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Truth always Triumphs!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:55 pm

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Truthful Honesty is the 7th Mental Perfection:

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Honesty is Trust
Honesty is Truthful
Honesty is Guarantee
Honesty is Confidence
Honesty is Consistence
Honesty is Convincing
Honesty is Certainty
Honesty is Credibility
Honesty is Reliability
Honesty is Authenticity
Honesty is Integrity
Honesty is Accuracy
Honesty is Commitment
Honesty is Sincerity
Honesty is Security
Honesty is Reality
Honesty is a Must!


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Honesty characteristically never deceives, it's function is to verify what
is actual and factual. Honesty's manifestation is sheer excellence...
Sincere and exact truthfulness is the proximate cause of honesty!
All evil states and crimes converge upon transgression of Truth...
Devotion to Truth is the only reliable foundation of all Nobility!


Like The Buddha demand of your own mind:
You have to give me an honest answer, understand! I won't accept anything
phony. And once you've answered, you have to stick to that very answer and
not slide or glide around. Don't be a traitor to yourself! Be sober & straight!
Therefore: Accept now this 4th training rule of avoiding all false speech!

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If one is not true to the Buddha's teachings, the Buddha's teachings will
not be true to oneself, either! That Dhamma, which is used as a costume,
surface, uniform or alibi, does not bear fruit, as it's intention is not true!
True Honesty, however, makes you quite worthy of respect!

If one is painstakingly honest towards oneself, one thereby also becomes
meticulously honest towards others. If one on the contrary deceives oneself,
believing own lies, one automatically also deceives others, betraying them.
Honesty, however, always makes you quite worthy of respect...

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Make an island of yourself, be your own light and illumination,
make yourself your only safe haven; there is no other protection.
Make Truth your only island, make Truth your sole refuge;
Make Truth your only lamp; there is no other luminosity.
Digha Nikaya, 16

The straight person, self-controlled, keeping precepts,
open and honest, is both worthy and fit for the yellow robe.
The hiding person, imposting, immoral, keeping secrets,
not honest, is neither worthy, nor fit for the yellow robe.
Dhammapada 9+10

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Overcome the furious by friendship.
Overcome the evil one by goodness.
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes what is not given;
The one who mates with another's partner;
The one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!
Dhammapada 246-47

They who falsely declare: "That happened" about what did not happen, or:
"I did not do that" about what they actually did, they earn themselves a
ticket to grilling in Hell.
Dhammapada 306

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When the Blessed One heard about the king’s spies, who for money stole
information from others, he explained: One should not take just any job.
One should not be another’s man. One should not depend on any other.
One should not sell the truth for money…
Udana VI-2

The Bodhisatta was once caught by a man-eater, which sat him free on the
condition that he returned the next day. He kept his word and did so...
Much later remembered: Protecting this way of truth, having given up my
life and kingdom, I thereby set free 100 captured nobles, as the man-eater
lost his nerve. In honesty I thereby reached the ultimate perfection!
Mahasutasoma-Jataka no. 537

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More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm

You can run from your mistake, but not from your regret.
You can play with your drama, but not with your karma.

Theravada Buddhist Chaiteet Heng, Malaysia

Truth always Triumphs!
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TRUTH always TRIUMPHS!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:10 am

TRUTH always TRIUMPHS!

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Truthful Honesty is the 7th Mental Perfection. Like the moon remains in its fixed orbit around the earth, even so should one stay and stick with the truth, thereby insisting on honesty. This guarantee induces trust, confidence and assured certainty in the mind, as well as in the society. You can play with your drama, but not with your karma..

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm
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Avoid all Gossip!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:35 pm

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Empty Gossip & Void Babble Infects & Spoil any Social Sphere!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting for oneself?
Here, householder friends, any Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
to address me with gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, hearsay, and void prattle,
that would neither be pleasing nor agreeable to me. Similarly, if I were to address
another with gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, hearsay, and void prattle, that
would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable, nor acceptable to that other being either!
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and disagreeable
to any other being too. How can I disturb & bore another being with what provoke
annoy and exasperate myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, & void hearsay...
2: He/she will persuade others also to avoid all pointless good-for-nothing speech...
3: He/she will praise speaking well formulated reasoned facts worth remembering...
In this very way, is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in 3 aspects!

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Gossip returns!

One should never defile other beings by polluting them with empty speech!

