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Dhp 01:11 - Happiness Here And Happiness Hereafter

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Dhp 01:11 - Happiness Here And Happiness Hereafter

Here he rejoices, hereafter he rejoices.
In both states the welldoer rejoices.
He rejoices, exceedingly rejoices,
perceiving the purity of his own deeds. (16)


Once there lived in Savatthi, a lay disciple by the name of Dhammika, who was virtuous and very fond of doing charity. He generously offered food and other requisites to holy men regularly and also on special occasions. He was, in fact, the leader of many virtuous lay disciples of the Buddha who lived in Savatthi. Dhammika had many children and all of them, like their father, were also virtuous and devoted to charity. When Dhammika was very ill and was on his deathbed.** He requested the Sangha to recite the sacred suttas by his bedside. While the bhikkhus were reciting the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta he saw a vision of six decorated chariots from six celestial worlds arriving to invite him to their respective worlds. Dhammika told them to wait for a while for fear of interrupting the recitation of the Sutta. The bhikkhus, thinking that they were being asked to stop, discontinued their chanting and left the place.

A little while later, Dhammika told his children about the six decorated chariots waiting for him. Then and there he decided to choose the chariot from the Tusita world and he passed away with happiness and confidence in his mind.

Thus, the virtuous man rejoices in this world as well as in the next.

Footnotes:** According to Buddhism, the subsequent birth is determined by the thought process at the moment of death. Buddhists do not believe that the earth is the only habitable plane [planet] and that human beings are the only beings. Planes are numerous and beings are innumerable. After death one may be born as a human being or in a subhuman state or in a celestial plane according to one's actions. The so-called being in the subsequent life is neither the same as its predecessor (as it has changed) nor absolutely different (as it is the identical stream of life). Buddhism denies an identical being but affirms an identity in process.

Teaching Focus: A wise person does good deeds. Having done those good deeds he rejoices here in this world. He rejoices in the life after as well. Seeing the purity of his virtuous actions, he rejoices. He is thoroughly joyous seeing the goodness of his deeds. (16)

Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Nay vui, đời sau vui, Làm phước, hai đời vui, Nó vui, nó an vui, Thấy nghiệp tịnh mình làm. (16)
Le Français Il se réjouit dans cette vie, il se réjouit après cette vie, dans tous les mondes le faiseur de bien se réjouit. Il se réjouit, il se réjouit extrêmement, voyant ses actions pures. (16)
Deutsch Hier freut er sich, und nach dem Tode freut er sich, wer Gutes tat, freut sich an beiden Orten, - er freut sich, freut sich immer tiefer, hat er gesehn die reine Tat des Selbst. (16)
Español El bienhechor se regocija ahora y se regocija después. Tanto aquí como allí se regocija. Se regocija; se regocija enormemente, percibiendo la pureza de sus propios actos. (16)
Pу́сский язы́к В этом мире радуется он и в ином – радуется. В обоих мирах творящий добро радуется. Он радуется – не нарадуется, видя непорочность своих дел. (16)
Magyar Nyelv Nem bánja, amit tett, sem ideát, s nem bánja halála után odaát aki jót tesz, mert igaz jutalom vár rá jótette jutalmaként. (16)
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The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
  • I believe that liberal(ism) is a good word/concept and something to be proud to support.  The modern, systematic corruption of liberal ideas is a living human tragedy.
  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
  • I believe in democratic elections and institutions including a media free of commercial and governmental bias.  Liberty and equality perish when a society becomes uneducated and/or ill-informed.
  • I believe in diversity of life and ideas.  Life and ideas can only flourish when the gene pool is vast and abundantly differentiated.
  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

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