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Complete Detachment!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:20 pm

Friends!

Complete Detachment by Relinquishing All!

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Friends, we should train in this very way:
I will not cling to neither the eye, nor to the ear, nor to the nose,
nor to the tongue, nor to the body, nor to the mind...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on awareness of any
sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, nor any mental states...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any visual contact,
auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, or any mental contact...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any feeling aroused
from all these visual, otherwise sensed or ... mental contacts...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any form, emotion,
perception, construction, or any deliberately directed attention!
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any solidity, fluidity,
heat, motion, space, nor on any sort of mentality whatsoever...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any infinitude of space,
any infinitude of consciousness, any sphere of nothingness, any sphere
of neither-perception-nor-non-perception, nor on any other subtle state...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on anything in this world,
nor on anything in any other transcendent world beyond this world…
Thus will my consciousness be independent of what is seen, heard,
sensed, cognized, encountered, searched for & examined by the mind...
It will be without base, source, & object, unconnected, unconstrained,
unrelated, autonomous, fully freed, sovereign, sublime and supreme…
This -only this- itself leads to the released liberation of final freedom!!!

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Source:
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: Majjhima Nikaya
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.phtml?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/ma ... index.html

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Complete Detachment!

Final Fundamental Freedom ...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... reedom.htm
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Today is Navam Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:06 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Navam Poya day is the full-moon of February. This holy day celebrates
the ordination of the Buddha Gotama's main disciples Sariputta and
MahaMoggallana. On this day Buddha also later decides his Parinibbana.

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The death moment of the Buddha, where he enters Nibbana (Sanskrit Nirvana)...!

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the
Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean
bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first
three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:

I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

I will hereby respect these Three Jewels the rest of my life!

I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...

Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's
own eyes & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much
better than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to
this world! So is the start towards Nibbana: The Deathless Element!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps even the Eight Precepts from sunrise until the
next dawn... If any wish an official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may simply forward the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed with
name, date, town, & country to me or join here. A public list of this new
quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Have a nice Poya Observance day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Today is Navam Poya Day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm
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The Siamese Twins ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:38 am

Friends:

Mentality & Materiality are Mutually Dependent:

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Interdependence of Mentality and Materiality; of the dual Name-and-Form:
Mentality alone has no efficient power, it cannot eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
Materiality alone is also without sufficient power, since it cannot do anything
without orders and drive: It has neither desire to eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
When materiality and mentality are joined together, these two twins can act:
When mentality (mind) has a desire to eat, a desire to drink, a desire to speak,
or a desire to walk, it is materiality (body) that eats, drinks, speaks & walks!

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Mentality and Materiality, Mind & Matter are Inseparable!

Therefore did the Ancient Elders say:
The mental and the material does really exist,
But here there is no 'human being' to be found,
For it is void and merely fashioned like a doll!
Just suffering piled up like grass and sticks...
The mental and the material: Name-and-Form
Are Siamese Twins, that each supports the other:
When one dies, they both die, surely inseparable,
Due to the necessary mutual dependence...
They cannot come to be by their own strength,
Or even maintain themselves by their own power
Depending on other states, weak in themselves,
Conditioned and constructed, they come to be;
They come to be, with others as crucial requirement.
They are activated by others as if their controller,
They are thus produced by object and condition,
And each by something other, than itself...
And just as men depend upon
A boat for traversing the sea,
So does the mental mind need the
material body for real efficiency.
And as the boat depends upon
The men for traversing the sea,
So does the material body need the
mental mind for induction & control.
Depending each upon the other.
The boat and men can sail the seas.
And so do both mind and matter
Depend, the one, upon the other...
Vism 597

On this Mind-&-Matter Duality, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... uality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _ruupa.htm

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discriminating mind-&-matter

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Is this phenomena Mind or Matter or both or neither?

The Siamese Twins ...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... _Twins.htm
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Calm and Insight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:15 am

Friends:

Calm (samatha) & Insight (vipassana):

