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Blazing is Friendliness :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:24 pm

Friends:

Making oneself into a Mighty Friend:

Friendliness means Goodwill
Friendliness means Kindness
Friendliness means Helpfulness
Friendliness means Assistance
Friendliness means Support
Friendliness means Benevolence
Friendliness means Concern
Friendliness means Care
Friendliness means Compassion
Friendliness means Cooperation
Friendliness means Mutual Aid
Friendliness means Mutual Advantage
Friendliness means Symbiosis
Friendliness means Sympathy
Friendliness means Basic Trust


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The Blessed Buddha once said:
A friend who always lends a hand,
a friend both in sorrow and joy,
a friend who offers good counsel,
a friend who sympathizes too.
These are the four kinds of true friends:
one who is wise, having understood,
will always cherish and serve such friends
just as a mother tends her only child.
DN III 188

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As a mother even with her life protects her only child,
so let one cultivate immeasurable loving-kindness towards
all living beings.

Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are,
all are not worth one sixteenth part of the release of mind by
universal friendliness; in shining, glowing and beaming radiance
the release of mind by infinite & endless friendliness far excels &
even surpasses them all. Itivuttaka 27

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He who does not strike nor makes
others strike, who robs not nor makes
others rob, sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none. Itivuttaka 22

Thus he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none. SN I 208

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When one with a mind of love
feels compassion for the entire world --
above, below and across,
unlimited everywhere. Jataka 37

I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me,
and may not those with many feet harm me.
AN II 72

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

I am a friend and helper to all,
I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of love
and takes always delight in harmlessness.
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy,
and make it immovable and unshakable.
I develop the divine states of mind
not cultivated by simple men. Theragatha. 648-9

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On this mighty state of Friendliness (Metta) Friendship:
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/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.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

Have a nice, noble and friendly day!

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

Blazing is Friendliness :-)


Goodwill is always a mutual advantage!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Imperturbable is Calm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:04 am

Friends:

Imperturbable Calm!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Knowing that the other person is angry,
The one who remains aware and calm
acts in and for his own best interest,
and for the other's interest, too!
Samyutta Nikaya I, 162

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Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware,
the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful,
He has no sorrows!
Udana IV, 7

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Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the tranquillity;
So is the equanimity;
of one freed by the insight
of right understanding...
Dhammapada 96

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More on this sweetly silenced Tranquillity (Passaddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm

Have a nice calm day!

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

Sweet Serene Calm!

Tranquillity Causes Happiness!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm
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Blending like Milk and Water...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:48 pm

Friends:

Leaving all Quarrels enables Social Harmony!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
When this subtle Dhamma has been taught by me, in many various ways,
using different methods of explanation, then it is only to be expected
that those, who cannot agree, accept, allow, & approve of what really
is well stated and well spoken by others, that they will become angry,
quarrelsome and start disputes, where they will stab each other with
verbal daggers! Yet too, when this sublime Dhamma has been taught by
me, in many variable ways, using diverse methods of explanation, it is
also only to be expected, that those, who can agree, accept, allow, and
approve of what really is well formulated and well spoken of by others,
that they will live in harmony, in calm, friendly and mutual appreciation,
without arguments, blending like milk and water, regarding each other
with kind eyes. In this very way can they come to sleep with open doors
and dance with their children in their arms ...

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So we can sleep with open doors & dance with the children in our arms!

More on High Harmony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm

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Blending like Milk and Water!

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [225]
Section 36: On Feeling. The Carpenter. Pancakanga: 19.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Healthy Human Harmony!

Blending like Milk and Water...

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Milk_and_Water.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Dual is Faith!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:59 am

Friends:

Faith has 2 main Components: Devotion & Conviction!

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The two components of Faith (saddha):
1: An affective emotional component pouring from the heart
as devotion: One Trusts!
2: A cognitive component residing in the intellect as a fixed
view or opinion: One Believes! One is convinced ..

Initiation, Evolution, Maturation and Culmination of Faith:
Both are necessary for initiating spiritual praxis and mental
training. Both are, by the effects of this praxis and training
later replaced, yet also reinforced, by direct experience:
One Knows!
The Faith has thus gradually evolved and grown strong into
first Confidence and later, when validated and verified into
persuaded Conviction.
The ability of Faith initiates as seed the ability of Energy,
which repeatedly trains the ability of Awareness, which then
purifies the ability of Concentration, which then enables the
ability of Understanding to penetrate into real progress...
When unshakable these 5 abilities have become powers!

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Replacement and Reinforcement by Direct Experience:
The confident Noble Disciple having repeatedly trained so,
having repeatedly been aware so, having repeatedly worked
on concentration so, and having repeatedly understood so,
by that therefore becomes fully confident in those states,
which were previously only heard of or known from reading:
Now I dwell having directly experienced them with my own
body and having fully penetrated them by understanding:
I see them through! Samyutta Nikaya V:226

The Fruit of Faith: Entering the Stream to Awakening!
Hereafter is Faith never more needed as Sceptical Doubt
have been irreversibly eradicated. One has thus entered
the Stream leading to Awakening with Enlightenment as
assured destination within max. 7 lives: And yet another
Noble has been born by emerging out of the egg of Faith!
The shell of Ignorance has been broken...
A Learner is going the few final rounds...
Smiling as smelling freed peace & bliss...
The Battle with Mara has begun. Yeah! 

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For fine further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... _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/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_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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Dual is Faith!

Devotion and Conviction reinforces the Mind...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Total Terror!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:34 pm

Friends:

Knowing any Appearance to be as Total Terror!

