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Some clear drops!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:30 pm

Friends:

On point clears drops cut short!

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Patience is not silence, but speaking and acting at the right time
with a calm mind, in a right, kind, gentle and unharmful way.

Generosity is not giving everything you have or spending
all of your time for the benefit of others, but not keeping
your mind hanging onto what you temporarily have on loan.


Compassion is not putting yourself into trouble,
but taking others out of trouble.


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Rev. Thalawathugoda Chandawimala, Sri Lanka
Oxford International Meditation Centre

http://www.oxfordimc.com

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Of related interest:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm

Have a nice day!

Some clear drops!

Pure Plain Truth Soothes the Mind...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Clear_Drops.htm
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Profound Peace!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:44 am

Friends:

How differs Death and Ceasing of Perception and Feeling?

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Venerable Mahakotthita once asked Venerable Sariputta:
Friend, what is the difference between a dead body and a Bhikkhu,
who has attained the state of cessation of perception and feeling?

Venerable Sariputta then answered:
Friend, in a dead body any bodily activity is stilled and has all ceased.
The verbal activity is stilled and has all ceased.
The mental activity is stilled and has all ceased.
The metabolic life activity is exhausted. The heat has dissipated,
and the mental abilities have all broken up and been destroyed.

In the bhikkhu, who has attained to the cessation of perception and feeling,
All bodily activity and breathing is stilled and has all ceased;
All verbal activity and all thinking is stilled and has all ceased;
All mental activity and all sensing is stilled and has completely ceased;

But the metabolic life activity is not exhausted. The heat has not dissipated.
Furthermost: The mental abilities have then become exceptionally clear ... !
Friend, this is the difference between a dead body and a Bhikkhu, who has
attained to the meditative state of cessation of perception and feeling...

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More on the profound attainment of stilled Cessation (Nirodha-samapatti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Ceasing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irodha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apatti.htm

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Source: MN 43 The Great Speech of Questions and Answers.
For definitions of the Terms: see: The Minor Speech of Questions and Answers. MN 44
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... mn044.html

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Have a nice silent day!

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Profound Peace!

Attainment of Silenced Cessation (Nirodha-samapatti)...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/St ... t_Dead.htm
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Gracious is Gratitude!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:53 am

Friends:

Gratitude appreciates all assistance!

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The Buddha indeed pointed out Gratitude as an important mental quality:
These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two?
The one who is first to do a kindness, and
the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.
Anguttara Nikaya 2.118

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I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay.
Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother
on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, & were
to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs,
and they were to defecate and urinate right there on your shoulders, you
would not thereby repay your parents. Even if you were to establish your
mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in
the seven treasures, you would not in that way repay your parents!
Why is that? Mothers and fathers do much for their children. They care for
them, they nourish them for long, and they introduce them to this world.
But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes
them in faith; rouses his immoral mother & father, establishes them in virtue;
rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity;
rouses his unwise mother & father, settles & establishes them on a new level
of understanding: It is in this way that one truly repays one's mother's and
father's many longstanding services.
Anguttara Nikaya 2.32

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Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called Brahma, first teachers,
honour them with food & drink, clothing & bedding, and anointing, bathing, washing
their feet. Performing these services to their parents, the wise are praised right
here and after death rejoice in heaven. Itivuttaka 106

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If this is what you think of me:
The Blessed One, is sympathetic, is seeking our well-being, teaches us this
Dhamma out of sympathy, then you should train yourself in being in harmony,
cordial, and without conflict and train in yourselves cultivation of all the 37
best mental qualities: The 4_Foundations_of_Awareness, the 4 right efforts,
the 4_Feet_of_Force, the 5 Abilities, 5 powers, the 7 Links to Awakening,
& the Noble_8-Fold_Way. Majjhima Nikaya 103
A Tathagata is worshipped, honoured, respected, thanked & shown gratitude
by any follower, who keeps practicing the Dhamma in accordance with true
Dhamma, who keeps practicing masterfully, who lives in and by the Dhamma!
Digha Nikaya 16

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We will undertake & practice those qualities that makes one a contemplative,
so that all those who helped us by services of robes, alms-food, lodging, and
medicines will bring them great fruit and great future reward.
Majjhima Nikaya 39

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Comments:
In Pali, the word for gratitude = kataññu literally means to have a sense of
what was done for one in the past even when long ago. Remembering all help!
A network of kindness and gratitude is what sustains whatever goodness
there is and ever will be in this - otherwise destitute & impoverished - world!

Thus: Thank you for reading this!

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Source (edited extract): The Lessons of Gratitude by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... itude.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ap ... iation.htm

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Appropiate Appreciation is Advantageous!

Gracious is Gratitude!

