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Opposing does not Help!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:42 pm

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What is Wrong? The Mind or the World?

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Is the world wrong? No the world is just as it is: Always a changing misery!
Are all the other people wrong? No there is just greed, hate and ignorance...
Is the society wrong? No, the kammic cause and effect is perfectly just & fair!
Is you yourself wrong? No, since there are just passing mental & material states...

What then is Wrong?
The aversive mind opposing and rejecting some reals, while accepting others is wrong!
This stubbornly defying mind defends a rigid stand & fight against any present reality...
Why is this resisting combat mind wrong? Because however much it clashes with both
the internal and external faults, it cannot ever cure them... Rather they grow stronger!
Opposition simply does not help anything at all! Rather it aggravates the problems...

What then is the specific cure for such opposing, antagonistic, bothered & irritated mind?
Daily Meditation on Universal Friendliness softens up this tense & exasperated mind:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm
Cultivation of Boundless Pity equips the mind with tolerance, patience & forbearance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
Rejoicing in Mutual Joy elevates, exalts, and satisfies this frustrated & irked mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
Remaining unperturbed in well ballanced Equanimity enables first stability, then peace:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

Why do all the Buddhas always smile?
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They simply accept it all, just as it really is!

Opposition Doesn't Help!

Accepting it as it really just is!!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby SarathW » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:07 am

"Is the society wrong? No, the kammic cause and effect is perfectly just & fair!"


Bhante,
Where did you find that statement. It sounds like social fruition of Kamma.
:)

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:04 am

SarathW wrote:"Is the society wrong? No, the kammic cause and effect is perfectly just & fair!"
Bhante,
Where did you find that statement. It sounds like social fruition of Kamma.
:)


It is just how it really is: The mirror of the Kamma reflects all conscious intentional choices
both on the individual and thus also on the social community level, since that group is just
made up of individuals and their mutual mental "echoes" ...
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The Amazing Grace of Goodwill!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:57 pm

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How to Beam & Extend Amity Universally:

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The Grace of Goodwill: A Meditation on Friendliness (Metta):
May my mind be filled with the thought of Kind Friendliness & open Amity.
May the minds of my good teachers be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of my parents and dear ones be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all unfriendly persons be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all living beings be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all strangers be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May we be free from fear, tension, anxiety, worry, and restlessness.
May our hearts become soft. May our words be pleasing to others.
May we be generous. May we be gentle. May we be relaxed.
May we be happy and peaceful. May we be healthy.
May we be a source of pure peace and happiness.

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May the minds of everyone in this room be free from greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, and fear.
May the peace and tranquillity of tender Friendliness pervade their entire bodies and minds.
May they have good fortune. May they be prosperous. May they have really good friends
May the minds of everyone in this building, in this street, in this city, in this nation on
this continent, on this planet & in this universe be free from greed, anger, & doubt.
May these thoughts of Friendliness embrace them, charge them and envelope them.
May every cell, every drop of blood, every atom, be charged with kind amity.
May the peace & tranquillity of goodwill pervade their entire bodies & minds.
May they be happy-hearted. May they be free from worries and troubles.
May all beings in all directions throughout this multiverse be happy.
May they be filled with Friendliness, abundant, exalted, & infinite!
May they be free from enmity affliction, and anxiety.
May they live happily.

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May all beings in all directions, all around the universe be happy.
May they have good fortune. May they be prosperous.
May they be famous. May they have good friends.
May they be reborn in a happy destination.
May they be reborn in the heavens.
May all beings Awaken swiftly!
May they become thus Happy!

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Inspired by 2 really good friends.

More on this shining, radiating through all & everywhere beaming Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm

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The Grace of Goodwill!