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The Ancient Elders explained:
As one repeats the observation and contemplation of the unavoidable dissolution
of all phenomena by their decay, gradual destruction, fall, breakup and ultimate
ceasing, then all formations, all constructions, all kinds of becoming, generation,
birth, life, destiny, station, or abode, appears as a great dread of total terror!!!
When one sees how past phenomena have ceased, present ones are ceasing, and
those to be generated in any far future all inevitably also will cease, then what is
called -knowledge of appearance as terror- arises in the meditating disciple just
in the same way a mother gives up of all hope, when she see her 3 sons beheaded
one after the other... When seeing the 2nd son axed she knows: All 3 will die... !!!
The meditator's seeing & noting the ceasing of all past, & all present phenomena,
is like the woman's seeing the eldest & the middle son's head being slashed off...
His realizing the unavoidable ceasing of all future phenomena, by comprehending:
All phenomena, whether mental or material, arising in any future will all cease too!
is like her giving up hope for the youngest son, thinking: He too will die like them...
Vism 645

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On the Advantages of noting & contemplating Dissolution:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Trap.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... Turban.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... reakup.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Being.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ring_2.htm

Total Terror!

Knowing any Appearance to be as Total Terror!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Total_Terror.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Radically Real is Rebirth...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:48 pm

Friends:

Regarding Rebirth and Transmigration:

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What the Buddha taught on rebirth is well documented:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Causes of favourable or painful rebirth: MN 135, AN III.65, Dhp 310, Dhp 316
Behaviour determines the destination after death: Dhp 17, Dhp 18, Dhp 240
The laws of kamma are as inviolable as the law of gravity: SN XLII.6
Why not just settle for divine rebirth among the devas?: SN V.7
The preciousness of our human life: SN XX.2, SN LVI.48
How to gain rebirth as an elephant or a horse: AN X.177
What's so bad about being reborn?: SN V.6

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An Orthodox Buddhist explanation of the transmigration of consciousness:
Rebirth Explained: V. F. Gunaratna, BPS, Kandy, Wheel Publication No. 167-69
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Whe ... 7_169.html
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Whe ... 68_169.pdf

The contemporary Science on Rebirth:
Rebirth is IMHO scientifically well documented by 60 years of rigorous
research mostly by the late professor Ian Stevenson of Virginia University:
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/in ... tystudies/
Consciousness is not continuous, but a series of discrete ultra-short moments.
This entails that one is "reborn" millions of times per second with each re-arising
of a new moment of consciousness! Also after the 'death' moment does consciousness
rearise! Life is -in fact- therefore not a single shot, but a chain-reaction of rebirths!
Please EXAMINE this crucial issue by WATCHING & REFLECTING over these Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RutherfordI ... LKT5UsKoqM
http://www.ial.goldthread.com/clips/tucker.wmv
http://www.ial.goldthread.com/interviews.html

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

Have a nice, noble and reborn day!

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

Really Real is Rebirth...

Rebirth Explained!
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How Does Kamma Cause Rebirth?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:13 pm

Friends:

How does Kamma cause Rebirth?

In Majjhima Nikaya 135 a brahman raises the problem:
There are found people who are short-lived, and those that are long-lived; there are found people
who are very sick, and those that are healthy; there are found people who are ugly, and also those
that are beautiful; there are found people who are powerless, and those that are powerful; there
are found people who are poor, and those that are rich; there are found people who are of low
family, and those that are of high family; there are found people who are stupid, and those that
are intelligent. What then, Master Gotama, is the reason for this diverse inferiority & superiority
among human beings?

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The Blessed One replied:
Beings are owners of their kamma, inherit their kamma, kamma is their maker and creator,
they are born from and by their kamma, kamma is the womb from which they emerge,
they are linked and associated to their past kamma as their friend and refuge...
Therefore does kamma divide beings into the high and low, beautiful and ugly!

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In Anguttara Nikaya III,40 it is said:
"Killing, stealing, adultery, lying, backbiting, harsh angry speech and empty prattling, practiced,
cultivated and frequently engaged in, will lead to hell, the animal world or the realm of ghosts."
Further: "Whoso kills and is cruel, will either go to hell, or if reborn as a human, will be short-lived.
Whosoever tortures other beings, will be afflicted with disease. The hater will be ugly & hideous,
the envious will be without influence, the stubborn will be of low rank, the indolent will be ignorant.
In the reverse case, a person will be reborn in a heavenly world; or, if reborn as a human being, and
will be endowed with health, beauty, influence, riches, noble rank and intelligence."

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In the Milindapañha the King asks the Arahat Nagasena:
What is it, Venerable Sir, that will be reborn after death?
O King: A psycho-physical combination of mentality-&-materiality (name-and-form = nama-rupa).
But how? Is it the same psycho-physical name-and-form combination as this present one?
No, O King. But the present psycho-physical combination produces kammically advantageous and
disadvantageous intentional activities, and through such kamma a new psycho-physical combination
will be created, conditioned and born. Source: The Milindapañha

