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Soothing & serene is Tranquillity :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:33 am

Friends:

Tranquillity is a Link to Awakening!

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The Tranquillity Link to Awakening (passaddhi-sambojjhanga) has the
characteristic of peace, and the function of stilling, which manifests
as absence of restless trembling. Stillness of feeling, perception and
mental construction is the factor that induces bodily Tranquillity.
Stillness of consciousness itself induces mental Tranquillity.
The proximate cause of Tranquillity is the satisfaction within Joy!
The resulting effect of Tranquillity is the bliss within Happiness!

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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 Tranquillity Link to Awakening based on seclusion, based
on disillusion, based on ceasing, and culminating in cool relinquishment,
then neither can mental fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent
ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

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In one who is joyous, the body becomes calm & the mind becomes calm.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening emerges right there. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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CALM
Calm is his thought, calm is his speech, and calm is his deed, such one who
truly is knowing, is indeed wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and wise.
Dhammapada 96

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CONTENT
The one who eliminates discontent, tearing it out by the roots, utterly cuts
it out, such one spontaneously becomes absorbed in the calm of tranquillity
both day & night. Dhammapada 250

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COMPOSED
The one who is tranquil in movement, calmed in speech, stilled in thought,
collected and composed, who sees right through and rejects all allurements
of this world, such one is truly a 'Peaceful One'. Dhammapada 378

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Inspirations on the soothing serene Tranquillity (Passaddhi) & the related 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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Soothing & serene is Tranquillity :-)

Tranquillity is a Link to Enlightenment!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
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The Clothes...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:18 pm

Friends:

Sariputta explains the 7 Links to Awakening!

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Venerable Sariputta once said: Friends!

Friend; the Bhikkhus replied. Venerable Sariputta then explained this:
Friends, there are these Seven Links to Awakening. What seven?

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.


These are the Seven Links to Awakening!
In whichever of these 7 Links to Awakening, I wish to dwell in the morning,
in that I abide in the morning; in whichever I wish to dwell at noon, in that
I abide at noon; in whichever I wish to dwell in the evening, in that I abide
in the evening... Suppose a king or a minister had a cupboard full of clothes
of many various colours, then whichever pair of clothes he wished to put on
in the morning, that he would put on in the morning; whichever clothes he
wished to put on at noon, that he would put on at noon; & whichever clothes
he wished to put on in the evening, that he would put on in the evening: so too,
in whichever of these 7 Links to Awakening, I wish to abide in for whatever
period, in that indeed I easily abide dwelling fully absorbed by that aspect...
If it occurs to me that now there is The Awareness Link to Awakening present
in me, then it occurs to me that it is measureless, & it occurs to me that it is
well established; and while it is remaining I know that it remains; and if it falls
away in me, then I know instantly that it faded away caused by this or that
specific condition or definable circumstance! So too with the other six links
to awakening. I notice and know both their presence, ceasing and absence!

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Venerable Sariputta Thera

On the 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: 70-1] section 46: The Links.4: The Clothes...

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Venerable Maha Moggallana Thera and Venerable Sariputta Thera

The Clothes...


Dressing yourself in Mental Quality!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
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Absorption Unifies Mind...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:50 pm

Friends:

What is the Concentration Link to Awakening?

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Fixed Focus is the characteristic of the Concentration Link to Awakening
(Samadhi-Sambojjhanga). Ceasing of distraction, disturbance, diversion,
agitation, mental instability and wavering is the purpose of the quality of
Concentration (Samadhi). Incisive certainty is the manifestation of the
concentration link to awakening. This stability enables breakthrough
to understanding! Some concentration is present in all consciousness.
Training that anchors attention on only 1 object condenses this focus.
The proximate cause of concentration is happiness!
The resulting effect of concentration is knowledge and vision!

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Concentration comes in increasing grades of intensity:
1: Momentary concentration with few seconds of one-pointedness.
2: Preparatory concentration of longer, yet still unstable quality.
3: Access concentration which approaches the 1st jhana absorption.
4: Absorption concentration with fixed and unified mental one-pointedness.

