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Get the Good Going!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:27 pm

Friends:

How Emerges the Ability of Energy?

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The initiation of deliberately directing mind for the sole purpose of exertion,
is the very first initiating sprouting arising of the mental ability of energy .
The growing of keen eagerness and enthusiasm under the influence of the
success of the exertion itself, expands the arising of the energy ability.
Presence of focused attention and fixed consideration conditioned by the
guided control of exertion, increases the emergence of the energy ability.
The unification of one-pointed concentration under the condensing
influence of this effort, adds to the arising of the energy ability.
Non-appearance of laziness, is the advantage of the energy ability.
Absence of the frustration of laziness, is the charm of this ability.
Entering mental absorption is the motive behind the energy ability.
Assured stability of effort is the very power of the energy ability.
Enthusiastic pleasure & joy is the fascination of the energy ability.
The emergence of laziness is the danger for the ability of energy.
Through bold striving this ability of energy escapes from laziness!

Source: The Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga IV
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf

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For a full Study on Energy (Viriya): The root Hero of all Success:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... f_Hero.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Energy.htm

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Get the Good Going!

Energy entails Enthusiasm ;-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
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Questions and Answers..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:36 pm

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Doubt is overcome by asking those who Know!

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The brahmin Magandiya once asked the Buddha some subtle questions:
Question: How does quarrels and disputes arise?
Answer: From what is liked and beloved arise quarrels and disputes.

Question:
How does these likes, longings and hopes emerge?
Answer: Likes, longings and hopes all have desire as their origin.

Question:
How does this desire come into being?
Answer: Desire arises depending on pleasure and pain.

Question: How does pleasure and pain then appear?
Answer: Pleasure and pain arises depending on contact.

Question: How does this event of contact happen?
Answer: Contact arises dependent upon name and form.

Question: How does such sensed contact completely cease?
Answer: When form has disappeared, contacts cannot make contact....

Question: In which mental state does all forms of form disappear?
Answer: In neither-perception-nor-non-perception does all form disappear!

Question: Is this state the supreme mental purity?
Answer: The state of quenching without remaining clinging is the supreme!
The recluse does neither dispute that, nor does he renew any existence...


Sutta-Nipata 862-877 Edited excerpt.

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More on clearing Doubt-&-Uncertainty by asking questions:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Noble_Purpose.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sa ... estion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... reator.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Que ... he_Boy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... gation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... e_Will.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cu ... tainty.htm

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Questions and Answers...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Que ... nswers.htm
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Kamma versus Social Position?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:22 pm

Friends:

Which Intentional Actions (Kamma) influence Social Position?

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A student once asked the Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause and condition why some human beings
are influential and prominent, while others are neglected and disrespected?

The Blessed Buddha then explained:
Here, friend, some man or woman is envious, is one who is jealous, resents, and
begrudges the gains, honour, respect, reverence, salutations, fame, name or
veneration that is rightly received by others...
Because of intending and performing such action, at the breakup of the body,
right after death, such one is reborn in a state of difficulty, in a wretched
destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in the hells...
But if such one at the breakup of the body, right after death, is not reborn
in an state of deprivation, a painful destination, the purgatory, or in the hells,
but instead comes back to the human state, then wherever such one is reborn,
such one is not influential, unimportant, neglected and disrespected #!
These are the actions, friend, leading to future disrespect: Being envious, being
one who is jealous, resents, and begrudges the gains, honour, respect, reverence,
salutations, fame, name or veneration that is rightly received by others...
However, friend, any man or woman, who is neither envious, jealous, resenting,
nor begrudging the gains, honour, respect, reverence, salutations, fame, name and
veneration rightly received by others, because of intending and undertaking such
good mental action, at breakup of the body, after death, such one reappears in
a pleasurable and happy destination, even in one of the many divine dimensions!
But if at the breakup of the body, right after death, such one is not reborn in
a happy destination, in the heavenly worlds, but instead comes back to a human
state, then wherever such one reappears, such one is influential, and respected !!!
This is the way, friend, leading to prominence and influence, namely neither being
envious, jealous, resenting, nor begrudging the gains, honour, respect, reverence,
salutations, fame, name or veneration that is rightly received by others...