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... titude.htm
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Samsara is an endless Time-Ocean

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:48 pm

Friends:

One can Escape the Suffering of Samsara!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Inconceivable is the beginning of this Samsara; not to be discovered is
any first beginning of beings, who, blinded by ignorance and ensnared
by craving, are hurrying, and hastening through this round of rebirths...
Source: (edited excerpt) SN 3:35

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Some Comments:
Samsara is the crushing wheel of existence, which literally is meaning
'perpetual wandering': A sea of life & death ever restlessly heaving up
& down, the symbol of this never-ending process of ever again & again
being born, growing old, becoming weak & sick, suffering, and dying...
More precisely put: Samsara is the unbroken sequence of re-arisings of
combinations of the momentary events of the 5-fold cluster of clinging,
which constantly changing from moment to moment, follow continually
one upon the other, through inconceivable periods of time. A single life
constitutes only a tiny microscopic fraction of these trillions of eons...
In order to comprehend the 1st noble truth, one must therefore gaze
long and contemplate upon this Samsara, upon this frightful sequence
of ever rebirth mostly in lower painful forms, and not merely upon one
single lifetime, which may sometimes not seem very painful until aged...
The term Suffering: Dukkha in the first noble truth therefore refers
not only to painful bodily & mental feelings, caused now by displeasing
contacts & impressions, but it comprises in addition every thing creating
suffering or which is liable to produce it later... The truth of Suffering
teaches that, owing to the universal law of impermanence, even high and
sublime states of happiness are subject to change and destruction, and
that all states of existence therefore ultimately are unsatisfactory...
Without exception they all carry in themselves the seeds of suffering!
'Du' means bad. 'Kha' means state. Dukkha thus means 'Bad State'...
Samsara is a Bad State of Suffering. Nibbana is a Good State of Peace!

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Video illustrating life among humans, in heaven and in hell:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDBHCxvX-Q
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For details on this Round of Rebirths: Samsara see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Samsara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... msaara.htm

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Source (edited excerpt):
The Word of the Buddha: Venerable Nyanatiloka Mahathera.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book_404201.html

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Same, but not sane, rebirth repeat...

Samsara is an endless Time-Ocean of Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
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The Layman's Way to Happiness :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:59 pm

Friends:

The Layman's Way to Happiness:

By Prof. Lily de Silva, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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Life in the modern age has become particularly trying and problematic.
Though it remains a fact that the standard of living has generally improved,
man is still suffering immensely under the weight of present-day living.
The physical condition of man has been reduced to such a pathetic level that
he succumbs to untimely death by killer diseases such as cancer, heart failure,
diabetes, etc. to an unprecedented degree. Mentally, he is so tension-ridden
that he has forgotten the art of relaxing, and he cannot even enjoy sound
sleep without the aid of tranquilizers. In this set up interpersonal relations
have become so brittle and vulnerable that the divorce rate has indeed become
alarmingly high, thus letting loose a whole series of other social problems such
as uncared-for children, juvenile delinquency, suicide, etc. Thus life has become
a problematic burden and a solution to make life more tolerable and enjoyable
is a great and pressing need.

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As the word of the Buddha is of everlasting value and universal applicability,
and as the Buddha preached not only to monks and nuns but also to the lay
public as well, it is useful to find a teaching of the Buddha which is relevant
to our present-day problems:
In the Pattakammavagga of the Anguttara Nikaya (A II, 69) the Buddha
preached a sutta to Anathapindika on the fourfold pleasures of a layman.
It is our considered opinion that this sutta offers adequate insight to meet
the demands of the present-day problems as well. The four types of pleasure
listed there are:
1: Atthisukha, the pleasure of having material wealth;
2: Bhogasukha, the pleasure of enjoying material wealth;
3: Ananasukha, the pleasure of being debtless; and
4: Anavajjaskha, the pleasure of being blameless.
Let us take these for discussion one by one and see how these four sources
of pleasure can be harnessed for living a happy life in the present-day world.

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Atthisukha — Man should not only have a righteous means of living, avoiding
blameworthy trades such as dealing in meat, liquor, poison, firearms & slavery,
he should also entertain a wholesome attitude towards his right occupation.
For instance, if a doctor welcomes epidemics in the locality in order to make
much money, or a trader hopes for natural calamities to send market prices up,
the money earned by such unscrupulous individuals is not righteous money as
their intentions are impure and foul. Also one should not deceive or exploit
others in carrying out one's occupation. Exerting oneself with great energy,
one should earn one's living, and such hard-earned wealth is called righteous
wealth (dhammika dhammaladdha). Again one could have great wealth, but if
one does not experience a sense of contentment with what one has, one cannot
really enjoy atthisukha or the pleasure of having. The amassing of wealth of
such a person is like trying to fill a bottomless vessel. This is one of the widely
spread maladies we see in the present-day society. Inordinate expansion of
wealth becomes a source not of happiness, but of greed, anxiety, and envy.
Such wealth exposes the possessor to the jealousies and manoeuvres of other
unscrupulous individuals, hence the occurrence of blackmailing and kidnapping
from time to time. But if one does have a correct means of earning one's living
and the correct attitude to wealth, one can escape many of the hazards which
money brings in its wake to modern man...