Fabolous Friendliness Frees :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
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The First Buddhist Council year 483 BC

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:44 pm

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The First Buddhist Council took place at the Sattapanni Rock Cave in:
Rajagaha now Rajgir, India. 3 months after the Buddha's final Nibbana,
500 Arahants met here to recite the Dhamma and the Vinaya, so that it
could be passed on to future generations exactly as spoken by the historical
Buddha Gotama and his disciples. This council was headed by Mahakassapa
Thera and it lasted 7 months. It established the original authentic Tipitaka:
The 3 Baskets of Sacred Text = The Pali Canon:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/index.html

This crucial 1st council is described in detail in the:
Mahavamsa: The Great Chronicle of Ceylon pp: 14-19
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... geiger.pdf

Other links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Buddhist_council
http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=T ... panni_Cave
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm
http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=F ... st_council
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... niguha.htm
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Today is a Poya Day..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:29 pm

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How to be Real Buddhist through Observance?
Unduwap Poya is this Fullmoon of December celebrating 2 events:
1: The arrival of Arahat Nun Theri Sanghamitta, sister of Arahat Mahinda, daughter
of emperor Asoka from India in the 3rd century B.C. establishing the Order of Nuns.
2: The arrival at Anuradhapura of a sapling of the sacred Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya,
brought to Sri Lanka by Arahat Theri Sanghamitta.

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Arahat Theri Sanghamitta arrives w. tree.

This day is designated Sanghamitta Day. Nowadays Dasasil Matas;
ten-precept nuns, take an active part in making these celebrations.

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Arahat Theri Sanghamitta

Details on the Arahat Nun Theri Sanghamitta and the MahaBodhi:
See: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _theri.htm
and the Tree http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irukka.htm

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The over 2000 years old Bodhi Tree in Ceylon.

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

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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


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

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


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

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

The Modern Community of Buddha's Disciples: Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

May your journey hereby be light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: bhikkhu.samahita@what-buddha-said.net

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

Have a nice observance day!

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

Lay Buddhists keep the Poya days clean!

On this unduwap Poya day did Arahat Theri Sanghamitta arrive!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/U ... ya_Day.htm
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Silencing the Suffering..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:16 pm

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The Fading Away of Greed is induced by Disillusion!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Ananda, is the experience of fading away of greed through disillusion?
When a Bhikkhu retires to the forest, to the root of a tree, or an empty hut
and thinks thus: This is Peace, this is sublime, namely, the stilling of all mental
construction, the ending of all kammic formation, the evaporation of all fuel
of becoming, the ceasing of all craving, the relinquishing of all by detachment,
Nibbana... Then this very reflection itself is the experience of fading away...

Some Simple Comments:
Fading Away/Disillusion means comprehending all as impermanence, pain & no-self!
Ceasing means complete fading away into absence of all greed, hate and ignorance!
Fading away of greed by disillusion is the proximate cause of all mental release...
This reflection on fading away of greed by disillusion, leads to final knowledge...
The fading away of greed & lust by disillusion is one of the 18 Principal Insights...

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Simile:
Greed, lust, & desire fades away slowly like the colours of cloth hanging in the sun!

What are the 4 Fuels of re-becoming into renewed existence?
1: Sense-desire is one kind of fuel upon which the fire of existence burns.
2: The 5 Clusters of Clinging is another fuel upon which the fire of existence burns.
3: The Mental Defilements are also fuels upon which the fire of existence burns.
4: Formation of Kamma by Intention is a fuel upon which the fire of existence burns.

More on the experience of Disillusion and Fading Away (Viraga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Ceasing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Seed_of_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Escape.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fi ... wledge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... iraaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fu ... Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... cation.htm

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The ultimate reward is:
Approach to Nibbana by making that deathless dimension the prime object!

Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:60, AN V 108ff.
Girimananda Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Silencing the Suffering..

Disillusion Fades Away Greed!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... g_Away.htm
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All-Embracing is Compassion!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:04 am

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How to train endless Pity and Compassion!