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Fourfold is the blessing of Concentration:
1: Sublime happiness here and now through the 4 absorptions.
2: Assured knowledge and true vision of things as they really are.
3: Awareness and clear comprehension of all transient phenomena.
4: Ceasing of all mental fermentation by absence of clinging. DN 33

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

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In one whose body is calm and who enjoys a pleasurable happiness the
mind becomes concentrated. The Concentration Link to Awakening
arises right there. He develops it, and for him repeatedly meditating
it goes gradually to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Further inspirations on the condensing quality of Concentration (Samadhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma-Samadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Art ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/En ... l_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... _Truth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... l_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Absorption Unifies Mind...

Concentration = Samãdhi!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
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The 7 Fruits!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:44 pm

Friends:

The 7 Fruits of the 7 Links to Awakening!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, when the 7 Links to Awakening have been developed, completed
and refined, the winning of the seven fruits is indeed to be expected.
What are the benefits of these 7 fruits?

They are, either:
1: One attains final knowledge early in this very life. Or:
2: One attains final knowledge at the moment of death. Or:
Having destroyed the five lower chains and spontaneously re-arisen;
3: One attains Nibbana in the first half of the life as a divine brahma. Or:
4: One attains Nibbana in the second half of the life in these pure abodes. Or:
5: One attains Nibbana as a Noble non-returner without effort. Or:
6: One attains Nibbana as a Noble non-returner with some effort. Or:
7: One is bound upstream, surely heading towards the highest Akanittha realm.
When, bhikkhus, these Seven Links to Awakening have been thoroughly developed
and cultivated exactly in this way, these seven fruits & benefits may be expected....

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On the 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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On the 31 Planes of Existence:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

Source (edited extract):

The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:69-70] section 46: The Links.

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The 7 Fruits!

Winning a Transcendental Victory...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
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Imperturbable is Equanimity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 01, 2012 10:18 pm

Friends:

What is the Equanimity Link to Awakening?

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Even evaluation is characteristic of the Equanimity Link to Awakening.
(Upekkha-Sambojjhanga). Preventing both deficiency & excess and
securing impartiality is the function of Equanimity. Imperturbable
ballance is the manifestation of the Equanimity Link to Awakening.
Equanimity just looks on whenever new phenomena arises and ceases.
This stable yet plastic patience purifies all the other advantageous
mental states, which reach maximum, when joined with Equanimity...

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Equanimity (Upekkha) is a moderating mental construction.
Equanimity is also a mood of neither gladness nor sadness.
Equanimity is also a feeling of neither pain nor pleasure.
Equanimity is also the neutral ability to be indifferent.
Equanimity is also the 4th infinitely divine dwelling.
Equanimity is also a quite high form of happiness.
Equanimity is also a refined mental purification.
Equanimity is therefore a Link to Enlightenment...

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There is Equanimity both regarding live beings and dead things.
There is Equanimity both regarding all internal & external states.
There is Equanimity both regarding all past, present and future.
There is Equanimity both regarding all mentality & all materiality.

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

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When mind is concentrated one can observe all closely in equanimity.
The Equanimity Link to Awakening arises right there. He develops it,
and for him repeatedly meditating it goes gradually to the completion
of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Further inspirations on the imperturbable quality of Equanimity:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm

Imperturbable is Equanimity...

Equanimity = Upekkhaa!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
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Cab Compassion!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 02, 2012 11:20 pm

Friends:

NYC Taxi driver made compassion shine in action:

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"I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I
honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about
just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door
and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear
something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me.
She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, just like
somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was
covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos & glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab,
then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward
the cab. She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just
try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an
address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any
family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very
long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building
where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when
they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse
that had once been a ballroom, where she had gone dancing as a young girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.
Let's go now'. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low
building, like a small convalescent home, with a way that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous
and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was
already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said.
'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light..
Behind me, a door shut. It was like the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an
angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused
to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick dry review:
I don't think that I have done anything more important in my entire life!
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware beautifully wrapped in what others
may consider a small nothing..."

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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/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

Cab Compassion!

