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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:39 am

Friends:

How are these four persons who are quite comparable to Trees?

There are these four kinds of trees:
One itself rotten & weak, but surrounded by strong hardwood ones...
One itself of strong hardwood, but surrounded by rotten & weak ones...
One itself rotten & weak, and also surrounded by rotten & weak ones...
One itself of strong hardwood, and also surrounded by strong hardwood ones...

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Schiele: Four Trees

There are four types of persons similar to these four classes of trees:
A person himself rotten & weak, but yet surrounded by the strong & good!
A person himself strong & good, but yet surrounded by the rotten & weak!
A person himself rotten & weak, and also surrounded by the rotten & weak!
A person himself strong & good, and also surrounded by the strong & good!

How is the one himself is rotten & weak, but yet surrounded by the strong & good?
Here one is immoral, and wicked, while his friends are moral men of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who himself is rotten & weak, surrounded by the strong & good,
just in the same way as a rotten & weak tree is surrounded by strong & good ones...

How is a person who himself is strong & good, yet surrounded by the rotten & weak?

Here one is moral, of lovely nature, but he has friends, who are immoral, & wicked...
Thus is a person, who is strong & good surrounded by the rotten & weak, just in the
same way as a strong & good tree, is surrounded by many rotten & weak ones...

How is a person who is rotten & weak, and also surrounded by the rotten & weak?
Here one is immoral, wicked & evil, who has friends who are immoral, wicked & evil!
Thus is a person, who is rotten & weak, and also surrounded by those rotten & weak,
just in the same way as a rotten & weak tree, is surrounded by rotten & weak ones...

Finally: How is a person who is strong & good surrounded by the strong & good?
Here one is moral of lovely nature, who has similar moral friends of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who is strong & good surrounded by the strong & good, just in the
same way as a strong & good tree, is surrounded by strong & good hardcore ones...

These are the four persons comparable to trees existing in this world...

Comment:

Discrimination of good & bad groups is a signature sign of Genuine Understanding!

Source:
The 4th Higher Science Abhidhamma Book: The Personality Concept: Puggala-Paññatti.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130096

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More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Fede » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:32 am

Whether by invitation, or independently, I am very pleased to see Bhikku Samahita join us and impart the words of wisdom he transmits.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

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Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:04 am

Fede wrote:Whether by invitation, or independently, I am very pleased to see Bhikku Samahita join us and impart the words of wisdom he transmits.


it is nice to see him here! I do try to read all of his posts and mails!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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The 7 Noble Persons!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:19 am

Friends:

Who and How are the 7 kinds of Noble Persons?

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Monks, there are seven types of noble persons existing in the world. What seven?

1: The one freed both ways (ubhato-bhaga-vimutta),
2: The one freed by understanding (pañña-vimutta).
3: The body-witness (kaya-sakkhi),
4: The one having won view & vision (ditthippatta),
5: The one freed by faith (saddhavimutta),
6: The striver after Dhamma (dhammanusari),
7: The striver after faith (saddhanusari).


And how, monks, is the person freed Both Ways?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, having directly experienced with both body and
mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, & having seen by understanding
all his mental fermentations are utterly eliminated. He is freed both ways and has done
what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how, monks, is the person freed by Understanding?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
& mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding
all his mental fermentations are utterly destroyed. He is freed by understanding and has done
what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how monks, is the person who is a Body-Witness?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
& mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are fully annihilated. He is a body-witness & he has still
something to do. If he trains hard, lives remote with good friends, and balances his abilities,
then he may realise here & now, by his own super-knowledge, that matchless goal of the Noble
Life for which young men of good family go forth into homelessness, entering into & remaining
in it, he might dwell in the bliss of that sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who has Won View & Vision?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. However, those things explained
by the Tathagata are fully understood and fully practised by him. He has won view & vision, but
has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Freed by Faith?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. But his faith in the Tathagata is
settled, fixed, genuine, & established. This, monks, is called a person, who is Freed by Faith, but
he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Striving for Dhamma?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by
understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed! Furthermore: All those
things explained by the Tathagata are still only moderately approved of and practiced by him…
However, he possesses the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding.
This, monks, is called the person, who is striving for Dhamma, but he has still something to do.
If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Striving after Faith?
As to this, monks, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by
understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed, but he has enough faith
in the Tathagata, enough affection for the Buddha to develop the ability of faith, energy,
awareness, concentration, & understanding. This, monks, is called the person, who is striving
out of Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell
in the supreme fruit in the future.

I, monks, do not say that the attainment of profound knowledge suddenly comes straightaway!
Rather; gaining final knowledge is achieved gradually by study, training, praxis, & steady progress...

Source: Majjhima Nikaya 70: May this Way by our one-pointed effort become swift!

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:07 am

Greetings venerable,

Excellent posting. Thank you.

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Nona Persona Crema Suprema!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:35 am

Friends:

There are only these Nine Superior and Noble Persons!

