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Kalama - A Place To Review
Our leader, the venerable monk Giac Nguyen (Toai Khanh), had long thought of a title for the hermitage he and his group of buddhist volunteers were planning to build in Myanmar. He came to a great title, "Parami", which means to overcome or get across. Parami or Paramita is two words combined. 'Pāra' means river bank, and 'i' means to reach. Thus Pārami means to reach the bank on other side of the river. The 'Viet' in Vietnam also means to overcome, to get over - which makes Parami a very interesting name of a buddhist meditation retreat.
But by chance, our monk was taken ill with a cold and had to rest for long periods. During a very deep sleep he heard a voice whispering to him "Kalama - not Parami". It made no sense to him at first but soon after he again heard the words in his ears. On waking our monk pondered much about what the voice said in the dream.
Parami was a name he had given to the future meditation hermitage in Myanmar.
But what about Kalama? He knew Kalama was the name of a very well-known sutta.
The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta sitting on one side said to the Blessed One:
So though our monk Giac Nguyen had already spent some effort to promote the name Parami for the hermitage, he felt compelled to change it to Kalama Hermitage. He spoke to his friends and follwers and after they heard the story they all were happy with the new meaningful name.
It is a great name because it reminds those who in the future come to the hermitage that, true understanding and believing only arrive after careful examination of the teaching with utmost scrutiny. In other words, to constantly review what you see, hear and re-examine your self.
Thư Gửi Quý Vị Hữu Tâm
Kalama – Nơi Nhìn Lại
Thông Báo Về Khu Đất
Thông Báo Của Sư Toại Khanh
Đạo Kỳ Kalama
Lá Thư Chung
Bước Đầu Trên Đất Thiền
Thông Báo Tạm Khóa Quỹ Hỗ Trợ Kalama
Bước Đầu Xây Dựng Kalama
Định Hướng Tu Học Ở Kālāma
Về Công Trình Đại Phật Ở Kālāma
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