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This  edition  of  HAPPINESS  BEYOND  MEASURE  by  Bhanuwat  Jittivuthikarn   is   limited   to   100   individually   numbered   copies   and   hand   signed     by   the   Photographer.      

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Foreword  by  Sulak    Sivaraksa       Bhanuwat   Jittivuthikarn   is   a   dedicated   artist,   especially   in   painting   and   photography.     He   captures   beauty   uniquely   and   explores   the   wonder   of   nature  as  well  as  architecture  and  sculptures.    As  for  human  beings,  he  shows   each   with   his   or   her   uniqueness   skillfully.     He   devotes   much   of   his   time   to   photography   with   a   number   of   Tibetan   and   Thai   friends,   and   has   helped   arrange   for   the   elder   Tibetans   in   exile   to   travel   from   remote   areas   of   India,   Bhutan   and   Nepal   to   see   H.H.   the   Dalai   Lama   at   Bodhgaya   where   His   Holiness  leads  the  annual  Kalachakra  ceremony.    He  has  done  this  four  years   already,  with  financial  support  from  a  number  of  people  with  good  will.  


arrange   for   the   elder   Tibetans   in   exile   to   travel   from   remote   areas   of   India,   Bhutan   and   Nepal   to   see   H.H.   the   Dalai   Lama   at   Bodhgaya   where   His   Holiness  leads  the  annual  Kalachakra  ceremony.    He  has  done  this  four  years   already,  with  financial  support  from  a  number  of  people  with  good  will.     Bhanuwat’s  photographs  in  Burma  also  show  the  beauty  and  culture  of  that   country   and   her   people,   as   well   as   their   suffering   under   dictatorship   and   natural   calamities.     His   photographs   also   cover   people   and   places   in   other   countries   in   South   and   South   East   Asia   too.   The   artist   is   inspired   by   the   teachings   of   the   Buddha,   which   help   him   tremendously   to   seek   Happiness   beyond   Measure,   hence   the   title   of   this   little   book,   a   collection   of   his   photographs  with  sayings  from  leading  Buddhists.    

Sulak    Sivaraksa  


Happiness  Beyond  Measure     This   pictorial   is   about   Buddhist   pilgrims   I   have   encountered   in   the   last   six   years.  Inspired   by   the   stories   of   the   Buddha,   I   have   travel   along   Buddhist   pilgrimage   route   in   South   &   Southeast   Asia   including   Himalaya   region.   For   more   than   two   millennia   since   Buddha’s   time   followers   of   the   Buddha   have   found   that   the   key   to   our   happiness   does   not   rely   in   material   processions   rather   true   happiness   can   be   found   in   the   mind   of   those   who   seek   the   well-­‐‑ being   of   all   beings.   Today   the   legacy   of   this   noble   truth   is   not   evidenced   in   thousand  year  old  temples  and  sacred  Buddhist  texts.  Rather  the  real  witness   of   true   happiness   lives   on   with   the   people   who   practice   the   Buddhist   teachings.  The  images  in  this  book  show  joy  and  peaceful  moment  in  different   practitioners.  From  an  image  of  old  Tibetan  pilgrim  in  Bodhgaya,  a  portrait  of   a  young  novice  in  Temple  of  Mandalay,  a  gazing  smile  of  newborn  girl  hold   with   adoration   by   her   mother   at   Kelaniya   Temple   in   Sri   Lanka,   The   devote   Thai  monks  who  travel  by  boat  to  collecting  morning  alms.      


with   adoration   by   her   mother   at   Kelaniya   Temple   in   Sri   Lanka,   The   devote   Thai  monks  who  travel  by  boat  to  collecting  morning  alms.         As   a   collective   of   Buddhists   life   in   all   facets,   their   smiling   faces   are   the   best   indication  in  sharing  their  sense  of  joy  with  me,  a  stranger  they  have  just  met,   some  have  become  an  old  friend  who  teach  me  that  compassion  is  the  secret   of   our   survival   in   a   harsh   world   today.     They   are   a   true   sample   of   the   men   and  women  of  Buddha,  on  whom  humankind  must  learn  from  their  attitude   to   life.   I   offer   this   book   as   an   invitation   to   discover   the   potential   of   simple   pictures   that   have   a   power   to   inspire   life   with   full   of   happiness   and   compassion.     Bhanuwat  Jittivuthikarn    


Happy  is  the  birth  of  the  Buddha,   Happy  is  the  preaching  of  the  Sublime  Dharma,   Happy  is  the  unity  of  the  Sangha,   Happy  is  the  striving  of  the  united  ones.  