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Bhogasukha — Wealth has only instrumental value and the proper enjoyment
of wealth is an art which is worth carefully cultivating. Buddhism deplores both
extravagance and miserly hoarding. One must maintain a healthy balanced
standard of living according to one's means. If, in the enjoyment of wealth,
one overindulges in sense pleasures, one is bound to run into health hazards in
a very short time. If, for instance, one overindulges in food just because one
can afford it, one will soon be overcome by diseases such as heart failure, high
blood pressure and diabetes. Such a one will be faced with the situation of
"cutting his neck with his own tongue." Moderation in food is a virtue praised
in Buddhism and it is a health-promoting habit. Often in the name of enjoying
wealth, man cultivates unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking.
It is paradoxical that man, who actually loves himself most, should act as if
he were his own worst enemy by indulging in habits which ultimately reduce
him to a physical wreck. It is medically established that smoking causes the
highest percentage of lung cancer, and that drinking causes irreparable damage
to vital organs of the body including brain and liver. If only one pauses to just
ponder over one's own welfare, and if only one entertains at least some degree
of compassion towards oneself, one would not get into the clutches of these
vicious habits. Wealthy men often end up in the pitiful plight of the ant fallen
in the pot of honey. Such men did not know the art of enjoying bhogasukha.
The regard the body as an instrument for pleasure, and they wear out and
debilitate the body's capacity for enjoyment in double quick time, long before
the natural process of wear and tear sets in. If we love ourselves, we have to
treat our bodies with proper care without taxing it with overindulgence and
deprivation. It is with the body that we can enjoy not only the pleasures of
the senses, but even the spiritual bliss of Nibbana. Another aspect of the joy
of wealth is the art of sharing. Without being an Adinnapubbaka, a miserly
"never-giver," if one learns to share one's riches with those worthy, the less
fortunate and have-nots, one will have the noble experience of rejoicing at
the joy of another. At the same time one will learn the love and good will of
others, instead of becoming the target of envy, jealousy and intrigue.

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Ananasukha — The pleasure of being debtless is the third quality discussed
in our sutta. Economically if one can be completely free of debt, one is indeed
a very fortunate person. To be really debtless in society one has to discharge
one's obligations scrupulously. As a wage earner one has to discharge one's
duties for which one is paid, otherwise one can be indebted to the employer.
As a parent one has to fulfill one's obligations to one's children. In our society
children are taught to worship and look after their parents, and it is well to
bear in mind that parents too have to qualify themselves for the honour they
receive by being dutiful parents. It should be emphasized that fathers who
neglect their families as a result of their addiction to vices such as drinking
and gambling fall far short of the ideal of debtlessness. One can have the
satisfaction of being debtless only if one has fulfilled one's obligations in all
social roles one has to perform.

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Anavajjasukha — The satisfaction of leading a blameless life is the highest
form of satisfaction that a layman can have. Every society has a code of
ethics to be followed by its members. According to Buddhism the minimum
code of ethics regulating the life of its adherent disciples is the pañcasila:
the Five Precepts. If one practices these virtues, one can have the satisfaction
of leading a righteous life to a great extent. Refraining from doing to others
what one does not like others to do to oneself, is the basic inviolable principle
underlying these virtues. Buddhism speaks of hiri and ottappa, the sense of
shame and the fear of doing wrong, as deva dhamma or celestial qualities.
These are the basic qualities which separate man from the animal kingdom.
Unlike the animals man has a conscience, which makes him squeamish about
doing wrong... Buddhism recognizes blameless mental activity as well.
Mental activities which arise from greed, hatred & ignorance are detrimental
and thus blameworthy. Let us see how such mental behaviour causes unhappiness.
Take for instance the case of a person who is angry. What are the symptoms
of anger? Hard breathing, accelerated heart beat, faster circulation of blood,
feeling hot, sweating, trepidation, restlessness, etc. — these are the physical
manifestations of anger. These are certainly not pleasant physical experiences.
Each time the cause of anger is remembered, even though the rage of physical
manifestations of anger may not be that marked, one feels quite restless and
mentally ill at ease. We use expressions such as "boiling with anger," "I got the
devil on to me," etc. to mean getting angry, and these sayings are literally
expressive of the situation. It is impossible for one to be angry and happy at
the same time. An irritable person is truly a very sad person, and what is worse
he infects others around him too with the same sadness. The cultivation of
sublime modes of behaviour such as loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic
joy and equanimity are truly conducive to happy living. Those who live with
such attitudes habitually are pleasant and amicable people, who can be happy
when all alone, as well as in any company.