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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes, one wishes:
May I radiate and meet with only infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop & find
only this genuine gentleness of infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, & the formless plane
develop & encounter this tender infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left & below as
above develop & experience caring infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe always be fully aware
and deeply mindful of this warm infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe examine all details &
subtle aspects of this benevolent infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe put enthusiastic effort
in their praxis of this affectionate infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy &
jubilant gladness in this fond infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent, stilled, & endlessly merciful pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated &
absorbed one-pointedness by this infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe dwell in imperturbable
equanimity joined with this loving infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion...
Yeah! Print this out, dwell in each state until clear, use ~ 25-45 minutes.

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Comment: All-Embracing Pity is the 2nd infinitely divine state (Appamañña)
This gradually reduces all aggressiveness, cruelty, ferocity, viciousness,
rage, inner & outer violence, and unhappiness related with these states.
Joined with the 7 links to Awakening it will later cause formless jhanas...

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More on Pity (Karuna = Compassion):
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://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Karunã is All-Embracing Pity!


An Endless and Divine State...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
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Not Agitated ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:26 pm

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Released by Disengaged Non-identification!

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At Savatthi The Buddha once said:
All form is transient, all feeling is transient, all perception is transient,
all mental constructions are transient, all consciousness is transient...
This transience is suffering! What is suffering is no-self! What is no-self
should be seen as it really is with correct understanding in this very way:
'All this is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self!'...
When one sees and understands this thus, as it really is with correct and
penetrating understanding, then one maintains no views on what is past.
When one maintains no more views regarding the past, then one neither
maintains any views about the future. When one has relinquished all views
about the future, then one is not being possessed by stubborn clinging...
Having no trace of immovable clinging left, the mind becomes disillusioned
regarding all form, all feeling, all perception, all mental constructions, and
all consciousness. By that it is released from the 3 mental fermentations
through detached non-clinging... By being released, the mind is all silenced!
By being thus stilled, the mind becomes content... Being content, it is not
agitated anymore... Being thus unagitated, one indeed attains Nibbana!
Right there and then, one instantly understands: Ended is this process of
rebirth, this Noble Life has been lived, done is all what had to be done,
there is no state beyond this...

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More on this nicely ballanced Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 55-58
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice, noble & serene day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Tranquillity ballances out the extreme states...

Not Agitated…
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
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Realism is Rough ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:10 pm

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Dear and Delightful is Dangerous..!:

Whatsoever dear things, delighted in, gratified, that are pleasant to us,
all these will undergo change and alteration... We will thereby loose them
what they were before, and be separated from them, since now they have
become otherwise, and are thus not anymore the same. They have become
something different! Whatsoever is born, became, arisen, emerged, and
having come into being as a compounded and constructed phenomenon;
All that is liable to decay, is prone to fade away, and is bound to vanish...
That a thing dependent on supporting conditions should not disintegrate,
break up, fall apart, die, and cease to exist, that is indeed impossible...
Thus renouncing, letting go, leaving behind, forsaking, abandoning and
rejecting all these transient fabrications, is therefore the only true and
safe escape from the sure suffering, misery, frustration and deprivation
inherent in all this repeated & ever recurring loss, decay, demise, deficit,
ageing, sickness and Death...
This unconditional & eternal release from all Pain, Misery & Death is
called Awakening into Enlightenment... The Noble 8-fold Way is the
only real Way thereto. There is no other certain, safe & sound exit...

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We Can ... indeed change to the Better!
Now is the time to realize that fact ...
Now is the time to initiate that path ...
Now is the time to complete that task ...
May your journey be swift and sweet!!!

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On this Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm

Realism is Rough ...

Dear and Delightful is Dangerous..
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rough_Realism.htm
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Nothing Here Escapes Decay!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:36 pm

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The Internal Sensors are Fragile, Decaying and Vanishing!