The perfectly self-awakened Buddha... (SammaSamBuddho)
The solitary self-awakened Buddha... (Paccekasambuddho)
The one released both ways... (Ubhatobhagavimutto)
The one released by understanding... (Paññavimutto)
The body-witness of direct experience... (Kayasakkhi)
The view-winner of true comprehension... (Ditthipattto)
The one released by faith... (Saddhavimutto)
The one guided by Dhamma... (Dhammanusari)
The one guided by faith... (Saddhanusari)


1: What sort of person is an perfectly self-awakened Buddha?
Here a certain person who, in regard to teachings he has not heard of
before, himself thoroughly understands the 4 noble truths and attains
the omniscience thereof as well as complete mastery over the fruitions!
This sort of person is said to be a perfectly self-awakened Buddha...

2: What sort of person is a solitary self-awakened Buddha?
Here a certain person who, in regard to teachings he has not heard of
before, himself thoroughly understands the 4 noble truths, but attains
neither the omniscience, nor the mastery over the fruitions thereof...
This sort of person is said to be a solitary self-awakened Buddha...

3: What sort of person is released in both ways?
Here a certain person himself experiencing directly & touches bodily
the eight stages of liberation, and furthermore by comprehending them
by understanding, his mental fermentations are completely eliminated.
This sort of person is said to be one released in both ways...

4: What sort of person is released by understanding?
Here a certain person without experiencing the eight stages of liberation,
but having perceived them through understanding, his mental fermentations
are completely eliminated. Such one is one released by understanding...

5: What sort of person is a body-witness of direct experience?
Here a certain person himself experiences the eight stages of liberation,
and yet having perceived them also through understanding, only some of
his mental fermentations are completely eliminated. This sort of person is
said to be a body-witness of direct experience...

6: What sort of person is one, who has won view?
Here a certain person truly understands, that this is suffering, that such is
the cause of suffering, that such is the ceasing of suffering, and that such
is the Way leading to the ceasing of suffering. The teachings explained by
the Thus-come-thus-gone One, are comprehended by him and also practised!
Yet having comprehended them, only some of his mental fermentations are
eliminated. Such person is a Noble view-winner of straight comprehension...

7: What sort of person is released by Faith?
Here a certain person truly understands that this is suffering, that such is
the cause of suffering, that such is the ceasing of suffering, and that such
is the Way leading to the ceasing of suffering. The teachings explained by
the Thus-come-thus-gone One, are comprehended by him and also practised!
Yet having comprehended them, only some of his mental fermentations are
completely eliminated, though not in the same way, nor to the same degree as
the view-winner. This sort of person is said to be one released by faith.

8: What sort of person is one guided by Dhamma?

The ability of understanding of a person, who is about to realize the fruition
stage of a stream-attainer develops quite much, when he cultivates the noble way,
which brings with it understanding and is initiated by understanding...
This sort of person is said to be one guided by Dhamma. Such a person striving
after the fruition stage of stream-attaining is one guided by Dhamma, while
the same person established in the fruition is one who has won view.

9: What sort of person is one guided by Faith?
The ability of Faith of one about to realize the fruition stage of stream-attaining
develops to a large extent. He cultivates the noble way, which brings with it faith
and is initiated by faith. This sort of person is said to be one guided by faith.
Such a person striving after the fruit of stream-attaining is one guided by faith,
while the same person established in the fruition is released by faith.

Source:
The 4th Higher Science = Abhidhamma Book: The Personality Concept: Puggala-Paññatti.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130096

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More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

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The Ideal Person!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:53 am

Friends:

Which 7 Knowledges makes a Person Ideal?

1: Knower of the Dhamma, Principles, and Causes (Dhammaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows the speeches, the sayings, the stories, & the poems of the Buddha.
He furthermore knows all the inspirations, question/answer sessions & commentarial explanations.
The ideal lay person knows the right principles of lay life, & what is rational & advantageous to do.
He knows and understands the duties & responsibilities of his own & other posts & occupations.

2: Knower of the Goals, Objectives, and Meanings (Atthaññuta):
The ideal monastic person fully knows the complete meaning of this and that speech and text.
The ideal lay person knows the aim of his duty, or occupation & the real purpose of life: Happiness!

3: Knower of Oneself (Mattaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows how far he remembers the texts, & how deep he reaches in meditation.
He is aware of how far his moral purity, his faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding is.
The ideal lay person knows his exact status, level, strength, knowledge, ability, & degree of morality.
He then acts accordingly and does what is needed to improve and reach greater & higher maturity.

4: Knower of Moderation (Attaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows moderation in using any alms food, robes, lodgings, and medicines.
The ideal lay person knows moderation in consumption, spending, speech, work, rest, & recreation.

5: Knower of Right Occasion (Kalaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows the right time for study, meditation, practical work, & solitude.
The ideal lay person knows the proper and punctual occasion for any dealing with other people.

6: Knower of Groups (Parisaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows any group of Nobles, priests, recluses, and householders and how
one ideally should approach, sit, speak, & behave in any such group for the greatest mutual advantage.
The ideal lay person knows individual differences, temperaments, abilities, & virtues of other people.
He knows this community have these rules & regulations; culture & tradition; they have these needs.