#: Such one escapes hell, because the evil present kamma is modified by past good!
%: Such one miss heaven, because the good present kamma is modified by past evil!

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Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The short speech on Action. MN 135
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X Full Text:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... n135a.html

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For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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Kamma versus Social Position?

Which behaviour leads to future Fame or Disrespect?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
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Floated by Joy :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:41 pm

Friends:

The Joy (Pîti) Link to Awakening!

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The Joy Link to Awakening (Piti-sambojjhanga)
has the characteristic
of suffusing contentment, and the property of gladdening satisfaction.
This Joy Link to Awakening manifests as mental elation, which can reach
five successively increasing degrees of intensity:

1: Minor Joy, which can raise the hair on the body when thrilled.
2: Momentary Joy, which is flashing like lightning at various occasions.
3: Showering Joy, which breaks over the body repeatedly like sea-waves.
4: Uplifting Joy, which can be strong enough to even levitate the body.
5: Pervading Joy, which is like a heavy sponge all saturated with water.

Visuddhimagga IV 94-9

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The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (asava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful & rational attention
develops the Joy Link to Awakening based on seclusion, on disillusion,
on ceasing, & culminating in relinquishment, then neither can any mental
fermentation, nor any fever, or discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

In one who has aroused enthusiastic energy, there arises a joy not of
this world & the Joy Link to Awakening emerges there. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Any one convinced by understanding of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha,
gets an enthusiastic sense of the sublime good goal of Nibbana &
gains gladness connected, joined, and fused with this Dhamma...!
In any one gladdened, Joy is born. The body of the Joyous is calmed.
One of calm body experiences pleasure and happiness! The mind of
one who is happy becomes concentrated. The concentrated mind
sees and knows things as they really are. This brings disgust and
disillusion, which enables full direct experience of mental release.
It is in this way that Joy indeed is a factor leading to Awakening!
MN [i 37-8], AN [iii 21-3], DN [iii 21-3]

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Further inspirations on the elevating & ecstatic quality of Joy (Piti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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Joy is a link to Enlightenment!

Floated by Joy :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
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Going Forth Faith!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:53 pm

Friends:

How is the Faith leading to the Going Forth?

Having heard the Buddha speak, a householder or a householder's son or
one born in some other family, hears that Buddha-Dhamma. On hearing this
sublime Dhamma, he acquires faith in the Tathagata. Possessing that faith,
he considers thus: Household life is crowded, cramped, frustrating & dusty!
The Life gone forth is out in the wide open... It is not easy, while living in a
home, to live this Noble life utterly perfect and pure, as a polished shell...
Suppose I shave off my hair and beard, put on the yellow robe, and go forth
from the home life into homelessness. On a later occasion, leaving behind any
small or large fortune, leaving behind a small or a large circle of relatives,
he shaves off his hair and beard, puts on the ochre robe, & then goes forth
from the home life into the free and open homelessness...
So is the faith of those, who after countless lives finally have accumulated
and possesses the right and ripe conditions for attaining the advantageous
state of a Bhikkhu under a Buddha! This is indeed the quickest step towards
winning the Bliss of the deathless Nibbana!

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For more Fabulously Fine Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm

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Source:
MN 27: Culahatthipadopama Sutta. Short Simile on Elephant Footprint
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Going Forth Faith!

Lay life is dusty while the Noble life is out in the open ;-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... _Faith.htm
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Lethargic Laziness...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:32 pm

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How does Lethargy & Laziness Suppress Mind?