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There are two principal kinds of mental development:
1: Development of mental tranquillity and calm (samatha-bhavana)
culminating in the development of concentration (samadhi-bhavana)
And!
2: Development of insight (vipassana-bhavana) culminating in the
development of understanding (pañña-bhavana).
Both qualities: Calm and Insight, are essential & crucial for release!
Tranquil Calm (samatha) is the pleasant, peaceful, yet lucid state of
a settled mind acquired as a preliminary to meditative absorption.
It blesses the meditator with 3 things: Happy life, happy rebirth, &
a mental purity suitable for gaining progressive penetrating insight!
Concentration is a necessary prerequisite for such cutting insight..
Why so? It removes distractions that veil the investigating vision!
Insight is that which leads to entrance of the 4 stages of Nobility..
Why so? It irreversibly removes gross & latent mental hindrances!
The term samadhi literally means ~being firmly put evenly together
(sam + a+ dha) & is mental state focused on only one single object=
cittassaekaggata, which literally means ~ one-pointedness of mind.
Any state of consciousness has a degree of mental concentration!
One may distinguish these four stages or levels of concentration:
1: Momentary or transient concentration (khanika-samadhi),
2: Preliminary or preparing concentration (parikamma-samadhi),
3: Access or approaching concentration (upacara-samadhi),
4: Absorption or attainment concentration (appana-samadhi).

Insight (vipassana) is the penetrative understanding, gained by only
direct meditative experience of the inherent transience, misery, &
selflessness (anicca, dukkha, anatta) of all physical & mental states
of existence all included in these 5 clusters (khandha) of clinging:
form, feeling, perception, mental construction, and consciousness.
Bhavana is derived from the causative form of the verbal root bhu,
bhavati = to be, to become, causing to be, making come into being,
the calling into existence of, the production of or development of.
When applied to Mental Training this simply means Meditation...

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Simultaneous Calm and Insight! Photo: The Kawasakis

More on Insight (Vipassana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm

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Calm and Insight!

The Dual Advantage of Mental Training:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
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Joys beyond this World!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:26 pm

Friends:

Joys neither of this world, nor even Beyond!!!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And what, Bhikkhus, is the Joy not of this world? Aloof and above any lust,
quite secluded from any sense desire, protected from any disadvantageous
mental state, one enters & dwells in the 1st jhana mental absorption; full of
joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with directed & sustained thought...
With the stilling of directed & sustained thought, one later enters & dwells
in the 2nd jhana of calmed assurance & unification of mind devoid of any
thought & thinking, joined with joy & pleasure now born of concentration!
These are called the joys not of this world!
And what, Bhikkhus, is the joy beyond that joy, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
mind liberated from lust, freed from hatred, and released from confusion,
there arises a transcendental joy. This is called Joy quite beyond that joy,
that is not of this world...

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More on quite rapturous Joy (piti) here hihihi ;-):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sup ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sup ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm

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Regarding Joys of this World: Balance - Sara Tavares seems infectious!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C9mWN8vKHQ

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling: Vedana. Joys beyond this world ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Joys beyond this World!

Have a nice, noble, and joyous day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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There is a Supra-Human kind of Delight!


Joys beyond this World!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
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Focused and Fused!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:20 pm

Friends:

These 7 States are Focused on one single object: Nibbâna!

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The Awareness Link to Awakening is foremost, in the sense of rolling overall like a wheel.
The Investigation Link to Awakening is the chief, in the sense of greatness like an elephant.
The Energy Link to Awakening is the prime, in the sense of being swift & strong like a horse.
The Joy Link to Awakening is vital, in the sense of giving brilliant radiance like a jewel.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening, is primary in the sense of soothing like a mild woman.
The Concentration Link to Awakening, is best in the sense of giving wealth like a treasurer.
The Equanimity Link to Awakening is supreme, in the sense of ballance like a good advisor.
These seven links to awakening are thus like the 7 treasures of a wheel-turning monarch.
They awaken beings into the state of entering the stream leading to the deathless Nibbana.
They further awaken beings into the state of returning here as human only one more time.
They furthermore awaken beings into the state of never returning here as human again.
They finally fully awaken beings into the state of Arahatship by complete Enlightenment!
When these seven states coincide simultaneously; fused into the same assemblage; all being
joined focused on only one single and same object: Nibbana, then Awakening occurs...
This 7-fold supreme culmination is the final Enlightenment!!! Yeah...

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Awakening is 7 mental qualities focused on 1 single object...

More On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/I ... Vicaya.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm

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Awakening is a phase transition of consciousness...
Local to => Universal + Discrete to => Continuous!!!


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Enlightenment transcends both time and space & is thus inexpressible!

Have a nice awakening day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Focused and Fused!

Enlightenment Transcends both Time & Space!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/F ... _Fused.htm
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Disgust Releases!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:43 pm

Friends:

Disgust Releases by Evaporating all Greed!

