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  1. Buddhist Stories andthe Dhammapada The Mustard Seeds Eating Stale Food Crying for the Moon Dhammapada Verses 1 and 2 Rahula’s Mirror

  2. The Mustard Seeds Once upon a time, there lived in Savatthi, a girl called Kisa Gotami who belonged to the lowest caste. Despite her poverty, she had kindness and wisdom. A rich merchant, seeing her inner qualities, eventually married her.

  3. The Mustard Seeds Once upon a time, there lived in Savatthi, a girl called Kisa Gotami who belonged to the lowest caste. Despite her poverty, she had kindness and wisdom. A rich merchant, seeing her inner qualities, eventually married her.

  4. The Mustard Seeds Once upon a time, there lived in Savatthi, a girl called Kisa Gotami who belonged to the lowest caste. Despite her poverty, she had kindness and wisdom. A rich merchant, seeing her inner qualities, eventually married her.

  5. The Mustard Seeds However, the family of her husband despised her because of she came from a low caste. After a few years, she gave birth to a baby boy. Her husband’s family began to accept her because she provided him with a son, and her happiness knew no bounds.

  6. The Mustard Seeds However, the family of her husband despised her because of she came from a low caste. After a few years, she gave birth to a baby boy. Her husband’s family began to accept her because she provided him with a son, and her happiness knew no bounds.

  7. The Mustard Seeds Sadly, the little baby boy suddenly died one night. Mad with grief, she went to all her neighbours carrying the dead child and asking for medicine to bring him back to life. They all told her that the baby was dead but she refused to accept it.

  8. The Mustard Seeds Sadly, the little baby boy suddenly died one night. Mad with grief, she went to all her neighbours carrying the dead child and asking for medicine to bring him back to life. They all told her that the baby was dead but she refused to accept it.

  9. The Mustard Seeds Sadly, the little baby boy suddenly died one night. Mad with grief, she went to all her neighbours carrying the dead child and asking for medicine to bring him back to life. They all told her that the baby was dead but she refused to accept it.

  10. The Mustard Seeds Eventually a kind man told her to seek the help of the Buddha. She rushed to see him begging him to bring her son back to life. The Buddha told her to bring him some mustard seeds. But they must come from a house where no one had lost a child, husband, parent, or friend.

  11. The Mustard Seeds Eventually a kind man told her to seek the help of the Buddha. She rushed to see him begging him to bring her son back to life. The Buddha told her to bring him some mustard seeds. But they must come from a house where no one had lost a child, husband, parent, or friend.

  12. The Mustard Seeds Kisa Gotami, full of hope, then went back to the city to look for the mustard seeds. Every house pitied her and offered her some seeds to help. But there wasn’t a house where no one could say that they had not lost a child, husband, parent, or friend.

  13. The Mustard Seeds Kisa Gotami, full of hope, then went back to the city to look for the mustard seeds. Every house pitied her and offered her some seeds to help. But there wasn’t a house where no one could say that they had not lost a child, husband, parent, or friend.

  14. The Mustard Seeds Unable to find the mustard seeds, she left the city in despair and wandered around the countryside. As night began to fall, she saw the lights in the city grow bright, flicker then become dark again.

  15. The Mustard Seeds Unable to find the mustard seeds, she left the city in despair and wandered around the countryside. As night began to fall, she saw the lights in the city grow bright, flicker then become dark again.

  16. The Mustard Seeds She then began to see that it is the nature of life that we are born, live our lives, then eventually must die. And as she suffered the loss of a loved one, so too had everyone else in the city. She realized that death is common to all and is something that everyone must face one day.

  17. The Mustard Seeds She then began to see that it is the nature of life that we are born, live our lives, then eventually must die. And as she suffered the loss of a loved one, so too had everyone else in the city. She realized that death is common to all and is something that everyone must face one day.

  18. The Mustard Seeds Seeing the truth, she buried her son then returned to the Buddha. She took Refuge, become one of his disciples and eventually attained enlightenment. Death is something we must eventually face. It is the impermanent nature of our lives.

  19. The Mustard Seeds Seeing the truth, she buried her son then returned to the Buddha. She took Refuge, become one of his disciples and eventually attained enlightenment. Death is something we must eventually face. It is the impermanent nature of our lives.

  20. The Mustard Seeds The Buddha advised us to contemplate on death. This will serve to remind us that we will eventually one day die. Facing this truth will enable us to see things more clearly, live our lives more responsibly and help us to become more calm and peaceful.

  21. The Mustard Seeds The Buddha advised us to contemplate on death. This will serve to remind us that we will eventually one day die. Facing this truth will enable us to see things more clearly, live our lives more responsibly and help us to become more calm and peaceful.

  22. Eating Stale Food Once upon a time, in a city called Bhaddiya, a daughter was born to Dhananjaya, the city’s treasurer. She was called Visakha and grew up to be bright and beautiful, and had a kind and generous nature.

  23. Eating Stale Food Once upon a time, in a city called Bhaddiya, a daughter was born to Dhananjaya, the city’s treasurer. She was called Visakha and grew up to be bright and beautiful, and had a kind and generous nature.