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A Brahmin Priest once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause of being unable to remember even
something that has been memorized over a long period & also that which
has not been memorized?
Brahmin, when mind is retarded by lethargy & laziness, dimmed, detained
& dominated by lethargy and laziness, and one does not understand any
actual safe escape from this arisen lethargy and laziness, in that very
moment, one can neither see, nor understand, what is advantageous,
neither for oneself, nor for others, nor for both oneself and others.
Consequently, whatever have been memorized, cannot be remembered…
Why is this neglect so? Imagine a bowl of water covered with moss,
water plants and algae. If a man with good eye-sight were to inspect
the reflection of his own face in it, he would neither see, nor recognize
it, as it really is! So too, brahmin, when mind is slowed down by lethargy
and laziness, dimmed, detained and handicapped by lethargy & laziness,
on such occasions even texts long memorized do not recur to the mind,
not to speak of those texts, events and information, that have not been
actively memorized at all…

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How to cure Laziness:
Attention to these 3 elements of: initiative, launching and endurance!

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More on curing this common mental defilement: Laziness (Thina-middha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cu ... ziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... middha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arous ... _Going.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:122-3] section 46: The Links. 55: To Sangarava...

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Laziness imprisons the Mind!

Lethargic Laziness...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Le ... ziness.htm
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Dhamma-Video and Dhamma-Audio-Book production Gear

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:42 pm

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Winning is Wisdom!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:40 pm

Friends:

How to Win the Social Game using Wisdom?

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Overcome the angry with friendliness;
Overcome the wicked with goodness;
Overcome the miser with generosity;
Overcome the liar with truth.

Dhammapada 223

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And what is the treasure of generosity?
There is the case where a disciple of the Noble Ones,
having cleaned his mind of the stain of stinginess,
living at home, freely generous, and open-handed,
delighting in being magnanimous, enjoying any request,
delighting in the giving of alms to those needy & worthy...
This is called the treasure of generosity!

AN 7.6

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There are these five future rewards of generosity:
One is admired and liked by an overwhelming majority of the people.
One is respected by the good, the intelligent and the wise persons.
One's good reputation is spread easily, rapidly and far about.
One fulfills the rightful duties of the householder, and
With the break-up of the body, one will reappear in a good destination,
in the heavenly and exquisitely divine worlds!

AN 5.35

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On this Future Wealth Creating and Wisely Open-Handed Generosity (Dana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/giving.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Pure_Merit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_3_Gifts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... remony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rev ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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How to Win the Social Game using Wisdom?

Winning Wisdom!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Winning_Wisdom.htm
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The 300 Spears!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:44 pm

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Seeing the 4 Truths is of Primary Importance!

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The Blessed Buddha once said this:
Bhikkhus, imagine a man with a life span of a hundred years. If some ask him:
Good man, morning, noon & evening you will be pierced with a 100 spears and
despite being stabbed and impaled daily with 300 spears, you will survive
a full 100 years, after which you will break through to the Four Noble Truths!
Will you agree to go through that?
Then, Bhikkhus, he should accept this offer as a good deal..! For what reason?
Because since an inconceivable beginning of Samsaric time, all beings have been
& will eternally continue to be hit by spears, cut by swords, & chopped by axes.
Secondly: Breaking through to the Four Noble Truths is not joined by any pain
or frustration. Breaking through to the Four Noble Truths is joined only by an
extreme happiness, joy, bliss and peace...

What four Truths?
The Noble Truth of Suffering is an in all being immanent misery!
The Noble Truth on Craving as the primary Cause of all Suffering!
The Noble Truth on Ceasing of Craving as the End of all Suffering!
The Noble Truth on This Noble 8-fold Way as the method to End all Suffering!

Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort should be dedicated to really understand:
All this is Suffering! An effort should be made much of to truly comprehend:
Craving is the Cause of Suffering! An effort should be aroused to realize:
No Craving is the End of Suffering! Effort should be made to set in motion,
to reinforce, and refine: This Noble 8-fold Way which Ceases all Suffering...

Comments:
These 4 Noble Truths are really the crucial core of early & any Buddhism since,
they open the doors to the Deathless Dimension: Nibbana !

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More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Actually_So.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/True_Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_but_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Stick.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... omplex.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... htened.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:440-1]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 35: 100 Spears ...

The 300 Spears!

Seeing the 4 Truths is Crucial...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/300_Spears.htm
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Metta Means Most!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:58 pm

Friends:

Amity is Precious and Universal!

