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The 3 Roots...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:23 pm

Friends:

Wearing away the 3 Roots of Evil stops all Suffering!

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There are, friends, these three kinds of fading away, that are directly
observable, obviously evident, inviting each & every one to come and see
for themselves, practical, to be personally experienced by any clever one!
What three?
Someone here is & greedy & lustful, and caused by this very greedy lust,
he comes to harm himself, to harm others, & to harm both himself & others...
When this greedy lust later is discarded, then does he neither come to harm
himself, nor to harm others, nor to harm both himself & others anymore ...
This fading away, caused by wearing away of desire, is directly observable,
immediate, inviting each & every one to come & see for themselves, practical,
freeing, releasing, and to be personally experienced by any intelligence!!!
Furthermore:
Someone here is full of hate & aggression, and caused by this rage of anger,
he comes to harm himself, to harm others, and to harm both himself & others...
When this angry hatred later is eliminated, then does he neither come to harm
himself, nor to harm others, nor to harm both himself & others anymore ...
This fading away, caused by wearing away of ill-will, is directly observable,
apparent, inviting each & every one to come & see for themselves, smoothing,
soft, sweet, and to be personally experienced by any intelligence!!!
Finally:
Someone here is deluded, blinded & confused, and caused by this very ignorance,
he comes to harm himself, to harm others, and to harm both himself & others...
When this lack of understanding later is cleared up, then does he neither come
to harm himself, nor to harm others, nor to harm both himself & others anymore ...
This fading away, caused by wearing away of obscuration, is easily observable,
actual, inviting each & every one to come & see for themselves, all advantageous,
awakening, opening, and to be personally experienced by any intelligence!!!
These, friends, are the three kinds of fading away, that are directly observable,
immediately accessible, inviting each & every one to come and see for themselves,
practical, applicable, reachable, & personally experiencable by any intelligence...

There are 3 Root Causes of all Evil:
Greed!
Hate!
Ignorance!


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Greed + dilutions:
Lust
Desire
Thirst
Craving
Yearning
Longing
Wishing
Hoping
Liking
Attraction
Tendency

Hate + dilutions:
Anger
Aversion
Irritation
Indignation
Resentment
Opposition
Contrariety
Impatience
Intolerance
Stubbornness
Rigidity

Ignorance + dilutions:
Confusion
Bewilderment
Perplexity
Uncertainty
Doubt
Skepticism
Hesitancy
Indecision
Oblivion
Stupefaction
Obscurity

These wrong mental roots blend in innumerable ways:

Examples of Root Mixtures:
Mixed Greed and Hate becomes => envy or jealousy...
Mixed Ignorance and Greed becomes => search, urge & frustration...
Mixed Ignorance and Hate becomes => extremism, fanatism & terrorism...

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More on these 3 Root Causes (Mula):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /muula.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pr ... Causes.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [330-40]
Section 42: On The 6 Senses. Rasiya: 12.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Uprooting all Suffering...

The 3 Root Causes of all Evil!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fading_Away.htm
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The Proximate Cause!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:02 pm

Friends:

Nothing Emerges without a Proximate Cause!

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What causes Greed and Lust to arise?
Contacted by an attractive object, pleasurable feeling arises. If unaware
and untrained, then pleasurable feeling instantly makes craving towards
the object arise! This pleasant feeling thus causes greed and lust to arise.

What causes Ill-Will and Anger to arise?
Contacted by a repulsive object, painful feeling arises. If unaware and
untrained, then the painful feeling instantly makes craving away from the
object arise! This unpleasant feeling thus causes ill-will & anger to arise.

What causes Delusion and Ignorance to arise?
Contacted by a neither attractive nor repulsive object, then a neither
pleasurable nor big painful feeling arises. If unaware and untrained,
then this neutral, neither pleasurable nor painful feeling instantly makes
craving for neglecting the object arise... This neutral feeling thus causes
delusion and Ignorance to arise.

