIFE Lessons we need to learn and actualize. Only then can we lessen sorrow and cries. 202 You can create a Paradise within your mind if you strive to realize the Truth Sublime.


Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. Mahatma Gandhi 203 What are the things you hold dear? Do you realize why you are here? To the Dhamma do lend an ear. You’ll then have less worry and fear.


When people desire MORE and MORE, there will be more suffering in store. 205 Contemplating on the Truth of transiency, let’s walk the Spiritual Path diligently. 206 Life is truly transient, that’s Truth sublime. May we live a life that’s righteous and kind. 207 Do you know what the 5 Facts for Reflection are? Contemplate on this to get spiritually far.


If we practice well the Dhamma, we will all realize Nibbana.


Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. Khalil Gibran 209 No one is free from suffering or Dukkha until he crosses the Sea of Samsara.

210 Conflicts, problems, stress and pain there will be. SEEING the Dhamma will ease certainly. 211 The Buddha’s Discourse on Blessings is one of the great Dhamma things. 212 Reality lies within this mind and body Realize this in the Truths of Nobility. 213 Old age, sickness and death will come certainly. The sage trains the mind to face this peacefully.

214 When Wisdom arises in the mind, peace still reigns when things don’t turn out fine.


The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. Eminem 215 True Beauty goes beyond the physical. This fact is certainly a Wisdom Pearl.


Do not seek refuge in gods, wealth or kin. Your ultimate true refuge lies within. 217 When we realize the Teachings of The Buddha, spiritually, we can certainly go far. 218 Many an ‘impossible’ thing has been done. Through persistence many ‘battles’ have been won 219 Impermanence one has to see clearly. Only then can wisdom arise truly. 220 The Truth of Dukkha must be contemplated on. We will over time understand why we were born.


When we speak of love, most people think of the romantic love between two people, a love that is conditional and has embedded in it strong attachment. Such a love can turn into anger, ill-will, enmity, and hatred. We hear of many cases where a person out of jealousy hurts or kills his or her lover. In Buddhism, there is the positive emotion of Metta, an unconditional love that surpasses all other forms of love. Various terms have been used to translate the Pali word Metta – loving-kindness, goodwill, friendliness, benevolence and just love. Metta has all these ingredients. In Metta, there is a strong wish for the happiness and welfare of oneself and others. The heart opens unconditionally encompassing everything. It is devoid of self-interest. One with Metta has the attitude of a friend who wants to give another the best to further his or her well-being. Just as a mother gives her own life to protect her child, so Metta only gives and never wants anything in return. The practice of Metta Bhavana or Meditation on Lovingkindness is a most important thing to do on a regular basis. The Buddhist scriptures list eleven benefits, namely:  One sleeps happily  One wakes up happily  One has no bad dreams  One’s countenance is radiant  One is dear to human beings  One is dear to non-human beings  One is protected by the gods  One is not harmed by fire, poison and weapons  One’s mind concentrates quickly  One dies without bewilderment  If one develops no further, one will reach at least to the Brahma World.




If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world. Emmet Fox 221 Loving-kindness leads to happiness. Stubbornness will hinder peacefulness.

222 Interconnected and interdependent we all are. Spread Metta to all near and far.


Spreading Loving-Kindness will bring much happiness. 224 Great Gifts go beyond material things. They include love, care and Blessings.


Metta is Love, pure and sublime. It is supreme, a Love Divine. 226 War brings so much pain and misery. Spread loving-kindness, live peacefully.

227 Send thoughts of love and compassion to the suffering ones of every nation


Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran 228 Send thoughts of love and compassion to the suffering ones of every nation Practice Metta in your heart and mind. To all animals let us be kind.


230 Do learn to forgive, accept and love yourself. Then radiate thoughts: "May All Be Happy and Well" 231 A mother's love is truly great. Show our gratitude, do not wait. Make your mind at ease. Metta will help this. 232 When we share Dhamma and Loving-kindness, we fill our hearts with Peace and Happiness. 233 Did you know that 'In Life Humor and Laughter matter but it's Love and Wisdom that conquer.'?


Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato 234 Spread Metta to all and cultivate the mind to reach Nibbana’s Shore beyond space and time. 235 War brings so much pain and misery. Spread loving-kindness, live peacefully. 236 When loving-kindness fills the mind, there will be more peace you will find. 237 Affectionate love and care in the family will foster peace, harmony and stability.


When there is love, conflict fades away. Live your life filled with love everyday. 239 Metta or loving-kindness we need to cultivate. We will reach great spiritual heights when we’re free from hate.


Just as one would feel friendliness on seeing a dearly beloved friend, so does one extend loving-kindness to all creatures. The Buddha 240 Metta is unconditional love supreme. Do spread Metta to each and every being. 241 The practice of Metta is good spiritual practice. To oneself and all beings it can bring joy and peace. 242 Metta entails loving-kindness, goodwill and friendliness. The benefits Metta Bhavana brings are tremendous 243 Metta Bhavana can conquer anger and hate. This will then lead to a most peaceful mental state. 244 Many things will turn out good and right when strong metta is spread far and wide. 245 Metta Bhavana practiced with dedication can truly help one to build up concentration.


Compassion or Karuna in Pali is one of the four positive emotions or sublime states. The other three are lovingkindness (Metta), altruistic joy (Mudita), and equanimity (Upekkha). Compassion is that emotion of wanting to relieve the suffering or pain of other sentient beings. A truly spiritual person is filled with compassion and wisdom. Many Chinese people are devotees of Kuan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy as this Bodhisattva is commonly known as. Chinese homes often have an altar or shrine where the statue or image of Kuan Yin is placed for worship and prayers. However, sad to say, there is little understanding of what Kuan Yin stands for. She is prayed to just like many other gods and deities to ask for favors in a worship of supplication. Little do they realize that this Bodhisattva is the embodiment of Compassion, which together with Wisdom, constitute the central practice in Buddhism. The cultivation of Compassion is essential in Dhamma practice. I recall one occasion many years ago at our Buddhist Association, when there was a religious function of chanting and worship led by a monk. There was this Kuan Yin devotee, a lady who came to participate in the ceremony. She parked her car in a ridiculous manner blocking two other cars already parked there. She did this despite being advised not to do so by students on duty. Half-way through the ceremony, one of my friends whose car was blocked, received a phone call and he had to go home urgently. He could not reverse his car out. The ‘mindless’ lady was busy reciting the name of Kuan Yin in her worship, not realizing the suffering she had caused by her indiscriminate parking. It was after about 20 minutes before things could be resolved. Now where is the practice of mindfulness, consideration and compassion for others? Kuan Yin must be very ‘sad’ at this!