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If we truly understand the sound significance of these 4 kinds of happiness
elucidated in our sutta, and translate them into action, then our life will be
much more pleasant, easy and happy even in this modern age.

Kindly shared by Ven. Vicittalankara, Mumbai, India.

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Full Source text: AN 4.62 PTS: A ii 69 Anana Sutta: Debtless
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

More on this Happiness, pleasure, bliss (Sukha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Happy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samana-Sukha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Buddha_on_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Me ... dicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... d_Yeah.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sukha.htm

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With neither Debt, nor Regret...

The Layman's Happiness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... piness.htm
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Feeding Tranquillity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:58 pm

Friends:

Feeding the Tranquillity Link to Awakening!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence
on feeding and cannot survive without food, exactly & even so are these 7
Links to Awakening also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in
dependence on feeding and they cannot survive without feeding...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the feeding the emergence of any yet unarisen
Tranquillity Link to Awakening & also feeding of already arisen & present
Tranquillity? Just this very notion: There are 2 kinds of Calm:

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There is Tranquillity of the Body (kaya-passaddhi) and there is Tranquillity
of the Mind (citta-passaddhi)!
Frequently giving careful & rational attention
to them both, is feeding the arising of any unarisen tranquillity and indeed
also feeding of the gradual fulfillment of any already arisen tranquillity...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the starving that obstructs all emergence of any yet
unarisen tranquillity and which also hinders any already arisen tranquillity
in reaching fulfillment by development?

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There are these 2 kinds of composed calm, which should be differentiated:
Tranquillity of the Body and Tranquillity of the Mind! Not giving frequent
careful and rational attention to them; not considering them much & often;
is the starving that prevents an unarisen tranquillity from arising and also
blocks any already arisen tranquillity from reaching complete fulfillment
by mental training and progressive development by meditation...

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Peace is the characteristic of
the Tranquillity Link to Awakening (Passaddhi-sambojjhanga). Stilling of all
bodily activity, feeling, perception, mental construction and consciousness
is the purpose of tranquillity. Settled, serene and solidified calm (samatha)
is the excessively pleasant manifestation of tranquillity. A smiling mountain!
When the mirror moves & vibrates, then one cannot see anything clearly in it.
So also with the mind: When stressed and agitated, then mind cannot figure
out what is good and what is bad on the long term. But when imperturbably
stilled, then mind can cut right through any distraction and attain absolute
certainty and understanding both spontaneously and instantaneously...

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Further conditions helpful for the emergence of the Tranquillity are:
1: Eating good and fine food...
2: Living in a pleasant climate...
3: Maintaining a comfortable posture without pain or distress...
4: Staying evenly ballanced in all situations and regarding all aspects...
5: Avoidance of restless, anxious, agitated, worried and stressed people...
6: Friendship with bodily and mentally calm people, who meditates much!
7: Commitment to calm down the mind by cultivating quiet and tranquillity!

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There is Tranquillity of the Body and there is Tranquillity of the Mind!
These mutually depend upon and enhance each other into deeper calmness.


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More on Tranquillity (Passaddhi) and Calm (Samatha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... amatha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/forest_bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calm_Power.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Silenced.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calmed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm

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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

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Tranquillity can be Trained!

Feeding Tranquillity!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
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Giving is Future Getting!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:38 am

Friends:

To whom should one give, to gain most Merit?

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The gods became gods as a result of their giving!

The young brahman Magha once asked the Blessed Buddha:
When giving food, where would this offering be most purified for the donor?
The Blessed One answered: If any open-handed householder, a lordly giver,
Magha, seeking merit, looking for merit, sacrifices, giving food and drink to
others, such one would achieve most merit, if the recipient is pure and Noble.
Such, who indeed wander unattached in the world, having & wanting nothing,
fully accomplished, in complete self-control, upon them, at the right time one
should bestow an offering. Those who have cut all mental bonds and fetters,
who are tamed, completely released, without affliction, without desire, upon
them, at the right time, should one bestow an offering. Upon these purified &
Noble Ones should any brahman, who is looking for merit, place his sacrifice!
Sutta-Nipata verses 488-491 Edited excerpt.

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Pure giving cut short: Give 2 those who don't want anything!

More on Giving (Dana) and Merit (Puñña), which is the main next life support:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/4_Goods.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /punna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... remony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rev ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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Giving is getting, since this kamma wealth, will be reflected back as a future echo :-)

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Giving is Future Getting!