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Buddhaghosa explains in his Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification):
Whosoever has no clear idea about death and does not know that death consists in the dissolution
of the five groups of existence (i.e. form, feeling, perception, mental formations, & consciousness),
he thinks that it is a person, or being, that dies and transmigrates to a new body in a new place.
And whosoever has no clear idea about rebirth, and does not know that rebirth consists in the
arising of the five groups of existence, he thinks that it is a person, or being, that is reborn, or
that the person reappears in a new body. And whosoever has no clear idea about Samsara, the
round of rebirths, he thinks that a real person wanders from this world to another world, comes
from that world to this world, etc. And whosoever has no clear idea about the phenomena of
existence, he thinks that the phenomena are his ego or something appertaining to the ego, or
something permanent, joyful, or pleasant. And whosoever has no clear idea about the conditional
arising of the phenomena of existence, and about the arising of kammic volitions conditioned
through ignorance, he thinks that it is the ego that understands or fails to understand, that acts
or causes to act, that enters into a new existence at rebirth. Or he thinks that the atoms or the
Creator, etc., with the help of the embryonic process, shape the body, provide it with various
faculties; that it is the ego that receives the sensuous impression, that feels, that desires, that
becomes attached, that enters into existence again in another world. Or he thinks that all beings
come to life through fate or chance. A mere phenomenon it is, a conditioned thing, that rises in the
following existence. But not from a previous life does it transmigrate there, and yet it cannot arise
without a previous cause. When this conditionally arisen bodily-mental phenomenon (the fetus) arises,
one says that it has entered into a next existence. However, no being (satta), or life-principle (jiva),
has transmigrated from the previous existence into this existence, and yet this embryo could not
have come into existence without a previous cause. Source: Visuddhimagga (Chap. XVII)

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Everywhere, in all the realms of existence, the noble disciple sees only mental and material
phenomena kept going through the interlocking of causes and effects. No producer of the
intentional act or kamma does he see apart from the kamma activity itself, and no recipient
of the kamma-result apart from the result itself. And he is well aware that wise men are using
merely conventional language, when with regard to a kammical act, they speak of a doer, or an
agent, or with regard to a kamma-result, they speak of the recipient of the result. No doer of
the deeds is found, No one who ever reaps their fruits; Empty phenomena roll on: Conditioned
States: This only is the correct view. And while the deeds and their results roll on and on, all
being conditioned by other phenomena. In this infinite causal matrix, there is no first beginning
to be found, just as it is with seed and tree... No god, no Brahma, can be called The maker of this
wheel of life: Only Empty phenomena roll on, all dependent on their causal conditions.
Source: Visuddhimagga (Chap. XIX).

The Excerpts here are from: Kamma and Rebirth by Nyanatiloka MahaThera:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... 4.html#ch2

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Reborn again!

Further Info on rebirth linking:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirth_(Buddhism)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... estiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... inking.htm

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Kammic rebirth information entropy crystallizes in new location!

About intentional Action = Kamma & resulting effects (vipaka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... _Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /karma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ipaaka.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/Ef ... elayed.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/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm

How Does Kamma Cause Rebirth?

One is actually 'reborn' ever again millions of times each second!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Re ... _Kamma.htm
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Energy is a Way to Force!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:21 pm

Friends:

Energy is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the Ways to Force that is enriched with
concentrated Energy, constructed by effort, by thinking:
In this way will my Energy, neither be too slack nor too tense, it will
neither be constricted internally, nor scattered externally, then he
dwells experiencing both what is in front & what is behind, so above,
so also below, so by day, so also at night! Therefore, with a mind all
open & unrestricted, he develops the dazzling bright mind, which is
pervaded by luminosity... However:

What is Energy that is too slack?
Energy joined with indifference. This is Energy, that is too slack...
What is Energy that is too tense?
It is restless & agitated Energy. That is Energy, that is too tense...
What is Energy that is constricted internally?
It is Energy joined with lethargy & laziness. Inwardly choked!
What is Energy that is scattered externally?
Energy directed & diverted externally for the 5 sense pleasures...
This is called Energy that is scattered & distracted externally...
How does one dwell experiencing both the front & what is behind?
The perception of front, & back, is well attended to, & thereby well
comprehended, well considered, & penetrated by understanding...
How does one dwell seeing as below, so above; as above, so below?
One reviews this very frame of body upwards from the soles of the
feet, & downwards from the tips of the hairs, enclosed in skin, as
full of many kinds of impurities: There are in this body: Head-hairs,
body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow,
kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery,
vomit in the stomach, excrement, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat,
fat, tears, mucus, saliva, snot, fluid of the joints, and urine...
So does one come to see both, what is above, and what is below!
How does one dwell by day, so at night; as at night, so by day?
Here, at night a Bhikkhu trains the Ways to Force, that is enriched
with concentrated Energy, constructed by effort, using the same
techniques, qualities, features, & aspects, as he trains during the day.
And how, does one dwell with a mind, that is all open & unrestricted,
a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by luminosity...?

Here, always the perception of day-light is well attended to & well
resolved upon by determination. It is in exactly this way, that one
dwell with a mind, that is all open & unrestricted, a dazzling bright
mind, which is pervaded by its very own luminosity...

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Mental Energy!

More on Energy (Viriya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm

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Energy is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:278]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.

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Energy is Force!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/En ... _Force.htm
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Binara Poya is the Bhikkhuni Sangha Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:40 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Binara Poya day is the full-moon of September. This holy day celebrates
the inauguration of the Bhikkhuni Sangha by the ordination on this very
day of Queen Mahapajapati, the Buddha's foster-mother & her retinue.
For life details on this excellent woman, who awakened as Arahat Theri:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... gotami.htm

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More on Binara Poya and the initiation of the Bhikkhuni Order:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... kkhuni.htm

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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 accepts 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...

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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 new global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

This New Noble Community of The 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!!

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

Have a nice poya day!

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How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Binara Poya Day!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/B ... ya_Day.htm
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Cure the Catastrophic Cruelty!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:45 pm

Friends:

Cruelty, Mercilessness & Revengefulness are diluted Hate:

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How to cure these evil derivatives of Cruelty:

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1: Review the Danger in Cruelty like this:
This can bring me to a bad destination, the downfall, to pain, even to hell!
This is a path of thorns, an evil way, a dark state, conflict, violence, pain!