The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer 246 We need Wisdom, Kindness and Compassion in our quest for peace and liberation. 247 May The Enlightened One's Words and Advice help us to be compassionate and wise.


The practice of Love and Compassion will lead to Peace and Liberation. 249 Reach out today, don’t hesitate. Don't wait until it is too late. 250 One with great Wisdom and Compassion gets great respect, love and attention. 251 We must have thoughts and deeds of care. The Blessings we have we must share.


I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu 252 Are we really clear in our thinking? Do we feel for others' suffering? 253 254 A mother's sacrifice is beyond any price. Down with racial discrimination! All deserve respect and compassion. To the needy give your help and attention. To them show understanding and compassion.



The cultivation of compassion and wisdom is a must to attain Peace and Enlightenment 257 The Cultivation of Wisdom and Compassion leads one to Peace, Happiness and Liberation. 258 When people are more compassionate and wise, the world will be much more peaceful and nice.


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama 259 Love and compassion lift up one’s spirituality. These positive emotions can help end misery. 260 Compassion must always be coupled with wisdom. One will then be on the way to Enlightenment. 261 Great spiritual Masters have strong compassion. They’re on the Path to ultimate salvation.

262 Compassion is Karuna in Pali. Cultivate it to grow spiritually. 263 When one has great compassion for every being, one ‘kills’ the ‘Self’ that is the root of suffering. 264 The Buddha is the All-Wise and AllCompassionate One. He is the Fully-Enlightened Being second to none.


Is our morality on the decline? We hear or read in the news of growing cases of immoral actions from thefts, robbery to kidnapping and sexual misconduct. Has our education system failed in inculcating good moral and ethical values in our students right from an early age? We have an examination subject called Moral Education but how far has it succeeded in molding the moral character of a person? In the early 1990s, I taught the subject Pendidikan Moral (Moral Education) for a couple of years. I got somewhat disillusioned as the students were more concerned with scoring As in the subject rather than developing their moral character through putting the moral values taught into practice. I used to catch a number of students cheating or attempting to cheat in the Moral Education tests and examinations! What an irony! I remember my schooldays in the 1960s when there was no such examinable subject. Instead there was a compulsory daily short lesson on Moral Science taught by dedicated teachers who really inspired us in developing our moral character. I was part of a school population where so many displayed exemplary moral values like generosity and charity, honesty and integrity, kindness and love, helpfulness and service, consideration, gratitude, responsibility and a host of other virtues. A good lay Buddhist has to practice Sila or moral conduct by observing the basic five precepts of no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying and no intoxicants. These are moral training rules one undertakes to uphold and develop his morality. One also cultivates through constant practice, the positive values of kindness, compassion, generosity, contentment, mindfulness and wisdom. Morality is indeed the necessary base from which spiritual development can take place.




Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. Mahatma Gandhi 265 One's actions of immorality bring to the mind guilt, fear and worry.


What we think, say or do can affect ourselves and others too. 267 Realizing The Law of Moral Causation, May we purify our mind, speech and action. 268 Outcasts - from unwholesome action. Saints - from wisdom and compassion. 269 Unwholesome speech, action and mind will lead to spiritual decline. 270 Faith and industry are a need to succeed. Honesty is a key of morality.


Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality. Albert Schweitzer 271 For Blessings and Happiness, walk The Path of Righteousness. 272 Morality is a MUST to have True Peace that will last 273 Views and conduct of the wrong kind will soon shatter your peace of mind. 274 One who is dishonest in his ways will eventually face woeful days. 275 We all shape our own destiny. We must think, speak and act wisely. 276 'Keep your thoughts clear, righteous and wise.' This is really treasured advice.


It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain 277 We must practice morality to have true peace internally.

278 It is not wealth, fame or power but CHARACTER that will at the end of the day really matter. 279 Reflecting upon a moral story, may we all learn to live more wisely.


We can learn a lot from a moral story as we strive to live much more meaningfully. 281 When we live righteously and wisely, our days and nights will pass peacefully. 282 When one strays from wise and righteous ways, one is heading for suffering days.


Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato 283 We can learn a lot from a moral story if we can read and reflect patiently. 284 Do we live righteously and well? Reflect within and we can tell. 285 When you know Kamma and Rebirth is a reality, you would urgently want to live your life righteously. 286 When good values in life are practiced, we will attain happiness and peace. 287 Greed, selfishness and self-centredness.. these are sure ways to unhappiness.


Conquer anger, hatred and aggression. Cultivate love, kindness and compassion.


I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality. Mahatma Gandhi 289 When we have Right Vision and Good Action, we will attain peace and liberation.


Follow the advice of the Wise. Live well and avoid any vice. 291 Immoral conduct arises from the mind; you will suffer…it is a matter of time.


When you let immorality grow, you are in for much pain and sorrow.

293 Our speech, action and livelihood must be right. Only then can the mind be wise, clear and bright. 294 Greed and delusion cause moral values to be sacrificed. If this is not checked soon we will have to pay a heavy price.


The four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance or restraint and fortitude or courage are recognized in the writings of classical antiquity. In Buddhism, there are ten perfections to develop to attain supreme peace and happiness. The ten perfections are generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, loving-kindness and equanimity. We see that most of these pertain to virtue or spiritual values. Vice is the opposite of virtue. What are the common vices? They include the following: smoking, drinking, gambling, internet addiction, doing drugs, sexual promiscuity, greed, selfishness, dishonesty, adultery, foul speech, jealousy, cruelty, gluttony, aggressive or violent behavior and so on. Many of my friends who have taught for more than thirty years lament on the growing loss of virtue and values especially among the younger generation. The causes are multifold: poor parenting and upbringing, family problems, bad influence of the mass media and the internet, a school system that seems to emphasize only on academic achievements, lack of moral and religious guidance and an insatiable desire for material wealth and possessions. Unless we follow the spiritual teachings on virtue from the great religions, there will be more and more problems and suffering afflicting the individuals and society at large. Let us reflect mindfully on what the Buddha said on Virtue: * Virtue is the foundation, the forerunner and origin of all that is good and beautiful; therefore one should purify virtue. * One is not low because of birth nor does birth make one holy. Deeds alone make one low, deeds only make one holy. * Train yourself in doing good that lasts and brings happiness. Cultivate generosity, the life of peace, and a mind of boundless love.




