Venerable Maha Boowa Yanasampanno
Baan Taad Forest Monastery
Udon Thani Thailand
The religion of Buddhism originates from the teachings of the Buddha.
In his first sermon of Patimoke, the Buddha taught “One does
not do harm, One does only good deed, One purifies one’s mind”
– this is the practice and teachings of the Buddha.
“One Does Not Do Harm” means one abstains
from doing bad deeds. One does not cause trouble in body, speech
and mind. For example, one does not kill, steal, lie, commit adultery
nor take intoxicants because these actions have negative effects
on the person who commits the act - as well as - the person, who
“One Does Only Good Deed” means doing
good deed through body, speech and mind. For example, one practices
generosity, one is unselfish in giving material things to help others
and society. One is compassionate towards all beings and takes care
of each other. One is moral in body, speech and mind (does not kill,
does not lie, does not steal, does not commit adultery, and does
not take intoxicants).
“One Purifies One’s Mind” means
one practices meditation so the mind is aware of one’s thought.
One is able to let go of the thought by coming back to the present
moment (one does not follow the thought, but simply remains as an
observer of one’s thought or feeling). This is the practice
of mindfulness which leads one to experience the stillness of the
mind. One experiences inner peace even when one faces difficult
The religion of Buddhism is based on the code of conduct and practice.
The code of conduct is listed in the Tripitika, the books which
contain all the teachings of the Buddha. The practice is being aware
of one’s body, speech and mind. As the results of being aware,
one gains insight and wisdom. This leads to Nibbana (Nirvana), the
end of suffering or the ultimate happiness (contentment).
The Buddha taught the 4 Noble Truths:
1. Dukkha or suffering, which means birth, decay
and death which are the normal incidents of life. It also means
sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair which are at times
experienced by our body and mind. To be separated from the pleasant,
to be disappointed, or to be in contact with the unpleasant are
also suffering. In short our body and mind are subject to suffering
or, in other words, we may say that our existence is bound up with
2. Samudaya; which means the cause of suffering,
which is craving. It is a compelling urge of the mind, such as the
longing to own what we desire, to be what we desire to be, or to
avoid those states to which we feel aversion.
3. Nirodha; which means cessation of suffering,
which connotes extinction of craving or such longings of the mind.
4. Magga; which means the way to the cessation
of suffering, which is the Noble Eightfold Path, namely Right Understanding,
Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right
Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
(1) Right Understanding, meaning an intellectual grasp of the Four
Noble Truths or of the true nature of existence even in a simplified
(2) Right Intention, meaning intention to be free from all bonds
of suffering. Such intention should be free from revenge, hatred
(3) Right Speech, meaning abstinence from lying; from tale-bearing
and vicious talk that causes discord; from harsh language; and from
vain, irresponsible and foolish talk.
(4) Right Action, meaning avoidance of killing and torturing, of
theft and misappropriation, and of adultery.
(5) Right Livelihood, meaning rejection of wrong means of livelihood
and living by right means.
(6) Right Effort, meaning effort to avoid the arising of evil;
effort to overcome evil and negative states that have already arisen;
effort to develop good and beneficial states of mind, and effort
to maintain them when they have arisen.
(7) Right Mindfulness, meaning dwelling in contemplation of the
true stations of the mind, for instance, the four stations of Mindfulness
which are the Body, Sensation, Mind and Dhamma (Truth).
(8) Right Concentration, meaning the fixing of the mind upon a
single deed which we wish to perform along the right path.
The focal point of worship in Buddhism is the Tiratana (the Triple
Gem) namely the Buddha who by himself discovered, realized and proclaimed
the Dhamma, thereby establishing the Buddhist religion, the Dhamma
(Universal Truth) discovered, realized and proclaimed by the Buddha
and the Sangha or community of those who hear, follow and realize
the Buddha’s Teachings.
In practice, all Buddhists should be generous, kind, compassionate,
moral, and do meditation.
By practicing generosity, it shows that we are a high-mind being.
We are compassionate towards all beings. Whether it is sharing material
things or sharing dhamma; one does it without expecting anything
in return. The merit has already been created by doing good deed.
A person who is generous always stands out and is well respected
in the community. The power of giving also creates wealth. One is
never poor and is rich in spirituality and material things. Generosity
is the force that supports the world.
Sila or Morality (abstain from killing, lying, stealing, committing
adultery, taking intoxicants) keeps us away from doing harm to the
body and mind. To be moral means to be mindful of one’s body,
speech and mind so that we do not harm ourselves or harm others.
Lastly, all Buddhists should practice meditation because it gives
us insight and wisdom. The Buddha said “Wisdom is the light
of the world.” It makes one realize the truth fully and gain
happiness from the lowest level to the highest one. This is because
the highest wisdom is the fullest wisdom; it makes the mind shine
forth, that is, causes it to become clear and bright to the fullest
extent. This allows the mind to see the Truth as it really is and
attain the highest bliss just as Lord Buddha and his enlightened
followers attained in the past. Hence, Lord Buddha gave the advice,
saying: “Do not underestimate your wisdom.” Lord Buddha
advised the use of wisdom always. A person, who trains oneself to
use one’s innate wisdom and develop wisdom until one realizes
the Truth, will conduct oneself in the right path all the time and
will be automatically free from defilements and craving.
Venerable Tawan Panyawachiro (Khamsujaritr)