NYC Taxi driver made compassion shine in action.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cab_Compassion.htm
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When 7 becomes 14...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 03, 2012 10:10 pm

Friends:

How are there Fourteen Links to Awakening?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
There is awareness of all internal states, & awareness of all external states.
Both kinds of awareness are leading to Enlightenment (sati-sambojjhanga).
There is investigation of both all internal states, and of all external states.
Both these investigations are links to Enlightenment (vicaya-sambojjhanga).
There is energy of body (strength), and energy of the mind (enthusiasm).
Both kinds of energy are leading to Enlightenment (viriya-sambojjhanga).
There is joy associated with thinking, and there is joy without any thinking.
Both kinds of joy are links leading to Enlightenment (piti-sambojjhanga).
There is tranquillity of the body, and there is tranquillity of the mind.
Both these calms are links to Enlightenment (passaddhi-sambojjhanga).
There is concentration during thinking and concentration without thinking.
Both concentrations are links to Enlightenment (samadhi-sambojjhanga).
There is equanimity both regarding internal states and external states.
Both these kinds are links to Enlightenment (upekkha-sambojjhanga).
This can only a Buddha, or a true disciple of a Buddha see, and explain...

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Comments:
Awareness of all internal mental states is the most important, and highest.
Investigation of all internal mental states is the primary, and most fruitful.
Energy of the mind is the most advantageous, effective, and most enabling.
Joy without any thinking is the most rapturous, ecstatic, and all-pervading.
Tranquillity of the mind is the deepest, most calm, serene, and imperturbable.
Concentration without any thinking is the most one-pointed and absorbed.
Equanimity regarding internal mental states is the best guard and protection.

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On the 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/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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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 111] 46: Links. 52: A way of Explaining...

When 7 becomes 14...

What only a few can explain!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
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Happy Vesak to All Beings!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 04, 2012 7:03 pm

Friends:

At this Fullmoon Day do all Buddhas Awaken:

5th May 2012 Vesak Day celebrates birth, Enlightenment, and passing away
of the Buddha Gotama. Rejoice! Keep clean, calm, cool, clever, and caring...
About this Buddhist Vesak Festival: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesak
This May full moon also celebrates the Buddha's third visit to Sri Lanka in
the eighth year after his Enlightenment where he journeyed to Kelaniya on
the invitation of the Naga King Maniakkhika (Mahavamsa i,72ff.).
The day also celebrates the crowning of king Devanampiyatissa (Mhv.Xi.42),
and the laying of the foundation stone of the Maha Stupa (Mhv.Xxix.1)

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Please Remember:
At this very May full moon in year 528 BC the Blessed Buddha awakened
by completely perfect and utterly unsurpassable self-Enlightenment!
At that time a girl named Sujata Senani lived in Uruvela. When adult she
prayed before a certain Banyan tree, that she might get a good husband
equal to herself in caste & that her firstborn may be a son. Her prayer was
successful. Since indeed it did happen. At the full moon day of the Wesak
month, she rose at early dawn and milked the cows. As soon as new buckets
were placed under the cows, the milk poured spontaneously in streams all by
itself! Seeing this miracle, she knew something special was happening!
That same night the Future Buddha dreamt 5 dreams making him conclude:
"Surely, truly, without any doubt, today I will reach perfect Enlightenment!"
His 5 colored radiance illuminated the whole tree. Then Sujata came and
offered the cooked milk rice into the hands of this Great Being.

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Later a local grass-cutter came going with a bundle of grass just harvested
from nearby. He offered the Great Being 8 handfuls of Kusa grass, when he
saw that this Sage was a Holy Man. The Future Buddha accepted the grass
and proceeded to the foot of the Bodhi-tree. Reaching the imperturbable
Eastern side, where all the Buddhas take their seat, he sat down saying to
himself: This is the immovable spot, where all the prior supreme Buddhas
have planted themselves! This is the place for destroying this net of desire!
Then the Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and thus faced east.
Right there, he then resolutely settled on this mighty decision:

Let just blood and flesh of this body dry up & let skin and sinews fall from
the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained the absolute and
Supreme Self-Enlightenment!


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So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat, from which
not a 100 lightning strikes could make him waver from. At this very moment
the rebel deity Mara -The Evil One- raised exclaiming: Prince Siddhattha will
pass beyond my power, but I will never allow it! And sounding the Mara's war
shout, he summoned his mighty army for battle. Then Mara warned his evil
militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana, is far greater than any other
man, so we will never succeed to fight him up front. We must thus attack
him from the rear. Frustrated, being unable even to touch this big wielder
of power also with 9 mighty hurricanes of wind, rain, rocks, weapons, red
coals, hot ashes, sand, mud, and darkness Mara somewhat in panic shouted
at his army: "Why do you all stand still? Seize, kill & drive away this prince!"