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At Savatthi The Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, the eye is impermanent! What is impermanent is suffering!
What is suffering is no-self! What is no-self should be seen as it really is
with correct, true, relevant and realistic understanding thus:
This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self...
The ear is impermanent.... The nose is impermanent....
The tongue is impermanent.... The body is impermanent....
The mind is impermanent. What is impermanent is ultimately suffering...
What is suffering is no-self. What is no-self should be seen as it really is
with correct, true, relevant and realistic understanding thus:
This is neither me, nor mine, this I am not, this is not my self!
Seeing this, bhikkhus, any educated Noble Disciple is disgusted with
the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body, and with the mind...
The experience of this disgust, brings disillusion and disenchantment!
Through this disillusion, the mind is all released! When it is liberated,
then there appears this assurance: "This mind is irreversibly freed" and
one instantly understands: Rebirth is now ended, this Noble Life is fully
concluded, done is what should be 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. IV 1-2
The group on the 6 Senses 35:1 The Internal as Impermanent...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Nothing Here Escapes Decay!

Internal Transience!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Blending like Milk and Water...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:54 pm

Friends:

The 6 Things Uniting in Harmony to be Remembered:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
These six things are to be remembered in order to Unite any Community in Harmony:
Which six?
1: Friendly Behaviour (metta-kaya-kamma=friendly bodily action) both in public and in private.
2: Friendly Speech (metta-vaci-kamma=friendly verbal action) both in public and in private.
3: Friendly Thought (metta-mano-kamma=friendly mental action) both in public and in private.
4: Sharing of Gains (sadharana-bhogi=common wealth) even down to any single lump of food.
5: Moral Harmony (sila-samannagato=uniform morality): All respect the same ethical rules.
6: Harmony in Views (ditthi-samannagato=uniform attitude): All share the same general views.
These 6 things are to be considered & remembered both for individual & social Harmony...

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So we can sleep with open doors and dance with the children in our arms :-)

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On Harmony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Milk_and_Water.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Sixes 11: To be Remembered... [III: 288-9]

United in Harmony :-)

Blending like Milk and Water...
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Across any Border!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:34 am

Friends:

Friendliness can cross any Border!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Goodwill Blazes Beyond... :-)

Friendship can cross any Border!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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All will Vanish!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:08 pm

Friends:

Contemplating Transience reduces false perception of permanence:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Aniccanupassanam bhavento niccasaññam pajahati...
When developing the contemplation of Impermanence
(Anicca), one overcomes perception of permanence...


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The anytime, everywhere, & for everybody directly observable facts are:
All states will pass...
All things will vanish...
All formations are unstable...
All mountains crumble into nothing...
All memories are lost like tears in rain...
Nothing remains static without change...
All buildings & homes collapse into dust...
All phenomena are of a nature to breakup...
All moments momentarily cease never to return...
All Universes implodes into pointless singularity...
All phenomena are momentary & thus temporary...
All bodies grow old, decrepit, fall & finally rotten...
All worldly happiness & pleasure changes & are lost...
All beings grow old, sick, ugly, dement, smelling & die...
All forms of form will decay, deteriorate & fall apart...
All constructions - physical as mental - arises & ceases...

There is no lasting permanence anywhere except Nibbana...

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More on universal impermanence, inconstancy, and inevitable Transience (Anicca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada Buddhism (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/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm

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All will Vanish!

Nothing is thus worth clinging to...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Good Gets Better!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:58 pm

Friends:

Any Advantageous Mental State Improves the Future!

Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of boundless love.
Itivuttaka 16

Generosity, kind words,
doing a good turn for others,
and treating all people alike:
these bonds of sympathy are to the world
what the axle is to the wagon wheel.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 32

Good are friends, when the need arises;
Good is contentment with just what one has;
Good is merit done, when life is at an end,
and good is the elimination of all Suffering!
Dhammapada 331

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Come on! Do Good! Good Gets Better!