Dhammapada  


Just  as  space  reaches  everywhere,  without  discrimination.  Must  so   this   immaculate   element,   which   in   it   essential   nature   is   mind,   is   present  in  all.  

Vishuddhi  Magga  


Happy  is  it  to  honour  mother.   Happy  is  it  to  honour  father.   Happy  is  it  to  honour  ascetics.   Happy  is  it  to  honour  the  Noble  Ones.    

Dhammapada  


Irrigators  lead  water;   Fletchers  fashion  shafts;   Carpenters  bend  wood;   The  good  tame  themselves.  

Dhammapada  


“Those   who   read   books   cannot   understand   the   teachings   and,   what'ʹs   more,   may  even  go  astray.  But  those  who  try  to  observe  the  things  going  on  in   the   mind,  and  always  take  that  which  is  true  in  their  own  minds  as  their  standard,   never   get   muddled.   They   are   able   to   comprehend   suffering,   and   ultimately   will   understand   Dharma.   Then,   they   will   understand   the   books   they   read.”      

Buddhadasa  Bhikkhu  


Conquer  anger  by  love,   Conquer  evil  by  good,   Conquer  the  miser  by  liberality,   Conquer  the  liar  by  truth.     Dhammapada  


As for me, I always want more friends. I love smiles, and my wish is to see more smiles, real smiles, for there are many kinds—sarcastic, artificial, or diplomatic. Some smiles don’t arouse any satisfaction, and some even engender suspicion or fear. An authentic smile, though, arouses an authentic feeling of freshness, and I think the smile belongs only to human beings. If we want those smiles, we must create the reasons that make them appear.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


The  good  shine  from  far  away   Just  as  the  Himalayan  peaks.   The  wicked  are  not  seen,  though  near,   Just  as  an  arrow  shot  at  night.   Dhammapada  


We  can  never  obtain  peace  in  the  outer  world  until  we  make  peace   with  ourselves.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Here  he  is  happy,  hereafter  he  is  happy,   In  both  worlds  the  well  doer  is  happy;   Thinking  ;  ‘Good  have  I  done’,  thus  he  is  happy   Furthermore  he  is  happy,   When  gone  to  the  state  of  bliss.    

Dhammapada  


Empty  and  calm  and  devoid  of  self  is  the  nature  of  all  things.   Prajanaparamita  


What  are  these  Dhammas?  They  are  everything;  there  isn'ʹt  anything   which  is  not  Dhamma.  Love  and  hate  are  Dhammas,  happiness  and   suffering   are   Dhammas,   like   and   dislike   are   Dhammas;   all   of   these   things,  no  matter  how  insignificant,  are  Dhammas.  

Ajahn  Chah  


According  to  Buddhism,  the  opportunity  of  a  long  life  is  due  to  the   merit   we   have   gained   in   the   past.   Even   if   you   are   not   Buddhist,   think   of   people   who   die   young   and   be   joyful   that   your   life   has   been  a  long  one.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


If  by  giving  up  a  slight  happiness   One  may  behold  a  greater  one,   Let  the  wise  man  renounce  the  lesser,   Having  regard  to  the  greater.  

Dhammapada  


"ʺMy  religion  is  very  simple.  My  religion  is  kindness."ʺ  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


The  Traveler  has  reached  the  end  of  the  journey!  In  the  freedom  of   the  infinite  he  is  free  from  all  sorrows,  the  fetters  that  bound  him   are  thrown  away,  and  the  burning  fever  of  life  is  no  more.  