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2: How does a friend dwell pervading all with his heart endued with pity?
Just as he would feel pity on seeing an unlucky, unfortunate person, so he
pervades all beings with infinite pity. Therefore first of all he imagines a
poor man, unlucky, unfortunate, in every way a fit object for pity, ugly,
reduced to utter misery, with hands and feet cut off, sitting in the shelter
for the helpless, with an empty pot in front of him, with maggots oozing
from sores on hands and legs, moaning, infinite pity should be felt for him
in this way: 'This being has been reduced to utter misery! If he just could
be freed from this misery...' Then later one can arouse the same pity and
compassion for a neutral person and later for even a wrong-doing person!
This is the complete mastery of pity: Compassion even with the Evil One!

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3: All wrong doing is caused by blindness: A real pity for the wrong-doers!
All wrong-doers will thus suffer immensely in the future. How sad for them!

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4: Begin and Cultivate meditation on Infinite pity:
Sit down a silent, empty place with closed eyes & beam this from the heart:
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating awareness of pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating examination of pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating energetic pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating joyous infinite pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating stilled infinite pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating concentrated pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating imperturbable pity.
Beaming first out in front, then right, left, down below and also up above:
May all beings live happily and free from suffering, pain and frustration.
May all beings be free from hate, cruelty, mercilessness & revengefulness!

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One who is virtuous and wise
Shines like a blazing fire;
Like a bee collecting nectar
He acquires wealth by harming none!
Digha Nikaya III, 188

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May all breathing creatures, all living things,
All beings, every one without exception,
Experience good fortune only!
May they not fall into harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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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 the world
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

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JOY
Oh let us live happily! Freed from all cruelty!
Living even among those, who always flames by hate!
Among those dominated by anger, let us live free from anger!
Dhammapada 197

Regarding Pity and Compassion (Karuna) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl141.html
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://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 5-161.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 6-013.html

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Mercy, Pity & Compassion Soften the Mind!


Cure your Cruelty!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm
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Solitary and Silenced ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:54 pm

Friends:

Gotama Buddha explained this about the Pacceka-Buddhas:

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The muni Vedeha (Ananda) bowing his body, asked the Tathagata, who was
staying at Jetavana: PaccekaBuddhas exist, yet by what reasons do they
arise, 0h wise one? Then the best of the omniscient, the great wise one told
the following to Ananda in a sweet voice:

Those who paid honour to all former Buddhas, without attaining liberation
during the period in which their teaching was known, who are wise by means
of sense of urgency, whose intelligence is very sharp, also without the
instruction of Buddhas, these attain insight alone even by means of a tiny
limited object of meditation... And furthermore, in this whole world, there
is no one except me, equal to these PaccekaBuddhas. I shall clearly express
the following, only an short description, of the distinction of these great
heroic Munis (silenced ones)...

Listen, all of you, who wish for the highest medicine, your attention should
be very calm, always directed to their good words, which are sweet like
fine honey of those great wise men, who are fully & perfectly enlightened
all by themselves!

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These are the explanations of PaccekaBuddhas, who assembled on Mount
Gandhamadana, pronounced one after the other, about the sorrow of any
desire and the cause of the overcoming of all craving, & how they attained
their insight. Conscious of the absence of lust, while being in the midst of
the objects of lust, their minds are dispassionate in an infatuated world,
having dumped the proliferations, & subdued all obstructions, they all
attained insight thus:

Putting aside any violence to all beings, not hurting any of them, good and
compassionate, with a mind filled with friendliness, one should live, alone,
like the horn of a rhinoceros...

Their morality are pure, their wisdom purified, their minds are
concentrated, practicing watchfulness, reflecting, seeing the
characteristics of the dhamma, they understand it, having developed all the
elements of the Noble Way and the Links to Enlightenment...

Having perfected the fulfillment of merit, with the motive to become a
solitary conqueror, they become PaccekaBuddhas, self-existent,
independent, such is destination of the wise, who does not attain the state
of a disciple during the time in which, there still remains the knowledge of
the SammaSamBuddhas teaching...

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Their dhamma being great, being all sublime manifestations of the core
essential dhamma, powerful are their minds, having overcome the flood of
suffering, their minds are exalted, seeing the highest & deepest truth, they
are like lions, like the horn of a rhinoceros...

With serene senses, calm, concentrated, remembering all beings in remote
border districts, illuminating like lamps in the other world and in this world,
thus are these PaccekaBuddhas, always good...

Having destroyed all hindrances, these kings of men, illuminators of the
world, shining like pure solid gold, undoubtedly worthy of any gifts in this
world, are these PaccekaBuddhas, always good...

There are in this world together with the divine world, good teachings of
PaccekaBuddhas. Those fools, who after having heard these, do not act
accordingly, whirl round in suffering again and again...

Those who act accordingly, having heard the good words of
PaccekaBuddhas, which are like pure streaming honey of small delicate
bees, become seers of the truths, possessing Wisdom! Thus spoke the
Gotama Buddha about those solitary ones Awakened like a rhinoceros horn...

Source: The Canonical Apadana I 7-14

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More on these solitary and silenced Pacceka-Buddhas:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... s_Horn.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyekabuddha

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Enlightened without a Teacher!