7: Knower of Persons (Puggalaññuta):
The ideal monastic person knows those who wish to see Nobles, hear true Dhamma, & pay attention.
He knows those who are aware, testing, learning, & who acts accordingly. He knows those who do not.
The ideal lay person knows whether particular other people should be associated with, what can be
learned from them, & how they should be related to, employed, praised, criticized, advised, & taught.

Source: AN IV 113.

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More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

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The 50 Human Types!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:33 am

Friends:

The Division of Human Types:

1. What sort of person is one released occasionally?
Here a person goes on experiencing the eight stages of deliverance*
from time to time, and having seen & understood them through insight,
only some of his mental impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed.
Such a person is said to be released occasionally.
* The 4 lower jhanas + 4 formless jhanas

2. What sort of person is one released not only occasionally?
Here a person goes on experiencing the eight stages of deliverance
though not only from time to time, and having seen & known them
through insight, all his mental impurities are completely destroyed.
Such a person is said to be released not only occasionally.

3. What sort of person is one of perturbable nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he wants, nor when-ever he wants, nor as long as he wish to.
There remains the possibility that neglect overcoming him should perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of perturbable nature.

4. What sort of person is one of imperturbable nature?

Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and he does indeed obtain them with the certainty he desires, without any
difficulty, effortless. He enters into, remains in, and emerges from them
where-ever he desires, when-ever he desires, and as long as he desires.
There remains no possibility that neglect should overcome him & perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of imperturbable nature.

5. What sort of person is one of imperfect nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
There remains the possibility that neglect overcoming him should perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of imperfect nature.

6. What sort of person is one of faultless nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and he does indeed obtain them with the certainty he desires, without any
difficulty, effortless. He enters into, remains in, and emerges from them
where-ever he desires, when-ever he desires, and as long as he desires.
There remains no possibility that neglect should overcome him & perturb
those attainments, causing him to give up his attainments. Such a person is
said to be of faultless nature.

7. What sort of person is he, who is made competent by intention?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
If he follows this up by intending not to fall away, he does not fall away,
if he does not so deliberately intend, he does indeed fall away from them.
Such a person is said to be a person, who is made competent by intention.

8. What sort of person is he, who is made competent by guarding?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
If he is watchful and guards them, he does not fall away from those states.
If he is neither watchful, nor guards them, he does fall away from them.
Such a person is said to be a person, who is made competent by guarding.

9. What sort of person is said to be an ordinary person (puthujjana)?

The person whose first three obstructing fetters # have not yet been eliminated,
and who is not going to do anything to put these away, such a person is said to be
an ordinary person = puthujjana.
Comment #:
Fetter 1: Personality-belief (sakkaya-ditthi)
Fetter 2: Sceptical doubt (vicikiccha)
Fetter 3: Clinging to mere rules and ritual (Silabbata-Paramasa; s. upadana)
10. What sort of person is one become of the Noble family?
The person, who is endowed with those conditions immediately after
entering the Noble State, is said now to be one of the Noble family.

11 and 12. What sort of person is one dominated by fear?
The seven kinds of learners (sekha) and those ordinary persons,
who observe the 5 precepts are restrained by fear.
The fearless Arahats are not controlled by fear.

13. What sort of person is incapable of progress?
The persons, who are covered with the veil of kamma, covered with a disguise of
evil passions, covered with the shrouded membrane of the consequences thereof,
who are devoid of faith, wanting, greedy, who are foolish, stupid, incapable of
walking the Way recognized to be the true path in regard to things that are good:
These persons are said to be incapable of progress.

14. What sort of person is capable of progress?
The persons who are neither covered with the veil of kamma, nor covered with
disguise of evil passions, nor covered with shade of the consequences thereof,
who have faith, who wish good, who are wise & capable of walking the sole Way,
which is the true path, in regard to things that are good, true & advantageous:
These persons are said to be capable of progress.

15 and 16. What sort of person is one with determined destiny?

The five types of persons going to hell* and those who hold wrong views **
are persons with a determined destiny. The eight types of Noble persons
are persons with a determined destiny. The remaining persons are with an
so far undetermined destiny.

Comments:
* They have either:
Killed Mother or Father.
Killed an Arahat.
Caused a Split in Sangha.
Injured a SammaSamBuddha by causing him to bleed.

** Having Wrong View they claim:
There is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed, no fruit nor any
ripening of neither good, nor evil actions, no this world, no world beyond,
no need to service mother, or father, no spontaneously reborn beings, no good
and virtuous monks and brahmins, who have themselves realized this by direct
knowledge and explain this world and the other worlds beyond this one.

17 and 18. What sort of person is a path-walker?

The four persons, who possess the path are path-walkers.
The four persons, who possess the fruition stage are
established in the fruition of the path.

19. What sort of person is he who is 'equal-headed'?
The person in whose mental impurities (kilesas) cease
right at the moment of death. Such a person is said to
be one, who is 'equal-headed'.