More on not polluting the social soup with foolish words:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Doors.htm

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And on Right Speech (Samma Vaca):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Splitting.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Scolding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Gossiping.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:355]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

Avoid all Empty Babble and Gossip!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Gossiping.htm
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Cab Compassion!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:50 pm

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NYC Taxi driver made compassion shine in action:

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"I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I
honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about
just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door
and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear
something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me.
She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, just like
somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was
covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos & glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab,
then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward
the cab. She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just
try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an
address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any
family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very
long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building
where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when
they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse
that had once been a ballroom, where she had gone dancing as a young girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.
Let's go now'. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low
building, like a small convalescent home, with a way that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous
and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was
already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said.
'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light..
Behind me, a door shut. It was like the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an
angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused
to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick dry review:
I don't think that I have done anything more important in my entire life!
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware beautifully wrapped in what others
may consider a small nothing..."

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Compassionate Pity (Karuna), which cures all cruelty, is a divine state!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

Cab Compassion!

NYC Taxi driver made compassion shine in action.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cab_Compassion.htm
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Contemplating the Body!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:20 pm

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The 10 Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Any Bhikkhu contemplates this body from the soles of the feet upward,
and from the top of the hair downward, as a disgusting frame with a skin
stretched over it, filled with many impurities: This body consists only of
head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow,
kidneys, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, tallow, spittle, snot,
joint fluid, and urine. Just as if a sack with openings at both ends were
full of many various kinds of grain: Wheat, rice, mung beans, kidney beans,
sesame seeds, husked rice and a man with good eyesight, pouring it out,
were to reflect: This is wheat. This is rice. These are mung beans. These are
kidney beans. These are sesame seeds. This is husked rice, in exactly the
same way, monks, a monk reflects on this very body upward from the soles
of the feet, and downward again from the hair-tips of the head...
Source: DN 22, MN 10

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For Inspiration have a collection of Corpse Pictures Only for Adults been deposited here:
http://s914.photobucket.com/albums/ac350/Asubha/ Guest Password: corpses
WARNING! STRONG PICTURES!

Video: Any BODY is just a transient FRAME of FRAGILE FLESH!
http://youtu.be/FGdcaB690Yc

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More on reflection on the Body:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... stures.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm

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Contemplating the Body!

Any body is just a transient frame of fragile flesh!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... lation.htm
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Awareness of the 4!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:00 pm

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How to reach the Certainty of Final Knowledge?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these  4 Foundations of Awareness.
What four? The ever calmly self reminding awareness of:

1: Body is just a mass of disgusting impurities...
2: Feelings are only a repeating emotional noise...
3: Mind is simply a conditioned set of weird moods...
4: Phenomena are mentally baked and faked appearances...


While always acutely alert and clearly comprehending, thereby removing all lust,
desire, envy, jealousy, frustration, & any kind of discontent rooted in this world...
When, Bhikkhus, these 4 Foundations of Awareness have been developed, trained
& well established, one of two fruits may be expected: Either Final Knowledge in
this very life, or if there is residual clinging, the exalted state of Non-Return...!

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Awareness is Always Advantageous!

Details On Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm

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The 4 Great Frames of Reference!

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 181] 47. Foundations of Awareness: 36 Final Knowledge..

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Awareness of the 4!

The 4 Great Frames of Reference!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... wledge.htm
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Catching the Snake!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:55 pm

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Catching the Snake when fishing for Pleasure!

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The Ancient Elders explained reflection thus:
One sees all constructions as impermanent based on the following facts:
They are inconstant, momentary, non-continuous, temporary, limited by rise
and fall, disintegrating, unstable, perishable, transient, subject to change,
coreless, due to vanish, constructed, subject to decay, to ageing, to death!
One sees all phenomena as ultimate suffering based on the following facts:
They are continuously oppressing, hard to bear, the source of pain, a disease,
a tumour, a dart, a calamity, an affliction, a stress, a disaster, a terror that
offers no protection, no shelter, no refuge, a danger, the root of calamity,
murderous, subject to mental fermentation, Mara's bait, subject to birth,
subject to ageing, illness and despair, producing sorrow, cause of grieving!
One knows all constructions as disgusting, foul & ugly, because they surely
are deplorable, stinking, detestable, repulsive, & grotesque pain in disguise!
One regards all constructions as egoless no-self based on the these facts:
Because they are alien, empty, vain, void, ownerless, with no full controller,
with none to wield power over them, prone to washed about by conditions...
It is then one acquires Knowledge & Vision of the Way by associating all
constructions with these 3 universal characteristics. But why this grossly
negative way? It is in order to achieve the tools to releasing deliverance!!!
Here is a simile: a man thought to catch a fish, so he took a fishing net and
cast it in the water. He put his hand into the mouth of the net under the
water and seized a snake by the neck. He was glad, thinking: I have caught
a fish! In the belief that he had caught a big fish, he lifted it up to see it...
When he saw three marks, he perceived that it was a snake & he was truly
terrified. He saw danger, felt revulsion & desired to be delivered from it.
Contriving a means to deliverance, he flung it away, yelling: Go, foul snake!
Then quickly hasting up on dry land, he stood looking back, while thinking:
Happily, by effort, I have been delivered from the jaws of a huge snake!!
Vism 652