Solitary and Silenced is the Pacceka-Buddhas!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/PACCEKABUDDHA.htm
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What Comes, also Goes!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:55 pm

Friends:

It appears as Lasting, but it is Never so!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhu, There is no lasting materiality, no lasting form whatsoever...
There is no lasting feeling whatsoever...
There is no lasting perception whatsoever...
There is no lasting mental construction whatsoever...
There is no lasting conscious awareness whatsoever...
Nothing here is permanent, everlasting, eternal, not subject to change,
not transient, not vanishing! Nothing is stable, safe or lasting ... !!!
SN 22.96/vol. iii, 144

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The eye is impermanent, visual forms, eye-consciousness, eye contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this eye-contact, that also is impermanent...
The ear is impermanent, sounds, hearing-consciousness, ear contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this ear-contact, that also is impermanent...
The nose is impermanent, smells, smelling-consciousness, nose contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this nose-contact, that also is impermanent...
The tongue is impermanent, flavours, tasting-consciousness, tongue contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this tongue-contact, that also is impermanent...
The body is impermanent, touches, touching-consciousness, body contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this body-contact, that also is impermanent...
The mind is impermanent, thoughts, thinking-consciousness, mind contact,
and whatever is felt as pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
born of this mind-contact, that also is impermanent...
SN 35.43/vol. iv, 28

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All formations, all constructions, all conditions are impermanent...
MN 35/vol. i, 230

Whatever can emerge, that will indeed also cease...
MN 56/vol. i, 380

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Impermanence, as pointed out in the commentaries, is not always Evident
unless specifically looked for! Know it in advance and then you can see it...


False Apparent Continuity covers up and camouflages Impermanence:
The characteristic of impermanence does not become apparent because,
when rise and fall are not given attention, it is concealed by continuity...
However, when apparent continuity is disrupted by discerning rise and fall,
the characteristic of impermanence becomes apparent in its true nature.
Vism. Ch. xxi/p. 640

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Observing the abrupt Change of all States discloses their discrete nature:
When continuity is disrupted means when continuity is exposed by observation
of the perpetual alteration of states as they go on occurring in succession.
For it is not through the connectedness of states, that the characteristic of
impermanence becomes apparent to one who rightly observes rise and fall,
but rather the transience characteristic becomes properly evident through
these states discrete disconnectedness, regarded as if each moment were
iron darts hitting the screen of awareness. Or as single pearls on a string,
but not continuous as the string itself...
VismA. 824

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More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:
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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What Comes, also Goes!

Impermanence = Anicca!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
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The Bliss of the Forest!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:11 pm

Friends:

Remote & Solitary is Forest Bliss!

The forest bhikkhu pays much attention to the experience of forest:
Thereby he enters deeper yet unattained depths of concentration.
By living remote he is not distracted by any unsuitable phenomena.
He is free from anxiety and stress. He abandons attachment to life.
He enjoys a taste of the bliss of seclusion, and the silenced peace.
He lives secluded and apart. Calm and remote abodes delight his heart.
The hermit that in woods can dwell alone, may gain the bliss as well.
Whose savour is beyond the price of royal bliss even in any paradise.
So let the forest delight a wise man for his precious dwelling's site.
Sources: MN 121, AN III 343, Vism I 73

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ALONE
The one who sits and lives solitary,
& walks alone finds great delight
in the silence of the forest...

Dhammapada 305

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SUCH ONE
The One wearing only 3 robes,
who is thin with veins showing,
who meditates alone in the forest,
such one is a Holy One..
.
Dhammapada 395

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm

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Forest Bliss...

Sweet, Calm and Silent is Forest Bliss...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/forest_bliss.htm
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Calm and Content!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:07 pm

Friends:

What is the Cause of Contentment?

The blessed Buddha once said:
Contentment is the Highest Treasure!
Dhammapada 204

Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
Who understands & clearly sees the Dhamma.
Udana 10

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What is the proximate cause of contentment?
Mutual joy with others success is the proximate cause of contentment...
Therefore: If one is always gladdened by other's success, one will always be content!
Therefore: If one is never gladdened by other's success, one will always be discontent!
Therefore is contentment caused by an altruistic mental state & not by external richness...
Example: Rich people possessing all the things they ever desired, can still be very discontent!
And vice versa: Poor people not having much, can still be very content and very much smiling!

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Contentment even with almost nothing!

More on the Contentment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Contentment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ntment.htm

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How to cultivate mutual joy & thus increase contentment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Proof:
The beings above are without many possessions, yet seemingly quite content!

Have a nice content day!

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Calm and Content!

Contentment is the Highest Treasure!
If one is always gladdened by other's success, one will always be content!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ontent.htm
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What is Progress?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:39 pm

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Real Progress is gaining Real Freedom!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, growing in five areas of progress, the Noble Disciple attains a
Noble growth, and acquires the essence, acquires the best, one possibly can
in this bodily existence! What are these 5 areas:

1: One grows in Faith,
2: One grows in Morality,
3: One grows in Learning,
4: One grows in Generosity,
5: One grows in Understanding.


Developing in these five areas of progress, a noble disciple grows with a Noble
Progress, and acquires the very core essence, acquires the optimal advantage,
of this bodily existence. When one grows here in Faith and Morality, in Wisdom,
Liberality, and Learning, the virtuous lay disciple acquires right here the very
quintessence of all what is advantageous!

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More on Purification (Visuddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mental_Purity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Imm ... egrity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... suddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Level ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... cation.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [250]
section 37:34 On growth ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What is Progress?

Real Progress is more Mental Freedom!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ogress.htm
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The 8 Great Thoughts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:37 pm

Friends:

The 8 Thoughts of a Great Man!

