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Universal Friendliness Smiles!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:57 am

Friends:

How to train and expand Universal Friendliness!

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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes one wishes:
May I radiate and meet only infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop and find
only the genuine good of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material and the formless plane
develop and encounter this fine infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left and below as
above develop and experience high infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe always be fully aware
and deeply mindful of this infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe examine all details and
subtle aspects of this sublime infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe put enthusiastic effort
into their praxis of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy and
jubilant gladness in this infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent and all stilled infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated and
absorbed one-pointedness of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe dwell in undisturbable
and imperturbable balance of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
Yeah! (Print this out, dwell in each state until deep, use ~ 25-45 minutes.

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Comment: Universal Friendliness is the 1st endless state (Appamañña)
This gradually reduces all hate, anger, irritation, resentment, opposition,
stubbornness, mental rigidity, and unhappiness related with these states.
Release of Mind by Universal Friendliness (Metta-Ceto-Vimutti) is >16
times more worth, than any merit won by whatever worldly gift or gain...
Joining with the 7 links to Awakening will later cause formless jhana...

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More on fine Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm

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Friendship is the Greatest


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Genuine is Goodwill :-)

Universal is Friendliness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
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What is it that Exists?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:08 pm

Friends:

What is it that Exists & what does Not Exist?

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The blessed Buddha said regarding ontology:
What is it, Bhikkhus, that the wise & clever in the world agree upon as not
existing, of which I too say that it does not exist? Form that is permanent,
stable, eternal, not subject to change: This the wise & clever in the world
agree upon as not existing, and I too say, that it does not exist. So also
Feelings... Perceptions ... Mental Constructions ... and a Consciousness,
that should be permanent, stable, eternal, and not subject to change: This
the wise & clever in the world agree upon as not existing, and I too say,
that it does not exist... That, bhikkhus, is what the wise & clever in the world
agree upon as not existing, of which I too say, that it does not exist.
And what is it, bhikkhus, that the wise & clever in the world agree upon as
existing, of which I too say that it exists? Form that is impermanent, painful,
and subject to change: this the wise and clever in the world agree upon as
existing, and I too say, that it exists! Transient Feelings ... Perceptions ...
Mental Constructions, & a Consciousness, that is momentary, suffering, and
ever subject to change: this the wise & clever in the world agree upon as
existing, & I too say that it exists! That, bhikkhus is what the wise & clever
in this world agree upon as existing, of which I too say that it exists...

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The Dynamics of interdependent re-becoming into being.

No existence is Static - the same over time - unchanging....
If it were static we would live in a deep-freezer with no movement at all...
All existence is Dynamic - never the same- transient and ever hanging!
All existence is therefore a Re-Becoming Anew - a momentary rebirth...
Again and Again and again and again... Everything breaks up!


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Everything breaks up, falls apart, and soon vanishes!
 
More on Buddhist Ontology: What exists & how does it exist?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Di ... States.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Pro ... sality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Advan ... t_View.htm

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Existence is Transient, Flickering, already passed, & never returning!

Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya XXII (94); [III 139]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 An Ocean of Dhamma Teaching!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... ml#Khandha On Clusters!

What is it that Exists?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_Exists.htm
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Some Kicks!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:44 am

Friends:

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Self-Pity!
The man was much worried over having no shoes,
until he met the other guy without legs...!

Pure Politics!
The humanitarian needs an oppressed proletariat..
The professional saving angel lives of suffering...
The meek only shines, when abused by the angry!

Cinderella Syndrome...
They made a party inviting Charity as a guest of honour!
However, she had only rags of humility to wear, and was
dismissed, when she came bare footed to the entrance!
Nobody ever noticed that she was not there...

Source of Inspiration:
A Thinkers Notebook. Ñanamoli Thera 1950.

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Ñanamoli Thera(1905-1960) at the island hermitage.

Have a nice thoughtful day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Some Kicks!

Self-pity is a pathetic form of narcissism!
Such old stale mental dust needs weeding out...

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Some_Kicks.htm
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What is Contact?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:03 pm

Friends:

The Diversity of Contacts prompts Urge & Search:

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
There is eye-sensitivity, visual forms, & visual consciousness.
The meeting of these three elements, is eye Contact...
There is ear-sensitivity, audible sounds, & auditory consciousness.
The encounter of these three elements, is ear Contact...
There is nose-sensitivity, smellable odours, & olfactory consciousness.
The occurrence of these three elements, is nose Contact...
There is tongue-sensitivity, tastable flavors, & gustatory consciousness.
The happening of these three elements, is tongue Contact...
There is body-sensitivity, sensible touches, & tactile consciousness.
The coming together of these three elements, is body Contact...
There is mental-sensitivity, mental states, & mental consciousness.
The coincidence of these three elements, is mental Contact...