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What is the relationship between the Mental Defilements and Craving?
Craving is the growth force and also media for the mental defilements:
Because of craving this state (e.g. wealth), aversion for the opposite state
(e.g. poverty) arises. Possessiveness, envy and jealousy soon follows, which
again enables violence & cruelty. Pain is the result of all such defilements.

What is the relationship between the Defilements & Self-Identification?
Self-Identification (egocentrism) is the glue holding together all mental
defilements. Eg: How to ever be possessive if there is no owner? ;-)

What is the absolute absence of all Greed, Hate and Ignorance?
The state Nibbana reached at the completion of the Noble 8-fold Way
is the absolute and irreversible absence of all greed, hate and ignorance!

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Beings causally create future states by intending them!

More on Causality:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pro ... sality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pas ... Effect.htm

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Nothing emerges without a Cause!

The Proximate Cause!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Pr ... Causes.htm
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Clinging to Sand-Castles!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:02 pm

Friends:

What causes this possessive Clinging to what is Painful?

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At Savatthi, while seated, Venerable Radha asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, one says: "A Being!" In what way, Sir, is one a being?
When one is stuck, Radha, tightly stuck, in desire, lust, delight, & craving
for form, then one is called a being! When one is trapped within yearning,
longing, fascination, and craving for feeling, for perception, for mental
constructions and for all the various forms of consciousness, in so far as
this violent force of clinging is still active, then one is defined as a being...
Imagine, Radha, some small boys & girls who are playing with sand castles.
So long as they are not devoid of desire, affection, attraction, delight, &
fascination for those sand castles, then they will like them, play with them,
treasure & guard them, be obsessed with them & treat them possessively...
But as soon as the small boys & girls lose their desire, delight, affection,
attraction, and fascination for those sand castles, then they scatter them
with their hands & feet, bulldoze them, shatter them, and eradicate them!
So too should you, Radha, scatter form, destroy it, shatter it, eradicate it
by practicing the stilling of all craving for form. So too should you scatter
feeling, scatter perception, scatter constructions, & scatter consciousness,
demolish it, shatter it, tear it down, by the practicing of the destruction
of craving. For this destruction of craving, Radha, is peace, is all freedom,
is pure bliss... Absence of craving, Radha, is Nibbana...

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More on Craving (Tanha):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Quenched.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Eleme ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 23:2 III 190
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Longing for illusions is painful...


Sand-Castles!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Sandcastles.htm
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The 3 Doors!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:54 pm

Friends:

Purity comes by Guarding the 3 Doors of Action:

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Friends, there are these three purities:

Purity of Mental Action!
Purity of Verbal Action!
Purity of Bodily Action!


Herein, what is purity of bodily action?

It is complete avoidance of all killing of any breathing being, avoidance of taking
whatever is not freely given, & refraining from any misbehavior in sense desires.

Herein, what is purity of verbal action?
It is total avoidance of all false lies, avoidance of all aggressive speech, shunning
all divisive slandering speech, & refraining from all idle and empty hear-say gossip.

Herein, what is purity of mental action?
It is non-envious non-greediness, kind and gentle good-will, and Noble Right View.

These 3 behavioral purities are:
Like the earth in property: A firm footing to those, who desire Freedom..
Like water are they, for they wash away all the stains of mental defilement..
Like fire are they, for they burn the whole forest of the mental obstructions..
Like wind are they, for they blow away all the dust of mental obscuration..
Like a ship are they, for they ferry those, who desire Peace across this Samsara..
Like a shelter, for they restore Faith in those frightened by Ageing & Death..
Like a guide are they, leading any wishing ease out of the jungle of wrong views..
Like a mirror are they, making any who want Bliss to see the Clusters of Clinging..
Like an umbrella, warding off incessant scorching of Greed, Hate & Ignorance..
Like the sun are they, for they dispel darkness and gloom of Deluded Confusion..

