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Goodwill is Genuine :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:20 pm

Friends:

Goodwill is Genuine, Authentic and Universal!

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

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Quite pro roller-skate retrofit IMHO :-) Born legless and adopted by smart family.

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

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed...
Therefore none of them ever harm me!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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

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

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Train yourself in doing only good
that lasts and brings great happiness.
Cultivate generosity, a peaceful living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness.
Ittivuttuka 16

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Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in this world:
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

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Consort only with the good,
come together with the good.
To learn the teaching of the good
gives wisdom like nothing else can.
Samyutta Nikaya 1.31

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More on the blazing Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.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/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Fri ... versal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rel ... ntment.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/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Adv ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... lassic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fr ... urable.htm

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Goodwill is Genuine :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goo ... enuine.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

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The 7 Arahat Qualities!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:23 pm

Friends:

The Seven Qualities of an Arahat:

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For any fully awakened Arahat:
1: The impermanence of all constructions is perfectly seen and comprehended.
2: The addiction and torture of all sense-desires is perfectly perceived & known..
3: His mind is only inclined towards solitude, seclusion, silent ease, and Peace...
4: The Four Foundations of Awareness are continually & perfectly established...
5: The Five Mental Abilities & Powers are thoroughly developed & consummated...
6: The Seven Links to Awakening are utterly refined and fully accomplished...
7: The Noble Eightfold Way is perfectly realized, acquired and all concluded...
By these 7 criteria, he clearly and invariably recognizes, that for him, has the
mental fermentations associated with Sense-Desire, joined with Becoming,
and grounded in Ignorance been completely and irreversibly eliminated!
Cut of at the root and like a palm tree stump never ever to grow again...
The mission is completed. Done is what was to be done. No more of this...

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More on what those gone to the end, have perfected:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/ay/arahat.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... htened.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... nd_Men.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/L ... enment.htm

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Source: The Exhaustive Speeches by the Buddha. Digha Nikaya 34
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25103
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

The 7 Arahat Qualities!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arahat_Qualities.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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The Ultimate Goal!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:51 pm

Friends:

The Ultimate Goal is complete Extinguishing of Craving:

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By the gradual stilling, giving up, fading away, letting go, relinquishing
and thus ceasing of all greed, desire, lust, craving, clinging, attachment,
adherence, obsession, and latent tendency towards the various elements
of forms, feelings, perceptions, constructions & kinds of consciousness,
the mind is finally said to be well released...!!!
Therefore; those recluses & priests, who are well released by Extinction
of Craving, have reached the Ultimate End & won Absolute Security from
Bondage, they have achieved a Sublime Nobility, they have accomplished
the Supreme Good! They are therefore Best among all Gods & all Humans!!!
Even these mighty Devas as Indra, Brahma and Pajapati praise them with
these long standing ovations from afar:

Homage to you, Thoroughbred Man!
Admirable are you, Supreme Man!
We do not know on what you Meditate!


See also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arahat_Qualities.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22(4+79): [III 13+-91]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 22-001.htm

The Ultimate Goal!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... nd_Men.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Perfect Praxis!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:54 pm

Friends:

How to be a real true Buddhist?

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Simply and easily by joining the Three Refuges and undertaking
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 seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I 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 time.
I request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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...


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 Meditation...
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. I have then out up a public list of this evolving Saddhamma Sangha.
May your journey hereby be eased, light, swift and sweet. Never give up!!!
One can also join the Saddhamma Sangha by taking the 3 refuges 5 accept
the 5 training rules right here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

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More on this basic first cause of all Good: Morality (Sila)!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sila_1_to_5.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happy_Habbit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... ection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... lation.htm

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Behaviour gradually evolves and spread like rings of pure good!