In this world, good it is to serve one's mother,
Good is it to serve one's father,
Good is it to serve the monks, and
Good it is to serve the holy pure ones.
Dhammapada 332

Good is pure moral virtue until life's end,
Good is fine Faith, that is unwavering,
Good is the acquisition of understanding, and
Good is the avoidance of all evil wrong-doing.
Dhammapada 333

To avoid all evil,
to cultivate only good,
and to purify one's mind
this is the teaching of all the Buddhas!
Dhammapada 183

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Yes We Can!

The good relinquish attachment to everything.
The wise do not prattle with yearning for pleasures.
The clever show neither elation, nor depression,
when touched either by happiness, or by sorrow...
Dhammapada 83

With good-will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate a limitless & infinite kindness:
Above, below, across and all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

Let all guard themselves against irritability in thought;
Let every one be controlled in mind,
Leaving mental misery & misconduct,
Let every one practice good behaviour in any thought.
Dhammapada 233

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Seeding Good, Sprouts in Good!

Let any being guard himself against irritability in speech;
Let every one be controlled in speech.
Leaving all verbal misconduct,
Let every one practice good behaviour in all speech.
Dhammapada 232

Overcome the angry by kindness;
Overcome the wicked by goodness;
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

Consort only with the good,
Come together only with the good.
To learn the Teaching of the Noble ones,
Gives an understanding nowhere else found!
Samyutta Nikaya I, 17

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Same are all beings, just different! ;-)

Neither mother, nor father, nor
any other family or friend can do
greater good for oneself, than a
well trained & well directed mind!
Dhammapada 43

Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not return to me."
Since: Drop by drop is the water pot filled with rain!
Likewise, the wise one, gathering it little by little,
fills himself with advantageous good...
Dhammapada 122

More on Generosity (Dana) = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.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/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

Forest Sangha Support:
If you wish to help the Forest Sangha materially with upholding and sharing
the Saddhamma, then a quite good opportunity is open right here and now!
Any support is indeed needed and very appreciated. Many Thanx in advance :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Dha ... dation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Sub ... nation.htm

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Good Gets Better!

Doing Good => Produces a Better Future!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Go ... Better.htm
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The inevitable evanescence..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:51 pm

Friends:

Seeing the Transience in all Constructions Releases Mind!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Ananda, is the experience of the transience in all constructions?
It is when the Bhikkhu feels horror, disgust, and repulsing repugnance with
all formations, with all constructions, with all phenomena, with all states...
This itself is the very experience of the transience of all constructions...

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More on impermanence, inconstancy, & transience (Anicca):
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

Instantly, inevitably and invariably: All States break up, fade away & vanish...

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:60, AN V 108ff.
Girimananda Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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The inevitable Transience!

Instantly, inevitably and invariably: All States break up, fade away & vanish...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm
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The Buddha's Speech on Friendliness

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:44 pm

Friends:

The Buddha's Speech on Friendliness:

What should the clever one advantageously do:
To attain this State called Peace, is this:
He should be intelligent, straight, honest,
Humble, gentle and never proud,
Contented, and easy to support,
Not busy, careful, and silenced…
In abilities & senses, cautious, and modest,
Neither flattering families, nor be demanding.
He should not do even a minor trifle at all,
That other wise men might criticize!

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Then he should think:
May all beings be joyous and safe!
Let every creature's mind rejoice.
Whatever breathing beings there are,
No matter whether feeble or firm,
With none excepted, whether long;
Tall, big, medium, short or small;
Whether seen or unseen, visible or not;
Whether living far away or near, here or there;
Whether existing or just about to come into being;
Let every living being's mind be exultantly jubilant!
Let no one ever kill or another one undo,
Nor ever harm anyone anywhere at all...
Let no one wish for another any even minor evil,
neither from provocation, nor from revenge.
Thus, as a mother with her own life
Might guard her son, her only baby child, thus
Should he maintain an infinite friendliness :-)
for every living being, in gentle sympathy for
this entire universe, unlimited, endless and vast!
Above, below, and all around, unimpeded,
without any hatred, purged of all enmity!
Whether standing, walking, seated or lying down
while slumbering, he should always maintain such
Awareness of gentle and benevolent kindness...
This is the Divine Abiding here, they say!
He that do not traffic with various views,
Perfected in seeing what is right and wrong,
Purged of lust for sense-pleasures, he will
surely not come back here to any womb...