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The Buddha once explained to Ven. Anuruddha:
What are the 8 thoughts of a great man?
1: This Dhamma is for one who is modest, not for one who wants much.
2; This Dhamma is for one who is content, not for one who is discontent.
3: This Dhamma is for one who is reclusive, not for the socializing parrot.
4: This Dhamma is for one who is enthusiastic, not for one who is lazy.
5: This Dhamma is for one who is aware, not for one who is distracted.
6: This Dhamma is for one who is focused, not for one who is scattered.
7: This Dhamma is for one who understands, not for one who is confused.
8: This Dhamma is for one who enjoys unity, not for one who seeks diversity.

When you think these 8 thoughts of a great man, then you can always easily
attain the four jhanas, that provides a pleasant dwelling right here and now!
Secondly, your rag-robe & simple alms-food, your dwelling at the tree-root,
your bed on a spread of grass, and your smelling medicine will seem to you
as the best of the best. Therefore will you live contented, in sweet delight,
satisfied, dwelling in calm comfort, not agitated, and thus approach release.
Anguttara Nikaya IV 227 (edited excerpt)

Full text here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Comments:
Later during this Rains Retreat in the Eastern Bamboo Park, Ven. Anuruddha
dwelling alone, secluded, alert, ardent, & resolute, in no long time reached &
remained in that supreme goal of the holy life for which clansmen rightly go
forth into homelessness, and directly experiencing it himself he understood:
"Rebirth is ended, this Noble life is completed, what should be done is done.
There is no further state in this world." And thus Ven. Anuruddha became
another one of the Arahats.

More on Ven. Anuruddha Buddha's cousin & one of his most eminent disciples.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ruddha.htm

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Great Thinking Produces Great Future!

The 8 Great Thoughts!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... oughts.htm
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The Fire of Desire!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:08 pm

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Urging for Pleasure is a Burning Obsession!

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Sense-Desire is the foremost and deepest mental hindrance (Nivarana).
The texts given below aim at illustrating how this obsessive and addictive
urge for sensing only pleasure in the form of sights, sounds, smells, tastes
and touches arise, cease, and is finally cured. The present-day dominance
of the porno and entertainment industry speaks -in itself- clearly of this
problems abundance among human beings today...

The Blessed Buddha once said:
On this occasion the Blessed One was staying at Gaya's Head, together
with a thousand Bhikkhus. There the Blessed One told these Bhikkhus this:
Bhikkhus, all this is burning! And what, Bhikkhus, is that All that is burning?
The eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and the mind is burning. All forms, sounds,
smells, flavours, touches, and mental states are also burning! Whatever kind
of consciousness of sense-contact is also burning! Any feeling arised caused
by contact, whether pleasant, painful or neutral, that too is also burning...
Burning with what? I say: Burning with the fire of lust, hate and ignorance,
birth, ageing, death, sadness, disappointment, frustration, and Suffering!
The Fire Sermon Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 19-20

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First priority: Noticing Sense-Desire (kama-chanda) makes it fade away:
Herein, Bhikkhus, when sense-desire is present in him the Bhikkhu notes:
"There is sense-desire in me," and when sense-desire is absent, he notes:
"There is no sense-desire in me." He also understands how any yet unarisen
sense-desire arises. He understands how to leave behind any already arisen
sensual desire, and he understands how left sense-desire will not ever arise
again in the future. MN 10

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What is the feeding cause that makes Sense-Desire arise?
There are attractive and alluring features and aspects of any object...
Frequently giving irrational & unwise attention to them, this is the feeding
cause of the arising of unarisen sense-desire, and also the feeding cause
of the increase and expansion of sense-desire, that already has arisen.
SN 46:51

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What is the starving cause that makes Sense-Desire cease?
There are disgusting and repulsive features and aspects of any object...
Frequently giving rational & wise attention to them, this is the starving cause
of the non-arising of unarisen sense-desire, and the starving cause of the
decrease and shrinking of sense-desire that already has arisen.
SN 46:51

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Which medicine cures Sense-Desire, so that it does not re-arise again?
These six things leads to the gradual elimination of sense-desire:
1. Learning how to meditate on ugly and disgusting objects.
2. Frequent and intense meditation on disgusting objects.
3. Guarding the sense doors.
4. Moderation in eating.
5. Noble friendship with one who knows how to quell sense-desire.
6. Suitable conversation on the disadvantages of hedonism.

Commentary to the Satipatthana Sutta

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1. Learning how to meditate on disgusting objects.
Meditation on disgusting objects produces repulsion towards attractive
objects as a result. This reduces desire for these objects. AN 5:36

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The 32 inner organs of the body; A skin sac of bones with 9 oozing holes:
Herein, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu reflects on just this body, confined within the
skin and full of manifold ugly impurities from the soles upward and from the
top of the hair downwards in this way: "There is in this body: head and body
hair, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver,
pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, bowels, stomach, excrement, bile, pus,
blood, sweat, fat, tears, lymph, spit, slime, snot, joint-fluid, urine and
the brain in the skull."