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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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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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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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Panda clings to saving Chinese Policeman after forest-fire :-)

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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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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He who does not punish nor makes others punish,
He who steals not nor makes others steal,
who friendly shares with all that lives,
finds enmity with none.
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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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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Overcome the angry by friendliness;
overcome the wicked by goodness;
overcome the miser by generosity;
overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

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Who is hospitable, open and friendly,
Generous, gentle and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.
Digha Nikaya 31

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The friend who is a helper and comrade,
the friend in both good and bad times,
the friend who gives good advice,
the friend who never despises,
these four as friends the clever keep
and cherish with pure devotion
as does a mother her only son.
Digha Nikaya 31

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Having killed anger you sleep in ease.
Having killed anger you do not grieve.
The noble ones praise the slaying of anger
-- with its honeyed crest & poison root --
for having killed it you do not grieve.
Samyutta Nikaya II, 70

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Knowing that the other person is angry,
one who remains mindful and calm
acts for his own best interest
and for the other's interest, too.
Samyutta Nikaya I, 162

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Train yourself in doing only good
that lasts and brings great happiness.
Cultivate generosity, a peaceful living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness.
Ittivuttuka 16

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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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On Metta = Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm

Metta Means Most!

Amity is Precious and Universal!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Met ... s_Most.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby cooran » Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:19 am

Dear Ajahn,

Thank you for these wonderfully touching (and cute) pictures of animals and loving-kindness.

With metta,
Chris
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Appreciation

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:00 am

Thanx2U2 friend :-)
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Clinging is Suffering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:55 pm

Friends:

What 5 Objects of Clinging are inevitable Suffering?

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The Blessed Buddha once said this:
Bhikkhus & Friends there are these Four Noble Truths. What 4?
1: The Noble Truth of Suffering;
2: The Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering;
3: The Noble Truth on the End of Suffering;
4: The Noble Truth on the Way to end Suffering...

These are the Four Noble Truths!

What, Bhikkhus & Friends, is the 1st Noble Truth of Suffering?
These Five Clusters of Clinging are Suffering!
The cluster of clinging to Material Forms (Rupa) is Suffering...
The cluster of clinging to Mental Feelings (Vedana) is Suffering...
The cluster of clinging to Mental Perceptions (Sañña) is Suffering...
The cluster of clinging to Mental Constructions (Sankhara) is Suffering...
The cluster of clinging to kinds of Consciousness (Viññana) itself is Suffering...
This is verily the 1st Noble Truth of Suffering!

What, Bhikkhus & Friends, is the 2nd Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering?
It is this Craving, which leads to renewed becoming joined by delight and lust,
seeking delight now here & later there! That is craving for sensual pleasures,
craving for becoming (ex. rich) this & the craving for not-becoming that (ex. sick).
This is indeed the 2nd Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering!

What, Bhikkhus & Friends, is the 3rd Noble Truth on the Ceasing of Suffering?
It is the traceless fading away & complete Ceasing of that very same Craving,
the giving up & relinquishing of it, the freedom from it, & non-dependence on it.
This is actually the 3rd Noble Truth on the Ceasing of all Suffering!

What is the 4th Noble Truth on the Way leading to the ceasing of Suffering?
It is solely 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 the 4th Noble Truth on the Way leading to the ceasing of Suffering!

These, Bhikkhu and Friends, are the Four Noble Truths. Therefore, Bhikkhus
and Friends, an effort should be made much of, so to completely understand:
This is Suffering; This is the Cause of Suffering; This is the End of Suffering;
This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering... An effort should be made to
understand, comprehend, penetrate, recognize & realize these 4 Noble Truths!

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More on these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Finge ... f_Soil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acqui ... f_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... g_Five.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... handha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

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Suffering is an inevitable part of being!

More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/truths.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sacca.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... #part3-h-1
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:425-6]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 13: Clusters...