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More On Knowledge and Vision of the Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... Turban.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Being_is_Danger.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm

Catching the Snake!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Cat ... _Snake.htm
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One idea: Fuel!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:51 pm

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One single idea can Enlighten!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there is one particular idea, when a Bhikkhu
rightly disgusts this single scheme,
rightly detaches from this distinct concept,
rightly releases mentally from this sole dependence,
rightly sees the final end of this universal condition,
having rightly and thoroughly understood this unique idea,
then he is one who makes an end of suffering in this very life!
What is this one particular idea?
All Beings are sustained by Fuel!
When a Bhikkhu rightly disgusts, detaches, & releases from this reliance,
and rightly sees the end of this phenomenon by complete comprehension,
then he ends all suffering right there and then!

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The 4 fold Fuel (Ahara) any process of being burns upon are:
1. Material Food (kabalinkarahara), which maintains the body.
2. Sense Contact (phassa), which feeds feeling and perception.
3. Intention (mano-sañcetana), which constructs kammic rebirth.
4. Consciousness (viññana), which sustains new consciousness.

This 'fire' of being, caused by these 5 clusters of clinging:
1: The Cluster of Clinging to Form...
2: The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling...
3: The Cluster of Clinging to Perception…
4: The Cluster of Clinging to Construction…
5: The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness…
is thereby kept burning, since it is sustained by this 4 fold flow of fuel...
Nibbana (Sanskrit: Nirvana), which literally means 'blown out' like a candle,
is only reached by extinguishing this fire of being by denying it new fuel...
When all fuel is burned up, any fire stops and becomes peacefully cool!

The Fire Image of becoming Image is Suffering!

Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya. [AN V:50-51]
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acqui ... f_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /ahara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm

Have a nice cool day!

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One idea: Fuel!

One single idea can Enlighten!
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BBC Documentary on Consciousness

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:50 pm

BBC Documentary on Consciousness

http://youtu.be/sNc52LmHgUs

Where sits the Consciousness? What is Consciousness?
Recently it was found out that both hemispheres can be missing yet the children (though severely impaired) are still Conscious! Laughing without a Brain: “Got a Towel?” Case studies suggest that some forms of consciousness may not require an intact cerebrum!
http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... mple-brain

On the early Buddhist definition of Consciousness (vinnana):
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... nnaana.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... usness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/T ... Camera.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Mom ... usness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Consciousness.htm

Contemporary Bafflement if not Confusion about Consciousness:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind-body_problem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_probl ... sciousness
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Holy Himalaya

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:16 pm

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The Seven Links to Enlightenment Out-Shines All!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Supported, Friends, by Himalaya, king of mountains, do the snake-beings [nagas] grow a body and get
strength. When they have grown a body and got strength there, they go to the tiny mountain pools,
therefrom to the lakes, therefrom to the streams, therefrom to the great rivers, therefrom to the sea,
& lastly they go to the mighty ocean, where they complete great growth of body. Just even so, Bhikkhus
& Friends, any one supported by morality, fixed in morality, who cultivates the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
makes much of them, wins great growth of the right conditions and prerequisite causes of Enlightenment!
How does a Noble being, so founded in morality, so fixed in morality, cultivate the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
make much of them, & win great growth of the right conditions and necessary causes of total Awakening?
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Awareness,
based on isolation, on detachment, on stilling, which culminates in self-surrender.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Investigation,
based on solitude, on dispassion, on ceasing, which culminates in relinquishment.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Energy,
based on seclusion, on indifference, on cooling, which culminates in elevation.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Joy,
based on retreat, on disinterestedness, on ending, which culminates in renouncing.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Tranquillity,
based on aloofness, on disgust, on stopping, which culminates in deliverance.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Concentration,
based on separation, on release, on finishing, which culminates in emancipation.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Equanimity,
based on withdrawal, on detachment, on stilling, which culminates in self-surrender.
That is how a Noble being, founded in morality, fixed in morality, cultivates the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
and by making much of them, wins to greatness of the conditions that causes the effect of Enlightenment!