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Perfect Praxis!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Get Up! Arousal Wins!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:00 pm

Friends:

Enthusiastic Energetic Effort gains all Success:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, the lazy person dwells in misery, soiled by evil detrimental states.
Great is the personal advantage, which such one thereby neglects & looses.
But the energetic & enthusiastic person lives happily, secluded from evil
detrimental states, & great is the personal advantage, that he thereby wins.
It is not by the inferior, that the supreme is attained. Rather, it is only by a
truly supreme effort, that the supreme state is attained. Friends, this Noble
Life is a sublime juice! Therefore, friends, while this Dhamma Teaching is still
present here arouse your energy for the attainment of the yet unattained,
for achievement of the yet unachieved, for realization of the yet unrealized...
Considering your own future, friends, is enough motivation to make all effort
for reaching this goal; considering the good future of others, is also enough
motivation to do your best; considering the best of both, is more than enough
inspiration to strive for the supreme goal with diligent thoroughness!
Thus enthusiastically, friends, should you train yourselves!

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More on Energy (Viriya): The root Cause of all Success
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm

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Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 29
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Get Up! Arousal Wins!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arous ... _Going.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Today is Nikini Poya Day.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:53 pm

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Nikini Poya day is the full-moon of August. Bhikkhus who did not enter the yearly
rains retreat (Vas) early at Esala Poya day (peravas), are allowed to enter the
the rains retreat now in August (pasuvas). Nikini Poya day celebrates the first ever
Dhammasangayana - The First Buddhist Council where, what the Buddha said, was
agreed upon and recited. This took place at the Saptapanni Rock Cave in Rajagaha
(now Rajgir, India), under the patronage of Mahakassapa Thera and it went on for
seven long months. It established the original authentic Tipitaka: The 3 Baskets
of Sacred Text = The Pali Canon spoken by the historical Buddha and his disciples.

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One of the 7 Sattapanni Caves, where the First Buddhist Council was held ~ 483 BC.

On this first Buddhist Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Buddhist_Council

Video of the Sattapanni Caves:
http://youtu.be/vNLtLcslKNQ

On such 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 hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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

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

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


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

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

A public list of this new Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!
The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

And can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
May your journey hereby be light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

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

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This huge cave hall was built to house the Sixth Buddhist Council convened in 1955
to recite the Pali Tipitaka and authenticate the texts. On the 2,500th Anniversary
of the Buddha’s final passing away (Parinibbana), 2,500 monks assembled from the
Theravada Buddhist countries. Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw performed the central
role as Chief Questioner (Pucchaka), which was fulfilled by Venerable Mahakassapa
in the First Council, held three months after the Buddha’s passing away. To house
this great hall, an artificial hill was constructed by voluntary workers at Kaba-Aye
in Rangoon. This great hall is still used to hold the examinations in the Tipitaka.

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Today is Nikini Poya Day.

True Buddhists Respect the Poya Days!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Without Agitation…

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:05 pm

Friends:

Released by Disengaged Non-identification!

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

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

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

Have a nice, noble & serene day!

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

Tranquillity ballances out the extreme states...


Not Agitated…
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
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The Stream Supreme!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:30 pm

Friends:

Entering the Noble Stream leading to Nibbâna:

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At Savatthi the Buddha said: Bhikkhus, the eyes are impermanent, changing,
becoming otherwise. All forms are impermanent, changing, & becoming otherwise.
The ear & all sounds, the nose & all smells, the tongue & all tastes, the body,
all touches, & the mind & all ideas are all impermanent, transient, changing, and
always becoming otherwise. One who accepts these teachings by understanding,
after having examined them, by careful reflection, is called a Dhamma-follower!
One who decides to place confidence in these teachings, is a Faith-follower!
Both such persons have entered the fixed track of correctness, entered a plane
of superior being, and thereby transcended the level of ordinary worldling.
Such beings cannot do any action later resulting in rebirth in hell, or as animal,
or as hungry ghost! Such Nobles are incapable of dying without having enjoyed
the fruit of stream-entry. Knowing & seeing these teachings thus, one is called
a Stream-Enterer, saved from lower worlds, fixed in destiny, with enlightenment
as destination within 7 lives at most...!