20: What sort of person is one for whom an aeon endures?

Should such a person strive for the fruition of stream-entrance, and should
it then be the time for the imploding conflagration of the existing universe,
then this universe will not burn up before this person realises the Noble state:
This person is said to be one for whom an aeon endures.
All persons who possess the path (magga) are such.

21 and 22. What sort of person is a Noble?
The eight types of Noble persons are the Noble.
The remaining persons are not Noble.

23-25. What sort of person is a learner (sekha)?

The four persons, who possess the path and the three persons, who possess
the fruition are learners. Arahats are not learners, but learned (asekha).
The remaining most common persons are neither learners, nor non-learners...

26. What sort of person is a master of threefold knowledges?
A person having three knowledges is a person endowed with the threefold lore:
tevijja = possessed of three vijjas: namely:
Pubbe-nivasananam = knowledge of previous incarnations,
Dibba-cakkhunapam = knowledge of divine deva-sight,
Arahantaphalanapam = knowledge of Arahatship.

27. What sort of person is a possessor of the six superknowledges (abhinna)?
A person having these is a person endowed with six superknowledges, which
are the 6 supra-normal powers of thought and will:
1: Various magical powers,
2: Deva-ear,
3: Knowing the thoughts of others,
4: Remembering previous incarnations,
5: Deva-sight, clairvoyance,
6: Knowledge of how to eliminate the 3 mental fermentations = 3 Asava:
1: Kamasava: The mental fermentation of sense-desire,
2: Bhavasava: The mental fermentation of always longing after new being,
3: Avijjasava: The mental fermentation of ignorance of the Four Noble Truths.

28. What sort of person is a Perfectly Enlightened One (Samma-SamBuddha)?
Here a certain person, who by himself thoroughly understands the sublime truths
regarding the doctrines not heard of before, and he attains omniscience therein,
as well as perfect mastery over all possible abilities. This sort of person is said
to be a Perfectly Enlightened One = Samma-SamBuddha.

29. What sort of person is enlightened alone & privately (Pacceka Buddha)?
Here a certain person, who by himself thoroughly understands the sublime truths
regarding the doctrines not heard of before, but attains neither omniscience nor
perfect mastery over all possible abilities. This sort of person is said to be
one enlightened solitarily = Pacceka Buddha.

30. What sort of person is released in both ways (ubhato-bhaga-vimutta)?

Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and having seen & understood them through insight, all of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is
said to be released in both ways = ubhato-bhaga-vimutta.

31. What sort of person is released by way of insight (pañña-vimutti)?
Here a person does not obtain the 4 lower jhanas , nor the 4 formless jhanas,
but having seen & understood phenomena through insight, all of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is said
to be released by insight = pañña-vimutti.

32. What sort of person is an eye-witness (kaya-sakkhi)?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and having seen & understood them through insight, some of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is said
to be an eye-witness = kaya-sakkhi.

33. What sort of person is one, who has won vision?
Here a man truly understands that this is suffering, that this is the cause of
suffering, that this is the ceasing of suffering, and that this is the way leading
to the ceasing of suffering. The doctrines promulgated by the Tathagata are
perceived by him through insight, as well as practised; and having seen phenomena
through insight, some of his mental impurities are completely eliminated.
This sort of person is said to be one, who has won vision.

34. What sort of person is released by faith?
Here a man truly understands that this is suffering, that this is the cause of
suffering, that this is the ceasing of suffering, and that this is the way leading
to the ceasing of suffering. The doctrines promulgated by the Tathagata are
perceived by him through insight as well as practised, and having understood
them through insight, some of his mental impurities are completely destroyed,
though not in the same deeper way, as in the case of one who has won vision.
This sort of person is said to be one released by faith.

35. What sort of person is a Dhamma-Follower?
The ability of insight of a person going to realise the fruit of stream-entrance
develops to a large extent; he cultivates the Noble Path carrying with it insight,
Such a person practising for the fruition of a stream-attainer is a Dhamma-Follower,
while the same person established in the fruition, is one who has won vision.

36. What sort of person is a Faith-Follower?

The ability of faith of a person going to realise the fruit of stream-entrance
develops to a large extent. He cultivates the Noble Path carrying with it faith,
which is initiated by faith - this sort of person is said to be one Faith-Follower.
Such a person striving after the fruition stage of stream-attaining is a faith-
follower; while the same person established in the fruition is released by faith.

37. What sort of person is one, who is re-born only 7 times more at most?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more prone to fall into lower rebirth than as human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment after transmigrating seven times
at most among devas and men. Such a person is said to be one not undergoing
re-birth more than seven times.

38. What sort of person is he, who transmigrates among good families?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more liable to fall into lower rebirth than as a human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment; he transmigrates two or three
times among good families and then makes an end of suffering. Such a person
is said to be one, who migrates from good family to good family.

39. What sort of person is single seeded?

Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more liable to fall into lower rebirth than as a human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment. Having returned only once more to
the state of human existence makes an end of suffering. Such a person is said to
be single-seeded.