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Who fully guards his speech, and is well controlled in mind,
Who does nothing disadvantageous through the body's door,
Who purifies this simple triple course of all acted-out behaviour,
Will win both the path and the fruit, that all the Seers have enjoyed!


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

The Absolute Mental Manual: The Path of Purification. Visuddhimagga.
Excellent if not legendary translation by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli (1905-1960).
Written by 'The Great Explainer' Buddhaghosa on 5th century Ceylon.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf

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The 3 Doors!

Purity produces immaculate integrity!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Doors.htm
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Pure Virtue Outshines All!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:22 pm

Friends:

The Saving Aspects of Morality?

The Primary Aspect of Morality is:
Composing internal consistency in all behaviour…

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The Dual Aspects of Morality are:
Keeping the rules and avoiding wrongdoing…
Good behaviour and mental purification…
Good intention and complete self-control…
Dependent on prompting or own initiative…
Limited in extent or unlimited in extent…
Temporary & feeble or lifelong & stable…
Ordinary=Mundane or Supramundane=Noble…

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The Triple aspects of Morality are:
Low, or medium, or superior…
Giving first priority to oneself, or to the world, or to the Dhamma…
Clung to, or not clung to, or naturally & spontaneously maintained…
Pure, or impure, or dubious and doubtful…
The learner’s, the learned’s, or the neither-learner-nor-learned’s…

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The Quadruple aspects of Morality are:
Leading to falling, to stagnation, to distinction, or to penetration…
That of Bhikkhus, or Bhikkhunis, or novices, or the laity…
Being natural, customary, necessary, or caused by prior events…
Regarding the rules, the sense doors, livelihood, or the requisites…

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The Fivefold aspects of Morality are:
Limited, unlimited, completed, detached, and tranquillized purity…
Intending, refraining, controlling, leaving, and non-transgression…
These are the various inherent aspects of Morality…

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Source: The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga.
Written by 'the great explainer' Ven. Buddhaghosa in 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

More on this basic first cause of all Good: Morality (Sila)!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happy_Habit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/imm ... virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... ection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... sciple.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... lation.htm

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Pure Virtue Outshines All!

Morality is the Seed of all Good!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Sila_1_to_5.htm
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Friendliness Frees!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:58 pm

Friends:

Friendly Goodwill is the 9th Mental Perfection:

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


Only friendliness can completely evaporate the poison of hate and anger!
Its characteristic is promoting other being's welfare, its function is to
do only good, and its manifestation is kindness, sympathy, and gentleness...
The proximate cause of friendliness is seeing the good aspects of things!
The proximate cause of understanding compassion is this very friendliness!

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The Blessed Buddha said about friendliness (Metta):
"Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness;
in shining, glowing and beaming radiance, this release of mind by
universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them all..."

What are the 11 Advantages of cultivating such Universal Friendliness?
The four Brahma Viharas; The four Divine States:
The four Supreme States; The four Infinite States:

"Friends, eleven advantages are to be expected as effect from the release
of mind into friendliness by the practice of Goodwill, by cultivating amity,
by making much of it frequently, by making friendliness the vehicle, the tool,
the basis, by insisting on it, by being well established in it as a sublime habit!
What are these eleven advantages ?
One falls asleep well! One wakes up Happy!
One dreams no evil dreams!
One is liked and loved by all human beings!
One is liked and loved by all non-human beings too!
One is guarded and protected by the divine devas!
One cannot be harmed by fire, poison, or weapons!
One easily attains the concentration of absorption!
Ones appearance becomes serene, calm, and composed!
One dies without confusion, bewilderment, or panic!
One reappears after death on the Brahma level, if one
has penetrated to no higher level in this very life!