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Regarding the precious abilities of:
Faith: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm
Understanding:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
The Stream-Winner & Stream Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ssa_an.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apanna.htm
The Noble Beings:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm

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SUPREME SAFETY
In comparison with kingship over whole earth,
In comparison with arising in a divine world,
In comparison with supremacy over all universes,
the fruit of entering the Stream - being a Sotapanna -
is of supreme excellence. Dhammapada 178

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 25(1) III 225
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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More on this supreme and crucial Stream-Entry (Sotapatti-magga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Fear.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Internal_Bath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Going_Upwards.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... _Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Entry_Emergence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... _Tools.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/As ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Li ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fr ... eagues.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... 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
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... -Entry.htm

The Stream Supreme!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm
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The 3 Ultimate Facts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:04 pm

Friends:

The 3 Universal Characteristics are Absolute:

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All form is unstable, falling apart, transient and inevitably vanishing!
Therefore is all form fragile, frustrating, and ultimately disappointing!
Therefore is all form ownerless, neither what I am, nor mine or self!

All feeling is unsteady, disintegrating, temporary and just fading away!
Therefore is all feeling feeble, annoying, and really a painful suffering!
Therefore is all feeling unkeepable, alien, not-me-nor-mine-nor-any-self!

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All perception is fickle, collapsing, transitory and quickly disappearing!
Therefore is all perception frail, bothering, and never quite enough!
Therefore is all perception foreign, strange, not-me-nor-mine-nor-self!

All construction is insecure, subsiding, ephemeral and always leaving!
Therefore is all construction brittle, irksome, and invariably inadequate!
Therefore is all construction impersonal and not-me-nor-mine-nor-self!

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All consciousness is momentary, fleeting, passing, evanescent and lost!
Therefore is all consciousness insubstantial, tedious, and quite miserable!
Therefore is all consciousness egoless, alien and neither-me-nor-I-nor-self!

Thus seeing, thus knowing, thus assured, and clearly comprehending, but
shattered, and disgusted, yet still calm, cool and collected, one gradually
stops taking up and accumulating these things, since only fools pick up pain!
One instead Relinquishes! This -only and exactly this release by letting go-
is the liberating escape from all suffering, be it past, future or present!

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The Blessed Buddha said:

Whether Perfect Ones appear in the world, or whether Perfect Ones do not
appear in the world, this still remains the same condition, an immutable fact,
and a fixed regular nature-law: That all constructions are impermanent, that
all constructions are subject to suffering, that everything is without a self...

Anguttara Nikaya III 134

Constructions are all impermanent:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is ill,
Then that is the path to mental purity.
Constructions are all suffering:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is sick,
Then this is the path to mental purity.
All states are all without a same self:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is illusory,
This is verily the path to mental purity.

Dhammapada 277-79

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Regarding these 3 general characteristics or signs (Ti-lakkhana) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_3 ... istics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kkhana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Any ... soever.htm

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The 3 Ultimate Facts!
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A Bag of Bones.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:30 pm

Friends:

Mahãmoggallãna on the Foul Body:

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You ragged shed of a chain of bones, sewn together with flesh and sinews.
Fie upon you evil-smelling body worshipping those who have another's limbs.

You bag of shit, tied up with skin, you demon with lumps on your chest...
Nine holes is there in you body, ever streaming with disgusting things...


You body, with your nine oozing holes, makes an evil smell and is all brimful
of smelly mess. Any Bhikkhu desiring purity avoids this putrid form as one
avoids any stinking heap of rotten excrement...

If any person knew you body, as I know you, he would violently avoid you,
keeping far away, as one avoids a fetid toilet-pit in the rainy season...


This is so, Great Hero, as you say, Ascetic and here many sink down as an
old drowning bull in deep, wet, and fatal mud.. Feverishly desiring the foul!