40. What sort of person is a once-returner (Sakadagami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, and
having furthermore weakened greed, hatred and confusion, he becomes a
once-returner, who by coming back once only to this human world, will make
a final end to all suffering. Such a person is said to be a once-returner.

41. What sort of person is a non-returner (Anagami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. Such a man is said to be a non-returner = Anagami.

42. What person is one, who reaches release before half-time (antara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing re-birth
in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth; attaining the
final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from that high deity state.
Either immediately after his coming there or before reaching the middle life length,
he produces the Noble Path and puts away the remaining 5 higher fetters. Such a
person is said to be one, who reaches release before half-time = antara-parinibbayi.

43. What sort of person is one who crosses the half-time (upahacca-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. After crossing the middle of the life span, he brings forth
the Noble Path and thus puts away the 5 higher fetters. Such a person is said
to be one, who crosses the half-time = upahacca-parinibbayi.

44. What sort of person reaches Nibbana without effort (asankhara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. He spontaneously brings forth the Noble Way & puts away
the 5 higher fetters. He reaches Nibbana without effort = asankhara-parinibbayi.

45. What person one who reaches Nibbana with effort (sasankhara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. By persistent effort he produces the Noble Path and puts
away the 5 higher fetters. Such a person is called one, who reaches Nibbana with
some effort = sasankhara-parinibbayi.

46. What person is an upstream Akanittha-Traveller (uddhamsota-akanittha-gami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. Having deceased from Aviha (the can-not-fall-back-gods) he
goes to Atappa (at-ease gods), having died there at the Atappa deva level he goes
to Sudassa (good-looking gods), having deceased from Sudassa he goes to Sudassi
(clear-sighted gods), having deceased from Sudassi he goes to Akanittha (senior gods).
In the Akanittha abode he brings forth the Noble Path & puts away the 5 higher fetters.
Such a person is an upstream Akanittha-Traveller = uddhamsota-akanittha-gami.

47. Who is a stream-attainer and who is one striving for the fruition stage?
Any person, who works for putting away the first three fetters is one working
for realisation of the fruition stage of a stream-attainer, while the person whose
three first fetters already have been put away is said to be a stream-attainer.

48. Who is a once-returner & who is striving for once-return fruition?

Any person, who is working for the destruction of sense-desire and ill-will
is striving for once-return fruition, while the person whose sense-desire &
ill-will already has been reduced much, is said to be a once-returner.

49. Who is a non-returner (Anagami) and works for non-return fruition?

Any person, who is working for the traceless elimination of sense-desire and
ill-will is still striving for realisation of the fruition stage of a non-returner.
The person whose sense-desire & ill-will has been entirely eradicated without
any remaining traces left back, is said to be a non-returner.

50. Who is an Arahat, and who is one striving of the Arahat fruition stage?

A person working for putting away attachment to form and the formless,
to pride, arrogance, and ignorance without any residuum is one working for
the fruition stage of Arahatship. The person whose attachment to form and
the formless, and whose pride, conceit and ignorance already has been entirely
eradicated, is said to be an Arahat.

Here ends the designation of grouping beings by One.

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The various kinds of Physical Frames are obvious, since they are visible!

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The various kinds of Mental Types are not trivial, since they are invisible!

More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

Source:
Abhidhamma Pitaka, Puggala Paññatti. Excerpted from the PTS
appreciated translation by Bimala Charan Law 1924.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130096

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The Buddha on Hungry Ghosts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:42 am

Friends:

The Benefits of Giving and Dedication of the Merits:

The Buddha once spoke on Ghosts (Petas),
who walk through walls & who need our help:


Outside the walls they stand and wait,
And at the junctions and road-forks,
Returning to their prior homes, urging!
They wait beside the posts of gates.
But when a rich feast is set out with food &
drink of every kind, remember the fact that
few humans do recall: These pellucid ghosts
was created from their past own acts.
So they who are compassionate, who
have a heart to give to their relatives
such drink and food as may be pure
And good and fitting at these times:
Then let this food be for the ghost relatives;
May the ghost relatives have some happiness.!
These ghosts of the departed of my family
Foregathered and assembled there
Will eagerly their blessing give
For plentiful rich food and drink:
So may our relatives live long,
Owing to whom we have this gain,
For honour to us has thus been done,
No giver ever lacked the sweet fruit.
In the dimension of these Ghosts,
There is never any ploughing there,
Nor any cattle-herding found,
Nor merchandizing just the same,
Nor bartering for coin of gold:
The ghosts of the departed family,
Live there on anything given only here;
As water showered on the hill,
Flows down to reach the hollow vale,
So giving given here can serve
The ghosts of your departed family.
As river-beds, when full can bear
The water down to fill the sea,
So giving given here can serve the
ghosts of the departed family there.
He gave to me, he worked for me,
He was my family, friend, & intimate!
Give gifts, then, for departed ones,
Recalling what they used to do.
No weeping, nor yet sorrowing,
Nor any kind of mourning, helps the
Departed Ones, whose family remain
Unhelpful to them acting thus silly.
But when this offering is given and
Well placed in the Sangha Community
For them, then it can serve them long
In future and at once as well.
The True Dhamma for relatives has here been shown,
And how high honour to departed ones is done,
And how the Bhikkhus can be given strength as well,
And how great merit can be stored away by you.