All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato 295 So many deceive and cheat today. The wise knows this is a foolish way. 296 For what we have or get, be grateful. This leads to a mind that is peaceful. 297 The virtuous man practices Good Action. He is on the Path to Liberation. 298 The Great Virtue of RESPECT goes a long way to relating well with people come what may. 299 Follow the advice of the Wise. Live well and avoid any vice. 300 Be mindful of the words we speak. To harm and pain wrong speech will lead.


Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. Baruch Spinoza 301 We need to constantly stop and reflect. Then we can all wisely think, speak and act. 302 Great are those who despite their shortcomings, live life doing many positive things. 303 Sincere generosity is much admired. This virtue is desired and required. 304 One needs to practice selfless giving. This will help to stop painful craving. 305 When young ones are not guided morally, this will lead to regret and misery.

306 With Patience, my mind grows calmer and clearer. I become much more peaceful and happier.


The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong".” Sydney J. Harris 307 Understanding, love and kindness bring out in people their goodness.


Patience is a most important virtue. You need patience to cultivate Right View. 309 One who indulges in vices declines spiritually. Much suffering and pain he will have to face finally. 310 With patience, my mind grows calmer and clearer. I become much more peaceful and happier. 311 Remember the importance of the virtue of kindness. Gratitude and kindness reap so much peace and happiness. 312 People who do right action gain much admiration. They are on the way to real peace and liberation.


To me something is not right about the Education process today. Education is supposed to help realize and develop the potentialities of an individual in all aspects: the cognitive, affective and psychomotor. Has education here achieved these objectives? I think not. We hear so often today of * ‘educated’ graduates who cannot be employed because of a lack of emotional and intellectual maturity, poor communication and other soft skills * ‘educated’ persons, who despite possessing high academic qualifications, have low emotional quotients; they cannot be at peace with themselves and have relationship problems with other people and the environment * ‘educated’ people with bad attitude in life and lack terribly in terms of spiritual qualities. White collar crime involving such people is getting more prevalent. An education system that overemphasizes cognitive development and paying little attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual growth of the individual is really lopsided and detrimental to the individual’s happiness and peace. Society too will suffer with such ‘educated’ misfits. In the materialistic society today, a proper spiritual education is very lacking. Moral values and ethics seem to be on the decline and this has brought about increasing problems to the individual, family and society. In Buddhism, Dhamma education is of paramount importance. We need to teach and inculcate spiritual qualities in the individual; his mind must be cultivated to check defilements like greed, covetousness, anger, restlessness, ill-will, hatred, pride, ego and delusion. A truly educated person must possess the traits of kindness, love, compassion, mindfulness, patience, gratitude and wisdom. Only then can he be truly happy and peaceful!


The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert M. Hutchins 313 Some words and axioms truly inspire ... these we admire, desire and require. 314 Creative learning is much in need indeed. Without it, one cannot think wisely and lead. 315 A Story can be more than just a story. One can be inspired to live life wisely.


Do remember to find the time for exercises of the mind. 317 The mind needs exercise to stay alert and wise. 318 When one develops creativity, problems can be solved more effectively.


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey 319 The Dhamma, children must learn and know. In the Dhamma, may the children grow.


Bringing up a child in unskillful ways can lead the child to problematic days. When we speak rightly and wisely, there will be peace and harmony. Be a Lover Of Your Liver. This you will not regret ever!



323 Eat Healthily. Serve Joyfully. Live Happily. 324 One needs to give good attention to 'right-brain' imagination. For education and pleasure, books are a treasure beyond measure.



Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese proverb 326 Doses of Motivation and Affirmation are needed for a Mind of Distinction.


Have positive motivation and action for a happier and successful position. 328 To really excel, communicate well 329 A thinking mind we desire, require. We can then inspire. 330 331 332 Wrong Words said can bring Hate. Assuming without checking can cause suffering.

Health is a treasure beyond measure. Indulge not in unwholesome pleasure. 333 It's unique that a human being can think and reflect on "Life's Meaning".


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei 334 Conflicts, problems, stress and pain there will be. SEEING the Dhamma will stop them certainly.


When people do not live wisely, they will face pain and misery. 336 Reflecting on a good moral story can help the mind grow and mature wisely. /story-to-reflect-upon-89-90


When there is Fun in any learning, lessons become more motivating. Paradoxes are good food for thought... Ponder, reflect, you can learn a lot! Judge not a book by its coverthere's much inside to discover. We must know this thing-Life is inter-linked. ll hi k di l bl


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Education is the best gift you could ever receive, because once you have it, no one can ever take it from you. Unknown 341 When we can all think more divergently, problems can be resolved effectively. 342 When learning has elements of real fun, the battle for knowledge is easier won. Do you have enough exercise? "Do exercise," the Wise advise. Be humble to learn from the old and young. We can get lots of Wisdom and real fun!



345 Great Teachers do more than just teach...they inspire. Their wit, understanding and wisdom you require. 346 When lessons have elements of fun, there'll be no boredom in anyone. 347 Real Heroes make the world a much better place. Challenges and Problems they're ready to face.


If you refuse to drink from the fountain of knowledge, you'll die of thirst in the desert of ignorance! Unknown 348 Reflecting upon stories of motivation, may we be much wiser in our thoughts and action. 349 Learn Grammar without any fear. It can be fun with lots of cheer. 350 There is so much to learn from the written word. We can enrich the mind through great books of worth. 351 Reading gives knowledge and pleasure beyond measure. Books are indeed life-long companions to treasure. 352 When there is fun in learning, there is better remembering.


If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. Jim Rohn 353 Education for the child must start early. If this fails, many will be in misery.


Mere knowledge is certainly not education. To virtue and wisdom you must give attention. 355 Education must mould the character. This is a very important matter. 356 When our education fails so very badly, problems and trouble multiply in society. 357 Education must address one’s spirituality Only then can one be truly peaceful and happy. 358 When education fails to develop morality, it is high time that we all pay attention seriously.