Pure Merit!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pure_Merit.htm
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The 5 minor mental chains!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:39 pm

Friends:

There are these 5 Minor mental chains (Samyojana):

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The Blessed Buddha once emphasized:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Lower mental chains. What five?
1: The mental chain of belief in 'my same identity' (sakkaya-ditthi)
2: The mental chain of skeptical doubt (vicikiccha)
3: The mental chain of clinging to rule & Ritual (silabbata-paramasa)
4: The mental chain of lust for sensuality (kama-raga)
5: The mental chain of anger & ill will (vyapada)

There exist these 5 Lower mental chains! The Noble 8-fold Way should be
developed for the direct experience of these five minor mental chains,
for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final
overcoming, destruction and full abandonment! This Noble 8-fold Way is
developed for the breaking asunder all of these five minor mental chains!

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Explanation of these mental, yet harder-than-steel chains:
1: Belief in "my identity" construing an internal fake ‘stable same entity’.
2: Sceptical doubts about the perfection of Buddha’s self-enlightenment.
3: Blind superstition in rules & rituals projecting into them a false efficacy.
4: Lust for sensing is addiction to all seen, heard, sensed, and cognized.
5: Ill will is all hate & derivatives such as anger, aversion, and irritation.
These Chains bind beings to birth in the 6 lower worlds, where all beings are
dominated by sense-desire!

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Mental chains are not visible, yet quite real, & harder than any steel!

How to Cut these Five mental chains or Fetters (Samyojana) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yojana.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:61] section 45: The Way. 179: The 5 Lower mental chains...

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The 5 minor mental chains!

Mental chains are real and harder than any steel!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
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The 7 Links 2 Awakening!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:12 pm

Friends:

What are the 7 Links to Awakening?

1: The Awareness is a link to Awakening (sati-sambojjhanga).
2: The Investigation of the states is a link to Awakening (vicaya-sambojjhanga).
3: The Energy is a link to Awakening (viriya-sambojjhanga).
4: The Joy is a link to Awakening (piti-sambojjhanga).
5: The Tranquillity is a link to Awakening (passaddhi-sambojjhanga).
6: The Concentration is a link to Awakening (samadhi-sambojjhanga).
7: The Equanimity is a link to Awakening (upekkha-sambojjhanga).
These are the seven links leading to final Enlightenment...


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Those whose minds are well-developed in these 7 factors of self-awakening,
who delight in non-clinging, who relinquish all grasping, whose minds are all
around luminous, whose mental fermentations are all stilled; They, even while
still in this world, are all unbound right here!


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Further Study on the 7 Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Vicaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/7_ ... _Wings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

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The 7 Links...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
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Noticing what is going on!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:01 pm

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Awareness (Sati) is a Link to Enlightenment!

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The Awareness Link to Awakening (sati-sambojjhanga) is basically the
same mental property (sati-cetasika), which inherently is included in:

The Four Foundations of Awareness (satipatthana)
The Ability of Awareness (satindriya)
The Power of Awareness (satibala)
The Right Awareness Path Factor (samma-sati-magganga)


Trained, developed and refined in a degree that gradually enlightens!

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The Buddha once said:
What mental fermentations (asava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful & rational attention
develops the Awareness Link to Awakening based on seclusion, disillusion,
ceasing, and culminating in relinquishment, neither can any fermentation,
nor any fever, nor any vexation ever arise in him. MN 2 [i 11]

The Ability of Awareness
is to anchor attention on any chosen object and
when this ability is unshakable & well fixed, it is the Power of Awareness!
Awareness is a Foundation (patthana), when well established (upatthana)
continually - without distractions interrupting - on these four objects:
1: Body as mere form: Just a group of foul and fragile organs...
2: Feeling as a mere reactive response assigned to any contact...
3: Mind as only a changing set of habitual mentalities and moods...
4: Phenomena simply as appearances of momentary mental states...

Not lasting, but transient! Not pleasure, but pain! Not self, but impersonal!
Neither neglecting, nor forgetting that these universal characteristics are
relevant and true for absolutely all aspects of these four objects, the false
and distorted perception of beauty in what really is disgusting, of pleasure
in what really is painful, of self in what really is selfless and impersonal,
gradually fades away and the mental fermentations (asava) of sensing,
of views, of ignorance and of becoming are overcome by elimination.

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Further inspirations on this lucid and penetrating quality of Awareness:
Training of Clear Comprehension (sampajanna):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
Training of the Four Foundations of Awareness (satipatthana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... .Manual.hm
What is Right and Noble Awareness? Answer and Details at:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm

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Further studies in this universally superb mental state:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm

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Noticing what is going on!


Awareness (Sati).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
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Unhindered Elevation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:39 pm

Friends:

Dhamma Evaporates the Mental Hindrances!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
When, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple listens carefully to the Dhamma, alert
with keen ears, attending to it as a matter of crucial concern, indeed as
something of vital importance, directing his entire mind to it, in that very
moment, the Five Mental Hindrances are absent in him... On that occasion
the Seven Links to Awakening approaches complete fulfilment...