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More on Friendliness (Metta) & Friendship: (The Pali root word is Mitta = Friend)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm

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Source: Minor Readings and the Illustrator
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130231

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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Friendly is Mettaah :-)

The Buddha's Speech on Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
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The 10 Mental Perfections..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:04 am

Friends:

The 10 Mental Perfections Fulfilled by all Buddhas!

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The Ten Perfections of an Enlightened One:
The Great Beings (Mahasatta = Bodhisatta) being destined for Buddhahood) are
always intent on the welfare of all living beings, and do not tolerate any suffering of
anyone, wishing all beings long enjoyment of their particular states of happiness...
For all being's sake they therefore practice for many universal cycles (eons) the:

The 1st Perfection: Not favourizing any special side, they are quite Generous (Dana)
impartially towards all, without considering whether they are worthy of gifts or not.

The 2nd Perfection: By avoiding all killing, harming or hurting of any living being, and
by neither stealing, cheating, lying, nor faking, they practise purity of Morality (Sila).

The 3rd Perfection: To perfect morality, they retreat into Withdrawal (Nekkhamma).

The 4th Perfection: In order to obtain absolute certainty of what is advantageous and
what is detrimental for beings, they purify and complete their Understanding (Pañña).

The 5th Perfection: For the sole sake of the salvation and welfare of all breathing beings,
they always arouse and exert their quite heroic and enthusiastic Energy (Viriya).

The 6th Perfection: Patiently they endure and tolerate abuse, full of Forbearance (Khanti).

The 7th Perfection: They never break promises, or speak what is not Truthful (Sacca).

The 8th Perfection: Rock solid resolute with unshakable Determination (Adhitthana) they
keep relentlessly ever working hard for the safety and welfare of all sentient beings.

The 9th Perfection: With outmost gentle, kind, benevolent, and good Friendliness (Metta)
they teach, guide, serve and protect all kinds of beings in an entirely selfless way.

The 10th Perfection: In their well ballanced and imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkha)
they do not expect anything in return. They are not stirred by any worldly fuzz...
Source: Visuddhimagga IX, 124

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More on the 10 Perfections (Paramitas, Parami):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Witdr ... Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Deter ... rmines.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... tthana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... pannaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aramii.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /siila.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Might ... rality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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The 10 Mental Perfections..

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
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Rejoicing produces Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:22 pm

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Unselfish Joy! How to Rejoice in Others Success:

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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Rejoicing gives Bliss!

Mutual Joy in Other's Success...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
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Supreme is Understanding!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:57 pm

Friends:

How is Understanding the Supreme?

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The Blessed Buddha once said!
Bhikkhus, just as, among the trees of Jambudipa the rose-apple tree
is declared to be the chief, similarly among all the states leading to
enlightenment is the understanding ability declared to be the chief,
that is, for the attainment of the supreme enlightenment!
And what, Bhikkhus, are the states leading to enlightenment?
The ability of Faith, Bhikkhus, is a state leading to enlightenment.
The ability of Energy, Bhikkhus, is a state leading to enlightenment.
The ability of Awareness, is a state leading towards enlightenment.
The ability of Concentration, is a state leading to enlightenment.
The ability of Understanding is a state leading to enlightenment.
Why so? They are conducive for, leads to and produce enlightenment...
Friends just as, the rose-apple tree among the trees of Jambudipa
is declared to be their chief, so too, among all the states leading to
enlightenment, the ability of understanding is declared to be their
chief, that is, for the attainment of irreversible enlightenment...

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More on the supreme Understanding Ability:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... pannaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... anding.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:237] section 48: The Abilities. 67: The Tree ...

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Supreme is Understanding!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... anding.htm
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