Children’s Program at Nevada Buddhist Vihara: (Part 1)


Children’s Program at Nevada Buddhist Vihara:
(Part 1)

September 17, 2023

By Bhante Sumitta (PhD)

(Part 1)

Inspiring Young Minds: 

Bhante Sumitta's Motivational Program 

@Nevada Buddhist Vihara

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Part 1 of the Material

Niddasili sabhasili, anutthata ca yo naro,

Alaso kodhapannano, tam parabhavato mukham. (Sn 1.6: Parābhava Sutta | Downfall)


Being fond of sleep, fond of company, indolent,

Lazy and irritable, this is a cause of one’s downfall.


Imagine two friends, Sam and Lily. Sam loves to sleep in late every day, and when he's awake, he spends most of his time chatting with friends or watching TV. He often gets annoyed over small things and doesn't like helping others.

On the other hand, there's Lily. She wakes up early, full of energy, and starts her day with a smile. She's always ready to learn new things, help her family, and be a good friend to others.

Now, let's look at the saying: "Niddasili sabhasili, anutthata ca yo naro, Alaso kodhapannano, tam parabhavato mukham."

It's telling us that being like Sam, who loves to sleep and spend time chatting without doing anything useful, is not a good path to follow. Why? Here's the breakdown:

Fond of Sleep (Niddasili): Imagine if you spent most of your day sleeping, you'd miss out on all the fun activities, learning opportunities, and adventures that the world has to offer. Sleep is essential, but too much of it can make you miss exciting moments.

Fond of Company (Sabhasili): Socializing is great, but if you spend all your time with friends who aren't interested in doing something useful or learning, you might miss out on growing and discovering new things together.

Indolent (Anutthata): This word means being lazy or not motivated to do anything. Imagine having all these fantastic ideas and dreams but never taking action on them. That's what being indolent is like.

Lazy (Alaso): Laziness is when you don't want to put in the effort to do something, even if it's important or exciting. If you're lazy, you might miss out on all the fun and exciting things life has to offer.

Irritable (Kodhapannano): When you're irritable, you get angry easily, and it's hard to get along with others. This can make friendships difficult and less enjoyable.

So, what's the big message here for children? It's telling you not to be like Sam but to be more like Lily:

Wake up with enthusiasm and energy.

Be curious and excited about learning new things.

Help your family and friends when they need you.

Stay active and engaged in life's adventures.

Don't let anger and irritation get in the way of your happiness and relationships.

By being like Lily, you'll be on a path to success and happiness. You'll make the most of your time, learn, grow, and build strong, positive relationships with others. So, remember, don't let sleepiness, laziness, and irritability be the cause of your downfall. Choose enthusiasm, curiosity, and kindness, and you'll find a world full of exciting opportunities waiting for you!


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