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And what are the Five Mental Hindrances, that are absent on that occasion?
The mental hindrance of Sense-Desire is all absent on that very occasion.
The mental hindrance of Evil-Will is all absent in these exact moments.
The mental hindrance of Lethargy & Laziness is all absent during that period.
The mental hindrance of Restlessness & Regret is all absent on that event.
The mental hindrance of Doubt & Uncertainty is all absent in that interval.
These are the 5 Mental Hindrances that are entirely absent in that moment.

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And what are the 7 Links to Awakening that approaches fulfilment there?
The Awareness Link to Awakening develops towards complete fulfilment!
The Investigation Link to Awakening arises and approaches fulfilment!
The Energy Link to Awakening also pushes forward towards fulfilment!
The Joy Link to Awakening elevates & moves towards complete fulfilment!
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening silently comes to a stilled fulfilment!
The Concentration Link to Awakening absorbs into one-pointed fulfilment!
The Equanimity Link to Awakening also gains fulfilment by development!
These are the 7 Links to Awakening that are fulfilled by development on
that occasion. When, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple listens carefully to the
Dhamma, alert with keen ears, attending it as a matter of crucial concern,
as something of vital importance, directing his entire mind to it, in that very
moment the Five Mental Hindrances are absent in him. On that occasion the
Seven Links to Awakening develop towards complete fulfilment...

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 95-6] section 46: The Links. 38: Unhindered...

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Unhindered Elevation!
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Setting into Motion the Wheel of Dhamma!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:32 am

Setting into Motion the Wheel of Dhamma!



Isipatana (lit: "Place of the Seers") at Sarnath is the site of the famous Migadaya or Deer Park near Benares (Varanasi) . It was there Gotama Buddha preached his first sermon, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta to his 5 friends, the Pañcavaggiya monks, thereby setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth! This location is one of the 4 Sacred Buddhist Pilgrimage sites: Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kusinara.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarnath
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... patana.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... aggiya.htm
The Buddha's speech: The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta text is here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nymo.html
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Curiosity Feeds Understanding...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:42 am

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Investigation is a Link to Awakening!

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The Investigation of states Link to Awakening (dhammavicaya-sambojjhanga) :
is basically the same mental property (pañña-cetasika), that understands
everything and which also is inherently included in the:
The Understanding feet of force (vimamsiddhipada)
The Ability of Understanding (paññindriya)
The Power of Understanding (paññabala)
The Right View Path Factor (samma-ditthi-magganga)
It can be trained, developed & refined to a degree that fully enlightens!
If one single quality should be pointed out as thee cause of Awakening,
then it is this Investigation of states Link to Awakening that enlightens!

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

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Remaining thus aware, then he examines, analyzes, & comes to understand
that quality with penetrating insight. While thus aware, exploring into,
examining, analyzing, and coming to full intuitive comprehension, then this
investigation of states link to awakening becomes aroused. He develops
it, and for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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The ability of investigation of states is to examine, scrutinize and analyze
any chosen object and when this ability is unshakable and unfailing, it then
becomes the power of investigation of phenomena! By thorough and eager
investigation one understands that all things are caused and conditioned
and as such only are compounded constructions, that pass through the
inconceivably rapid moments (~10-43 sec.) of arising, presence, & ceasing!
Remaining neither the 'same', nor 'stable' for two consecutive moments...
Comprehending this universal flux gradually disables craving and clinging...
Therefore do not trust anything (especially not 'your-self'!) blindly...,
but keep on examining and question what is doubtful and not quite clear.
Don't jump into any premature conclusion, before having examined it again!
The Investigation of states Link to awakening is the sword, that cuts right
through the jungle of views to real seeing, understanding and true knowing!

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Investigation is found in the last five (III-VII) of these 7 Purifications:
I: Purification of morality (sila-visuddhii)
II: Purification of mind (citta-visuddhi)
III: Purification of view (ditthi-visuddhi)
IV: Purification by overcoming doubt (kankha-vitarana-visuddhi)
V: Purification by knowledge and vision of what is path and not-path
VI: Purification by knowledge and vision of progress on the path.
VII: Purification of knowledge and vision (ñanadassana-visuddhi).

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Investigation is inherent in these 3 Comprehending Contemplations:
Contemplation of Impermanence (aniccanupassana)
Contemplation of Suffering (dukkhanupassana)
Contemplation of Impersonality (anattanupassana)

Investigation leads to the 9 kinds of real Insight-Knowledge:
1. Contemplation of Arising and Ceasing (udayabbayanupassana-ñana)
2. Contemplation of Instant Dissolution (bhanganupassana-ñana)
3. Contemplation of Appearance as Terror (bhayatupatthana-ñana)
4. Contemplation of Danger (adinavanupassana-ñana)
5. Contemplation of Disgust (nibbidanupassana-ñana)
6. The Desire for mental Release (muccitu-kamyata-ñana)
7. Reflecting and repelling contemplation (patisankhanupassana-ñana)
8. Equanimity regarding all constructions (sankharupekkha-ñana)
9. Adaptation confirming to the absolute truth (saccanulomika-ñana).