  24. Eating Stale Food Once upon a time, in a city called Bhaddiya, a daughter was born to Dhananjaya, the city’s treasurer. She was called Visakha and grew up to be bright and beautiful, and had a kind and generous nature.

  25. Eating Stale Food When she became a teenager, some Brahmins saw Visakha and thought she would be an ideal wife for their master Punnavaddhana, the son of a millionaire named Migara. Accordingly, they made arrangements for Visakha to be married to Punnavaddhana.

  26. Eating Stale Food When she became a teenager, some Brahmins saw Visakha and thought she would be an ideal wife for their master Punnavaddhana, the son of a millionaire named Migara. Accordingly, they made arrangements for Visakha to be married to Punnavaddhana.

  27. Eating Stale Food From the day Visakha arrived in Savatthi, the city of her husband, she was kind and generous to everyone in the city and everyone loved her. However, Visakha's father-in-law, Migara, was unhappy with her because she was a devout follower of the Buddha while he was not.

  28. Eating Stale Food From the day Visakha arrived in Savatthi, the city of her husband, she was kind and generous to everyone in the city and everyone loved her. However, Visakha's father-in-law, Migara, was unhappy with her because she was a devout follower of the Buddha while he was not.

  29. Eating Stale Food He was a follower of naked ascetics, and while very wealthy, he was not a generous man. Migara looked for a chance to break off the marriage between his son and Visakha, but her conduct was faultless.

  30. Eating Stale Food He was a follower of naked ascetics, and while very wealthy, he was not a generous man. Migara looked for a chance to break off the marriage between his son and Visakha, but her conduct was faultless.

  31. Eating Stale Food One day, he was eating some sweet rice porridge from a golden bowl when a monk entered the house for alms. Although Migara saw the monk, he continued to eat as if he had not. He ignored the monk and continued with his meal.

  32. Eating Stale Food One day, he was eating some sweet rice porridge from a golden bowl when a monk entered the house for alms. Although Migara saw the monk, he continued to eat as if he had not. He ignored the monk and continued with his meal.

  33. Eating Stale Food Visakha politely told the monk, "Pass on, Venerable Sir, my father-in-law is eating stale food." Now Migara saw his chance to break off the marriage as he thought she had brought disgrace to his family with her remark.

  34. Eating Stale Food Visakha politely told the monk, "Pass on, Venerable Sir, my father-in-law is eating stale food." Now Migara saw his chance to break off the marriage as he thought she had brought disgrace to his family with her remark.

  35. Eating Stale Food Furious, he ordered her to be expelled from the house. Visakha, calmly explained that he was eating the benefits of his past good deeds and was not doing anything to ensure his continued prosperity.

  36. Eating Stale Food Furious, he ordered her to be expelled from the house. Visakha, calmly explained that he was eating the benefits of his past good deeds and was not doing anything to ensure his continued prosperity.

  37. Eating Stale Food She said, “by ignoring the monk and continuing to eat, wasn’t Migara’s actions the same as eating stale food?” Migara had to admit that she was right and asked her to stay back.

  38. Eating Stale Food She said, “by ignoring the monk and continuing to eat, wasn’t Migara’s actions the same as eating stale food?” Migara had to admit that she was right and asked her to stay back.

  39. Eating Stale Food She agreed on condition that Migara invite the Buddha and his monks for a meal, and change his ways. With her patience and wisdom, Visakha eventually converted her father-in-law to be a follower of the Buddha.

  40. Eating Stale Food She agreed on condition that Migara invite the Buddha and his monks for a meal, and change his ways. With her patience and wisdom, Visakha eventually converted her father-in-law to be a follower of the Buddha.

  41. Eating Stale Food Every single one of us here has accumulated a lot of good kamma in the past. If not, we will not be sitting here so comfortably in this room. Therefore, let us not just eat ‘stale food’. We should carry on accumulating good kamma for the future.

  42. Eating Stale Food Every single one of us here has accumulated a lot of good kamma in the past. If not, we will not be sitting here so comfortably in this room. Therefore, let us not just eat ‘stale food’. We should carry on accumulating good kamma for the future.

  43. Eating Stale Food Every single one of us here has accumulated a lot of good kamma in the past. If not, we will not be sitting here so comfortably in this room. Therefore, let us not just eat ‘stale food’. We should carry on accumulating good kamma for the future.

  44. Eating Stale Food So how should we accumulate good kamma? Through the practice of dana, sila and bhavana : Dana : generosity, helping others Sila : morality, keeping the Precepts Bhavana : meditation, mental cultivation

  45. Eating Stale Food So how should we accumulate good kamma? Through the practice of dana, sila and bhavana : Dana : generosity, helping others Sila : morality, keeping the Precepts Bhavana : meditation, mental cultivation

  46. Eating Stale Food So how should we accumulate good kamma? Through the practice of dana, sila and bhavana : Dana : generosity, helping others Sila : morality, keeping the Precepts Bhavana : meditation, mental cultivation