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Therefore: Dedicate the merit of any gift to your hungry Ghost Family!
They suffer a lot, wailing in despair, but in vain, repenting their evil deeds.


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

More on Ghost being!
From the Canonical Tipitaka: Minor Anthologies Vol 4, Vimanavatthu & Petavatthu
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130738
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... vatthu.htm

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Duruthu Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:33 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Durutu Poya day is the full-moon of January. This holy day celebrates
the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. The Buddha visited the very
place, where the present magnificent Mahiyangana Stupa was built to
enshrine the Buddha's hair relics and the collar bone. For Details see:
http://www.buddhanet.net/sacred-island/mahiyangana.html and
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... angana.htm

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Mahiyangana Stupa

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

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

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

I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:

I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

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

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

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

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

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Advantageous is Beautiful Friendship!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:29 am

Friends:

The Good Friend can show the Way to Eternal Bliss!!!


At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once said on beautiful friendship (Kalyanamittata):
Bhikkhus, as dawn is the initiator and messenger of the rising sun, exactly & even
so too, Bhikkhus, is Good Friendship the forerunner and originator for the arising
of the Noble Eightfold Way, since when a Bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to be
expected that he will develop, cultivate & complete this Noble Eightfold Way...
And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate & perfect this Noble Eightfold Way...
A Bhikkhu first develops Right View, thereafter he develops Right Motivation,
Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Awareness, and
finally Right Concentration, which all are based upon seclusion, disillusion, calming,
stilling, ceasing, and which culminates in complete mental release....
It is in this way, friends, that a Bhikkhu, who has a good & mentally beautiful friend
develops, cultivates & consummates this supreme Noble Eightfold Way!

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With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a boundless & infinite mind,
Above, below, across & all around,
unobstructed, freed of anger & hate.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

The friend who is a helpmate,
The friend both in happiness and woe,
The friend, who gives good counsel,
The friend, who sympathizes too!
These four as friends the wise behold
and cherish with deep devotion,
as does a mother her own child.
Digha Nikaya 31

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

One is not wise just because one speaks much.
He who is peaceful, friendly & fearless
is really the wise.
Dhammapada 258

If you find a wise and clever friend,
who leads a good and pure life,
you should, overcoming all obstacles,
keep his company joyously & aware.
Dhammapada 328

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book V [30]
45: The Way. Magga. Good & Beautiful Friendship. Kalyanamittata 244.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:21 am

Greetings venerable,

Thank you for sharing those wise words from the Buddha.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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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Doing Good => Better Future!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:24 am

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 being, 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

Have a Good day!

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Doing Good = Better Future!
Doing Bad = Painful Future!


PS: Thanx2u2 retro. Advantageous is Mutual
appreciation of what really is good! :D :twothumbsup: :rofl:
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:33 am

Greetings,

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


I like this... as good for the written word on Dhamma Wheel, as it is for person-to-person speech.

Mindfulness and sense restraint. :meditate:

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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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Sensing and Consequences!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:11 am

Friends:

Any Appearance of Pleasure and Pain emerges from Sense-Contact!!!

The Blessed Buddha once pointed out this quite evident, yet delicate truth:
Bhikkhus, when there are hands, picking up and putting down appears as consequence...
When there are feet, coming and going appears as consequence...
When there are limbs, bending and stretching appears as consequence...
When there is a belly, hunger and thirst appears as consequence...!!!
Similarly with these 6 sense-organs, Bhikkhus:
When there is an eye, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that eye-contact...
When there is an ear, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that ear-contact...
When there is a nose, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that nose-contact...
When there is a tongue, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that tongue-contact...
When there is a body, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that body-contact...
When there is a mind, internal pleasure & pain appears arised from that mental-contact...
However, Bhikkhus:
When there are no hands, picking up and putting down, does never appear...
When there are no feet, coming and going, does never ever appear...
When there are no limbs, bending and stretching, does never appear...
When there is no belly, hunger and thirst, does never ever appear...!!!
Exactly so with these 6 sense-organs, Bhikkhus:
When there is no eye, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...
When there is no ear, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...
When there is no nose, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...
When there is no tongue, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...
When there is no body, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...
When there is no mind, internal pleasure & pain can never arise from that absence...

Consequently:
Any sense pleasure & pain is then all absent! This is the end of all Suffering! Nibbana!
Nibbana is therefore the supreme Bliss!

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Prince Siddhattha Gotama suddenly realizes the folly vanity of sense pleasure!

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The sense receptors, which makes neural signals.