Dana or giving or generosity is a most important spiritual practice. In Buddhism, Dana is one of the ten perfections a Bodhisattva ( Buddha-to-be ) develops in the rounds of rebirths before Buddhahood is attained. Through the practice of Dana, many spiritual mental states are cultivated. There is a cutting off of the ‘self’, the selfishness, self-centeredness, greed, attachment, covetousness, ego and many other defilements that cause so much mental suffering to oneself and others. When Dana is practiced well, there is a growing state of mental peace, joy and contentment arising from the letting go and opening of the heart out of love and compassion. True Dana practice gives one a tremendous amount of energy. This has been shown by so many great spiritual beings like Mother Teresa, the late Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda, Master Cheng Yen, Ajahn Brahmavamso and a number of lay Buddhist Dhammaduta workers. I remember one experience I had where the sincere giving of Dhamma teachings gave rise to an incredible surge of energy within me. It was in the year 1993 when we had our first Dhamma Youth Camp held in borrowed premises. There was a lot of work to do and there was only a handful of us to run the 5-day camp. One night during the camp (I think it was the third night), I was feeling extremely exhausted and I was on my way up to the third floor of a school classroom which served as a sleeping place. A group of teenage boys requested me to answer some of their Dhamma questions. Even though it was past midnight, I obliged and had a Dhamma dialogue with them. Unbelievably, all my tiredness vanished and bouts of energy arose in me when I shared the Dhamma with this group of keen listeners. I was alert, joyful and greatly peaceful. Such is the power of sharing the Gift of Dhamma which excels all other gifts.




If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope 359 To the needy have we given our attention? This is for your reflection and contemplation. Generosity is a practice of spirituality for joy, peace and serenity. Selfless giving is a great spiritual practice. In true giving, joy arises and there is peace.



362 The practice of Dana or Giving helps cut our greed. Dana is indeed a most virtuous and wholesome deed. 363 There are many ways we all can do charity. An act of generosity is most praiseworthy. 364 There are many out there in real need of charity. Give, help and serve when you have the opportunity. Charitable acts of selflessness lead to mental peace and happiness.



Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi 366 Develop the Perfection of Generosity or Dana. Cultivating the Ten Perfections leads one to Nibbana. 367 When charity is performed sincerely, inner joy grows and grows most steadily. 368 The more one gives the more one will receive in return. One will realize this after he has practiced and learnt.

Give what you can and whenever you can. In times of need, do lend a helping hand.

370 When one serves selflessly with commitment, one gains peace, happiness and contentment. 371 Do we overindulge ourselves in great luxury and lift not a finger to reach out to the needy?


A person’s positive or negative feelings, perception, evaluation or psychological, emotional tendency to react in a certain way towards people, objects, events, activities or ideas, goes a long way to determine his mental state. One with a bad or poor attitude towards happenings or his relationship with others will experience much suffering, pain and agitation in his mind. A bad mental attitude stems from one or more of the following factors: * Not understanding clearly the nature of existence and the universal laws that govern us * Strong greed, attachment and covetousness * Irresponsibility, carelessness, heedlessness and a lack of consideration and compassion for other beings One will grow up with good attitude if the qualities of compassion and mindfulness are developed. Ponder on the following situations where people with a bad attitude cause suffering to themselves and others: * Throwing rubbish and littering everywhere * Disregarding traffic laws and regulations – speeding, careless parking, reckless driving etc * Polluting our environment * Carelessness and heedlessness in the upbringing of children * Unruly behavior in school, at work and in public places * Not carrying out duties and responsibilities due to laziness and a ‘couldn’t care less’ type of behavior * Proud and haughty conduct in dealing with other people * Always wanting to take or receive only with little thought of giving or serving. The cultivation of good positive attitudes is very important for spiritual growth. Qualities such as patience, diligence, determination, honesty, loving-kindness, effort, confidence, calmness, virtue and mindfulness must be developed.


If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou 372 You chart your own destiny. Let mental peace arise with an attitude that's wise. 373 Imagination's a need for success. With this and diligence, give it your best. When attitude and views are wise and right, happiness and peace will soon grow inside.



For success, Right Attitude is a MUST before you carry out the needed tasks. 376 Fill our hearts with great Gratitude. Develop the Right Attitude. 377 Right View and Attitude are important truly for mental and emotional stability. 378 With Right View and Right Attitude, you'll reach Spiritual Altitude.


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama 379 In the quest for success East or West, Right View and attitude surpass the rest. Attitude and traits can be destructive. Do realize what in you is negative.


381 When you let Evil grow, you are in for sorrow. 382 When attitude is right, many things turn out bright. 383 Fools ignore wise words of advice. They will soon have to pay a price. When you cultivate right view and attitude, you will reach a great spiritual altitude. When we think in twisted ways, we are in for suffering days.




Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson 386 When you have a wrong attitude or thinking, you will not find happiness and peace within. Believing that one CAN DO IT helps to perform the toughest feat. When we have the right attitude of things, we'll reduce our mental sufferings.




When you believe that you really CAN, the thing you want CAN happen then. 390 When we take one day at a time, there’s less worrying in the mind. 391 Positive thinking can go a long way to help one cope with the problems of the day. http://www/


Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Khalil Gibran 392 Contemplating in silent solitude realize the importance of attitude. 393 Develop a positive attitude. Live a life of service and gratitude.

When your attitude is wise and right, things can turn out to be good and bright. 395 Without the right attitude, how can there be progress? Without effort and perseverance, can you be blessed?



When you do believe that you really CAN, you CAN do it no matter where or when. 397 Bad attitude is often conditioned from the past. ‘Reflect mindfully and transform’, this you must.


What is mindfulness? To be mindful means to be able to recollect, to be aware, attentive, heedful and to know moment to moment any physical or mental phenomenon that occurs. The mindful person has a mind that is alert; he remembers the things learnt; he is not careless or heedless. Right Mindfulness is one of the eight factors in the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, the Way that leads one to Nibbana, the State of perfect happiness, peace and freedom of the mind. Central to Buddhist Meditation are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. They are: * Mindfulness of the body * Mindfulness of feelings or sensations * Mindfulness of mind or consciousness * Mindfulness of mental objects The practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness leads one to insight and wisdom into the real nature of things. Dukkha or suffering will then be completely ended. I have observed that due to poor mindfulness, lots of dukkha, trouble, conflict, problems, inconvenience and hardship have come about. Examples include the following: * Persons on duty forget to turn up or come without bringing the necessary keys. * Persons do not switch off air-conditioning, fans, taps, and lights when they leave the Association buildings. * Persons take things that don’t belong to them and the things are not returned or are lost or damaged. * Persons park their vehicles indiscriminately; such mindless actions cause frustration and hardship to others. * Lack of mindfulness causes some to miss meetings and appointments. Some are habitually unpunctual. May we strive to practice Mindfulness Meditation to cross the Sea of Samsaric suffering.