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Further inspirations on this probing quality of Investigation of states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... gation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... mining.htm

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Investigation Produces Understanding...


Curiosity Feeds Wisdom!
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The Meaning of the 7?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:23 pm

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How are the 7 Links leading to Awakening?

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Venerable Sariputta once explained:
They conduce and lead to the state of enlightenment; in this sense are they
links to awakening! They are in, of and by themselves enlightening; also in
this sense are they indeed links to awakening!

Establishing as the meaning of Awareness has to be directly experienced.
Examination as the meaning of Investigation has to be directly experienced.
Exertion of Effort as the meaning of Energy has to be directly experienced.
Intense Contentment as the meaning of Joy has to be directly experienced.
Stilled Peace as the meaning of Tranquillity has to be directly experienced.
Non-Distraction as the meaning of Concentration has to be directly experienced.
Even Ballance as the meaning of Equanimity has to be directly experienced.

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They are enlightening as a root, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as a cause, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as a requisite, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as a purification, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as blamelessness, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as withdrawal exit, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as delivering freedom, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as lack of fermentation, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as silent solitary seclusion, thus are they links to awakening.
They are enlightening as a releasing relinquishment, thus are they links to awakening.

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/L ... enment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Vision.htm

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Source (edited extract): Sariputta
Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga.
Treatise on the Links to Awakening XIII.

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The Meaning of the 7 link tyo Awakening:
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2 SIDES of the same COIN: BUDDHISM meets SCIENCE.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:50 am

2 SIDES of the same COIN: BUDDHISM meets SCIENCE.



Contemporary orthodox quantum physics and early Buddhism contains crucially
converging and parallel core concepts:
1: Wholeness, oneness, and unity in the sense that all is interdependent and
forever entangled. Changing any part entails changing the entire universe!
2: Emptiness and insubstantiality denoting that materiality is a potential of many
possible manifestations and not a solid substance or entity.
3: Mind over matter: That expels the fact that mind selects which aspects of
many in a probability distribution should manifest during observation.
Thanx to Gerald Penilla, California, USA, innerprisms.com for this excellence of
presentation.

More on Quantum Buddhism and Participatory Observation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Some_Clues.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Di ... States.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Q ... ddhism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Om ... m_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... There'.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... ut_law.pdf
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... stency.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... Anatta.htm
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The Chief Root Hero!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:39 pm

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Energy (Viriya) is a Link to Awakening!

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The Energy Link to Awakening (Viriya-sambojjhanga): Is basically the
same mental property (viriya-cetasika), as that which performs any
effort of action and which also is inherently included in the:
The Energy Feet of Force (viriyiddhipada)
The Ability of Energy (viriyindriya)
The Power of Energy (viriyabala)
The Right Effort Path Factor (samma-vayama-magganga)
When trained, developed and aroused energy is capable of enlightening!

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

In one who examines, finds out why, & comes to assured comprehension,
in him his energy link to awakening becomes aroused. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

The ability of energy is to initiate, launch into action and to complete any
undertaking using persistent endurance. When this ability becomes
unshakable and unfailing, it then becomes the mighty Power of Energy!

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The function of energy is this four-fold Right Effort of:
1: Eradicating evil & disadvantageous states that have arisen in the mind.
2: Preventing the arising of yet unarisen disadvantageous mental states.
3: Initiating and developing yet unarisen advantageous mental states.
4: Increasing, refining & completing already arisen advantageous states.
The characteristic of energy is readiness, willingness, enthusiastic ease,
eager and keen vigour. The manifestation of energy is action, exertion,
endeavour, industry, struggle, powerful striving and accomplishment!

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Lazy:
The one, who does not rise, when it is time to rise.
Who though young and strong, is weak in mind,
soft in will, and lazy by nature, such slow one
does never find the way to Nibbana.
Dhammapada 280

Get up! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams?
How can you sleep, when sick,
stabbed by the arrow of craving...
Sutta Nipata 331

Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching sole peace!
Do not let the king of death see you sloppy and
thus delude and dominate you like a toy doll...
Sutta Nipata 332

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Feeding the Energy:
And what, friends, is feeding the Energy Link to Enlightenment, that
has not yet arised, and food too for boosting of any present Energy?
1: The element of mental initiative,
2: The element of launching into action,
3: The element of enduring persistence.

Systematic attention to these, is feeding any yet unarisen Energy
Link to Awakening, and food too for boosting any present Energy.
Samyutta Nikaya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta

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Fivefold final Energy:

Following the Buddha the energy in the disciple culminates, when he
finally thinks: Let just this blood and flesh dry up & wither away so only
skin, sinews and bones remain, I will not give up my quest and stray from
this Noble 8-fold Path before having reached Enlightenment...!