The  Dhammapada  


The basics teachings of Buddha are about understanding what we are, who we are, why we are. When we begin to realize what we

are, who we are, why we are, then we begin to realize what we are not, who we are not, why we are not. We begin to realize that we don’t have basic, substantial, solid, fundamental ground that we can exert anymore. We begin to realize that our ideas of security and our concept of freedom have been purely phantom experiences.

Chögyam Trungpa  


Sometime  your  joy  is  the  source  of  your  smile,  but  sometimes  your   smile  can  be  the  source  of  your  joy.     Thich Nhat Hanh


Empty  and  calm  and  devoid  of  self  is  the  nature  of  all  things.   Dhammapada  


Wisdom,  grow  full  with  good  qualities  like  the  moon  on  the   fifteenth  day.  With  discernment  at  total  fullness,  burst  the  mass  of   darkness.    

Wisdom,  grow  full  with  good  q fifteenth  day.  With  discernment darkness.       Pakinnakavagga  


qualities  like  the  moon  on  the   t  at  total  fullness,  burst  the  mass  of  


By  day  the  sun  shines.   By  night  the  moon  is  bright.   Armoured  shines  the  warrior.   In  mediation  the  brahmana  glows   But  all  day  and  all  night,   The  Buddha  shines  in  splendor.  

Dhammapada  


Mindfulness   helps   you   go   home   to   the   present.   And   every   time   you   go   there   and   recognize   a   condition   of   happiness   that   you   have,  happiness  comes   Thich Nhat Hanh


We   cannot   be   useful   to   ourselves   unless   we   are   also   useful   to   others.   Whether   we   like   it   or   not,   we   are   all   connected,   and   it   is   unthinkable   to   be   happy   all   by   oneself.   Anyone   who   is   only   concerned   by   his   own   well-­‐‑being   will   suffer   eventually.   Anyone   who   is   only   concerned   with   the   well-­‐‑being   of   others   take   care   of   himself   without   even   thinking   about   it.   Even   if   we   decide   to   remain  selfish,  let  us  be  intelligently  selfish-­‐‑  let  us  help  other!  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Thus   by   selfless   giving,   by   being   generous,   we   cease   to   be   niggardly  and  become  liberal  not  only  with  our  wealth,  but  with   our  thoughts-­‐‑-­‐‑we  become  more  and  more  broad-­‐‑minded.   Piyadassa  Thera  


Material   poverty   should   not   prevent   you   from   having   noble   thought.   And   in   fact,   these   are   far   more   important   than   wealth.   That  is  why,  as  long  as  one  has  a  human  brain  and  body,  even  if   one   is   poor,   one   has   the   main   thing,   so   there   is   no   reason   to   feel   discouraged  or  retreat  inside  oneself.    

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


"ʺThe  purpose  of  our  lives  is  to  be  happy"ʺ    

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


I   have   found   that   the   greatest   degree   of   inner   tranquility   comes   from  the  development  of  love  and  compassion.  The  more  we  care   for   the   happiness   of   others,   the   greater   is   our   own   sense   of   well-­‐‑ being.   Cultivating   a   close,   warm-­‐‑hearted   feeling   for   others   automatically   puts   the   mind   at   ease.   It   is   the   ultimate   source   of   success  in  life.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


May  you  be  filled  with  loving  kindness.  

May  you  be  well.  

 

 


May  you  be  peaceful  and  at  ease.    

May  you  be  happy.  


A  Buddha  is  a  person  who  is  aware  of  what  is  going  on  inside  and   around  him  or  her  and  has  a  lot  of  understanding  and  compassion.   Thich Nhat Hanh


Few  are  there  among  men   Who  go  to  the  further  shore,  


The  rest  of  the  mankind   Only  run  up  and  down  the  hither  bank.    