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Mara then yelled: "Siddhattha, leave this seat. It is not yours, but mine!"
Hearing this, the Well-gone One replied: Mara, neither have you fulfilled the
10 perfections to the third degree, nor have you given the 5 great donations.
Neither have you striven for insight, nor for the welfare of all the world,
nor for supreme self-enlightenment! Therefore does this very seat surely
not belong to you, but truly indeed only to me. Suddenly overpowered by fear
Mara's followers fled helter-skelter in all directions. Not two went in the
same direction, but leaving their weapons in a chaos, they all fled terrified
by metaphysical panic. Seeing them flee thus, the great assembly of deities
triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated. Prince Siddhattha has won! Let us
celebrate this truly sublime, wonderful and unique victory! It was before
the sun had set that the Tathagata conquered Mara and defeated his army.
That same night, after having bathed, while the Bo tree rained red sprigs onto
his robe, The Consummate One gained knowledge of his prior lives during the
1st watch of the night: "With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
unified, focused, tractable, compliant, steady & imperturbable, I directed
mind to remembrance of my past lives. I recollected many past lives, i.e., one
re-birth, two...five, ten... 50, a hundred, a thousand, 100 thousand, many eons
of cosmic contraction, & many eons of cosmic expansion: There I had such
a name, belonged to such a clan & species, had such a body. Such was my food,
such my life of pleasures and pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away
from that state, I re-arose there. There I had such name, belonged to such
a sort & family, had such a form. Such was my food, such my experience of
pleasures & pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away from that state,
I re-arose here. Thus I remembered my various past lives in all their various
modes and manifold details. This was the first knowledge I attained in the
first watch of the night. Ignorance was destroyed; the knowledge arose;
darkness was destroyed; light arose as happens in one who is alert, aware,
and determined. But the very pleasant feeling that arose by this did neither
invade my mind, nor remain. With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
intact, pliant, malleable, steady, and totally imperturbable, I directed it to
the knowledge of the passing away and reappearance of beings. I saw by
means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human eye! I saw beings
passing away & re-appearing, and I realized how & why they are high or low,
beautiful or ugly, fortunate and unfortunate all in exact accordance with
the intentions of their prior actions: These beings who were endowed with
bad behaviour of body, speech, and mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held
wrong views & acted under the influence of wrong views, with the break-up
of the body, after death, have re-appeared in the plane of misery, the bad
painful destination, the lower realms, even in hell. But the beings who were
gifted with good behaviour of body, speech and mind, who did not revile the
Noble Ones, who held right views and acted under the influence of right
views after the break-up of the body, after the death, have re-appeared in
happy destinations, even in a divine world! Thus by means of the divine eye,
purified and surpassing the human I saw beings passing away & re-appearing,
all in accordance with their particular mixture of good and bad kamma...
But the satisfaction that arose here did neither invade my mind, nor remain.
With the mind thus concentrated and completely absorbed, I then directed
it towards understanding the ending of mental fermentation. I realized how
it actually comes to be, that:

This is Suffering...
Such is the Cause of Suffering...
Such is the End of Suffering...
Such is the Way to End Suffering...


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Such was the mental fermentations...
Such is the Cause of mental fermentation...
Such is the End of mental fermentation...
Such is the Way leading to the end of mental fermentation.


When my mind saw that, it was instantly freed of the fermentation of all
sense-desire, it was released from the fermentation of becoming, and it
became fully uncovered from the fermentation of ignorance. Thus fully and
perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha - perceiving this immense glory, spoke
these 2 solemn verses, which never has been omitted by any of countless
billions of prior Buddhas:

Through this round of countless existences have I searched, but yet failed
to find "the Creator", who framed this construction: What Suffering indeed
is such endless birth, ageing, decay, sickness and ever repeated death!
Now I see that "the Constructor" of this structure is Craving...!!! Never shall
this construction be built again, since all the rafters are shattered and the
main beam is busted and completely broken... At this calming of all Craving,
the mind was finally, irreversibly and ultimately stilled…
Then, friends, this revelation of certainty arose in me: This release is indeed
immutable, this is the very last rebirth, this endless reappearance has finally
come to a happy end... Nibbana is verily the Highest Bliss!