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When the mind is released into friendliness by the practice of goodwill,
by manifesting friendliness, by cultivating amity, by frequently making much
of it, by making friendliness the vehicle, the tool, the basis, the medium, the
foundation, by persisting in it, by insisting on it, by properly consolidating it,
by thoroughly undertaking it, by making it a familiar supreme habit, by so
being well established in it, these eleven blessings can be expected!"
Anguttara Nikaya V 342

There, Oohh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of friendly loving-kindness
pervading first one direction, then a 2nd one, then a 3rd one then the 4th one,
as below so above, across and all around, everywhere identifying himself with
all sentient beings, he is encompassing the whole world with a mind of friendly
loving-kindness, with a wide mind, vast, refined, unbounded, cleared, exalted,
pure and bright, free from all hate and ill will ...

There, Oh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of understanding compassion
pervading first the front, then the right side, then the back, then the left side,
as below so above, across & all around, all over, far & wide; identifying himself
with all sentient beings, he is perfusing the whole universe with a mind imbued
with pity, with a spacious mind, a refined mind, infinite, purified, all luminous,
freed from all anger and any trace of enmity ...

There, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of altruistic, sympathetic and mutual Joy
pervading the North, then the East, then the South, then the West, as below
so above, across & all around, universally, infinitely; identifying himself with
all sentient beings, he is suffusing all galaxies with a mind elevated by genuine
mutual and altruistic sympathetic joy, with an open mind, immeasurable, wide,
limitless, pure & shining, free from all aversion and bitterness ...

There, Oohh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of balanced equanimity is
pervading first the frontal quadrant, then the right, then the rear & then the
left quadrant, as below so above, across and all around, everywhere placing
himself with all sentient beings, he is permeating the whole world with a mind
satiated of stilled and balanced equanimity, calmed, with a mountain-like mind,
cultivated, endless, clean, dazzling, freed from any irritation and resentment."

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"So too, Bhikkhus, others may speak to you timely or untimely, true or untrue,
gentle or harsh, beneficial or harmful, based on kindness or on bitter hate!
If they abuse you verbally, you should train yourselves in this way:
"Our minds will remain unaffected, we shall speak no angry words, will dwell
friendly and understanding, with thoughts of kindness and no inward anger!
We shall remain friendly and beam goodwill towards that very person, and we
shall dwell extending it to the entire universe, mentally overflowing, exalted,
measureless and infinite in friendliness, without any trace hostility or ill-will."
That is how you should train yourselves. Even if bandits were savagely to cut
you up, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, one who harbours hate on that
account, would not be one who carried out my teaching. Bhikkhus, you should
keep this instruction on this Simile of the Saw constantly in mind...
Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta 21

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

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

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The Bodhisatta once was born as the righteous king Ekaraja. His kingdom was
taken by force and he and his son was buried in a pit to the neck...
King Ekaraja, however neither resisted, nor bore even slight ill will against the
invaders. Later he remembered this as his ultimate perfection of friendliness.
Ekaraja Jataka 303

On the Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta):
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh006.pdf

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On Universal Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Go ... _Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... odWill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... lassic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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More on the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm

Have a friendly, nice & noble day!

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

Friendliness Frees!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
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Exquisite is Equanimity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:02 am

Friends:

Equanimity gives delicate Peace & Happiness!

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Equanimity (Upekkha) entails a composed equipoise of solid mental balance!
It is Tatra-majjhattata = keeping to the moderate middle of all phenomena.
Equanimity balances consciousness so it prevents both all excessiveness and
any deficiency. In equanimity mind is neither attracted by attractive things,
nor repelled by repulsive things. The cause of equanimity is seeing the law of
kamma: All beings are born and created by their kamma, they are owners of
their kamma, inherit their kamma, whatever they do, whether good or bad,
the effects of that will be theirs only, following them like a shadow of past!
The effect of Equanimity is threefold:
Exquisite, relaxed & subtle peace felt as calm happiness is instantly gained.
Equanimity purifies and completes all the 7 crucial Links to Awakening...
Equanimity is the proximate cause of knowledge and vision (ñanadassana)!

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On the solidified & imperturbable mental balance of Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm

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Exquisite is Equanimity!