Dhammapada  


Commonsense   shows   that   human   life   is   short-­‐‑lived   and   that   it   is   best   to   make   of   our   brief   sojourn   on   this   Earth   something   that   is   useful  to  oneself  and  others.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


We   may   know   of   these   things,   but   we   don'ʹt   really   know   if   we   don'ʹt   know   within   our   own   minds.   Buddhism   doesn'ʹt   enter   our   heart.  If  our  mind  is  good  and  virtuous  it  is  happy.  There'ʹs  a  smile   in  our  heart.  But  most  of  us  can  hardly  find  time  to  smile,  can  we?   We   can   only   manage   to   smile   when   things   go   our   way.   Most   people'ʹs   happiness   depends   on   having   things   go   to   their   liking.   They   have   to   have   everybody   in   the   world   say   only   pleasant   things.   Is   that   how   you   find   happiness?   Is   it   possible   to   have   everybody  in  the  world  say  only  pleasant  things?  If  that'ʹs  how  it  is   when  will  you  ever  find  happiness?   Ajahn  Chah  


Inner   happiness   is   not   determined   by   material   circumstances   or   sensual  gratification.  It  depends  on  our  mind.  The  most  vital  thing   is  to  recognize  how  important  this  kind  of  happiness  really  is.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


If   we   fully   know   the   truth,   then   there   is   peace.   Having   or   not   having,  it'ʹs  all  the  same.  Gain  and  loss  are  one.  The  Buddha  taught   us  to  know  this.  This  is  peace;  peace  from  happiness,  unhappiness,   gladness  and  sorrow.  

Ajahn  Chah  


Just  as  a  mountain  of  rock,  is  unwavering,  well-­‐‑settled,  so  the   monk  whose  delusion  is  ended,  like  a  mountain,  is  undisturbed.       Tuvataka  Sutta  


Every  day,  think  as  you  wake  up,  today  I  am  fortunate  to  be  alive,   I  have  a  precious  human  life,  I  am  not  going  to  waste  it.  I  am  going   to  use  all  my  energies  to  develop  myself,  to  expand  my  heart  out   to  others;  to  achieve      enlightenment        for  the  benefit  of  all  beings.           I  am  going  to  have  kind  thoughts  towards  others,  I  am  not  going   to   get   angry   or   think   badly   about   others.   I   am   going   to   benefit   others  as  much  as  I  can.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


As  soon  as  we  are  born  we  are  dead.  Our  birth  and  our  death  are   just   one   thing.   It'ʹs   like   a   tree:   when   there'ʹs   a   root   there   must   be   branches,  when  there  are  branches  there  must  be  a  root.  You  can'ʹt   have  one  without  the  other.  It'ʹs  a  little  funny  to  see  how  at  death   people  are  so  grief-­‐‑stricken  and  distracted  and  at  birth  how  happy   and  delighted.  

Ajahn  Chah  


Speak   few   words,   but   say   them   with   quietude   and   sincerity   and   they  will  be  long  lasing.   Lao  Tzu  


So   where   are   you   going   to   find   happiness   in   this   world?   Do   you   expect  everybody  to  say  only  pleasant  things  to  you  all  your  life?   Is  that  possible?  No,  it'ʹs  not.  If  it'ʹs  not  possible  then  where  are  you   going   to   go?   The   world   is   simply   like   this,   we   must   know   the   world  -­‐‑  lokavidū  -­‐‑  know  the  truth  of  this  world.  

Ajahn  Chah  


Since   everything   is   but   an   apparition,   having   nothing   to   do   with   good   or   bad,   acceptance   or   rejection,   one   may   well   burst   out   in   laughter.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


By  the  strength  of  my  pure  motivation,   Coupled  with  the  power  of  the  Realized  Ones,   And  the  mystic  force  of  the  Dharmadhatu,   May  all  the  aims  that  we  have  in  mind,   That  accord  with  the  laws  of  Truth   Occur  without  obstruction.   Nagarjuna  


If  we  are  peaceful,   if  we  are  happy,   we  can  smile,   and  everyone  in  our  family,   our  entire  society,   will  benefit  from  our  peace.   Thich  Nhat  Hanh  


Whoso,  himself  seeking  happiness,     Harms  pleasure-­‐‑loving  beings-­‐‑   He  gets  no  happiness   In  the  world  to  come.    

Dhammapada  


All  the  joy  the  world  contains     has  come  through  wishing  happiness     for  others    


All  the  misery  the  world  contains     All  the  misery  the  world  contains     has  come  from  wishing  pleasure     has  come  from  wishing  pleasure     for  oneself.     Shantideva    

for  oneself.     Shantideva    


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.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


As  star,  a  lamp  a  fault  of  vision,   As  dewdrops  or  a  bubble,  a  dream,     A  lightning  flash,  a  cloud,     So  one  should  see  conditioned  things     Diamond  sutra   Prajñāpāramitā  Sūtra  


“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.