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About Absolute Awakening!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/g/gotama.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/s/sujaataa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irukka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... imanda.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm

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Source:
The Jataka Nidana. The story of Gotama Buddha.
Tr. by N.A. Jayawickrama, Pali Text Society 1990.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132935

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VESAK FESTIVAL VIDEOS, COLOMBO 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLScBZ1tW0A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFAG3OCJQI&NR=1

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Happy Vesak to All Beings!
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Tranquillity slides into Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat May 05, 2012 10:33 pm

Friends:

One becomes Calmed by Stilling all Agitation!

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The brahmin Magandiya asked the Buddha about how to become calmed:
Not dwelling in the past, stilled in the present, one prefers no kind of future!
Without irritation, without agitation, without regrets, without worry, neither
boasting, nor proud, but humble and modest, one is indeed a restrained sage...
Withdrawn, not opposed to anything, not wanting anything, all unconcerned,
aloof, gentle, independent, for such one there exists neither craving or fear
for any kind of existence, nor craving or fear for any form of non-existence...
Such calmed one is indifferent to sense pleasures, detached, not clinging to
any kind of property! For him there is nothing more to take up or lay down!
For whatever others might accuse him, he remains tranquil and not agitated!
Neither opposing anything, nor attracted to anything, with nothing of his own,
not perturbed by what does not exist, such tranquil one is truly calmed!
Sutta-Nipata 849-861 Edited excerpt.

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More on Calm (Samatha) = Tranquil Ease:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.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/Calm_Power.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... amatha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm

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Calmed...

Tranquillity slides into Bliss!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Calmed.htm
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Genuine Goodwill Shines :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 06, 2012 10:34 pm

Friends:

Entering and Dwelling in All-Embracing Goodwill!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
How does the monk whose mind is filled with all-embracing kindness
pervade one direction? Just as, at the sight of a dear and agreeable
childhood friend, one may feel kindness, exactly so does he pervade
all living beings with his kind friendliness... Vibh Xlll,643

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May all beings live in happiness and peace. Filled with joy and delight!
Sn 145

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I found no one whom I loved better than myself. Exactly so to do all
other beings also love their self most dearly. Thus, wishing well to all,
one should do No Harm to anyone! SN 3.8

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Mental release by all-embracing friendliness is practiced in five ways
with unspecified extension: May all beings be free from anger, anxiety
and frustration, and may they pass their life in happiness! May all living
beings ... all creatures ... all individuals ... all those included in existence
be free from anger, anxiety and frustration and may they be all happy!
Pts 11/130

More on these 4 Infinitely Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .irel.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el007.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

Genuine Goodwill Shines :-)

All-Embracing & Infinite cab Friendliness be!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Go ... _Again.htm
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Invariable Law: Do no Harm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon May 07, 2012 9:39 pm

Friends:

Any Cause produce an Effect:

Therefore:
Never do any Evil!
Neither openly nor in Secret...
If having done bad or is doing wrong now,
pain surely returns, even though one flee
by flying away... The effect of any action,
good as bad, follows the doer like a shadow
that never leaves... Consequence is Certain...
Why so ? Because one cannot hide anything
for one's own mind! It knows & remembers!
Mind is thus forerunner of all phenomena...

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The Blessed Buddha on non-violence:
I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me,
and may not those with many feet harm me.
AN. II, 72

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

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On Harmlessness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm

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Running in circles...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 09, 2012 10:05 pm

Friends:

There are these seven Latent Tendencies (Anusaya):

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these seven kinds of Latent Tendency. What seven?

1: The Latent Tendency to Sensual-Pleasure...
2: The Latent Tendency to Aversion & Ill-Will...
3: The Latent Tendency to Speculative Views…
4: The Latent Tendency to Skeptical Doubt…
5: The Latent Tendency to Conceiving “I Am”…
6: The Latent Tendency to Wanting to Become…
7: The Latent Tendency to Ignorance…


These are the seven kinds of Latent Tendency! The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed for the direct
experience of these seven kinds of Latent Tendency, for the full understanding and elimination of them,
and for their final overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind…This Noble 8-fold Way is developed for
the sake of the uprooting of all detrimental Latent Mental Tendency!