See this painted puppet, a heap of sores, a constructed form, diseased,
decaying, falling apart, with many evil intentions, of no permanent stability,
or safety
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In whomever such Awareness of the body as a dangerous & disgusting trap
is not developed, not pursued, Mara gains entry, Mara gains a foothold...
These 'body-lovers' becomes Mara's - the Evil Ones' - friends and soldiers!
Not knowing, not seeing Suffering - the 1st Truth - they run about claiming:
Body is beautiful, form is happiness, there is neither sickness, decay, ageing
nor any death! When Mara contacts them, they say: Come on in Sir, touch me!,
it will be my honour and pleasure ... Because of this false & wrong view, such
feverish 'body-lovers' share a future painful destiny with Mara the Evil One!

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Body (Kaya) understood only as being a Fragile Form:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Foul_Frame.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Bag_of_Bones.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Skeleton.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Body_Awareness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... e_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm

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Awareness of the Body gives fearlessness of even death!
Meditation on the Body disables greed, lust, and lewd desire!
The 9 Corpse Meditations induces a bold, brave, and confident joy!


Source: Theragatha: verses 1150-1157

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The Body is a Bag of Bones; a Painted Puppet!

The Foul Frame...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ev ... g_body.htm
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Mixed cause => Mixed Effect!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:47 pm

Friends:

The Effects of Action (Kamma) is delayed as a Sown Seed!

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[u]The Blessed Buddha once explained:[/u]
Regarding the effects of actions, Ananda, as to the person here who avoids
all killing of any living being, who avoids all stealing of what is not given,
who avoids any misconduct in sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech,
divisive speech, aggressive speech, and all idle & empty gossip, who is neither
envious, nor jealous, is good-willed, and who is of right view, yet who at the 
breakup of the body, after death, is reborn in a state of deprivation, in a
dreadful destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in the hells then it is
because either earlier - prior to this - such one also did evil actions to be
felt as painful, or later - after this - such one did evil actions to be felt as
pain, or at moment of death such one entered into & maintained wrong views!
Because of one or more of these, right after death, such one is reborn in a
bad state of deprivation, a dreadful destination, in the painful purgatory,
or even in the hells. But since such one also - here & now - has been one who
avoids all killing of any living being, who avoids taking anything what is not given,
who avoids all misconduct in sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech,
divisive speech, aggressive speech, & all idle & empty gossip, who is neither
envious, nor jealous, who is of good will, & who holds right views, such one
will experience the pleasant results of that good behaviour, either here and
now, or in the next rebirth, or in some subsequent later existence...
Comments: Behaviour (kamma) is always mixed: Sometimes good, sometimes bad!
The effects are therefore similarly mixed: Sometimes pleasure, sometimes pain...
Good begets good & dilutes & delays evil. Evil begets evil & dilutes & delays good!

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Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The great speech on Action. MN 136
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X Full Text:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... mn136.html

An illustration of the delayed, overlapping & interfering result of mixed kamma:
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For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Unint ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.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/III/I ... uences.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 ... 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/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

Mixed cause => Mixed Effect!

Variable are the Delayed Effects of Mixed Kamma!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
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Chained is Causality!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:23 pm

Friends:

The Forward & Reverse Causality of Existence:

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So have I heard:
After 7 days of non-stop sitting meditation in the bliss of Awakening,
The Buddha in the last watch of the night directed his unified attention to
dependent co-arising in both forward & reverse order in this very way:

If A leads to => B, then non-A leads to => non-B!
When this is present, then that comes into being...
When this emerges, that arises too...
When this is absent, then that does not come into being...
When this ceases, that vanishes too...

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The forward causality:
When ignorance arises, mental construction also appears..
When mental construction arises, consciousness also comes into being..
When consciousness arises, name-&-form also comes to be..
When name-&-form arises, then the six senses emerge too..
When the six senses arise, then contact is the consequence..
When contact arises, then feeling is assigned too..
When feeling arises, then urge and craving surely follows..
When craving arises, then clinging too becomes dominant..
When clinging arises, then the process of becoming is initiated..
When becoming arises, then rebirth inevitably also appears..
When rebirth arises, then aging and death, sorrow, distress, pain, grief
and despair also arises. This verily is the origin, the causing, the arising
of this entire mass of Suffering...