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Pleasure and pain is just electrical blips in the brain jelly!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [171-2]
Section 35: The 6 Senses. Salayatana. The Simile on Hands & Feet. Hatthapadupama 236.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
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Joys beyond the Flesch!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:18 am

Friends:

Happiness of the Flesh, Not of this World & even Beyond!!!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
And what, Bhikkhus, are then this simple happiness of the flesh?
There are these five strings of sense-pleasure. What five?
Visible forms experiencable by the eye ...
Hearable sounds experiencable by the ear ...
Smellable smells experiencable by the nose ...
Tastable tastes experiencable by the tongue ...
Touchable objects experiencable by the body ...
They are all attractive, captivating, desirable, irresistible, lovely, agreeable,
tempting, pleasing, sensually enticing, seductive, alluring, and tantalizing...!!!
These are the five strings of sense-pleasure. The happiness, that arises from
these five strings of sense-pleasure: This is simply the happiness of the flesh …

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Joys of the Flesch!

And what, Bhikkhus, is then the happiness, that is not of this world?
Having eliminated the 5 mental hindrances, mental defects that obstruct understanding,
quite secluded from sensual desires, protected from any detrimental mental state,
one enters & dwells in the 1st Jhana; full of Joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with
directed & sustained thought. Again, friends, with the stilling of directed & sustained thought,
one enters & dwells in the 2nd Jhana, calmed assurance & unification of mind with Joy &
pleasure, now born of concentration, devoid of any thought! Again, friends, with the fading
away of joy, the friend dwells in equanimity, aware & clearly comprehending, still feeling
pleasure in the body, one enters upon & remains in the 3rd Jhana, regarding which the Noble
Ones declare: 'In aware Equanimity one dwells in Happiness!'. This is the happiness,
that is not of this world! A Joy not of the Flesh!

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Jhana: Joy not of this World! Joy not of the Flesh!

What, Bhikkhus, is the happiness beyond that happiness, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his mind
liberated from lust, freed from hatred, and released from confusion, there arises
a transcendental happiness. This is called happiness quite beyond that happiness,
that is not of this world... Yeah!

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

Have a joyous flesch-free day!

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Joys beyond the Flesch!
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Entering the Stream Supreme!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:55 am

Friends:

Which things can enable an Entering into the Stream?

The Blessed Buddha once explained how to Enter the Stream to Nibbana:
Bhikkhus & friends, these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads
to the realization of the fruit of Stream-entry (sotapatti-phala)!
Which four?

1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on Great Men...
2: Hearing and studying the true Dhamma idea...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine Dhamma...
4: Rational and careful Attention to cause & effect...


These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads to the fruition of

Once-returning (anagami-phala) or further to Non-return (sakadagami-phala).
These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads finally to the fruition
of Arahat-ship, Awakening, Enlightenment (arahatta-phala)!
Bhikkhus & friends, these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads directly to
the reaching, attaining & realizing of genuine and liberating Understanding;

To the state of Awakening of Understanding;
To the state of Wealth of Understanding;
To the state of Great Understanding;
To the state of Open Understanding;
To the state of Wide Understanding;
To the state of Profound Understanding;
To the state of Deep Understanding;
To the state of Unequalled Understanding;
To the state of Universal Understanding;
To the state of Extensive Understanding;
To the state of Quick Understanding;
To the state of Instant Understanding;
To the state of Light Understanding;
To the state of Laughing Understanding;
To the state of Acute Understanding;
To the state of Penetrative Understanding…


What four?
1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on great men...
2: Hearing and reading the true idea of the Dhamma...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine Dhamma...
4: Careful & rational Attention to cause & effect...


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

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Source: The Path of Discrimination XXI The canonical Patisambhidamagga [ii 189]
The Essay on Great Understanding. By Venerable Sariputta.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:01 am

Greetings venerable,

This is a very valuable lesson, and a goal that lay Buddhists should be striving towards. Knowing what practices lead to stream-entry, knowing what wrong views need to be overcome for stream-entry... all of this is very valuable Dhamma. Once the stream is entered there is still a lot of work to be done, but the stream is itself a point of safety... an assurance that samsara will be overcome. Thank you as always for sharing.

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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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Momentarily: Mind Matters!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:00 am

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Mind and Matter: Only a Momentary Arising & Ceasing!