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Explanation:
Latent Tendency towards Pleasurable sights, sounds, smells, flavours, touches, & thoughts is fairly obvious…
Latent Tendency to Aversion is all hate, anger, irritation, opposition, resistance, rigidity and stubbornness…
Latent Tendency to Speculative Views is believing that action has no future effects & rituals are purifying…
Latent Tendency to Skeptical Doubt is the lack of Faith and conviction in the Buddha’s Enlightenment…
Latent Tendency to Conceiving “I Am” is assuming the hidden existence of a constant core identity: ‘I-Me’…
Latent Tendency to Lust for Becoming is the hoping for a future existence as this or that kind of being…
Latent Tendency to Ignorance is not seeing, not understanding, and not knowing the Four Noble Truths…
Latent Tendency means lurking liability, hidden inclination, underlying readiness, a recurring dormant drive!

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The unaware monkey mind automatically runs in the local minima of least dissatisfaction.
Needless to say: This can hardly by called "freedom", but better "blinded conditioning"...
The 7 Latent Tendencies Drives the Mind from the Backseat! Makes U Running in circles...


Buddha once emphasized a crucial Impossibility:
That a person, without eliminating the latent tendency to lust for any pleasant feeling,
without abolishing the latent tendency to aversion towards any painful feeling,
without uprooting the latent tendency to neglect and ignorance accompanying any neutral feeling,
without extirpating ignorance & developing clear & complete understanding, should ever, here & now,
in this very life, be able to cease all suffering & awaken by enlightenment, that is indeed impossible…
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... mn148.html

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More on the Latent Tendencies (Anusaya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... nusaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_L ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... eeling.htm

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Any Latent Tendency is always ready to Raise, Bite & Kill!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:60] section 45: The Way. 175: The 7 Latent Tendencies ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice noticing latency day!

Running in circles...

The 7 Latent Tendencies Drives the Mind from the Backseat!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... encies.htm
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Where R U Going?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 11, 2012 3:54 am

Friends:

Buddha himself explained The 5 Rebirth Destinations!

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Sariputta, there are these five destinations. What are the five?
Hell, the animal realm, the realm of ghosts, human beings, and gods...
I fully understand hell, the animal, ghost, human, and the divine realm,
and the various paths and ways leading to these realms of existence...
I also understand, know and directly see how any one who has entered
a path to hell, on the breakup of the body, right at death, will reappear
in a state of deprivation, in a painful destination, in purgatory, in hell...
Similarly do I understand, know and see directly how any one, who has
entered such path on the breakup of the body, right after death, will
reappear as animal, ghost, human or divine being...
I understand Nibbana, the path and very way leading to this Nibbana...
And I also understand & see directly how one who has entered this path
realising it himself by direct experience, will right there and then enter
and dwell in that release of mind & that release by understanding, which
is fermentation-free after the elimination of the mental fermentations!

Source (edited extract:
The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya.
MN 12. i 73-4:The great lions roar:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .ntbb.html

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Comments: Ancient Manual on these 5 destinations:
Pañcagatidipani. Translated by Ann Appleby Hazlewood.
In Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=13271

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Comment:
Seeing beings die and reappear is an ability of the Divine Eye, which is
an ability connected with gaining suprahuman force & with Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Divine_Eye.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... orce_V.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... cakkhu.htm

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More details on the five Rebirth Destinations:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... estiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm

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On The Thirty-one Planes of Existence:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

Where R U Going?

The Five Rebirth Destinations!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm
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Most Common is Low Rebirth!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 11, 2012 9:17 pm

Friends:

Breakthrough to the Truths safeguards against Downfall Rebirth!

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The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus and friends, see this little dust, I have taken up upon the nail of
my little-finger, what do you think is most: This tiny amount dust or this
great planet Earth? The Bhikkhus then responded:
Venerable Sir, this great planet Earth is much more, incomparable more...
The minute speck of dust is trifling, microscopic, negligible in comparison!
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then succinctly pointed out:
Similarly and exactly so too, Bhikkhus and friends, those beings are few &
quite rare, who are reborn among humans or devas! Beings who are reborn
elsewhere, lower, as non-humans, in the screaming hell, as scared animals,
as hungry ghosts, or as mad demons are much more numerous and common...
Why is it so? Because, these beings have not understood the 4 Noble Truths!
What four?
The 1st Noble Truth: This is Suffering;
The 2nd Noble Truth: Craving is the Cause of Suffering;
The 3rd Noble Truth: No Craving is the End of Suffering;
The 4th Noble Truth: The Noble 8-fold Way ceases all Suffering.

Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, exertion should be made Now to understand:
All This is Suffering; This Greedy Craving is the sole Cause of all Suffering;
No Craving is the End of Suffering; The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore should effort to fathom these 4 Noble Truths be made NOW!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:474-5]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 102-5: Elsewhere & etc...

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Comments:
The actions that result in rebirth in the five destinations are described in
detail in the work: Pañcagatidipani. Translated by Ann Appleby Hazlewood.
in Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132714

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Video illustrating life among humans, in heaven and in hell:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDBHCxvX-Q

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For relation between cause & effect = action & result = kamma & fruit see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... _Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... ovable.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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Most Common is Low Rebirth!

The 4 Noble Truths protect against Downfall Rebirth!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
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MAY all CRITTERS be HAPPY :-)

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The All is an internal Experience!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon May 14, 2012 10:45 pm

Friends:

The Empirical ALL is what can be Sensed or Thought!

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At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha pointed out a most Radical Empiricism:
Bhikkhus, I will teach you the ALL. Listen to that... And what, Bhikkhus, is this ALL?

The Eye and the Forms;
The Ear and the Sounds;
The Nose and the Smells;
The Tongue and the Tastes;
The Body and the Touches;
The Mind and the Mental States.


This is defines and establish this ALL... If anyone, Bhikkhus, should ever postulate this:
'Having denied this all, I will define & point another all ...!!!', that would be empty babble!
If he were questioned, he would not be able to reply & he would become quite perplexed.
Why? Because, Bhikkhus, that would be far out of his mental range!
(since)
This World both Begins and Ends within this 2 fathom frame of bones... SN I 62

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Looks initially quite far & remotely 'out there'...

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Yet IT IS actually rather close up, as inherently sensed 'in here'...

See also the ALL as the Sensed Source:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Out_in.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... of_All.htm

OUT = IN Wholeness:
Inseparable are the internal and the external...
Inseparable are the mental and the physical...
Inseparable are the experience and experienced...
Inseparable are the subject and the object...
Inseparable are the naming and the forming...
Inseparable are the mirror and the representation…
The ‘Real’ World is a perceived Representation…
Of what we will never know, since IT IS just & only that...
A never-ending FILM in dire need of a Scissor!


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Insisting on Direct Experience never fails!

Source (edited extract):

The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 15
The Salayatana section 35. Thread on the ALL: Sabba Sutta (23)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What IS this ALL actually and factually?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_ALL.htm
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What is the Final Goal?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 16, 2012 12:17 am

Friends:

What is the Final Goal and Destination?

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The ascetic wanderer Nandiya once asked the Blessed One:
Which things, Master Gotama, when developed and refined, lead to Nibbana,
have Nibbana as their end destination, have Nibbana as their final goal?
These eight things, Nandiya, when developed and refined lead to Nibbana, have
Nibbana as their last destination, have Nibbana as their final goal. Which eight?

Right View (samma-ditthi)
Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
Right Speech (samma-vaca)
Right Action (samma-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
Right Effort (samma-vayama)
Right Awareness (samma-sati)
Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)


These eight things, Nandiya, when developed and refined, lead to Nibbana,
have Nibbana as their target, have Nibbana as their final aim!
When this was thus spoken, the wanderer Nandiya said to the Blessed One:
Magnificent, Master Gotama! Marvellous, Master Gotama! Let the Master
Gotama remember me as one, who has taken refuge in the Buddha for life…

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The 8 spokes symbolizes the 8 Steps of the Noble Way!

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fu ... First_.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:11-2] section 45:10 Nandiya ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Have a nice targetted day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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What is the Final Goal?

Nibban is the Highest and only Lasting Happiness!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/The_Final_Goal.htm
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Make an island of yourself!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 16, 2012 11:47 pm

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Can an Almighty God or Divine Power save you?

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Question:
>Can one be saved by an Almighty God or Divine Power?