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At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, for any clansman who has gone forth out of faith in my teaching,
to do this, is in perfect accordance with the supreme Dhamma:
He should dwell contemplating the impermanence inherent in any form...
He should dwell contemplating the suffering inherent in any form...
He should dwell contemplating the impersonality inherent in any form...
He should dwell absorbed in disgusting any form, in disgusting any feeling,
in disgusting any perception, in disgusting any construction, & in disgusting
any form of consciousness! One who dwells immersed in revulsion towards
any form, revulsion towards any feeling, revulsion towards any perception,
revulsion towards any mental construction, and revulsion towards any kind
of consciousness fully understands all form, all feeling, all perception, all
mental construction, and all states of consciousness!
One who fully understands form, feeling, perception, mental construction,
and consciousness is freed from form, feeling, perception, constructions,
and consciousness! I tell you: He is even freed from birth, ageing, & death!
Freed from all sorrow, weeping, pain, discontent, and desperate despair!
I tell you: He is freed from all Suffering...

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Yet not pleasant disgust liberates mind by diminishing craving.

More on Liberation through Disgust (Nibbida, Asubha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Skeleton.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... g_body.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... uction.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:146-9 III 179-80
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Have a nice, noble, released and relaxed day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Revulsion reduces Craving & releases Clinging!

Disgust Releases!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... isgust.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Pure as GOLD!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:12 pm

Friends:

Praise or Blame. Fame or Failure!

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The Buddha said about BLAME:
This, Atula, is an ancient saying, yet timeless and thus relevant even today:
They blame the one, who talks much. They blame the one, who says little.
They even blame the silent one... No one in this world is never blamed!

Dhammapada 227

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FACT
There never was, nor will there ever be, nor does there exist one now,
who is only praised or only blamed ....

Dhammapada 228

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PRAISED
The one examined carefully by the wise, yet still praised as peerless,
wise, learned and genuinely good, like a ring of refined gold, who can
ever rightly blame such one? Even the divine and Brahma praise such one!

Dhammapada 229-30

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Comments: The Buddha once asked his students, "And what is right speech?
Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle
chatter: This is called right speech." -SN 45.8

He also taught: "Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken,
not ill-spoken. It is blameless & faultless by knowledgeable people. Which five?
It is spoken at the right time. It is truth. It is kind. It is advantageous. And it
is spoken with a mind of good-will." -AN 5.198

In addition to right speech, the Exalted Master taught us to develop other
skilful qualities of intention, thoughts, words, and actions, in order to become
peerless, wise, learned, good, blameless, and praised. These are right view,
right motivation, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness
and right concentration. Practicing in this way, we not only acquire peace for
ourselves, through admiration, we also improve society, and our reputation...

Other skilful qualities we can develop are present moment awareness,
conviction, persistence, understanding, and analysis as well as kind metta,
compassion, truly altruistic joy, equanimity, generosity, virtue, and patience.
The development, prolonging and maintenance of these skilful states of mind
not only benefit ourselves, they expand outward, like sweet rings in water!

When we meditate upon which of these qualities we need to develop and how
to go about increasing and sustaining them, we are rightly praised by all beings
EVEN THE DIVINE, and are able to gradually approach the pure, tranquil,
and entirely stilled state, NIBBANA! As pure as gold!

More 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/V/What_to_Say.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_Gossiping.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/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm

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With Metta, Jonathan

Pure as GOLD!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Pure_as_Gold.htm
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Feeling entails Suffering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:15 pm

Friends:

The Twin Truths won by keen Dual Consideration:

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The blessed Buddha once said:

Friends, the first consideration is:
Whatever Suffering arises, all this Suffering does so caused by Feeling!
Another consequent consideration is:
By ending all Feeling, there cannot therefore ever arise any Suffering!


Repeatedly seeing both pleasant, painful & neutral feeling all fade away,
and instantly vanish in each moment, one is freed for passion for feeling!
By quenching craving for feeling one becomes all cool & quite calmed...
Considering these twin truths cautiously, resolutely & enthusiastically,
one may either enter the state of Nibbana right here & now in this life,
or if there is lasting traces of clinging left, the state of a non-returner...
Those who neglect understanding Feeling, the origin of Feeling, the End
of Feeling, & how Feeling is completely eliminated, are thus incapable of
release by understanding, are thus incapable of mental release, are thus
incapable of direct knowledge, and are thus incapable of making an end...
They repeat birth, ageing, decay, sickness & death ever again...
While those who undertake understanding of Feeling, Origin, End & Way,
are quite capable of mental release by understanding, & capable of making
an end... They are near the deathless dimension!