If you


appiness.

If you are attentive, you will see it. “

Thich Nhat Hanh


Smile,  Breathe  and  go  slowly     Thich Nhat Hanh


Happy  is  to  have  a  friend  in  need.   Happy  is  contentment  with  whatever  betides.   Happy  is  merit  at  the  end  of  life.   Happy  is  it  to  leave  all  sorrow  behind.  

Dhammapada  


If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Just  like  a  blossom,  bright  colored  but  scentless:  a  well-­‐‑spoken  word  is   fruitless  when  not  carried  out.    


Just  like  a  blossom,  bright  colored  &  full  of  scent:  a  well-­‐‑spoken  word  is   fruitful  when  well  carried  out.     Pakinnakavagga    Sutta  


If  beings  knew  as  I  knew,  the  results  of  sharing  gifts,  they  would   not  enjoy  their  gifts  without  sharing  them  with  others,  nor  would   the   taint   of   stinginess   obsess   the   heart   and   stay   there.   Even   if   it   were   their   very   last   bit   of   food,   they   would   not   enjoy   its   use   without  sharing  it  if  there  were  anyone  to  receive  it.  

Ittivuttaka    


According   to   Buddhism,   it   is   important   to   train   ourselves   right   now   so   that   we   can   die   well.   When   our   vital   functions   cease,   the   gross   level   of   consciousness   dissolves   and   the   subtle   consciousness,   which   does   not   depend   on   a   physical   support,   manifests  and  offers  unique  opportunity  to  seasoned  practitioners   to  progress  towards  enlightenment,  that  is  why  particularly  in  the   tantras,   one   finds   many   meditation   methods   aimed   at   preparing   the  practitioner  for  the  moment  of  death.    

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Whatever   living   beings   there   may   be   –feeble   or   strong   ,   small   or   large,  seen  or  unseen,  those  who  live  far  or  those  near,  those  who   are   born   and   those     who   are   yet   to   be   born   –   may   all   beings,   without  exception,  experience  happy  mind  .  

Samyutta  Nikaya  


When   we   grow   old   if   we   have   no   religious   faith   the   most   important   thing   to   recognize   is   that   our   fundamental   suffering   birth,   sickness,   old   age,   and   death   are   an   inherent   part   of   life.   As   soon   as   we   have   taken   birth,   we   cannot   avoid   growing   old   and   dying.   That   is   how   it   is   pointless   to   say   this   is   unfair   or   that   it   should  be  different.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


...We are, after all, social animals. Without human friendship, without the human smile, our lives become miserable. The loneliness becomes unbearable. Such human interdependence is a natural law--that is to say, according to natural law, we depend on others to live. If, under certain circumstances, because something is wrong inside us, our attitude toward our fellow human beings on whom we depend becomes hostile, how can we hope to attain peace of mind or a happy life? According to basic human nature or natural law, interdependence--giving and receiving affection--is the key to happiness. H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


The  scent  of  Flowers  cannot  travel  against  the  wind,  but  the  scent   of  good  deeds  travels  in  all  directions.    

The  Dhammapada  


If   we   encounter   a   pleasant   experience   we   feel   happy,   if   we   encounter  a  bad  experience  we  are  unhappy.  Are  we  able  to  look   at   both   the   things   we   like   and   the   things   we   dislike   as   having   equal  value?  Measure  yourself  against  this  standard.    

Ajahn  Chah  


To  be  constant  is  to  be  useful.  To  be  useful  is  to  realize  one’s  true   nature.   Realization   of   one’s   true   nature   is   happiness.   When   one   reaches  happiness,  one  is  close  to  perfection.   Chuang Tzu


The  amount  of  Happiness  that  you  have  depends  on    


the  amount  of  freedom  you  have  in  the  heart.    