Answer:
India has always had two holy traditions:

Brahmana: Priests, who by rituals and worship of assumed almighty ‘gods’,
and ‘divinity’ believe that they can be saved by these divine other-powers,
which they then rely on. Depending thus on something they cannot see or
contact their search is often blind…

Sramana: Recluses, who only trust themselves and that every-one has to
purify and thereby save themselves by themselves. They trust intense
meditation & study after guidance of a teacher, who usually is a Buddha.

No Brahmana have ever – so far reported  – reached any Noble State…
That is, come within 7 rebirths of Nibbana – the only lasting safety!
No Brahmana have – so far reported – ever reached Nibbana…
No Brahmana, priest, guru, swami this or that will ever reach Nibbana!
Emptiness can also be tantalizing and have even been worshipped also
as a transcendental divine state … (That leads also to no safety…)

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Conclusion:
There are gods (devas) out there. But they cannot save U or anyone else…
So there is no need or gain by looking ‘out there’ after an almighty ‘saviour’…
Rather moral and mental purification can only come by looking inward.
One has to do the job oneself! Most can only do it by taking a Teacher,
who is either a Noble or an Awakened Buddhist… Not so easy to find...

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The blessed Buddha Gotama once said:

NO OTHER
By self alone, is harm done.
By self alone, does one suffer from own evil.
By self alone, is harm left undone.
By self alone, is one purified & thereby saved.
Both destruction and salvation is the work of oneself.
No-one can purify another!
Dhammapada 165

SAVIOUR
Self is indeed self's only saviour! Who else can save you ?
With oneself well tamed, one gains a saviour hard to otherwise find.
Dhammapada 160

NOW OR NEVER
Make an island for yourself. Strive quickly now in exerting effort.
Be the wise one. Not a naive fool…
When your defilement have been blown away
and you have freed yourself from evil passions;
Never will you again be Ageing! Never will you again be Dying!
Dhammapada 238

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ISLAND
Make an island of yourself, haste to exert effort, be clever.
When your mental defilements have been cleaned & you have
cleared yourself of passion, then yours will be the divine state
of exquisite choice.
Dhammapada 236

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Make an island of yourself!

Be your own Lamp… There is no other safety!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Make_an_island.htm
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What is Mara?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 18, 2012 10:38 pm

Friends:

What is Mara: A Transient, Painful, and Selfless State?

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At Savatthi. While seated, the Venerable Radha asked the Blessed One:
Venerable Sir, one says: Mara, Mara!! What is this Mara; the Evil One?
Radha, form, feeling, perception, mental construction, and consciousness
is Mara, is a state of Mara, is impermanent, is of an impermanent nature,
is suffering, is of a painful nature, is no-self, is of an impersonal nature,
is in a state of destruction, is in a state of vanishing, is an unstable state,
is always in a state of momentary ceasing, vanishing right there and then...
Radha, you should therefore leave behind desire, should leave behind lust,
you should leave behind all desire and lust for whatever is a state of Mara,
for whatever is impermanent, for whatever is only impermanent appearance,
for whatever is suffering, for whatever is of a painful nature, for whatever
is no-self, for whatever is of a ownerless nature, for whatever is a state of
destruction, for whatever is a state of vanishing, for whatever is in a state
of arising, for whatever that is a state of cessation... And what, Radha, is a
state of cessation? Form is a state of cessation. Feeling, Perception, Mental
Constructions, and this Consciousness is also a state of continuous ceasing...
Understanding this, Radha, the well instructed Noble Disciple experiences
disgust towards form, disgust towards feeling, disgust towards perception,
disgust towards mental construction, & disgust towards consciousness itself!
Experiencing disgust, he becomes disillusioned! Through disillusion his mind
is released. When it is released, he instantly knows: This mind is liberated,
and he understands: Extinguished is birth, this Noble Life is all completed,
done is what should be done, there is no state of being beyond this one...

More on the individual deva personality Mara: The Evil One...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /maara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/ma/maara.htm

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Mara attacks the Buddha in a failed attempt to frighten him.

More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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Mara's daughters temptation of the Buddha also fails flatly!

More on the Mental Release induced by Disgust:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... uction.htm

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He is also called Namuci: Never letting any Escape his hypnotic hedonist powers!
Any Deva can choose own body form. His favourite manifestations are as above..


Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 23:24-34 III 199
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

What is Mara?

Any Transient, Painful, & Selfless State is Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Mara.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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