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Source: The Bundle of Threads. The Sutta-Nipata 724-765
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=201818

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On the Dual Consideration of the Twin Truths:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_1.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_3.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_5.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_6.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_7.htm

Feeling entails Suffering!

Sensing comes at a heavy price...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_7.htm
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Goodwill Blazes Beyond... :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:52 pm

Friends:

Friendliness can cross any Border!

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If friendship between animal beings can cross even remote species borders,
so can and should we humans also make our kind friendship extend beyond
any national, religious, cultural, gender, educational, job, and age border!
Only in this very good way, can we establish a society, where we can sleep
with the doors open, and dance with the children in our arms. So be it :-)

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May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart & mind:
Beaming above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without trace of hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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For one who deliberately & aware
develops Universal Friendliness
Seeing the fading away of clinging,
All chains are worn down & broken.
Itivuttaka 27

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Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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As I am, so are others...
As others are, so am I...
Having thus identified self and others,
Never Harm anyone, nor have any abused.
Sutta Nipata 3.710

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Among tigers, lions, leopards & bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

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Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of infinite universal love.
Itivuttaka 22

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The 9th mental Perfection is Friendliness (Metta):
Just as water refreshes and cleanses both just and unjust persons without
discrimination, so does the perfection of friendliness include both friends
and foes alike, and doesn't enact any distinction, favouritism, or partiality.

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More on this fabulously fine Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm

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Goodwill Blazes Beyond... :-)

Friendship can cross any Border!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
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The Great Helper!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:45 pm

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Karunã: The Great Good Helper!

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Karuna is feeling the pain of other beings, either partially or completely;

Possible translations:
1: Pity not from above: “I am better”, but as if in the other being’s shoes…
2: Compassion is OK, but that is difficult to reach up to for many beings…
3: Fellow feeling, sympathy, empathy, understanding are all OK, but somewhat
missing these essential points:

A: It is an inability to see and accept other being’s suffering and distress!
B: It is a deep desire to make others feel free, glad, happy and peaceful!
C: It is extended to and pervaded over many beings simultaneously…


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The proximate cause of Karuna = pity is noticing other being’s helplessness.
The immediate effect of Karuna = pity is evaporation of all evil cruelty!

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Pity (Karuna) is one of the four divine and infinite dwellings (Brahmavihara):
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

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Seeing other being's Helplessness...

Great Compassion!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
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Breath Meditation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:50 pm

Friends:

How is constant Awareness Established only by Breathing?

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Sitting cross-legged, with straight back, elevated chin, in a silent place, the
yogi remains focusing all attention on the touch point of air in his nostrils:

Fully aware one inhales and fully aware one exhales...
When inhaling a long breath, one notices that...
When exhaling a long breath, one notices that...
When inhaling a short breath, one notices that...
When exhaling a short breath, one notices that...
Experiencing the whole body, one inhales...
Experiencing the whole body, one exhales...
Calming all bodily activity, one inhales...
Calming all bodily activity, one exhales...


One trains thus: Experiencing joyous rapture, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing joyous rapture, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will exhale...

One trains thus: Experiencing all mentality as mood, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mentality as mood, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Satisfying and gladdening the mind, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Satisfying and gladdening the mind, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Focusing the mind by concentration, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Focusing the mind by concentration, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Releasing the mind from hindrance, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Releasing the mind from hindrance, I will exhale...


One trains thus: Considering the impermanence of change, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the impermanence of change, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering the detachment in disillusion, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the detachment in disillusion, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering the stilling within cessation, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the stilling within cessation, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering open and freed relinquishing, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering open and freed relinquishing, I will exhale...

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This is how continuous Awareness is established just by breathing!!!
Breathing meditation can bring the yogi into 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Jhana...
It is a unique praxis used by all Buddhas at their very Enlightenment!!!

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Details are found in this Meditation Manual:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf

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More on Awareness by Breathing (Anapana-sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mag ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm

Source:
Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya 118 Anapanasati:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/ma ... mn118.html

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
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On the very Spot!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:48 pm

Friends:

Winning Calm & Serene Bliss by Breathing..!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, this sweet concentration by Awareness by Breathing, when it is
developed and cultivated, is peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant
dwelling in itself, and it disperses and quells right on the very spot all evil
detrimental mental states, whenever and wherever they arise...!
Exactly as in a hot summer month, when a cloud of dust and dirt has been
swirled up, then a sudden great & heavy rainfall makes it vanish by quelling
it on the spot, so too does this concentration by Awareness by Breathing,
when developed and cultivated often, and which is peaceful and sublime,
an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself, disperse, scatter, evaporate and
quell right on the spot all evil & disadvantageous mental states whenever &
wherever they arise. And how is this so? Bhikkhus, when one have gone to
the forest, or to the root of a tree, or to an empty hut, there & then one
sits down cross-legged, having straightened one's body and back, & set
up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of only that
breathing itself one breathes in, and just solely aware of only that very
breathing itself one breathes out... Feeling only the touch of air passing!
Breathing in long, one knows, notes and understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, one knows, notes and understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15) ... ... ...
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
It is in exactly this way, Friends & Bhikkhus, that this fine concentration
by Awareness by Breathing is developed & cultivated so that it indeed is
peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself! And it is in
this way that it disperses and quells on the spot all evil detrimental states
whenever and wherever they arise!

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More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:321-22]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 9: At Vesali!

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Breathing Meditation Offers Calm Clarity!

On the Spot!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm
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What is Nibbãna?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:43 pm

Friends:

The Absolute and Ultimate Release Beyond!

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A wandering friend once asked the Great Disciple:
Friend Sariputta, Nibbana, Nibbana is it said! What is this Nibbana?
The destruction of Greed, the destruction of Hate, and the destruction of
Ignorance! This, friend, is called Nibbana …
But, friend, is there a method, is there a way to reach this Nibbana?
There is indeed a method, friend, there is indeed a way to reach Nibbana!
What, friend, is then this method, what is then that way to reach Nibbana?
It is, friend, simply the completion of this Noble 8-fold Way, namely:

Right View (samma-ditthi)
Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
Right Speech (samma-vaca)
Right Action (samma-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
Right Effort (samma-vayama)
Right Awareness (samma-sati)
Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)


This is undeniably the very method, friend, the only way to reach Nibbana!
Oh excellent is this unique method, exquisite is this way to reach Nibbana!
This –in itself- is enough for me, friend Sariputta, to begin the endeavour!

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More on Nibbana: A Quenched State of Maximum Peace, Freedom, and Bliss:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _State.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [251]
section 38:1 Questions on Nibbana ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

What is Nibbãna?

Absolute Peace, Ultimate Freedom, and Supreme Bliss!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
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Full Faith Frees..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:40 pm

Friends:

Noble disciples posses unwavering Faith:

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He possesses unwavering faith in the Buddha thus:
The Blessed One is Worthy, & Perfectly Self-Enlightened, completed in knowledge
and behaviour, happily transcended, sublime, expert in all dimensions, knower of all
worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those beings who can be tamed, teacher and guide
of both gods and men, an enlightened, exalted and a blessed One!

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He possesses unwavering faith in the Dhamma thus:
Perfectly formulated by the Blessed One is the Dhamma, obviously seen right here
and now, instantly effective, timeless, inviting anyone to come and see, investigate
and verify for themselves, leading through gradual progress to perfected freedom,
directly observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence!

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He possesses unwavering faith in the Noble Sangha Community of Disciples thus:
Perfectly training is the Blessed One’s Order of Noble Disciples, the right way,
the good way, the true way, the direct way. The Blessed One’s Sangha of Disciples
i.e. the four Noble pairs, the eight sorts of individuals are therefore worthy of gifts,
of hospitality, of self-sacrifice, worthy of respectful salutation with joined palms,
since they embody the most supreme field for gaining merit in this world!

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Unwavering Faith in the 3 Jewels is the Key that opens the doors to Nibbana

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More on Faith (Saddha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm


Full Faith Frees..

Unwavering Conviction in the 3 Jewels is the Key that opens Nibbana!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fu ... _Frees.htm
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Remembering 1000 Aeons!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:13 pm

Friends:

Remembering all Details of a 1000 Universal Cycles!

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Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove,
Anathapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha
and exchanged polite greetings with him. Then they sat down and asked the Ven.
Anuruddha: Venerable Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed and
cultivated so that he has attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
He answered: It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness that I have won great direct knowledge. What four?
Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
1: The body only as a frame of transient form, neither as I, me, mine, nor a self...
2: The feelings only as passing sense reactions, neither as I, me, mine, nor a self...
3: The mind only as habitual & transient moods, neither as I, me, mine, nor any self...
4: All phenomena only as momentary mental states, not as any real static existents...
while eager, clearly comprehending, and acutely aware, by that removing all desire and
therefore also all frustration rooted in this world! It is thus, friends, because I have
developed and cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness, that I have attained
to greatness of direct knowledge. Furthermore, friends, it is indeed, because I have
developed and completely refined these 4 Foundations of Awareness, that I clearly &
easily can remember all the historical details of a Thousand Aeons... !!!