Thich Nhat Hanh


There  is  a  saying  in  Tibetan,  Tragedy  should  be  utilized  as  a   source  of  strength.  No  matter  what  sort  of  difficulties,  how  painful   experience  is,  if  we  lose  our  hope,  that'ʹs  our  real  disaster.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


The  good  shine  from  afar  like  the  snowy  Himalayas.  The  bad  don'ʹt  appear   even  when  near,  like  arrows  shot  into  the  night.     Pakinnakavagga  


Smile  if  you  want  a  smile  from  another  face.    

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


The   entire   cosmos   is   a   cooperative.   The   sun,   the   moon,   and   the   stars   live   together   as   a   cooperative.   The   same   is   true   for   humans   and   animals,   trees   and   soil.   Our   bodily   parts   function   as   a   cooperative.   When   we   realize   that   the   world   is   a   mutual,   interdependent,   cooperative   enterprise,   that   human   beings   are   all   mutual  friends  in  the  process  of  birth,  old  age,  suffering  and  death,   then  we  can  build  a  noble,  even  heavenly  environment.  If  our  lives   are  not  based  in  this  truth,  then  we  shall  all  perish.  

Buddhadasa  Bhikkhu  


As   we   grow   up   we   attach   less   and   less   importance   to   affection,   friendship,   and   mutual   support.   Instead   we   emphasize   race   religion,  or  nationality.  We  forget  the  main  things  and  concentrate   on  the  most  trivial.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


"ʺChoose  to  be  optimistic,  it  feels  better."ʺ  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


At   the   root   of   human   responsibility   is   the   concept   of   perfection.   The  urge  to  achieve  it.  The  intelligence  to  fine  a  path  toward  it,  and   the   will   to   follow   the   path   if   not   to   the   end   at   least   the   distance   needed  to  rise  above  individual  limitations      

Aung  San  Suu  Kyi    


We   must   be   mindful   of   everything   we   do,   for   we   become   the   inheritors  of  our  own  good  or  evil  actions.  In  doing  good,  we  reap   good.  In  doing  evil,  we  reap  evil.  

Ajahn  Chah  


Let   us   cultivate   love   and   compassion,   both   of   which   give   true   meaning   to   life.   This   is   the   religion   I   preach,   more   so   than   Buddhism   itself.   It   is   simple.   Its   moral   values   are   loving   and   respecting  others,  whoever  they  may  be.  Whether  one  is  layperson   or   a   monastic,   we   have   no   other   option   if   we   wish   to   survive   in   this  world.     H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Calm  is  his  mind;   Calm  is  his  speech;   Calm  is  his  bodily  action;   Who,  rightly  knowing  ,  is  wholly  freed,   Perfectly  peaceful  and  equipoised.  

Dhammapada  


According  to  Buddhism,  the  opportunity  of  a  long  life  is  due  to  the   merit   we   have   gained   in   the   past.   Even   if   you   are   not   Buddhist,   think   of   people   who   die   young   and   be   joyful   that   your   life   has   been  a  long  one.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Once   someone   who   previously   did   not   care   learns   to   care,   they   become  beautiful,  like  the  moon  breaking  from  the  cloud.     Je  Gampopa  


For  as  long  as  space  endures   and  for  as  long  as  living  beings  remain,   Until  then  may  I,  too,  abide   To  dispel  the  misery  of  the  world.     -­‐‑  Shantideva,  The  Way  of  the  Bodhisattva   Shantideva  


Happily  indeed  do  we  live-­‐‑     We  that  call  nothing  our  own.   Feeder  on  joy  shall  we  be   Even  as  the  Abhassara  gods.       Dhammapada  


The  knowledge  of  the  truth  leads  to  freedom  

  From  all  bondage  and  limitation.   The  knowledge  of  the  truth  lead  to  freedom   To  know  is  to  be  delivered.     from  all  bondage  and  limitation.     To  know  is  to  delivered.     Samdhong  Rinpoche  


The  jasmine  has  put  forth  blooms  today,     Dropping  yesterday  ‘s  withered  flowers.   So  let  drop  your  old  lust  and  hates   Serene  in  body,  speech,  and  mind,     When  all  the  world’s  cravings  are  set  aside,     You  will  know  yourself  as  tranquil.   Rouse  yourself  to  examine  yourself,     Be  watchful  and  intent,   Guard  this  self  and  live  happily     Dhammapada  


If  by  giving  up  a  slight  happiness   One  may  behold  a  greater  one,   Let  the  wise  man  renounce  the  lesser,   Having  regard  to  the  greater.  