Equanimity induces serene Peace!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
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The 5 mental Hindrances!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:31 pm

Friends:

How do the 5 Mental Hindrances become 10?

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
How, Bhikkhus, do the five mental hindrances multiply into ten?
Own internal sense-desire is a hindrance. Other's external sense-desire
is also a hindrance. Sense-desire is thus twofold: Internal and external!
Own internal ill-will is a hindrance. Other's ill-will is a hindrances too...
Lethargy is a mental hindrance. Any laziness is also a mental hindrance.
Lethargy-and-laziness is therefore a dual mental hindrance.
Restlessness is a mental hindrance. Regret & worry is also a hindrance.
Therefore can restlessness-and-regret be explained as two hindrances.
Any doubt and uncertainty about any internal condition, is a hindrance.
Any doubt & uncertainty about an external condition, is a hindrance too.
Thus does doubt-and-uncertainty become like a matched mirror pair...

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

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:110] section 46: The Links. 52: The Explanation...

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The 5 mental Hindrances!

Mental Hindrances obstruct Happiness & Progress!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ome_10.htm
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Without Wavering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:01 pm

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Seeing the momentary Arising & Ceasing gives Calm!

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The Venerable Channa once said to a fellow disciple:
Friend Sariputta, it is because I have seen, known and directly experienced
the momentary arising & ceasing of the eye, eye-consciousness, and any
phenomena recognizable by eye-consciousness, that I indeed regard them
all thus: This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self...
Furthermore: It is because I have seen, known & directly experienced the
momentary arising & ceasing of the ear, ear-consciousness, & any phenomena
recognizable by ear-consciousness, the nose, olfactory consciousness, and any
phenomena recognizable by such nose-consciousness, the tongue, gustatory-
consciousness, and any phenomena recognizable by this tongue-consciousness,
the body, body-consciousness, and any phenomena recognizable by this tactile
consciousness, the mind, mental-consciousness, any phenomena recognizable
by mental-consciousness, that I now indeed consider all these states thus:
This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self...
Then Venerable Mahacunda said to Venerable Channa: Then friend Channa,
this teaching of the Buddha is to be given acute, constant & close attention:

In any dependence, there is always a shaky, risky & vacillating wavering!
In all independence, there is neither any shaky, nor any risky wavering!


When there is no wavering, then there is tranquillity. When there is tranquillity,
there is neither inclination, nor bias, nor bending, nor attraction, nor repulsion...
When there is no such inclination, then there is neither any coming, nor any going!
When there is no coming & going, there is no passing away, nor any being reborn...
When there is neither passing away, nor being reborn, then there is neither here,
nor beyond, nor in between the two. This –itself- is the very End of all Suffering...

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Stable Independence and Unstable Dependence...

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [59]
Section 35: On The 6 Senses. Channa: 87.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Any dependence implies insecure instability!
Only the Unconditioned can ever be safe...


Without Wavering!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wi ... vering.htm
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The Enraged Mind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:00 pm

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Evil Will Infuriate an Enraged Mind!

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A Brahmin Priest once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause of being unable to remember something
that has been memorized over a long period & also that which has not?
Brahmin, when mind is obsessed by evil-will, enraged & dominated by evil-will,
and one does not understand any safe escape from this arisen ill of evil-will,
in that very moment, one neither sees nor understands, what is advantageous,
neither for oneself, nor for others, nor for both... On such enraged occasions,
even texts, that have been long memorized, cannot be recalled by mind.
Why is this neglect so? Imagine a bowl of water boiling and bubbling being
well heated over a blazing fire. If a man with good eye-sight were to inspect
the reflection of his own face in it, he would neither see nor recognize his
own face, as it really is! So too, brahmin, when mind is obsessed by evil-will,
maddened, beset & dominated by evil-will, on that occasion even those texts,
that have been long memorized do not recur to the mind, not to speak of
those texts, events and information, that have not been memorized at all…

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Hate (Dosa) is one of the 3 Roots (Mula) of all Evil present in most beings!
Anger, irritation, opposition & stubbornness are diluted derivatives of Hate:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Break_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Revenge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... e_Hate.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... l_Will.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_E ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rel ... ntment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:121-2] section 46: The Links. 55: To Sangarava...