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More on these Seven Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

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Source: Samyutta Nikaya V

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Holy Himalaya

The 7 Links to Enlightenment Out-Shines All ..
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Holy_Himalaya.htm
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No Craving = No Suffering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:00 pm

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No Craving is the Ceasing of all Suffering!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, now, is this Noble Truth on the Elimination of all Suffering?
It is the complete fading away & irreversible elimination of all Craving,
the rejection & leaving of it, & the liberating release from it! SN 56:11

But where may this craving vanish, where may it be extinguished?
Wherever in the world, there are delightful and pleasurable things!
Right there and then may this craving be overcome, and quenched...
DN 22

Be it in the past, the present, or in any future, whatever true recluse
considers all delightful, attractive & pleasurable things in this world
as impermanent anicca, as miserable dukkha, & as without a self anatta,
as diseases & as cancers, it is he who conquers craving... SN 12:66

By final fading away and elimination of craving, clinging also ceases;
By the elimination of clinging, the process of becoming also ceases;
By the elimination of the process of becoming, rebirth also ceases;
Through the elimination of all rebirth, all decay, ageing & death!,
sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair is finally extinguished...
Only that is the eradication of this entire mass of Suffering...
SN 12:43

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More on this thorny Craving causing all pain:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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No Craving = No Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
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Rejoicing produces Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:51 pm

Friends:

Unselfish Joy! How to Rejoice in Others Success:

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By seeing that:
If only happy at one's own success, such egoistic Joy is rare and limited!
If happy at others success also, the Joy is more frequent & even infinite!

By observing that:
It starts with basic sympathy, develops into acceptance, genuine approval,
& appreciation. It culminates in rejoicing altruistic sympathy by directing
mind to initiation, much cultivation & boundless expansion of Mutual Joy!

By knowing that:
Mutual Joy is the proximate cause of sweet, fully satisfied contentment!
Lack of mutual joy is therefore the proximate cause of discontentment!
Mutual Joy instantly eliminates acidic jealousy, grudge and green envy!
Mutual Joy is an infinite, truly divine, elevating and sublime mental state!
Mutual Joy is 1 of the 4 mental states of the Brahma-devas (Brahmavihara)


The Blessed Buddha pointed out:
If it were impossible to cultivate this Good, I would not tell you to do so!

Buddhaghosa:
See how this worthy being is very Happy!
How fine! How excellent! How sweet!

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Let there be Happiness. Let there be open Freedom.
Let there be Peace. Let there be Bliss from cultivating this.
Let there be Understanding of this mental state of Mutual Joy!


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Cultivation of Mutual Joy is the specific medicine against Envy & Jealousy:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Mudita: The Buddha's Teaching on Unselfish Joy: BPS Wheel Publication No. 170
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el170.html

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Mutual Joy Rejoices in Other's Success...


Mutually Rejoicing Bliss!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
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Hungry Ghost Rebirth!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:30 am

Friends:

Those who steal get a Hungry Ghost Rebirth!

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Those who steal food & who are too lazy for doing good deeds, become
corpse or menstruation eating Ghosts, and abortion eating Ghosts (Peta).
Whosoever are engaged in low praxis, mean, miserly, avaricious, stingy,
& the constantly greedy are reborn after death as swollen neck Ghosts...
Whoever prevents others from giving and does not himself give anything,
becomes an ever hungry and thirsty Ghost, needle-mouthed & big-bellied...
Whoever clings to his wealth only for his family, but who neither enjoys,
nor shares it, is reborn as ghost eating only what is given, such as things
given at funerals... Whoever longs to steal anothers property, but then
later regrets it, is reborn as a peta feeding on excrement, pus and vomit...
Whoever speaks aggressively, angry, words hitting like daggers, becomes
a ghost with mouth like a furnace burning fiercely with red coals and ashes...
And whoever is cruel minded, without sympathy and quarrelsome, would
become a fiery ghost eating worms, leeches, insects, crabs and beetles...