The reverse causality:
Consequently, when this very same ignorance is utterly uprooted & eliminated,
then mental construction is tranquilized, all stilled, and it ceases & dissolves..
When mental construction ceases, then consciousness itself fades away..
When consciousness ceases, then naming-&-forming also terminate..
When name-&-form ceases, then the six senses come to an end..
When the six senses cease, then contact closes down as well..
When contact ceases, then feeling stops out too..
When feeling ceases, then craving also evaporates..
When craving ceases, then clinging is relinquished too..
When clinging ceases, then the re-becoming process essentially ends!
When becoming ceases, then this process of endless rebirth is exhausted too..
When birth ceases, then aging, death, sorrow, sadness, and pain also finishes.
This verily is the cessation, and the final end of this whole mass of Suffering...!

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Dispersing all Darkness...

Then, he, the Blessed One, on recognizing the profundity of that sequence,
exclaimed: When the appearance of phenomena becomes clearly manifest
to this very Noble Friend through rapt meditation, then he is constantly s
cattering Mara’s - the Evil One's - army, exactly as the sun continuously
disperses all darkness, when lighting up the bright sky...

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Chained Events...

Everything has a Cause: Conditioned Origination & Cessation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm

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Source:
The Udana: Inspired utterances by the Buddha: I – 3
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html

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All Phenomena are Chained Events!

The Forward & Reverse Causality of Existence!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/As ... kening.htm
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Urgent Medicine Request!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:59 pm

Dear Dhamma Friends & Supporters:

Unfortunately have I again contracted a parasite infection called Schistosomiasis
(also known as liver-fluke, bilharzia, bilharziosis or snail fever)! from the infected wild
pigs living here in this jungle, who excrement in my mountain stream water supply.
Some medicine is therefore needed, which is not available here on Sri Lanka. (See below)
If any of you kind Dhamma-friend could get the medicine from your doctor
pharmacy/pharmacist or health-care-provider and send it here it would be VERY fine.
Since the parasite eggs can spread to the brain and spinal cord, which effectively would
disable me, then the medicine is somewhat urgently needed.

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NEEDED MEDICINE:

A: Tablets PRAZIQUANTEL 600mg: 36 tablets (for treatment)
(brands: Distoside, Biltricide, Cesol, Cysticide, Zentozide)


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and

B: Tablets ARTHEMETER 40, 50 or 100 mg: 336 tablets
(for 1 years prevention)


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About Generosity (Dana): The First Mental Perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rev ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm

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Many Thanx in Advance!
Sabbe Sattâ Bhavantu Sukhi Tatthâ:
May Many Beings Become Thus Happy Thereby!

Some Medicine is Needed urgently!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Urg ... equest.htm
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Genuine Goodwill Blazes & Shines!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:10 pm

Friends:

Genuine Goodwill Blazes & Shines!

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The blessed Buddha once said:
Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the jungle.
None of them was frightened of me, nor did I fear any of them!
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the deep forest.
Finding great solace in such sweet and silenced solitude…

Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend too of any many-footed!

Anguttara Nikaya IV 67

May all creatures, all breathing things;
All beings, one and all, without exception,
Experience good fortune only! :-)
May they not fall into any harm.

Anguttara Nikaya II 72

With good will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate an infinite heart and mind:
Beaming above, below, and all around,
Unobstructed, without trace of hostility.

Sutta Nipata I

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More genuine good even better here ;-) _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net//drops/IV/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net//drops/V/Ad ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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Friendliness Blazes and Shines beyond all!

Genuine Goodwill!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
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Gracious is Gratitude!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:03 am

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Gratitude appreciates all assistance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thus: Thank you for reading this!

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

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Appropiate Appreciation is Advantageous!