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Clinging is Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
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Just Transient Formations..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:40 pm

Friends:

Seeing the 5 Clusters of Clinging as Alien:

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The blessed Buddha once asked:
What do you think, Bhikkhus & friends, is form, feeling, perception
mental constructions, and consciousness permanent or impermanent?
Impermanent, Venerable Sir.
Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness? Suffering, Venerable Sir..
Is what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change fit to be regarded
thus: "This is mine, this I am, this is my self"? No, Venerable Sir...!
Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, any kind of form whatsoever, any kind of
feeling whatsoever, any kind of perception whatsoever, any kind of mental
constructions whatsoever, & any kind of consciousness whatsoever, whether
past, future, or present, internal or external, gross or fine, high or low, far or
near, all this should be seen as it really is with true understanding thus:
This is not mine, this is not me, this I am not, this is not my or any self...
Seeing thus, bhikkhus & friends, the learned Noble Disciple experiences
revulsion towards any form, towards any feeling, towards any perception,
revulsion towards all mental constructions, revulsion towards all consciousness.
While experiencing this revulsion, he becomes disillusioned and detached.
Through this detaching disillusion his mind is released. When it is released
there emerges this assurance: This mind is irreversibly released.
He then understands: Destroyed is any new rebirth, this Noble life has been
fully completed, what had to be done is done, there is no state beyond this...

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More on impermanence, inconstancy, & transience (Anicca)
Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada (Bhikkhu Ñanamoli):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el186.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 24:71 III 223
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Just Transient Formations...

Never returning all states pass!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
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What is the only Clever Killing?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:49 pm

Friends:

The Only Clever Killing:

Sakka - the king of the 33 divinities - once spoke these verses to the Blessed Buddha:

Having slain what, does one sleep in ease?
Having slain what, does one never sorrow?
What is the one thing 0ohh Gotama
Whose killing you can approve?

The Blessed One:
Having slain Anger, one sleeps in ease;
Having slain Anger, one does not sorrow
The killing of Anger, 0ohh Vasava
With its poisoned root and honeyed tip:
This is the killing, the Noble Ones approve.
For having slain that, one does not grieve.

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Sakka continued:
I am not one easily upset in mind.
Nor easily agitated by anger's whirl.
I never become angry for long
Nor does anger hang on in me.
When angry, I do not despise.
Nor do I praise own qualities.
I keep myself well under control.
Thus protecting my own good future!

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Therefore: Bring Anger under control;
Do not let your friendships waste away.
Do not blame the one who is blameless;
Do not speak splitting or divisive speech.
Their own anger crushes enraged people.
Like the roaring mountain avalanche!

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Do not let Anger overpower you;
Do not become angry with the angry.
Noble Ones always remain harmless.
Their own hate crushes angry people.
Like a devastating mountain avalanche.

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FUEL ON FIRE?
Not by anger is Hate ever quenched.
Only by Kind Friendliness is Hate always quenched.
This Ancient Law is an Eternal Truth ...
Dhammapada Illustration 5 Background Story 5

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More on Anger (A Diluted Derivative of Hate = Dosa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_E ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... l_Will.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... _burnt.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Revenge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Break_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm

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Beasts in anger showing their teeth...

Source: The Grouped sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I 237-40
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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What is the only Clever Killing?

Kill Anger!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm
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The Mental Bath!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:21 pm

Friends:

The Internal Bath that opens into Prime Divinity!

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Buddha once said to Nandaka, the Licchavi minister.
Nandaka, a Noble Disciple who possesses four things is a Stream-Enterer,
who is no longer bound to the lower world, who is fixed in destiny, who has
won enlightenment as his assured future destination. What four things?
Nandaka, any Noble Disciple has unshakable Faith in the Three Jewels thus:
1: Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha indeed! ...
2: Perfectly formulated is the Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediate ...
3: Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha of the Buddha's Noble disciples...
4: A Noble possesses Morality esteemed by the Noble Ones: Unbroken, pure...
Any Noble Disciple, who is endowed with these 4 things is a Stream-Enterer,
no longer bound to the painful worlds, fixed in destiny, with enlightenment as
his certain future destination. Furthermore, Nandaka, a Noble Disciple who
possesses these four things gains a very long life, whether Divine or human!
He becomes endowed with exquisite bodily beauty, whether Divine or human!
He becomes endowed with a content happiness, whether Divine or human!
He becomes endowed with honour and fame, whether Divine or human!
He becomes endowed with a sovereign power, whether Divine or human!
I explain this to you, Nandaka, not having heard it from any recluse or priest!
Rather, I tell you just what I have known, seen, & understood directly myself!
When this was said, a man said to Nandaka, the minister of the Licchavis:
"It is time for your bath, Sir." Who promptly responded: Enough now, I say,
with that fake external bath... This internal bath will suffice, namely,
firm confirmed, confident conviction in this Blessed One...