Dhammapada  


Hard  is  to  be  born  as  a  man,   Hard  is  the  life  of  mortals,   Hard  is  to  hear  the  Truth  Sublime,   Hard  as  well  is  the  Buddha’s  rise.  

Dhammapada  


Calm  is  his  mind;   Calm  is  his  speech;   Calm  is  his  bodily  action;   Who,  rightly  knowing  ,  is  wholly  freed,   Perfectly  peaceful  and  equipoised.  

The  Dhammapada  


Whether   it   is   a   tree,   a   mountain,   or   an   animal,   it’s   all   Dhamma,   everything  is  Dhamma.  Where  is  this  Dhamma?  Speaking  simply,   that  which  is  not  Dhamma  doesn’t  exist.  Dhamma  is  nature.  This  is   called  the  sacca-­‐‑dhamma,  the  True  Dhamma.  If  one  sees  nature,  one   sees   Dhamma;   if   one   sees   Dhamma,   one   sees   nature.   Seeing   nature,  one  knows  the  Dhamma.   Ajahn  Chah  


Since  your  mind  is  not  physical,   No  one  else  can  destroy  it.   But  because  of  its  attachment  to  the  body,     It  is  harmed  by  physical  suffering.     Bodhicharysvatara  


The  world  is  apprehended  by  the  way  of  the  mind  the  world  act   upon  the  way  of  mind.   Samyutta  nikaya  


Let  go  of  the  past,  let  go  of  the  future  too,   Let  go  of  the  present  and  bond  with  becoming.   With  mind  released  from  everything.   To  birth-­‐‑and-­‐‑decay  you  shall  come  no  more.    

Dhammapada  


Absorbed  in  meditation  practice,   Delighting  in  the  peace  of    Nibbana     Mindful,  wise  and  fully  enlightened-­‐‑   Such  men  even  the  gods  hold  dear.  

Dhammapada  


Ever  well  awake   Are  the  disciples  of  Gotama   Whose  mind  ever  day  and  night   Takes  delight  in  meditation.  

The  Dhammapada  


PADME  HUM   OM  MANI  PADME  HUM  

nounciation  -­‐‑I  invoke  the  transformation  and  purification  of      Om  Mani  Pémé  Hung  

the  six  negative  emotions  of  pride,  jealousy,      transformation  and  purification  of  the  six  

desire,  ignorance,  greed  and  anger     motions  of  pride,  jealousy,  desire,  ignorance,  greed  and   into  their  true  nature,  enlightened  mind.  

ue  nature,  enlightened  mind.  

ompassion  -­‐‑  Avalokiteshvara  


May  I  become  at  all  times,  both  now  and  forever   A  protector  for  those  without  protection   A  guide  for  those  who  have  lost  their  way   A  ship  for  those  with  oceans  to  cross   A  bridge  for  those  with  rivers  to  cross   A  sanctuary  for  those  in  danger   A  lamp  for  those  without  light   A  place  of  refuge  for  those  who  lack  shelter   And  a  servant  to  all  in  need.   prayer  of  peace     Prayer  for  Peace  


Do  everything  with  a  mind  that  lets  go.   Do  not  expect  any  praise  or  reward.   If  you  let  go  a  little,  you  will  have  a  little  peace.   If  you  let  go  a  lot  you,  you  will  have  a  lot  of  peace.   If  you  let  go  completely,  you  will  know  complete   peace  and  freedom.   Your  struggles  with  the  world     will  come  to  an  end.   Ajahn  Chah  


True  Tranquility  is  found  in  activity,  in  the  midst  of  sense-­‐‑objects  

Ajahn  Chah  


As  with  a  staff  the  cowherd  drives   His  cattle  out  to  pasture-­‐‑ground,   So  do  old  age  and  death  compel   The  life  of  being.  