Gracious is Gratitude!

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... titude.htm
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Total is Transience...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:30 pm

Friends:

Experiencing Impermanence Exposes the Futility of Clinging!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Ananda, is experiencing impermanence, inconstancy and transience?
When a Bhikkhu, having gone to a forest, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty
place, reflects: all form is inconstant, all feeling is fleeting, any experience
is impermanent, all mental construction is transient, and all consciousness is
momentary and in this way remains noting the impermanence, the inconstancy
and transience of these 5 Clusters of Clinging...
Then this, Ananda, is indeed the very experience of impermanence...,
The perception of inconstancy... and the sensation of transience...

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

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Buddha furthermore explained:
Bhikkhus, there is no lasting matter or materiality, no lasting form whatsoever...
There is no lasting feeling whatsoever... no lasting perception whatsoever...
There is no lasting mental construction whatsoever...
There is no lasting consciousness or awareness of anything whatsoever...
There is no permanent, everlasting, eternal thing that is not subject to change,
not transient, not vanishing, that will last as long as eternity...
SN 22.96/vol. iii, 144 

All formations, all constructions are impermanent, transient, vanishing...
MN 35/vol. i, 230

Whatever can arise and emerge, that also will surely cease...
MN 56/vol. i, 380

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Comments from the classical commentaries:

Impermanence is not Evident unless specifically looked for:
False apparent continuity covers up and camouflages impermanence:
The characteristic of impermanence does not become apparent because,
when rise and fall are not given attention, it is concealed by continuity...
However, when continuity is disrupted by observing rise & fall here & now,
the characteristic of impermanence becomes apparent in its true nature.
Vism. Ch. xxi/p. 640

Moments of mental states always change as iron darts hit:
Observing the abrupt change of all states discloses their discrete nature:
When continuity is disrupted means, when it is exposed by observation of
the perpetual alteration of states as they go on occurring in succession.
For it is not through the connectedness of states, that the characteristic of
impermanence becomes apparent to one who rightly observes rise and fall,
but rather the characteristic becomes properly evident through their discrete
disconnectedness, regarded as if each moment were iron darts, hitting in on
reality one by one separately, instead of as a continuous flow of slow change.
VismA. 824

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All states rise and fall. This characteristic of change, ageing, & evanescence
is the universal impermanence of all worldly. Nothing here escapes change!
It is a distortion of view, perception, and thinking to regard anything as lasting!
Impermanence inherently implies suffering as all what is liked will evaporate!
Impermanence implies no-self as nothing remains identical as an entity or identity!
Whether internal or external: It is only passing states - material and mental - ...
Experiencing impermanence thus also means seeing suffering and no-self!

When realizing that all states passes on and evaporates instantly,
one realizes the impossible futility inherent in all forms of clinging.
It is like sand running out between the fingers. It can never be kept!
Nothing can ever be kept, owned, possessed, maintained, or retained!
So let it go. Release it! Relinquish it all. Do not fear. Nothing lasting is lost!
It was never yours anyway. It will go away by itself anyway. It is pain anyway!
It was never really the same anyway, and it will never ever return again anyway...

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All things arise, go through a series of changes and die. All phenomena are
impermanent, every living being eventually dies. Life has a limit and is always
in a state of uncertainty. This is an undeniable reality! Life is very uncertain,
only death is certain. Knowing that death is certain and is the natural destiny
that everyone has to face, we should not be afraid of death. To be considered
really free in life, we must be free from the fear of death. We must humbly
contemplate the words “All things are impermanent.” We must indeed be aware
that birth and death comes at any moment. Every moment is thus impermanent.
Enlightenment can be achieved by this acute awareness of impermanence!

More on impermanence, inconstancy, & transience (Anicca)
Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada (Bhikkhu Ñanamoli)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el186.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm

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Memento Mori: Remember your mortality, that you must and surely will die!

Total is Transience...