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Comments:
In Buddhist cosmology an Aeon (kappa) means a universal cycle, where space first expands,
then stands almost still, then contracts and lastly implodes usually caused by extreme heat.
This is said to happen, when 7 suns, due to the contraction of space, have come so close, that
they can be seen from earth. All the oceans will have evaporated, when 5 suns can be seen!
It is worth noting that this non-steady-state model of the universe described in detail by the
Buddha ~ 2500 years ago, first was "rediscovered" in the 1920ties as the Big Bang theory,
based on measurements using telescopes and spectrometers not available to the Buddha...!

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Details and references for further study:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /kappa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:301-2]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 11: A Thousand Aeons!

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Remembering 1000 Aeons!

The Power of Perfected Awareness ...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Thousand_Aeons.htm
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Rejoicing produces Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:24 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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Ageing ever Again!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:16 pm

Friends:

Ageing Reproduces same Suffering ever Again!

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Ageing is suffering: And what is ageing? Whatever decay, decrepitude, broken teeth,
greying of hair, wrinkling of skin, decline of strength, weakening of the mental abilities,
feebleness, and senility of whatever kind of being, that is called aging. Its function is
to lead on to death! It is manifested as the vanishing of youth. It is suffering because
of the change into decay and the gradual, but steadily falling apart of the body.
The loss of memory and intelligence in senile dementia is also distressing.

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With leadenness in every limb,
With every ability declining,
With vanishing of youthfulness,
With memory all evaporated,
With intelligence eroded away,
With strength now drained,
With growing unattractiveness
Now looking and smelling bad
To both wife, friends and family:
This is the unavoidable misery
Any mortal must expect to find!
Since ageing all of this will bring,
Ageing is well named suffering.

Vism 502 + MN 141

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Regarding Death & the Deathless State:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Thorn.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Game_Over.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/End_Making.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Bag_of_Bones.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Deathless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Age ... _Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... marana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... he_End.htm

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Ageing Again!

Ageing Reproduces the same Suffering ever Again!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ageing_Again.htm
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What has to be Understood?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:22 pm

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What has to be Understood?

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The Blessed Buddha once insisted:
The nature of Ageing and Death has to be Understood.
The Cause of Ageing and Death has to be Understood.
The End of Ageing and Death has to be Understood.
The Way to End Ageing and Death has to be Understood.

The nature of Birth has to be Understood.
The Cause of Birth has to be Understood.
The End of Birth has to be Understood.
The Way to End Birth has to be Understood.

The nature of Clinging has to be Understood.
The Cause of Clinging has to be Understood.
The End of Clinging has to be Understood.
The Way to End Clinging has to be Understood.

The nature of Craving has to be Understood.
The Cause of Craving has to be Understood.
The End of Craving has to be Understood.
The Way to End Craving has to be Understood.

The nature of Feeling has to be Understood.
The Cause of Feeling has to be Understood.
The End of Feeling has to be Understood.
The Way to End Feeling has to be Understood.

The nature of Contact has to be Understood.
The Cause of Contact has to be Understood.
The End of Contact has to be Understood.
The Way to End Contact has to be Understood.

The nature of the 6 Senses has to be Understood.
The Cause of the 6 Senses has to be Understood.
The End of the 6 Senses has to be Understood.
The Way to End the 6 Senses has to be Understood.

The nature of Name-and-Form has to be Understood.
The Cause of Name-and-Form has to be Understood.
The End of Name-and-Form has to be Understood.
The Way to End Name-and-Form has to be Understood.

The nature of Consciousness has to be Understood.
The Cause of Consciousness has to be Understood.
The End of Consciousness has to be Understood.
The Way to End Consciousness has to be Understood.

The nature of Mental Construction has to be Understood.
The Cause of Mental Construction has to be Understood.
The End of Mental Construction has to be Understood.
The Way to End Mental Construction has to be Understood.

The nature of Ignorance has to be Understood.
The Cause of Ignorance has to be Understood.
The End of Ignorance has to be Understood.
The Way to End Ignorance has to be Understood.

These have to be Understood...

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Answers here! More on Dependent Origination:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm

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Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 16
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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The Crucial Necessity!

Having cleaned and polished the mind like a mirror one will understand!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Crucial_Necessity.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.
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