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The 9 Corpse Contemplations:
The Bhikkhu goes to a cemetery to see a corpse one day, 2 or 3 days dead:
Bloated, livid, putrid, rotting, stinking & festering, he applies this experience
to his own body in this way: "This body, too: Such is its nature & its future,
such its unavoidable destiny'... He meditates as if he were seeing a corpse
cast away in a cemetery, picked at by crows, vultures, and hawks, by dogs,
hyenas, and various other animals ... a skeleton covered partly with flesh and
blood, connected with sinews ... a fleshless skeleton smeared with blood,
connected with tendons ... a skeleton without meat as a chain of bones
connected with tendons... as bones detached from their tendons, scattered
in all directions; here a hand bone, there a foot bone, here a shinbone,
there a thigh bone, here a hip bone, there a back bone, here a rib, there a
chest bone, here a shoulder bone, there a neck bone, here a jaw bone,
there a tooth, here a skull... He contemplates his body as bones whitened,
as bones somewhat like the colour of sea-shells ... as bones piled up, more
than a year old ... as bones rotting and crumbling into black powder.
This is Awareness focused on the body merely as a putrid and rotting form!
MN 10

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As inspiration for this acquisition of this sign of disgust (asubha-nimitta)
curing any lust have a collection of corpse pictures been deposited at the
link below. It can only be viewed by adults > 18 years
http://s914.photobucket.com/albums/ac350/Asubha/
Password: corpses

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Such memorized image of disgust is then remembered whenever lust re-arise.
If the memorized image is vivid, then this urge of desire instantly vanish,
since disgust and desire cannot co-exist in the mind at the same time.
Even just noting the desire can cure it, since such advantageous Awareness
cannot occur simultaneously in combination with detrimental thought of lust.
Therefore, at the exact time of knowing the sense desire, that arose in the
preceding moment, that sense desire no longer exists, but only the event of
Awareness knowing and noticing it...

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3. Guarding the sense doors:
And how, Bhikkhus, does one guard the doors of the senses?
Seeing a form with the eye, one does neither get caught up by any of the
general features, nor does one become obsessed with any particular detail
of this captivating form...
Hearing a sound with the ear, one does neither get caught by any of the
common aspects, nor does one become infatuated with any specific detail
of this sweet sound...
Smelling a smell with the nose, one does neither get caught by any of the
prevailing qualities, nor does one become as if possessed by any particular
detail of this seducing smell...
Tasting a taste with the tongue, one does neither get caught by any of the
prevalent hallmarks, nor does one become as if gripped by any peculiar detail
of this dazzling taste...
Touching a thing with the body, one does neither get caught by any of the
regular attributes, nor does one become as if fixated by any distinct detail
of this fascinating touch...
Thinking a thought with the mind, one does neither get caught by any of the
universal signs, nor does one become as if immersed in any particular detail
of this entrancing mental state...
Since, if one leaves the sense ability of the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and
mind uncontrolled, then evil detrimental states of lust, greed and discontent
will immediately invade and degrade the mind... Therefore does one practise
and gain control of the senses, one guards the doors of the senses, one reins
back the senses, one keeps the senses restrained, and in check... SN 35:239

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Friends, there are these forms recognizable by the eye, sounds recognizable
by the ear, smells recognizable by the nose, tastes recognizable by the tongue,
touches recognizable by the body, mental states recognizable by the mind,
which all are attractive and liked, wished, longed and urged for, desired and
thus provocative of both lust and greed. If one welcomes them, enjoys them
and thus remains clinging to them, delight arises. With the arising of delight,
friends, I tell you, there is also the arising of craving. When craving arises,
friends, be aware, then there is also the arising of Suffering…
However, if one does neither welcome, enjoy, nor cling to any of these sense
objects, then delight ceases. With the ceasing of delight, friends, I tell you,
there is also the ceasing of all longing, all craving, all attachment, all clinging,
the ceasing of all addiction, of all bondage, and the ceasing of all Suffering…
MN 145

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4. Moderation in eating:
How is a Bhikkhu moderate in eating? In this, a Bhikkhu, reflecting rationally,
eats food neither for the sake of entertainment, nor for infatuation, nor for
wanting bodily beauty, but exclusively for the support and maintenance of
this body, for ending of discomfort, and for assisting this Noble life, simply
considering: In this way I will now end this old feeling, yet without arousing
any new feeling! Therefore will I remain healthy, blameless and in comfort...
Exactly as one anoints an open wound, only for the purpose of making it heal,
or just as one greases an axle only for the sake of easy transport of a heavy
load, so does a Bhikkhu, who is moderated in eating, eat food, while always
meticulously reflecting rationally in this very way ...
SN 35:239

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5. Noble friendship with one who knows how to cure sense-desire.
The entire holy life, Ananda, is Noble friendship, Noble companionship,
and Noble association. Of any Bhikkhu, Ananda, who has a Noble friend,
a Noble companion, a Noble associate, it is to be expected that he will
cultivate, practice and complete this Noble 8-fold Way.SN 45:2

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6. Suitable conversation on the disadvantages of hedonism.
Some examples spoken by the Blessed Buddha:
If the mortal, longing for sensual pleasure, gets it, yes, then he is happy!
But when the pleasures inevitably soon fade away, that person, longing,
urging, desiring, is all shocked, as if shot with an arrow... Sutta Nipata IV, 1

Death carries off the man while distracted by gathering flowers of sensual
pleasures, exactly as a great tsunami carries away a sleeping village.
Dhammapada 47

Sense objects give little satisfaction, but much urge, pain, panic and despair
later. This danger inevitably inherent in all pleasures is bigger than their joys!
MN 14

Disguised as joy, appearing as attractive, falsely promising only pleasures,
but longing, frustration, and grief surprises and shocks the one not aware!
Udana II - 8

With desire is the world tied and enchained. With the overcoming of desire
is it freed. With the overcoming of sense-desire are all bonds cut through.
SN 1:69

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Sense-desire is like being in dept:
There is a man who has acquired a debt and has become ruined. Now, if his
creditors, when telling him to pay back the debt, speak roughly to him or
harass and beat him, he is unable to put up any resistance, but will have to
accept it all meekly. It is his debt that causes this feeble leniency. Similarly
with a man filled with sensual-desire for a certain person, full of craving for
that object of his desire, he will be attached to it. Even if spoken to roughly
by that person, or even harassed or beaten, he will tolerate it all meekly...!
His sense-desire causes that shy and frail weakness! It is in this way, that
sense-desire is like being in debt.