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The Enraged Mind!

Anger burns up beings from inside!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Bo ... _burnt.htm
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Pure is Unpolluted Pity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:39 pm

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A good Friend quite wisely asked:

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Question:
>I've often seen you translate karuna as "pity,"
but isn't pity actually the near enemy of karuna?

Answer:
Friend your good question exemplifies a common misconception and
non-recognition of a mixed state…Since it depends how you define and
thus understand “Pity” as a mixed state, or in itself as a pure state!

In itself Pure Pity = Karunâ is defined as:
Pity originally means ‘feeling for and of other’s pain’, or "sympathy" and
"empathy". However only IF mixed with egoism it gets more unsympathetic
connotations of feeling of “own” superiority based on conscious or even
unconscious lack of respect of the sufferer's dignity, who is now seen as
“inferior”. However this Evil does not come from pity itself, which is a pure
compassion for the plight of the sufferer, but to the often unseen and
overlooked aspect of mixed-in impurities of the EGO-conceit “I am Better”!
Since for to say or think, even subconsciously, “I am Better” there just
have to be present the mistaken belief in a non-existent Ego = The conceit
that “I am” = asmi-mâna... Needless to say has this arrogant & pride-pumped
“I”-dentification & “self”-deception nothing whatsoever to do with fellow
feelings for another being’s suffering, though it can often subconsciously
be mixed with it and thus polluting this in itself advantageous & good pure pity.

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Moreover regarding karuna especially as "Buddhist Pity":
There is no “sorrow” or “sadness” in this state as it is based on understanding
of cause and effect. From the Visuddhimagga:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf
“One whose meditation subject is pity should arouse compassion for any
[evil-doing] person even if he now is happy: “Though this poor wretch is now
happy, cheerful, enjoying his wealth, still for want of even one single good
deed done now in by any of the 3 doors of intentional behaviour he will
come to experience untold future suffering in the states of loss.”

Cut short:
A Noble Person feels empathy and pity for any being in Samsara due to
understanding of the inherent dangers in that Samsaric trap for anyone
without understanding of the 4 Noble Truths, but he does not feel sorrow
or sadness on that account! If he did, then Pity (Karuna or Compassion)
would not be an advantageous (kusala) mental state promoting Happiness,
which is the sole purpose in the first place!

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See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pity

More on Pity (Karunâ = Compassion):
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

Pure is Unpolluted Pity...

May all beings becomes happy thereby!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pure_Pity.htm
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Gone all Out!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:02 pm

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Ceasing the 5 Clusters Ceases Suffering!

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At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, there are these five clusters of clinging! What five?

The cluster of clinging to form...
The cluster of clinging to feeling...
The cluster of clinging to perception...
The cluster of clinging to construction...
The cluster of clinging to consciousness...


When, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple understands as they really are:
The arising, the ceasing, the satisfaction, the danger, and the escape
from these five clusters of clinging, then he is called a Noble Disciple,
who is a Stream-Enterer, no longer bound to the painful lower worlds,
fixed in destiny, with Enlightenment as his assured destination!

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Explanation: Being is Burning on Craving and Clinging:
The body arises from food and ceases in absence of food.
Feeling, perception & mental construction arises from contact and ceases
in absence of sense contact. Consciousness arises from name-&-form and
ceases in absence of this body-&-mind: mentality-&-materiality. These are
the clusters proximate causes... Their remote causes is past ignorance, lust
for them and intentional action (= Kamma) resulting in them!
The satisfaction of these five clusters of clinging is the pleasure and joy
they temporarily induce... The danger of these five clusters of clinging is
their impermanence & inevitable fading away! The escape is the Noble Way
of ceasing all craving for these 5 clusters of clinging! That ends suffering!