Dhammapada  


Happy  is  virtue  until  old  age.   Happy  is  faith  that  firmly  stands.   Happy  is  it  to  gain  insight.   Happy  is  it  to  commit  no  sin.  

Dhammapada  


"ʺHappiness  is  when  what  you  think,  what  you  say,      and  what  you


hat  you  say,      and  what  you  do  are  in  harmony."ʺ  

Mahatma Gandhi


Be  kind  whenever  possible.  It  is  always  possible.  


Be  kind  whenever  possible.  It  is  always  possible.  

H.H.  The  14th  Dalai  Lama    


Acknowledgments     I  am  fortunate  to  have  met  so  many  “kalyanamitta”  spiritual  friend,  who  help   made   this   book   possible.   I   would   like   to   express   my   deepest   gratitude   to   Arjarn   Sulak   Sivaraksa,   a   prominent   Buddhist   scholar   and   founder   of     Sathirakoses-­‐‑Nagapradeepa   Foundation,   a   man   who   has   guided   and   motivated  me  into  this  spiritual  path.  Harsha  Kumar  Navaratne,  chairman  of   Sewalanka   Foundation   for   his   support   and   encouragment   to   visit   Sri   Lanka.   Professor   Venerable   Samdhong   Rinpoche   a   distinguished   scholar,   for   his   scholarly   advise   on   nonviolent   philosophy.     Dasho   Karma   Ura,   an   inspiring   painter   and   the   director   at   Centre   of   Bhutanese   Studies   who   invited   me   to   visit   Bhutan.   Lodi   Gyaltsen   Gyari,   special   envoy   of   His   Holiness   the   14th     Dalai   Lama,   who   opened   the   door   to   Tibet   for   me.     Phra   Paisal   Visalo   an   abbot  at  Wat  Pa  Sukato  in  Chaiyaphum  for  an  unforgettable  trip  to  Burma.    


Phra   Thanomsing   Sukosalo,   the   editor   of   MOOM   magazine   for   his   inspirational   advice   on   meditation   practice   that   contributed   to   this   project,   Matteo   Pistono,   a   writer   and   fellow   photographer   for   his   time   and   effort   to   proofread  this  book,  Ven.  Manjusri  Balangoda,  a  monk  from  Sri  Lanka  for  a   memorable  companion  during  my  time  in  Sri  Lanka.  Tenzin  Losel,  a  Tibetan   friend   for   his   enthusiastic   and   generous   help   in   India.   Professor   Somyos   Kumsang   from   Poh   Chang   College   of   Fine   Art   for   sharing   his   deep   knowledge   of   Buddhist   art   with   me.       Phatcharasiri   Yimmuang   from   SNF   foundation,  who  kindly  prepare  all  my  travel  documents  for  this  project.     Finally   my   beloved   mother   Premrudee,   who   raised   me   to   become   a   good   buddhist  with  her  patience  and  kindness.   Bhanuwat  Jittivuthikarn    


About  Photographer     Bhanuwat  Jittivuthikarn,  is  a  photojournalist  from  Thailand.     In   2006,   he   graduated   form   School   of   Creative   Art   University   of   Melbourne   with   a   combine   degree   in   International   Politics.   After   spends  seven  years  in  Melbourne,  where  he  hold  a  numbers  of  art   exhibition  and  received  numbers  of  awards.  Return  to  Thailand  in   2007,  He  joined  SNF  Sathirakoses-­‐‑Nagapradipa  Foundation,  one  of   leading   grassroots   empowerment   organization   in   Asia   where   Bhanuwat   have   cover   numbers   of   documentary   projects   notable   “Requiem   of   Andaman”,   which   he   has   won   Young   Thai   Artist   Award   ,   in   Photographic   category   in   2006.     “Diaspora   Smile   Portraits  of  Tibetan  in  Exile”  a  documenting  life  of  Tibetan  refugee   in  India.  He  is  an  only  Thai  photographer  to  be  selected  as  part  of   75   photographers   around   the   world   to   commendation   His   Holiness    The  Dalai  Lama  75th    birthday  in  2011.    



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