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Source (edited extract):
Pañcagatidipani by Ashvaghosa & Saddhammaghosa: 11-12th century AC.
Tr. by Ann A. Hazlewood. Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132714

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More details on the Peta (ghost) destination:
From the Tipitaka: Minor Anthologies Vol 4, Vimanavatthu & Petavatthu
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130738
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... vatthu.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ghosts_Petas.htm

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Please enjoy study here for details on Rebirth:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... estiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... inking.htm

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Hungry Ghost Rebirth!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
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The 4 Noble Truths...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:26 am

Friends:

Indeed is this Samsara a Sea of Suffering!

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As the 4 Noble Truths always say:
1: All this and such is Suffering!
2: Craving is the Cause of Suffering!
3: Ceasing of Craving is the End of Suffering!
4: The Noble 8-fold Way is the method to end all Suffering!


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More on these core facts here:
The 1st Noble Truth on Suffering (Dukkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
The 2nd Noble Truth on The Cause of Suffering:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
The 3rd Noble Truth on The Ceasing of Suffering:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
The 4th Noble Truth on The Noble Way to end all Suffering:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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The 4 Noble Truths...

This Samsara is indeed a Sea of Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Indeed_True.htm
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Avoid all Killing!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:04 am

Friends:

Not Killing promotes Harmlessness and thus produces Peace!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting to oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: I am one who wishes
to live, who does not wish to die; I desire happiness & do not like any suffering.
If someone were to take my life, it would neither be pleasing nor agreeable to me.
If I kill whatever another being: One who also wishes to live, who also does not
wish to die, who also desires happiness & who also dislike suffering, that would
neither be pleasant nor acceptable to that other being either...
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and disagreeable
to any other being too. How can I inflict upon another being what is displeasing
and disagreeable to myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all destruction of any life-form whatsoever...
2: He/she will persuade others also to abstain from all destruction of any life...
3: He/she will speak praising harmlessness and avoidance of all & any killing...
In exactly this way is this good bodily behaviour purified in three respects!!!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:353]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

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HARMLESSNESS AVOIDS THE ULTIMATE WRONG!
All sentient beings feel pain from violence.
All sentient beings fear death.
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm nor kill ...
Dhammapada 129

Whoever harms the harmless & innocent beings,
upon such very fool, pain of evil promptly return
as dust thrown against the wind.
Dhammapada 125

Whoever injures, with weapon or stick, beings
searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such fool never finds it!
Dhammapada 131

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Whoever never injures, with weapon nor stick, beings
searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such clever & kind one
always gain it!
Dhammapada 132

The Noble is not one who injures living beings.
The Noble is one who never injures living beings.
Dhammapada 270

Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on Harmlessness.
Dhammapada 300

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The one who has left violence,
who never harm any being,
whether moving are stationary,
who never kill nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 405

The one who is friendly among the hostile,
who is harmless among the violent,
who is detached among the greedy,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 406

More on Harmlessness and non-violence (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm

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NEVER KILL! May all Beings become Happy thereby!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Never_Kill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm

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ViDeO: Back-2-Basics #1 = Never Kill!
http://youtu.be/6HFqhHKCtqc
High Definition:


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Avoid all Killing!

Not Killing promotes Harmlessness & thus produces Peace!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm
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A Love Supreme!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:59 pm

Friends:

On True Love (A Doctors observation):

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It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in
his eighties arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that
he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than
an hour before someone would to able to attend to him. I saw him check his
watch anxiously for the time and decided to evaluate his wound, since I was
not busy with another patient. On examination, the wound was well healed.
Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the supplies to remove his sutures
and redress his wound. We began to engage in a conversation, while I was taking
care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment later as
he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, and said that he needed to
go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.
I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home
for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and
asked if she would be upset, if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer
knew who he was, and that she had not been able to recognize him since five
years ago. I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though
she doesn't know who you are?" Then he smiled as he patted my hand and said,
"She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is!" ;-)

I had to hold back my tears as he left. I had goose bumps on my arm, and I thought,
"That is the kind of love I want in my life." True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, was not, will be, and will not ever be…

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More on True Love (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Adv ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/May ... _Happy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Fri ... versal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goo ... enuine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm

A Love Supreme!

On True Love (A Doctors observation):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Love_Supreme.htm
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May all Beings be Happy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:40 am

Friends:

The Blessed Buddha once said:

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Sabbe satta, sabbe pana,
sabbe bhuta ca kevala,
sabbe bhadrani passantu.
Ma kañci papamagama.


May all creatures, all living things,
all beings without any exception,
experience good happiness only!
May they not fall into any harm.

Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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Solitude is happiness for one, who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in this world:
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

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HARMLESS
The one, who has left violence,
who never harm any being,
whether they are trembling or still,
who never kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 405

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More on Harmlessness (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm

May all Beings be Happy!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... _Happy.htm
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Aloof is Equanimity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:06 pm

Friends:

Regarding all Phenomena with aloof Equanimity!

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When one has understood constructions by seeing the three characteristics in
them and their voidness, then one can leave both terror & delight by becoming
indifferent and neutral to all states, taking them neither to be 'I' nor 'mine'!
One becomes like a man who has recently divorced his wife: The man who was
married to a lovely, gorgeous, & charming wife and so deeply in love with her as to
be unable to bear separation from her for a single moment. He would be disturbed
& displeased to see her standing, talking & laughing with another man, and would
be very unhappy & jealous, but later, when he found out that woman's faults,
and he divorced her, he would no more take her as 'mine'; and thereafter, even
though he saw her doing whatever it might be, with whomsoever it might be,
he would neither be disturbed, nor displeased, but only neutral and indifferent!
So too with the meditating disciple, who wants to get free from all phenomena:
He recognizes all constructions as impermanent, and void of pleasure and self,
thus seeing that nothing in reality is 'I' or 'mine'. He therefore abandons both
terror and delight, and becomes indifferent and neutral towards all phenomena...
Vism 656

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Divorced from Possessiveness, Egoism, Clinging and Frustration!

More On Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

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Equanimity describes the unattached awareness of one's experience as a result
of perceiving the impermanence of momentary reality. It is a peace of mind and
dwelling in even calmness that cannot be shaken by any grade of both fortunate
and unfortunate circumstances. It is a concept promoted by several religions...!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity

Have a nice divorced day!

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Serene Ease...

Aloof is Equanimity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
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Abstract absorbed Absence ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:32 pm

Friends:

Voidness is Absolute Absence of Agitation:

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The Blesses Buddha once said:
Not attending to the experience of people or city, the monk focuses on the single,
even and same experience of Forest...! His mind is absorbed into that experience of
Forest and he acquires assured confidence, fixed imperturbability and determination.
There and then he understands: Whatever agitation there always was in the experience
of city and people, all that is absent here.. Here only remains a minor distraction
rooted in this silent, sweet, same, single and even experience of endless Forest!
Thus he understands: This field of mental state is indeed void of the experience of
the buzz of people and city. There is present only this stilled sameness condensed on
the experience of Forest. Thus he regards the present state as void of what actually is
absent, while what now actually still remains in presence, that he notes as still present!
This, Ananda is the very first step in the gradual, genuine, undistorted, ancient and
pure descent into Voidness...
Again and then, Ananda, by now not attending to the experience of forest, the monk shifts
and focuses until he reaches one-pointed absorption on the single, even and same unified
Experience of the extensive solidity of Earth...
Experience of the cohesive fluidity of Water...
Experience of the vibrating radiation of Heat...
Experience of the energetic mobility of Motion...
Experience of the infinitude of Space...
Experience of the infinitude of Consciousness...
Experience of the empty void of Nothingness...
Experience of neither perception, nor non-perception...
Experience of the signless and objectless mental absorption...
In this void state, he understands that all other phenomena are now quite absent!
Only the non-voidness due to the subtle signless mental absorption is still present...
This too, Ananda, is the gradual, genuine, undistorted and pure descent into voidness...

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Source:
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. 121 [iii 106] The minor speech on Voidness.

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More on these supremely sublime mental states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... nsions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... astery.htm

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Abstract absorbed Absence ...

Pure Descent into Voidness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... idness.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:51 pm

Friends:

How does one gain the Divine All-Seeing Eye?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Which concentration, Bhikkhus, when practised and developed often will lead
to gaining the divine eye of vast understanding (dibba-cakkhu ?
When the Bhikkhu reflects on experiencing light, fixes his mind on this perception
of daylight, always, both at day-time and also at night! In this way, with wakeful
and stainless mind, he develops a state of luminous consciousness accompanied by
a bright radiant inner mental light. This concentration, developed and practised
often indeed leads to the attainment of the eye of understanding (dibba-cakkhu) ...

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Visuddhimagga XIII, 95 says that this luminous state of mind is a prerequisite
condition for reaching the knowledge of the divine eye. This enlightening training
also evaporates all Lethargy-and-Laziness.

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More on the divine eye (dibba-cakkhu):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... cakkhu.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Divine_Eye.htm

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The All-Seeing Eye..

Making Mental Light!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... _Light.htm
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