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More on gaining a surely safe future: Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stream-Entry Tools.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/As ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Li ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fr ... eagues.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm

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The Mental Bath!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Internal_Bath.htm
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Decisive is Determination!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:15 pm

Friends:

Determination is the 8th Mental Perfection:

Only determination can completely fulfill the other mental perfections!
Its characteristic is an unwavering decision, its function is to overcome
hesitation, and its manifestation is unfaltering persistence in this task...!
The proximate cause of determination is strong willpower to succeed!
Only the power of resolute determination lifts any praxis to perfection...

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When the Future Buddha placed his back against the trunk of The Bodhi
Tree, he right there made this mighty decision:
"Let just the blood and flesh of this body dry up and let the skin & sinews
fall from the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained that
absolute supreme Enlightenment!"
So determined did he invincibly seat
himself, from which not even 100 earthquakes could make him waver.
Jataka Nidana

A female lay follower (Upasika) at the time of the Buddha kept pure the
precepts, comprehended the nature of impermanence, the consequent
fragility of the body and thereby won stream-entry (Sotapanna)...
After passing away, she re-arose as the favourite attendant of Sakka,
the king of Gods. Reviewing her own merit, she remembered her prior
admonition to herself:

"Let this body break up as it may,
herein will not be any excuse or
relaxation of the effort...!"


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Whose mind is like a rock, determined, unwavering, immovable,
without a trace of lust of urging towards all the attractions,
without a trace of aversion of pushing away all the repulsive,
from what, can such a refined mind ever suffer?
Udana IV - 4

Using the tools of Faith, Morality, Effort, Determination, Meditation and
true Understanding of the Dhamma, one gradually perfects first knowing
and then behaviour. So well equipped & always aware, one becomes capable
of eliminating of this great heap of suffering once and for all ...
Dhammapada 144

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What is being determined by Right Motivation?
The decision for always being motivated to withdrawal,
The decision for always being motivated to good-will,
The decision for always being motivated to harmlessness,
This is being determined by Right Motivation...
Samyutta Nikaya XLV 8

My mind is firm like a rock,
unattached to sensual things,
no shaking in the midst of a world,
where all is decaying and vanishing...
My mind has been thus well developed,
so how can suffering ever touch me?
Theragatha 194

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The four determinations:
One should not neglect the Dhamma,
One should guard well the Truth,
One should be devoted to Withdrawal,
and one should always train only for Peace.
Majjhima Nikaya 140

Fearing being predestined for Hell if he became a King, who had to punish
criminals violently, the Bodhisatta determined not to show any intelligence,
and played dumb, deaf and crippled for sixteen years, only showing his real
abilities, when he was on the verge of being buried alive!
This was his ultimate perfection of resolute determination...
The Basket of Conduct: Cariyapitaka

More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_1 ... ns_(parami)_in_three_levels.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

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Decisive is Determination!

Resoluteness resolves all hesitation...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Deter ... rmines.htm
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What is Suffering?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:51 pm

Friends:

What is Suffering?