The Experience of Impermanence!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
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Fearless Freedom!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:19 pm

Friends:

Free from Fear by Release from all Anxiety:

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The young deity Subrahma once asked the Buddha:
Always frightened is this Mind!
Always agitated is this Mind!
About present problems.
About future problems.
If there is a release from this worry & anxiety,
please then now kindly explain it to me...

Whereupon the Blessed Buddha declared:
I see no other real safety for any living being,
except from control of the senses,
except from the relinquishment of all,
except from awakening into Enlightenment!

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More on systematic relinquishment:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... ything.htm

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Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I 54
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Original deposited here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm

Have a nice relinquishing day Without Worry!


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The 4-Fold Advantage!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:16 am

Friends:

The Fourfold Prime Advantage:

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A deity once asked the Buddha:
What is good, when one is old?
What is good, when established?
What is a human's finest treasure?
What is hard for robbers to steal?
The blessed Buddha answered:
Morality is good, even when one is old!
Conviction is good, when firmly established!
Understanding is any human's finest treasure!
Merit well done is impossible for robbers to steal!


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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I [39-40]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Have a nice, noble & advantageous day!

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The 4-Fold Advantage!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prime_Benefits.htm
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The Noble 8-fold Way

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:13 pm

Friends:

Noble indeed is this 8-fold Way:

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From right View comes right Motivation.
From right Motivation comes right Speech.
From right Speech comes right Action.
From right Action comes right Livelihood.
From right Livelihood comes right Effort.
From right Effort comes right Awareness.
From right Awareness comes right Concentration.
From right Concentration comes right Understanding.
From right Understanding comes right mental Release.
From right Release comes full Freedom, Bliss, and Peace!

Thus opened are the doors to the Deathless State...!

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Source: The Exhaustive Speeches by the Buddha. Digha Nikaya 18
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25103
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

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Note the 8 spokes in the wheel symbolizing the 8 steps of the Noble Way!

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way (Ariyo Atthangiko Maggo):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path
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/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/III/G ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm

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There is no other way out of Suffering...

The Noble 8-fold Way

The 8 Steps to End all Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
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The fine Fruits of the Noble Way!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:06 pm

Friends:

How does the Noble 8-fold Way makes one Noble?

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Having cultivated the Noble 8-fold Way, a being might enter the stream,
which leads to Nibbana! The Stream-Enterer (Sotapanna) is entirely freed
from rebirth as Animal, Hungry Ghost, Angry Demon & Burning Hell Being!
Such Noble One (Ariya) will be enlightened within maximally 7 rebirths...
The Stream-Enterer has eliminated all egoism, belief in a 'person' or 'self',
eradicated all 'I-making' & 'Mine-making', abolished all sceptical doubt in
the perfect Self-Enlightenment of the Buddha, & removed silly superstitious
belief in any benefit of empowerments and empty rituals. Such Noble have
by direct momentary experience touched and tasted the deathless Nibbana
and is forever hereafter independent of any Dhamma-teacher...
Having cultured the Noble 8-fold Way even further, a being might attain the
state of a Once-Returner (Sakadagami), who is reborn only once as human or
lower god (deva) and then awakens in that next life! Such Noble has further
reduced sense-desire and aversion...
Having yet further refined the Noble 8-fold Way, a being might attain the
state of a Non-Returner (Anagami), who is reborn in the higher fine material
worlds - The Pure Abodes - where they live for many universal cycles & there
attain Nibbana without ever returning to the human or lower divine worlds...
Such Noble has furthermore entirely eliminated sense-desire and aversion!
Having fully perfected the Noble 8-fold Way one awakens as an Arahat, who
is enlightened in this very life, by elimination of all remaining mental defects
such as desire for fine form and formlessness, the subtle conceit that 'I am',
latent tendency to restlessness and all ignorance. Such Noble One enters at
the moment of death the freedom, bliss & peace of Nibbana without trace of
clinging left...

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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/III/G ... le_Way.htm

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The fine Fruits of the Noble Way!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
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