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More on this Noble Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Li ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apanna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm

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Entering the Stream means having max. 7 lives before Enlightenment!

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:109 III 161
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Gone all Out!

No Clinging means No Suffering!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
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Blending like Milk and Water...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:44 pm

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Leaving all Quarrels enables Social Harmony!

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

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

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

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Blending like Milk and Water!

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

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Healthy Human Harmony!

Blending like Milk and Water...

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Milk_and_Water.htm
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The Other Side...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:36 pm

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Running up & down this shore delays crossing!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, these 8 things, when cultivated & refined, lead to going beyond
from this near shore, right here, to the far shore beyond all... What 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 8 things, when cultivated and refined, lead to going beyond from
this near shore, right here, to the far shore beyond all imagination.
The Well-Gone-One, the supreme Teacher, then added this:

Few humans cross to that sublime far shore beyond all being.
Mostly, people just run up and down along this barren bank!
Those whose praxis is like this even and exact Dhamma,
Will pass beyond the State of Death in quiet harmony!
Having left all the dark and evil doing, any intelligence
Seeks the luminous bright light by leaving this turmoil,
by going forth into solitary & silent homelessness.
Secluded from lust, he experiences an unworldly bliss!
Owing nothing, the wise and clever man thereby cleans
himself of all these mental pollutions and defilements...
Mentally well evolved by the 7 links to enlightenment,
Delighting in non-clinging and relinquishment of all,
Such luminous ones, having quenched all fermentation,
Are fully released even right here in this world!

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Crossing...

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To the Other Side...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:24] section 45: The Way. 34: Gone to the other side ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

The Other Side...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Other_Side.htm
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The 4 Modes of Direct Experience...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:08 pm

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The Four Modes of Direct Experience:

The Exalted Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these 4 realizable states:
What four?
By the body one realizes the 8 releasing liberations.
By memory one realizes one's prior lives in all diverse detail.
By the divine eye one realizes the death & rebirth of beings.
By understanding one realizes the elimination of the mental fermentations.
These, Bhikkhus, are the 4 realizable states...

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The next Buddha Metteyya depicted above will -just as I say now-
many times explain: “You can come as you like, but you pay as you go!”


Source: The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya II 182
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=204050
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132552
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/an ... index.html

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Release is Realizable!


The 4 Modes of Direct Experience...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/4_Realizations.htm
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Sweet is Ceasing...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:00 pm

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Gradually Deeper Degree of Ceasing:

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In the 1st meditative jhana absorption, all sense-desire ceases...
In the 2nd meditative jhana absorption, conceptual thinking ceases.
In the 3rd meditative jhana absorption, enraptured Joy ceases.
In the 4th meditative jhana absorption, breathing in and out ceases.
In the sphere of infinite space, experience of form & sense reaction ceases.
In the sphere of infinite consciousness, experience of infinite space ceases.
In the sphere of nothingness, experience of infinite consciousness ceases.
In the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception, nothingness ceases...
When attaining complete mental cessation, all perception and sensation ceases.
These 9 sublime states have been perfectly formulated by the blessed Buddha,
who knew and saw directly. therefore should we recite them together for the
future advantage, welfare and happiness for both human beings and devas...

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More on meditative (jhana) absorption:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Art ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.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/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm

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Source: The Exhaustive Speeches by the Buddha. Digha Nikaya 33
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25103
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

For the complete details of the entrance to these exalted states:
see: The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga. Chapter III-XI:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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Sweet is Ceasing...

Mesmerizing is Gradually Deeper Degree of Ceasing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
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Ideal Solitude!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:05 pm

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Secluded & Sweet is Ideal Solitude:

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They once asked a Bhikkhu just named 'Elder':
How, Venerable Elder, is one living completely alone?
Regarding this, the Elder responded:
All that is past, this one has left all behind!
All that is future, this one has all relinquished!
All that is present now, this one has completely removed any desire & lust for...
The intelligent, who has conquered all, who understands all phenomena,
Who are from all things & states detached, disengaged, and unsoiled,
Who has given up all, released by the irreversible removal of craving,
Such One, I call: 'Living Alone'...