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At Savatthi. Sitting to one side, the Venerable Radha said to the Blessed One:
Venerable sir, it is said, 'suffering, suffering', What now, venerable sir, is suffering?
Radha, all form is suffering, all feeling is suffering, all perception is suffering,
all intentional mental formation is suffering, and consciousness itself is suffering.
Understanding this, Bhikkhu, a well instructed Noble Disciple experiences disgust
towards any form, disgust towards any feeling, disgust towards any perception,
disgust towards any mental construction, & disgust towards consciousness itself!
Experiencing disgust, he becomes disillusioned! Through this disillusion his mind
is released. When mind is released, one instantly knows: This mind is liberated,
and one understands: Extinguished is rebirth, this Noble Life is all completed,
done is what should be done, there is no state of being beyond this...

Comments:
These 5 clusters of clinging are what denotes both the internal 'individual'
and the 'external' real world. However as they continually change, no same
internal 'self'= identity or external 'substance'= reality can ever be found!
Since always changing they are always lost and therefore are they always
ultimately speaking suffering! An inner mental prison of craving for something
inevitably, unambiguously & spontaneously vanishing! A fever of folly obsession…

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The Suffering and Imprisonment is NOT outside, but inside in our mind!

More on Suffering = Dukkha

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Source_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ring_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:55 III 185
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Life comes at a price...

What is Suffering?
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ca ... y_View.htm
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The Mental Sandcastle...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:58 pm

Friends:

Expectation is bound to give Disappointment!

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Whenever and wherever there is expectation, there is also hoping & longing!
Whenever and wherever there is hoping & longing, there is also craving...
Whenever and wherever there is craving, there is also suffering!
This is the 2nd Noble Truth: Craving causes suffering...
Whenever & wherever there is neither expectation, nor hoping, nor longing,
nor any form of craving present, how can there ever be any suffering?
This is the 3rd Noble Truth: Absence of craving ends all suffering...

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About the 4 Noble Truths (Ariya-Sacca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... eaning.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Discontent Disappointment is NOT caused by the outside world!
'Loving' and 'liking' mixed with expectation => passion => suffering!
'Loving' and 'liking' without expectation = friendliness => elevation!
These 2 forms of “love” lookalike, but are VERY different in outcome!
Expectation is an often subconscious diluted derivative of greed, which
nevertheless retains the ability to ruin any relationship and any life by
inducing the mischievous and treacherous mental state called discontent!
This discontent is NOT caused by the external object as often believed,
but by the very 'own' internal hidden prejudgement inherent in expectation!

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About Expectation: Always Different!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Always_Different.htm

Awareness of Emerging Expectation Helps:
If one notices expectation right when it arises, and also when it persists,
this enables reflecting: "Now future suffering is created and maintained!"!
This in itself gradually will reduce this diluted derivative of painful craving.

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On this poisonous Craving (Tanha) see:
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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Expectation is a Sandcastle...

Expectation = Disappointment = Suffering!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Expectation.htm
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Perfection is Possible!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:07 pm

Friends:

The are 10 Perfect Mental Qualities!

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Contemplation of the Ten Perfecting Qualities (Dasa Parami):
1: May I be generous and always helpfully giving service (Dana parami).
2: May I be morally pure, virtuous and well-disciplined (Sila parami).
3: May I be modest and withdrawing into simple living (Nekkhamma parami).
4: May I be wise by understanding what should be known (Pañña parami).
5: May I be enthusiastic, energetic, & never giving up the good (Viriya parami).
6: May I be patient, tolerant, and forgive other's wrongs (Khanti parami).
7: May I be honest, trustworthy, scrupulous, and truthful (Sacca parami).
8: May I be firm, resolute, determined, and immovable (Adhitthana parami).
9: May I be kind, gentle, compassionate and friendly (Metta parami).
10: May I be calm, balanced, serene and imperturbable (Upekkha parami).
May I train to be mentally perfect. May I be perfect to keep training!


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More on these 10 Mental Perfections (Dasa Parami):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aramii.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_1 ... ns_(parami)_in_three_levels.htm

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Source: BPS Wheel no 54 (Edited Excerpt):
The Mirror of the Dhamma. A Manual of Buddhist Devotional Texts.
By Narada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa. Revised By Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
http://www.bps.lk/wh054-u.html

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Have a nice, noble and utterly perfect day!

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Perfection is Possible!

The 10 Perfect Qualities...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... lities.htm
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