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

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The Chief Root Hero!

Energy is the Chief Root Hero of all Success!!!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
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Compassionate is Pity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:57 pm

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Compassionate Pity cures all bitter Cruelty:

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How does a Bhikkhu dwell pervading one direction with his mind endued
with compassion? Just as he would feel compassion on seeing an unlucky,
unfortunate person, so he pervades all beings with boundless compassion!
Therefore first of all, on eyeing a wretched man, deplorable, unfortunate,
in every way a fit object for compassion, horrid, reduced to utter misery,
with hands and feet cut off, sitting in the shelter for the weak & helpless
with an empty dirty pot placed before him, with maggots in all his wounds,
moaning, compassionate pity should be felt for him in this way: This being
has been reduced to misery: If only he could be freed from his suffering!
Similarly too should a Bhikkhu whose meditation subject is compassion also
arouse compassion for an evil-wrong-doing person, even if he is happy now:
Though this poor wretch is now happy, cheerful, & enjoying his wealth, but
still, since he has neglected to do even one single good deed, he can come to
experience untold suffering anytime after a downfall to the states of loss!
Such infinitely compassionate pity he feels towards all beings and especially
both towards himself, the dear friend, the neutral one, & the hostile person,
thereby breaking down the wrong attitude barrier separating these objects.
Vbh 273, Vism I 315

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Compassionate Pity (Karuna), which cures all cruelty, is a divine state!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm

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Have a nice compassionate day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Compassionate Pity!

There are many in worse circumstances than ourselves!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
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The Sequential Seven!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:12 pm

Friends:

The 7 Links to Awakening develop Sequentially!

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Whenever withdrawn in body and withdrawn in mind one reflects on the
Buddha-Dhamma, then the Awareness Link to Awakening arises and develops.
Thus acutely aware one examines that!

Whenever examining a mind state, then the Investigation Link to Awakening
arises and develops. While thus being curious & enthusiastically investigating,
keen energy is aroused!

Whenever energy is aroused in one who is enthusiastic, then the Energy Link
to Awakening arises and develops. While energetic & enthusiastic one succeeds:
Therefore Joy is born!

Whenever succeeding in eager joy, then the Joy Link to Awakening arises and
develops. One thus joyous becomes mentally satisfied and therefore calmed
both in body and in mind!

Whenever calmed in body and mind, then the Tranquillity Link to Awakening
arises & develops. One thus satisfied, calmed, serene, settled and tranquil in
both body and mind becomes Happy!

Whenever calmed & comfortable in the body and tranquil & happy in the mind,
then the Concentration Link to Awakening arises and develops. When mentally
concentrated one reviews all states rationally & reasonably as if from above!

Whenever one well balanced reviews all mental states rationally & reasonably,
then the Equanimity Link to Awakening arises and develops. In Equanimity one
knows and sees things right as they really are and later become.

It is in this very way that The Seven Links to Awakening develop sequentially,
one after the other; successively one leading to, and producing the next...

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/L ... enment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Vision.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 67-69] section 46: The Links.3: Morality....

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The Sequential Seven!

Successively one leading to, and producing the next...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
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Floated by Joy :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:30 pm

Friends:

The Joy (Pîti) Link to Awakening!

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

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

Visuddhimagga IV 94-9

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

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

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

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

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Joy is a link to Enlightenment!

Floated by Joy :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
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The Sun!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:36 pm

Friends:

Friendship is seeding the 7 links to Awakening!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Just as dawn is the forerunner and the precursor of the rising of the Sun,
exactly so is good and Noble friendship for any disciple the forerunner and
the precursor of the mental emergence of the Seven Links to Awakening!
When a Bhikkhu has a good and Noble friend, it is to be expected that he will
develop and cultivate these 7 Links to Awakening. And how does a Bhikkhu who
has a good & Noble friend develop & cultivate these 7 Links to Awakening?
Here, friends, this Bhikkhu trains, develops, deepens, reinforces and refines:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening: sati-sambojjhanga.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening: dhammavicaya-sambojjhanga.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening: viriya-sambojjhanga.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening:piti-sambojjhanga.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening: passaddhi-sambojjhanga.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening: samadhi-sambojjhanga.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening: upekkha-sambojjhanga.

based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing of craving, and culminating in release!
It is in exactly in this way that any Bhikkhu, who has a good and Noble Friend,
truly trains, grows, intensifies, reinforces & refines the 7 Links to Awakening...

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/L ... enment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Vision.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

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Source edited extract:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 101] section 46: The Links. 48: The Sun....

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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How to become One who Shines?

The Sun!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
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