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Colorful boats on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar offer an uplifting image to use in sincerely wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at Pariyatti.

In this issue of the newsletter, we have an update about the results of the recent campaign. We also have one of our favorite excerpts from the newest Pariyatti Press title: Burmese Monks Tales. Then we will share about some recent special meetings in India. And lastly, we provide our calendar with a variety of events and programming.
 

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Supporters,

We hope that your entry into 2017 has been peaceful, and we wish you all the best for the coming year.

Our year-end campaign ended last week. We wish to express our gratitude for all the support we received. During this campaign our goal was $90,000 and we received a total of $55,100 plus a pledge of $20,000 which will be donated in the first-half of 2017. So our total comes to $75,100. Even though that is shy of our goal by $14,900, it is a worthy accomplishment, and we look forward to serving you in 2017 and in the years to come.

As always, all donations are appreciated as we work together to make Pariyatti's services available to people around the world. You are welcome to make a one-time donation or may consider making a monthly recurring donation. To make a donation, please click the button below.
 
If you wish to discuss further in person, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at director@pariyatti.org or by phone at +1 (541) 719-8004.

With best wishes,
Brihas Sarathy
Executive Director
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Burmese Monk's Tales

There isn't another book in our publishing collection like our latest one, Burmese Monk's Tales. It provides light, entertaining reading in the form of witty little fables, while at the same time granting a window into Burmese culture during an important historic period. Below is an excerpt.
The Stall-Holder Who Asked For Time To Say Farewell To His Wife
 
A Stall-Holder in the Royal Market at Mandalay was a very religious person, and every evening after the day's business he went to a pagoda nearby and spent one full hour telling his beads. At the conclusion of his hour of meditation, he always exclaimed loudly, “For this deed of merit, may I reach Nirvana as speedily as possible!”

A Tradesman from the same market was a mischievous fellow, and he made fun of the religious Stall-Holder every morning. But the Stall-Holder did not waver in his religious pursuits and continued to go to the pagoda every evening. The mischievous Tradesman finally decided to play a trick on him. So he borrowed the costume of a god from a company of strolling players, and, one evening, dressed in the costume, he waited behind a stone pillar at the pagoda. When the Stall-Holder exclaimed as usual, “For this deed of merit, may I reach Nirvana as speedily as possible!” the Tradesman showed himself in the dim light and said, “Worthy Stall-Holder, I am the guardian god of this pagoda and will take you to Nirvana immediately.” The Stall-Holder knelt down before the seeming god and expressed his gratitude, but asked for time to go home and say farewell to his wife.
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Friendly Meeting with BPS and VRI

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O.P. Pathak, Venerable Bhikkhu Nyanatusita, and Brihas Sarathy at the Vipassana Research Institute in Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, India recently.
For the first time, there was an opportunity at the end of last year for a meeting between representatives of Pariyatti, Vipassana Research Institute (VRI), and Buddhist Publication Society (BPS). The occasion arose because Venerable Bhikkhu Nyanatusita was invited to Dhamma Giri to rest after completion of a pilgrimage he had undertaken in India. Venerable Bhikkhu Nyanatusita is the Editor of the Buddhist Publication Society of Sri Lanka, having succeeded Bhikkhu Bodhi in that role in 2005. After the friendly, casual visit, he returned back home to Sri Lanka.
 

Pilgrimages

An arrangement in a window facing the pagoda at the International Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar. This is the Vipassana Center built by Sayagyi U Ba Khin in 1952. It was visited by the group on the recent Pariyatti pilgrimage to Burma. 
 
Upcoming Pilgrimage Dates:
 
Along the Path - India & Nepal
February 3 to 24, 2017
 
Off the Beaten Path - India
February 20 to March 6, 2017
 
Peregrinaje en Español: A lo largo del camino - India y Nepal 
3 de Febrero al 24 de Febrero 2017
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Pariyatti Presents...

This new program consists of hosting talks and workshops by various speakers. Our inaugural speaker is Dr. Panth, a Buddhist scholar.
Dr. Panth
April 5 - Seattle, WA: Talk on the Revival of Pilgrimage in India
April 6 - Onalaska, WA: Half-Day Workshop on Abhidhamma at Pariyatti
April 7 - Azusa, CA: Talk on the Revival of Pilgrimage in India
April 7 to 13 - Temecula, CA: Abhidhamma Residential Workshop
April 13 to 19 - Temecula, CA: Introductory Pāli Residential Workshop
April 21 - New York, NY: Talk on the Revival of Pilgrimage in India
April 22 - New York, NY: Half-Day Workshop on Abhidhamma
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Pāli Workshops

California, USA Pāli Workshops
 
Introductory
April 7-13, 2017
June 3-18, 2017
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Pariyatti is a charitable, nonprofit, educational support system for the Dhamma community. Pariyatti exists because of funds donated by supporters.

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Daily Words

Chandā dosā bhayā mohā,
Yo dhammaṃ ativattati,
Nihīyati yaso tassa
Kāḷapakkheva candimā.

Chandā dosā bhayā mohā,
Yo dhammaṃ nātivattati,
Āpūrati yaso tassa
Sukkapakkheva candimā.
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Whoever through desire, hate or fear,
Or ignorance should transgress the Dhamma,
All one's glory fades away
Like the moon during the waning half.

Whoever through desire, hate or fear,
Or ignorance never transgresses the Dhamma,
All one's glory ever increases
Like the moon during the waxing half.
Dīgha Nikāya 3.246
Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14),
translated by Narada Thera

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