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As arising occurs the mind notices it, therefore do the emerged object and the mind coincide!
As ceasing occurs the mind also notices it, and thus the object and the mind coincide!
In all perception, at each event of noting, there is always this twin pair, the object & the mind,
which knows the object. These two elements of the object and the knowing mind always arise
in pairs, and apart from these 2, there does not exist any other thing in the form of a 'person',
an 'observer', an 'experiencer', nor any 'Ego', 'Subject', or any 'Self'! No identity is present!
This reality of impersonality will be intuitively realized in due course. The fact that materiality
and mentality are two distinct phenomena, will be clearly perceived during the time of noting
"arising, arising & ceasing, ceasing" at all times. The two elements of materiality and mentality
are linked up in pairs and their arising coincides, that is, the process of materiality arises all
together with the process of mentality, which knows it. The process of materiality when ceasing,
fades away together with the process of mentality, which experiences it. It is the same for
lifting, moving and placing the foot or hand: Physical or material processes arises & ceases,
starting and ending, together within the same mental processes, which induce & know them.
This subtle knowledge is called the discriminating knowledge of mentality-materiality.
It is a preliminary stage on the long path of insight knowledge. It is important to have this
preliminary stage understood in an accurate way! Continuing the praxis of reflecting & noting
for some time, there will be considerable progress in the quality & alertness of both Awareness
and Concentration. It will then be detectable that on every occasion of noting, each process of
mentality & materiality, arises & passes away, exactly at that very moment! It all ends instantly,
right there & then. While walking: It is not the same foot, that is put down, as that one lifted...
The lifted foot ended right there and then. The foot put down arised there right after that!
However, uninstructed people often believes that forms, the body & the mind remains the same,
in a permanent stable state, throughout life, so the same body of childhood has grown up into
adulthood, and that the same young mind has grown up into maturity, and finally that both this
continuously changing body & this always changing mind are one & the same person at all times...
In reality, this is not so. Nothing is permanent! Everything comes into a temporary existence for
a moment & then passes instantly away! Nothing can remain even for the blink of an eye...
Changes are taking place very swiftly & will be clearly perceived & recognized after due training.
While carrying on the contemplation by noting: "arising arising, ceasing ceasing", one will perceive
that these processes arise & fade away one after another in ultra quick succession. On perceiving
that everything passes away at the very point of noting it, the yogi knows directly & sees directly,
that nothing is permanent! This knowledge regarding the impermanent nature of all phenomena is
knowledge of impermanence! The yogi then knows that this ever-changing state of things, is very
distressing and is not to be desired. It can never be kept. Not something pleasant or pleasing.
Neither something agreeable nor satisfying. This is reflective realistic knowledge of Suffering!
On suffering many painful feelings, this body and mind complex is recognized as a mere cluster
of sole suffering. This is also the reflective knowledge of suffering. It is then observed, that
these elements of impersonal materiality & mentality, whether internal or external, never follow
one's wish to be satisfied, but arise & cease according to their very own inherent given nature,
outer circumstances and conditioning. While being engaged in the act of noting these processes,
the yogi understands, that these processes are not controllable and that they are neither any
'person', a 'me', an 'I', an 'Ego', nor a 'living entity', nor something 'Mine', nor any 'My Self'.
This is reaching the reflective knowledge of no-self. When a yogi has completely developed the
knowledge of impermanence, suffering & no-self, he will realize the state called Nibbana...
From time immemorial, Buddhas, Arahats and The Noble Ariyas have realized this Nibbana by
this very same method of insight: Seeing any body as merely a changing form, noting any feeling
as merely a transient reaction, knowing any mentality to be just a passing mood, and by realizing
that any phenomena simply is a momentary mental state! This, only this, in itself, is the highway
leading to Nibbana ...!!!

The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, Burma: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahasi_Sayadaw

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The Momentary Energy of Thought = Selective Choice!
Local Order! => Local Entropy fall compensated by a
Universal Entropy increase! This induces a variation in
the a priori probability distribution for all future events!
This is the 'physical' reason of moral kammic efficacy!
Like putting a nail in a dice! All future throws are biased.


Vipassana Insight in Detail by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/ ... el370.html
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/mahasit1.pdf
http://www.acharia.org/downloads/Satipa ... assana.pdf
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/ ... gress.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el298.html

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Otto Rapp: Decay of both Mind and Matter!

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Escape through Direct Experience!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:54 am

Friends:

Direct Experience of Understanding, & Development of the Noble 8-fold Way:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, friends, should be fully understood by direct experience?
The Five Clusters of Clinging. What five?
The cluster of clinging to form...
The cluster of clinging to feeling...
The cluster of clinging to perception...
The cluster of clinging to construction...
The cluster of clinging to consciousness...

These are the five things, which should be fully understood by direct experience!

And what, friends, are the 2 things, which should be overcome & left by direct experience?

Ignorance and Craving for new Becoming...
These are the two things, which should be overcome & left behind by direct experience!

And what, friends, are the 2 things, which should be realized by direct experience?
Complete Understanding and Absolute Freedom...
These are the two things, which should be realized by direct experience!

And what, friends, are the two things, which should be developed by direct experience?
Calm and Insight...
These are the two things, which should be developed by direct experience.

And how does a Bhikkhu indeed do so? Here, friends, the Bhikkhu develops:
Right View, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Motivation, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Speech, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Action, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Effort, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Awareness, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Concentration, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.

It is in this way that a Bhikkhu comes to fully understand all that, which should be understood;
comes to overcome, abandon & leave behind all, which should be left behind; comes to realize by
direct experience all, that is realizable, & finally comes to develop all, which should be developed…

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:52-3] section 45: The Way. 160: The Guest-House ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

More on Calm and Insight and Direct Experience:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/4_Realizations.htm

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