Without mindful awareness, the shadows of your past may haunt your present. Reuben Lowe 398 Heedlessness causes pain and dis-ease. Mindfulness is the path to real peace. 399 Live each day wisely and mindfully. Then you'll be free, peaceful and happy! 400 Speaking without mindfulness can bring much unhappiness. 401 Wisdom is not attained through study. It comes from SEEING Life mindfully. 402 When we heedlessly drink and drive we may destroy somebody's life. 403 When one speaks or acts with heedlessness, there will be no peace and happiness.


If your relationship to the present moment is not right - nothing can ever be right in the future because when the future comes it's the present moment. Eckhart Tolle 404 Learning gives you things of the mundane kind. Get insights from a mindfully still mind.


A lack of clear mindfulness can cause much unhappiness. 406 Our speech can cause others much cheer or pain. We can regret our words time and again. 407 When we are mindful of wise things or advice, it's a step to a life that's peaceful and nice. Beware of the words you speak lest they cause hearts to bleed.


409 Let not failure or pain deter you from trying again. 410 Always give and be grateful. Let's be heedful and mindful. That's the Way to be Peaceful.


The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. Thich Nhat Hanh 411 When one’s mindfulness is so really lacking, careless mistakes abound and there’s suffering. 412 The mindful person has a more steady and peaceful mind. He is attentive and can remember most of the time. 413 Sustained mindfulness gives the mind clarity. Concentration grows and things are seen more clearly. 414 Of the body, feelings, thoughts and dhammas, we must be mindful. With constant practice we will grow wiser and more peaceful. 415 Right Mindfulness or Samma Sati is essential for one to cross Samsara’s Sea.


To my mind the world today seems to be getting more and more angry. Have you reflected on the following? * There are fights, battles and wars all over the world. * Aggression, violence and acts of terrorism are on the rise. * More people are not at peace with themselves – there is growing dis-ease. Cases of mental trouble and disorders are increasing. * We meet with more road bullies and gangsterism among the young is getting more prevalent. * Domestic trouble and violence in families and homes hit the news very often. When will we realize this truth: Anger and hatred cannot be overcome by more anger and hatred. It can only be overcome by love, compassion and wisdom. Mahatma Gandhi once said: ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’ My reflection tells me that anger has its causes in the following: * Lack of understanding of the true nature of all things * Lack of love and compassion for sentient beings * Unreasonable expectations that cannot be met * Strong desires and wanting; when these are not fulfilled, impatience and anger arise * Always wanting to satisfy the ego self with little thought or consideration for others * Not following the teachings of the great religious masters I have found the following useful to help curb impatience, irritation and anger: * Realize that everyone has his ‘good’ and ‘bad’ traits * Learn and practice watching the mind – noting any mental state that arises * Practice the meditation on loving-kindness * Learn to forgive and adopt an attitude of ‘letting go’ * Never slack to learn, understand and practice the Dhamma




Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Buddha 416 Anger is a serious mental poison that can lead one to unwholesome action. www.slideshare.ner/ohteikbin/story-to-reflect-upon-33-34 417 Revenge and hate will lead one to a suffering state. Removing a bad habit needs a strong will indeed. 418 Is your Anger on the rise? Learn to be peaceful and wise. anger 419 If your anger becomes stronger your suffering will last longer.

420 When the mind is filled with anger, ill-will or hate, you are heading for a mental suffering state. 421 Conquer the devil of anger with loving-kindness. You will then be suffused with more peace and happiness.


For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson 422 Beware of all anger, ill-will and hate. The pain and suffering they bring is great. 423 When any anger arises, watch it mindfully. With such training, this poison will weaken gradually. 424 Let not another shake your mental peace. Train your mind to be constantly at ease.


Anger and hatred will lead us to a woeful plane. Conquer them with loving-kindness again and again. 426 Anger harms both your body and mind. Curb anger with love and Truth Sublime. Why does ill-will or anger or hatred arise? “Ignorance and craving is the cause,” says the Wise.



When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. Epictetus 428 The angry man is like one gone real mad. He can commit a wrong that’s really bad.


When one can’t keep in check his ANGER, he is putting his health in danger. Conquer anger with love and understanding. This is certainly a most important thing. 431 An angry man loses his mental clarity. He may not be able to think and then act clearly. 430


Anger can propel one to a woeful state. The mental anguish is truly very great. 433 Anger is a defilement in everyone’s mind. Kill anger and you will experience real peace sublime.


Hardly a week passes without incidents of terrorist bombings in various parts of the world. Innocent people are killed or injured seriously and there is much loss of material possessions. We are living in troubled times with so much dukkha or suffering.. The cause of this lies in the three roots of evil or mental poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. In Buddhism, delusion or ignorance refers to not understanding the real and complete meaning of the Four Noble Truths or as a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of things. Inevitably, delusion leads to or is tied up with greed, attachment, covetousness, craving, aversion, ill-will, jealousy, anger, enmity, ego and hatred. Some years ago, there was a Malaysian terrorist who was instrumental in a number of terrorist bombings in some nearby countries. He was a lecturer at a local university before he left and got involved in various terrorist activities. I remember some of my former students who had been taught by this terrorist lecturer, asked me one day: * How could an intelligent person with high academic qualifications ( the terrorist lecturer had a Ph.D from a good U.K. university ) get involved in such horrifying killings? * With his ‘brains’, couldn’t he think and reason? How could he so heartlessly leave his family behind to run around as a terrorist causing so much pain and suffering to others? I told the students that ‘Academic brilliance and intelligence’ is one thing whereas spiritual qualities like compassion and wisdom need to be cultivated. Beware! ‘Brainwashing’ and ‘conditioning of the mind’ especially at a young age can be dangerous leading to harmful behavior and actions later on. Cult leaders with deviant teachings must be shunned. Delusion must be eradicated and replaced by love, compassion and wisdom. And this can only be done through Dhamma learning, understanding, practice and realization.




