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Welcome to the first Pure Dhamma Newsletter, and I thank everyone for their support and encouragement in this project. The principal idea is to maintain a regular contact with disciples and students of Dhamma so that even if we are alone, we can feel supported in our life and in our practice.
The title of Pure Dhamma came about in Budh Gaya and Puri in January 2002, and has been waiting for the opportunity to present itself.
When the modern world is so full of ideas and imaginations about spiritual practice, it is important to keep our eyes and our heart on the True Path. Not to be lost in the fantasies of mind, but to live our life from the position of Love and Awareness.
This is Pure Dhamma, and this is what the Buddha shared with us.

Being the disciple

Every living thing fears pain and death.
Every living thing loves its life.
Remembering that we are also one of them
Let no-one harm or kill another.
Dhammapada: verse 130

To be a disciple of a teacher is always something special in our life, but to be a disciple of Dhamma is the only thing that has real value.
Teachers come and go, but Dhamma (Truth) remains. When we make the Dhamma the very reason for our life we are at peace with the world however it manifests.
Because the world is filled with unenlightened beings, the potential for cruel and selfish actions exists without limitations. Our homes are bombarded by images and sounds that can fill us with horror, and because of our own fear, it is easy to become confused and entrapped by the madness of the world, always looking for our own position to take. Who is right? Who is wrong? What should be done?
The Way of Dhamma is to stay in balance and allow the world to be as it is, letting go of all judgement and recrimination and to transcend the limitations of fear. Beings are the way they are, that’s their choice, but you are the way you are, and that’s your choice! So how are you choosing to be today?
The moment we defend, support or rationalize violent action, whether through mind, body or speech, we have joined the ranks of the unenlightened and forgotten our heart.
All the great masters, past and present speak of Love as the answer to all the difficulties of the world, but it is for true disciples of Dhamma to hear these words, not only with their ears, but with their heart and their whole being, and then apply them to their life.
There is an English expression which says, ‘Actions speak louder than words’, and this must be our inspiration. To make love a truly active force in our life. To give our life value through kindness, generosity and friendship. To be strong. To be clear, and to be true, even when we meet the difficulties of life, to the Path of Love.
This is the way of the disciple, and this is the Pure Dhamma.

When the heart is open there is life,
May all beings be happy

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