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The 'local' mental world starts and ends within this 2m frame of bones...

Comment:
In bad company with one's own greed, anger & confusion, one is never alone!

Seclusion (Viveka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sense_Seclusion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... viveka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _sukha.htm

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Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 282-4
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Ideal Solitude!

All Alone, yet as Free as a Bee can Be :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Alone_yet_Free.htm
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Today Esala Full-Moon Poya day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:11 am

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How to be a Real True Buddhist through Observance?

This Esala Poya day is the full-moon of July, which is noteworthy since on this celebrated day:
1: The Blessed Buddha preached his First Sermon: The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.
2: The Bodhisatta was conceived in Queen Maya who dreamt a white elephant entered her side.
3: The Blessed Buddha made the Great Withdrawal from the world at the age of 29 years.
4: The Blessed Buddha performed the Twin Miracle (yamaka-patihariya) of dual appearance.
5: The Blessed Buddha explained the Abhi-Dhamma in the Tavatimsa heaven to his mother.
6: The ordination of Prince Arittha at Anuradhapura, under Arahat Mahinda on Sri Lanka.
7: The foundation of the celebrated Mahastupa & enshrinement of relics by King Dutugemunu.
8: The next day the yearly 3 months rains retreat (vassa) of Buddhist Bhikkhus start.

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The Buddha performing the Twin Miracle of simultaneously producing water & flames from his body.

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

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.

I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.

I request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd …
I request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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


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

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


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

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

The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

May your journey hereby be eased, light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!!

Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

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

Friendship is the Greatest
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Today Esala Full-Moon Poya day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... ya_Day.htm
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Contentment is caused by mutual joy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:53 pm

Friends:

Unselfish Joy! How to Rejoice in Others Success:

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Have a nice & noble day!

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Mutual Joy Rejoices in Other's Success...


Mutually Rejoicing Bliss!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
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Why not Hedonism?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:34 pm

Friends:

Why not indulge in Hedonism? Change!

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Venerable Sariputta once pointed out the danger of delight:
If, friends, one is not freed of lust, desire, attraction, thirst,
passion and craving for the manifold various forms, feelings,
experiences, constructions and types of consciousness, then
with the inevitable change in and alteration of these forms,
feelings, experiences, constructions and types of consciousness,
one invariably experiences disappointment, dissatisfaction,
discontent, frustration, sorrow, pain and despair...!!! One who
lives immersed in these derivatives of greed, therefore suffers
in this very life from the continual fever of wanting, needing,
longing, frustration and urge... Moreover, when dying and this
body is breaking up, the greedy one can expect a bad destination!!!
This is the immanent danger and side-effect of desire and craving...

If, however, one is freed of all lust, desire, attraction, thirst,
passion and craving for the manifold various forms, feelings,
experiences, constructions and types of consciousness, then
with the inevitable change in and alteration of these, one does not
experience any disappointment, dissatisfaction, discontent, pain,
frustration, sorrow, nor any despair... Not living immersed in these
derivatives of greed, one does therefore not suffer from any hot
fever of neither wanting, nor longing, nor any urge. Moreover, when
dying and this body is breaking up, such cooled and calmed one can
expect a good destination!!! This is the quite blissful advantage
and assured benefit of removal of desire and craving here and now...

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Hunting pleasure produces delayed and therefore hidden pain...
Relinquishing desire for pleasure gives ease now and bliss later...


More on this dual Desire (Chanda):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... _Force.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ob ... uption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/D ... thless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tw ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... chanda.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... d_Lust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Just_a_Flash.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonism

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Source: Venerable Sariputta, General of the Dhamma.
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 7-9
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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Why not Hedonism?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
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