It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan 434 Beware of those deluded with greed; their deeds can be most shocking indeed. Egotism breeds anxiety and fear. Soon there'll be Dukkha and many a tear. Is our self-centredness increasing? This can lead to more mental suffering.




Ignorance and heedlessness lead to words and actions of foolishness. 438 A person full of delusion and greed has unskilled desires and ways indeed. 439 When one acts with muddled thinking, one's bound to meet with suffering.


The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons: Greed, anger, and delusion. Bodhidharma 440 A lot of Nature's great fury is due to man's stupidity. 441 A deluded human being can cause a lot of suffering. 442 When one goes against wise words of advice, through suffering and pain one pays the price. 443 Striving on heedfully with Right Vision, let's conquer Greed, Hatred and Delusion.


One who behaves in egoistic ways will certainly face more difficult days. 445 Conquered by the defilement of EGO, one makes many an enemy and foe.


Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed. Bhagavad Gita 446 When the mind is overwhelmed by delusion, there arises harmful thoughts, speech and action. 447 “There is no SELF or EGO”, the wise ones know. Suffering comes when you cling to the Ego. 448 Ignorance of the true nature of everything will often lead one to dis-ease or suffering.

449 The deluded persons do not believe in Kamma. They need to reflect on the suffering of Samsara.


When the Self in us grows bigger and bigger, our suffering and pain will be more bitter.

451 The poison of Delusion is very harmful. Check this by being much more heedful and mindful.


Filled with insatiable desires, hypocrisy, pride, and arrogance; holding wrong views due to delusion, they act with impure motives. Bhagavad Gita 452 Some live a life of endless enjoyment. They are full of greed with no contentment. When the ego in a person is so strong, it’s difficult for him to see right from wrong.



Out of ignorance and delusion, we do many a foolish action. 455 When ignorance rules the mind strongly, one clings to worldly things unceasingly.


The foolish knows not what righteousness is. His defilements rob him of mental peace.


Delusion needs to be dispelled by wisdom. Only then can we attain Enlightenment.


In a fast-paced and stressful world, more and more people seem to be very interested in the subject of meditation. However, meditation is not a theoretical subject but something we need to practice with patience, diligence, perseverance and a mind of ‘letting go’ after being instructed properly by a qualified meditation teacher.. I remember a friend of mind who once said, “Meditation is a most fascinating subject; I can read about it for hours.” (But he does not practice it…he keeps telling people, “I CANNOT meditate.”) There has been a lot of misunderstanding on the practice of meditation. I have come across people who want to meditate * to gain special psychic powers * to solve their medical, emotional and business problems * to see, hear and even smell good things. Meditation with the wrong motivations leads you nowhere and it may even harm you. Some are afraid to embark on meditation because they believe that it is dangerous. ( I recall Ajahn Brahmavamso saying in a Dhamma talk that it is even more dangerous NOT to meditate ‘cause one can be ‘mad’ with the mental poisons of greed, anger, hatred and delusion.) If anyone asks, “Is meditation dangerous?”, I think the reply should be “Is crossing the road dangerous?” Of course if one is careless, heedless, mindless and does not obey proper rules and instructions, he can get into trouble. But remember we need to ‘cross the road’ to reach ‘the other shore’ free from the root causes of suffering .The practice of meditation needs effort, discipline, faith, and patience. Many quit because of mental laziness, lack of discipline, impatience, expectations and other hindrances. Let us make this resolution: “I shall meditate before it’s too late.”




Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end. Swami Sivananda 458 For true peace to prevail in the mind, you need to have meditation time. 459 Meditation leads to tranquility. Then one can see so clearly REALITY. 460 The Benefits of Metta Meditation are truly great. Learn and practice this Meditation before it is too late. 461 There's a Path to real joy, peace and liberation. It's none other than the Way of Meditation.


May the practice of Meditation lead us to Peace and Liberation. 463 Meditation and Rest are good ways to beat Stress!


The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. Milarepa 464 Many are so busy with many a thing. It is time to be still and look deep within. When the mind is trained to be more mindful, it’ll go into a state that’s more peaceful. 466 Meditate constantly to purify your mind. You’ll steadily gain insight into Truth Sublime. The external happiness, cheer and jubilation are nowhere near the inner peace of meditation. Meditation is an essential practice to arrive at the Goal of Nibbanic Bliss 465



Meditate to see the way things really are. You will soon be on the way to Nibbana.



A Dhamma practitioner aims to free his mind from unwholesome desires, to be free from the mental defilements of greed, anger and delusion. Today we see many clamoring for freedom, not realizing or understanding what this entails. They want the freedom to do what they desire under the deluded belief that this freedom will give them the pleasure, happiness and peace which they seek. Ajahn Brahmavamso in one of his Dhamma talks explained the difference between ‘freedom of desires’ and ‘freedom from desires’. One leads to more pain and suffering eventually; the other leads to a mental state of calm, contentment, inner joy, peace and equanimity. As long as we are not enlightened, we are not free or liberated in our mind. We are trapped with lots of bad habits and conditioning that cause us to react foolishly in our mental thinking, speech and bodily actions. To free such a defiled mind is not a mere intellectual exercise of reading and arguing about Dhamma. No amount of book knowledge can liberate the mind unless and until the person truly walks the Path of Sila (Morality), Samadhi (Concentration or stillness of mind) and Panna (Wisdom). I had a friend with whom I associated for a number of years trying to share Dhamma with him. He was a sort of a ‘walking encyclopedia’. A voracious reader, he was intelligent and could argue well for hours. Unfortunately his Dhamma practice did not go beyond book knowledge. I tried to encourage him to get involved in some of the outreach work at our Association but he was trapped in his conditioned ways that brought him conflicts within himself and with others. Eventually he sank into a sort of depression before he passed away rather mysteriously. May we strive to attain freedom of the mind through the practice of generosity or charity, morality and meditation.




Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. Wayne Dyer 470 To grow in Wisdom do Reflection. This will help us in Liberation. 471 When we grow in Wisdom and Compassion, we are on the path to Liberation.


When words of wisdom are actualized, peace and freedom we will all realize. 473 When Wisdom sees Nature as she is, there is in the mind Freedom and Peace.


Strive to cross the Bridge over Samsara And arrive at the Shore of Nibbana. 475 When we conquer Greed, Hatred and Delusion we will be on our way to Liberation.


Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. Pope John Paul II 476 When we are free from greed, hatred and delusion, we attain ultimate peace and liberation. 477 Freedom of desire will lead us to painful greed. Freedom from unwholesome desire is what we need. 478 Break free from the chains that bind us to Samsara. We will then reach the Blissful shore of Nibbana. 479 How can you be free from fear and worry? You’ve to walk The Middle Way steadily. 480 When there are no more defilements in the mind there’s no more experience of the suffering kind. 481 The conditioned mind is certainly not free. In life you’ll face suffering and misery.


Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the birds, the tea, and the other person. THICH NHAT HANH 482 Reflect well – Is your mind really peaceful and free? Are you free from attachment, ill-will and worry?

483 When the mind is free from greed, delusion and hate, one can dwell in a truly peaceful mental state. 484 Freedom must have responsibility. Only then can we live in harmony. 485 Defilements bind us and cause us pain. They cause rebirth again and again.


If we react to others’ words and action, we will be far from peace and liberation.


To attain true freedom from suffering, we need to have love and wisdom within.


Humor and laughter are very good antidotes to the many problems and stressful situations we are bound to meet with in life. Many are the benefits of great humor and laughter. * They reduce pain, anxiety, stress and depression * They provide good therapeutic relaxation * They improve blood circulation, digestion and help lower blood pressure * They help burn off calories in a healthy way * They can boost our immune system * They give good exercise to various parts of the body * They promote general mental and physical health * They help foster better relationship with others. Dhammaduta work involves dealing with lots of people and situations which can at times be most trying. Apart from Dhamma reflections and application, humor and laughter can be most useful in helping us to cope. Over the years, seeing things in lighter vein and viewing them with humor have helped my mind to stay more unperturbed and positive. When dealing with people with very strong mental defilements of greed, anger, ego, self-centeredness, delusion and so on, the understanding and realization of Dhamma points and the evoking of love and compassion can help tremendously. Sometimes I think of humorous statements that diffuse any negative states and make me laugh. Aren’t the following funny and humorous? * ‘He’s so hot-tempered that mosquitoes avoid his boiling blood!’ * ‘She’s so egoistic that she makes 3 bows at the mirror every morning!’ * ‘He’s so boastful and aggressive that you wish his parents had never met!’ * ‘He’s so deluded that he tells many: “ME no money, Me no care! ME got liquor, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”’




A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher 488 Humor, Laughter and Jest can help us to destress.


Lots of Humor, Laughter and Wit can help us stay healthy and fit. 490 May laughter keep your blues away each and every day come what may. 491 May we look at Life's Humorous side and let it be a good WISDOM Guide. 492 Having a great sense of Humor will help one cope with life better. 493 Seeing the humorous side of living can help to reduce mental suffering. 494 Humor Matters, Laughter does Conquer... one lives happier, healthier and longer.


You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. Bill Cosby 495 A Laugh a day can help make your day and keep the doctor away! #readcast


A little bit of humor a day helps to keep negative thoughts away. 497 Matters of the humorous kind can be really good for the mind! 498 Having Humor is a way to be happier come what may. 499 It's a wonder what a Smile can do. It brings cheer, joy and happiness too. 500 Humor can teach us much. Laughter has a HEALTH touch!


A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. William Arthur Ward 501 Wit and Humor help one see life in lighter vein. This will undoubtedly lessen conflicts and pain. 502 See the funny side of many a thing. Then one can cope well with life's suffering. 503 When there is good fun in learning, we have greater remembering. 504 A hearty laugh a day keeps the doctor away. It also keeps your blues at bay.


Humor is not only for laughs and fun. It can teach LIFE lessons to everyone. 506 Too much anxiety and you can't give your best. A hearty laugh is a good way to beat stress.


A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done Dwight D. Eisenhower 507 There is much we can learn from Humor if we clearly reflect and ponder. 508 Reflecting upon Humor and Wit, may you grow in Wisdom bit by bit. 509 There can be so much fun in learning when humor is used in the teaching. 510 Humor is a good mental food. It de-stresses, makes you feel good. 511 Pieces of humor can brighten our day and help us walk along the Wisdom way. Remember that good Humor and Laughter can help one cope with a 'problem' matter.


101 HUMOR If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor. Jennifer Jones 513 'Wit and Humor in English Learning is most pleasing and motivating.' 514 Humor, wisely used, can help defuse a tense setting. We can then work to a more pleasing understanding. 515 Laughter can indeed relieve your pain. Try will not have any doubt again. 516 Humor is an excellent 'Health Food'. It makes you feel well, happy and good. 517 Humor can help brighten your day. You feel good in a special way. 518 Humor can help you get over blues fast. I read that someone said, "He who laughs, lasts."


Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. Mark Twain 519 When faced with a stressful situation, humor can help remove the tension. 520 Too much anxiety and you can’t give your best. A hearty laugh is a good way to beat stress. 521 Laughter can be most therapeutic. Good jokes can make your day terrific.


Many like stories with a humor touch. Of benefits from humor there is much. 523 If one can learn to take life in lighter vein, one can better cope with criticism and blame.


Doses of humor that brings good laughter can serve as an effective health booster.


There are so many books and web sites on motivation and positive thinking. Some years ago at our local Buddhist Association, we had a speaker giving a talk based on the best-selling book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. Many in the audience were so fascinated by the power of positive thinking to realize our wishes and dreams – to gain immense wealth, to be somebody, to attract members of the opposite sex, to be always healthy, to achieve brilliant academic success, to be bestowed titles and recognition and what-nots. At the end of the talk, one student of mine asked me these thought-provoking questions:  Won’t these endless wanting to be successful in worldly matters lead to increasing greed and ego?  Will all these material gains and success lead to real peace and happiness?  Aren’t we ‘feeding’ our desires for more and more?  What about reaching out to help sentient beings in need – practices of giving, love and compassion? In Buddhist practice we do make aspirations but they are spiritual in nature and concern things that really matter ultimately. Positive affirmations and aspirations made repeatedly and sincerely with good mental states of calm, confidence, love, peace and wisdom can come to fruit as attested by so many who are on the Buddha-Dhamma Path. These aspirations must be free from the mental poisons of greed, anger or hatred and delusion. Good aspirations to make include the following: * May the Buddha-Dhamma be with me always * May I grow in compassion and wisdom * May I be virtuous, peaceful and compassionate * May I serve to be perfect and be perfect to serve * May I be Enlightened!




Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations, and small needs. William Howard Stein 525 May we all grow in the mind. May we reach the Truth Sublime. 526 May inspiring thoughts and advice help one to be peaceful and wise. 527 May worthy words of advice help to make us good and wise. 528 May great words of Inspiration spur you to positive action. 529 Affirmations for daily living can build mental states of well-being. 530 Contemplation and Aspiration helps to lead one to Peace and Liberation.


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them. Louisa May Alcott 531 May our Wisdom grow day by day as we walk the Spiritual way. 532 Counting our Blessings is a wise practice. It leads to contentment and mental peace. 533 'Happy New Year to you all', I say. May Laughter and Wisdom come your way. 534 Make Aspirations For The Year to eradicate Greed, Anger, Ego & Fear. 535 May we grow in Wisdom true And our Loving-Kindness too!


Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. Terence McKenna 536 Affirmations and Aspirations in the mind can actualize over time. 537 A strong Aspiration made in the mind can lead to its realization in time. 538 May we lead a life of Generosity, Morality and Wise Maturity. 539 May this new year bring you Peace and Bliss. May you all live a life of much ease.


May your aspirations be realized as you walk the Way to Nibbanic Paradise! 541 May your compassion and wise reflection lead you to liberation.


You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones. St Augustine 542 May we live a life of Righteousness to attain true peace and happiness.


May we learn and help spread the Dhamma to young and old, near and far. 544 May your mind dwell in calm and peace. May all your stress and worry ease. 545 May The Rabbit Year bring you Peace. May your Problems lessen or ease. 546 When we affirm and aspire positively, the mind grows in wisdom and spirituality. 547 Digesting Wise Words mindfully, may we all live more peacefully.


If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the pull of the earth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 548 May our mind be more creative. A richer life we will then live. 549 Beyond ignorance, there is Enlightenment. May you grow in Wisdom and Compassion. 550 May we eat healthily. May we live happily. May our mind grow wisely. May our mind stay heedful and clear as we live wisely year to year. May Compassion spread far and wide. May we Blessed by Wisdom Light.




May we grow in Wisdom and Compassion on our Path to Peace and Liberation.


We should constantly reflect on the ten meritorious and ten unwholesome actions in Buddhist teachings. The 10 meritorious actions are: * Charity or generosity * Morality * Mental cultivation * Reverence or respect * Service in helping others * Sharing merits with others * Rejoicing in the merits of others * Preaching and teaching of the Dhamma * Listening to the Dhamma * Straightening one’s views The ten unwholesome or demeritorious deeds which we should keep away from are: 1 Killing of living beings 2 Stealing 3 Sexual misconduct 4 Lying 5 Slander and tale-bearing 6 Harsh speech 7 Gossip and frivolous talk 8 Greed and covetousness 9 Anger, ill-will and hatred 10 Wrong views or delusion Among the wholesome actions is the teaching and learning of Dhamma. The Buddha said that the Gift of Dhamma surpasses all other gifts. No doubt Dana or giving in various forms like donation in terms of money, material things, blood, organs etc to help or save lives is meritorious indeed. However the teaching, learning and sharing of Dhamma is the most beneficial to a person. The Dhamma can bring unsurpassed joy, happiness, peace, wisdom and freedom of the mind to a person. He can then live in peace and harmony within himself, with others and the changing conditions of the world outside. And this happens not in this life only but it is carried on from life to life until Enlightenment is attained and the person is free from the suffering of Samsara.




Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis 554 Winners never quit. Quitters never win. 555 We often complain about many things. When will we learn to count our Blessings? 556 A song of the spiritual kind can calm and sooth a troubled mind. 557 We need to struggle as obstacles come by. Only then can we succeed and soar up high. 558 Compassion and Loving-kindness lead to the Path Of Happiness. Be thankful for what we have or get. So many face times that are real bad. When one has put in one's best, then there will be no regrets.




The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. William Ralph Inge 561 A settled mind thinks much more clearly; problems are then solved more easily. 562 Patience is much needed to train the mind to go beyond conditioning and time. 563 Peace develops with less expectation; be present, be aware, pay attention.

564 Laughter is a must. "He who laughs last, lasts." 565 On this so auspicious Holy Wesak Day, resolve to live by The Noble Eightfold Way


The greater the mind has contentment, the closer you're to Enlightenment. 567 Walk The Middle Path with Determination. Like Buddha you too will get liberation.


Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations. Swami Sivananda 568 Love and Kindness pave the way to Happiness.

569 True Friendship is a Treasure beyond measure. 570 May you be a Winner in every way come what may. 571 May you walk the Path to Happiness, Peace and Bliss. 572 One most important matter is to change for the better 573 When we are kind and wise, we will see Paradise. 574 Patience is a great virtue indeed. Today patience is truly in need

Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure is a collection of the Twitter Tweets I posted on the Internet since the year 2009. These Tweets can be found at my Twitter Home Page The more than 500 tweets convey Dhamma and educational messages or Life lessons grouped into twenty subjects like Mind, Happiness, Love, Virtue, Freedom, Education, Meditation and so on. This book is written with the following objectives: * To convey some important Dhamma points for reflection, practice and realization * To inculcate moral and ethical values in the young * To point out our defilements and help to overcome them * To teach some valuable educational and Life lessons early all the Tweets in Thoughtful Twitter Tweets To Treasure are written in a Couplet form. There is rhyming in each of the couplet pairs and each line in the pair bears the same number of syllables. This makes for easier and catchy reading. After each Tweet there is a URL link to a PowerPoint presentation, video or document which has related points to the Tweet. Most of the Tweets have been penned based on the Author’s reflections over the 25 years of Dhammaduta work at the local Buddhist Association, Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak. It is hoped the various Tweets can help the young and old alike reflect upon and actualize the Dhamma points in them. About the Author Oh Teik Bin is a retired teacher and has been involved in Dhammaduta work for more than 25 years at Persatuan Buddhist Hilir Perak, Teluk Intan. His Dhammaduta and outreach services include guidance classes, community library work, Buddhist Sunday School, Dhamma classes, Youth Camps, Dhamma sharing and Buddhist wake chanting services. Over the Internet, Oh Teik Bin has posted lots of Dhamma and educational material at: He can be contacted at Facebook and

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