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Absence of sense-desire is like freedom from dept:
A man, having taken a loan, uses it for his business and comes to prosperity.
He then thinks: "This debt is a cause of worry." He repays the loan together
with the interest, and has the loan papers torn up. After that, then he needs
neither send any letter to, nor bow to his creditors... And why? He is not any
longer in debt to them or dependent on them in any way. Similarly a Bhikkhu
thinks: "sense-desire is a cause of hindrance." He then cultivates 6 the things
leading to its overcoming (#), and removes this hindrance of sense-desire.
Just as one who has freed himself of debt no longer feels fear or anxiety,
when meeting his former creditors, so is one who has given up sense-desire
no longer attached and bound to the object of his desire. Even seeing many
divine forms, then neither passions, nor lust will ever assail or dominate him.
Therefore has the Blessed One compared the elimination of sense-desire to
freedom from debt. Commentary on DN 2

The Blessed Buddha once said:
On this occasion the Blessed One was staying at Gaya's Head, together
with a thousand Bhikkhus. There the Blessed One told these Bhikkhus this:
Bhikkhus, All this is burning! And what, Bhikkhus, is that All that is burning?
The eye, ear, nose, tongue, body & the mind is burning. Forms, sounds, smells,
flavours, touches, and mental states are also burning! Any eye, ear, nose,
tongue, body & mental consciousness is also burning! Any eye, ear, nose,
tongue, body & mental contact is also burning! Any feeling arised caused by
eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mental contact, whether pleasant, painful or
neutral, that too indeed is also burning...
Burning with what? I say: Burning with the fire of lust, hate and ignorance,
birth, ageing, death, sadness, weeping, pain, frustration, & with desperation!

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Burning Like Moths flying into the Flame!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .olen.html

More on the folly vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Burning.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.1-2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1

The Fire of Sense-Desire!

Beings burn up like moths flying into a flame:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
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The 5 Mental Hindrances!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:49 pm

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These are the 5 Mental Hindrances:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five kinds of Mental Hindrance. What five?

1: The Mental Hindrance of Desire for Sensing...
2: The Mental Hindrance of Aversion and Ill-Will...
3: The Mental Hindrance of Lethargy and Laziness…
4: The Mental Hindrance of Restlessness and Regret…
5: The Mental Hindrance of Doubt and Uncertainty…


These are the 5 kinds of Mental Hindrance! The Noble 8-fold Way should
be developed for the direct experience of these five Mental Hindrances,
for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final and
total overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind! This Noble 8-fold Way
is developed for the sake of uprooting all Mental Hindrance!

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Explanation of the 5 Mental Hindrances:
Desire for sights, sounds, smells, flavours, touches, & thoughts is obvious.
Aversion is hate, anger, irritation, opposition, resistance, & stubbornness.
Lethargy & Laziness is all sluggish indolence, stupor, slow & slack inactivity.
Restlessness & Regret is all agitation, anxiety, hurry, remorse, and worry.
Doubt & Uncertainty is indecision, hesitation, perplexity, & qualm dilemma.
Mental Hindrance means a mental & invisible yet real & ultimately effective
obstacle, obstruction, block, impediment, hurdle, and debilitating handicap!

For details on the Mental Hindrances – Nivaran?a and their removal:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm

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More on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/St ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fe ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Do ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... ziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ome_10.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Na ... adiant.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Canal.htm

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The unhindered & undefiled mind is calm & luminous!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:60] section 45: The Way. 177: The 5 Mental Hindrances ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html.

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Mental Handicaps are Real yet Invisible...

The 5 Mental Hindrances!
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HONESTY is a MUST!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:18 am

HONESTY is a MUST!



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

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
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Kasina Absorption...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:55 pm

Friends:

Absorption into the Singular Kasina Entirety!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are ten kasina spheres, Bhikkhus. And which are these?
Someone perceives solid earth as his kasina, above, below, round about,
undivided, as entirety, infinite, without boundaries, ends or limits.
Again, someone perceives fluid water as his kasina ... or fire ... or wind ...
or blue ... or yellow ... or red ... or white ... or space ... or consciousness,
above, below, round about, undivided, as entirety, infinite, without
boundaries, ends or limits. These are the subtle ten kasina spheres...
Consciousness above, below, all around about, undivided, as entirety,
infinite, without boundaries, ends or limits is considered as the very
highest of these kasina spheres. There are beings dwelling in such
subtle perceptions, however even these high aloof beings experience
impermanence and change! Understanding this, any wise and Noble
disciple turns away from it. By turning all away from it, he thereby
detaches from the highest, how much more so from all lower states!

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Comments on these Elements perceived as 'Entirety' or 'Wholeness':
Kasina meditation is a mental absorption gained into a unity aspect:
'Earth' here does not mean a substance, but solidity and extension.
'Water' here neither means a substance, but fluidity and cohesion.
'Fire' here neither means a substance, but heat and vibration.
'Wind' or 'air' here means motion and kinetic energy.
The unity aspect is thus not 'material', but a quality or propert.

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More on this way of inducing Mental Absorption (Jhana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kasina.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... rption.htm

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Kasina Absorption!

Unifying mind into a singular entirety!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_10_Kasinas.htm
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