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Friends, it is in dependence on the diversity of these elements, that there
arises the multiplicity of perceptions; & in dependence on the multiplicity of
perceptions, that there arises the variety of intentions; & in dependence
on the variety of intentions, that there arises the diverseness of contacts; &
in dependence on the diverseness of contacts, that there arises the array
of feelings; & in dependence on the array of feelings, that there arises
the mishmash of desires; & in dependence on the mishmash of desires, that
there arises the manifold of fevers; & in dependence on the manifold of
fevers, that there arises the abundance of searches; & in dependence on the
abundance of searches, that there arises multifarious enthralling urges...

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How so? Regarding e.g. form; in dependence on intention for form, there
arises contact with form; in dependence on contact with form, there arises
feeling born of contact with form; in dependence on feeling born of contact
with form, there arises desire for form; in dependence on desire for form,
there arises fever for form; in dependence on fever for form, there arises
the search for form; in dependence on the search for form, there arises the
need of form... Such is the emergence of this manifold hunt, urge & wanting!

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Obvious examples: Porn, food, money, drugs, booze, fame and entertainment!
Intention=>Contact=>Feeling=>Desire=>Fever=>Search=>Urge=>Need=>Pain!
Every second of our lives this bombardment of sensuality creates suffering!

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings on the Elements. Dhatu-Samyutta Nikaya XIV
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

What is Contact?

The Diversity of Contacts prompts Urge & Search!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Diver ... ntacts.htm
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Fourteen Fine Facts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:17 am

Friends:

The Fourteen Fine Facts of all Life:

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1: The greatest enemy in life is: The Ego...
2: The greatest deceit in life is: This is Mine...
3: The greatest failure in life is: Narcissism...
4: The greatest acid in life is: Envy & Jealousy...
5: The greatest error in life is to lose Self-control...
6: The greatest crime in life is betrayal of Parents...
7: The greatest deplorable in life is pathetic Self-pity...
8: The greatest success in life is correcting own failure...
9: The greatest bankruptcy in life is lewd immoral conduct...
10: The greatest wealth in life is health and understanding...
11: The greatest debts in life is clinging and lack of purity...
12: The greatest gift in life is Patience, Tolerance & Forgiveness...
13: The greatest shortcoming in life is lack of present Awareness!
14: The greatest soothing relief in life is Generosity & kind Charity!


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Some more deeper digging Details here:
1: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Egoless.htm
2: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
3: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
4: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... alousy.htm
5: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
6: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_3.htm
7: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
8: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
9: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Might ... rality.htm
10: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
11: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm
12: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
13: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
14: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm

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Fourteen Fine Facts:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fourt ... Buddha.htm
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The 8 Understandings...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:25 pm

Friends:

Purification by Knowing and Seeing the Way!

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Purification by knowledge & vision of the way comes by 8 understandings:
1: Understanding the momentary rise and fall of all states whatsoever.
2: Understanding the unavoidable dissolution of all phenomena whatsoever.
3: Understanding that appearance is terror, since it always entails suffering.
4: Understanding the danger inherent in clinging to things bound to vanish.
5: Understanding disillusion and dispassion as good signs of reduced greed.
6: Understanding of the deep desire for deliverance from the rebirth round.
7: Understanding of contemplating reflexion as a crucial tool for release.
8: Understanding of equanimity regarding all formations and constructions.
Vism 639

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More on this highest ability to Understand (Pañña):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_S ... amonds.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... anding.htm

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Have a nice understanding day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The 8 Understandings...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
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Advantageous Anti-Actions!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:13 pm

Friends:

What are the 10 Advantageous Anti-Actions?

1: No killing or harming is Advantageous.
2: No stealing or cheating is Advantageous.
3: No adultery or abuse is Advantageous.
4: No false speech is Advantageous.
5: No divisive speech is Advantageous.
6: No angry speech is Advantageous.
7: No empty gossip is Advantageous.
8: No jealousy or envy is Advantageous.
9: No angry ill will is Advantageous.
10: No wrong view is Advantageous!


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Comments:
Resisting and abstaining from, and avoiding doing something wrong, is
actually actively doing something very good! Such good action is quite
advantageous, since it results in the sweet fruit of a pleasant future!

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More on what is Advantageous (Kusala):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... geous2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kusala.htm

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Have a nice, noble and advantageous day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Advantageous Anti-Actions!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
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To my Son!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:04 pm

Friends:

Can the Dhamma Teaching be given in short?

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Yes! The Blessed Buddha once instructed his son Rahula in this way:
Having left behind desire for the five streams of simple sensual pleasure,
captivating forms, satisfying the mind, having gone forth from the house in
faith, put an end to suffering! Cultivate Noble friends, an isolated lodging,
which is remote, secluded, silent, & with little traffic. Be moderate in eating!
Do never crave neither for fine robes or foods, nor requisites, or lodging!
Do not ever return to the worldly life again. Be fully controlled regarding
the monastic discipline and the 5 sense abilities. Be completely & constantly
aware of the body as a frame of bones, skin, and flesh. By disgusted with
all in this world. Avoid beautiful objects, which provokes lust. Make mind
one-pointed, concentrated, absorbed, well focused on non-attractiveness.
Develop the signless mind. Cast out latent tendency to the conceit: "I am"!
Then by the full understanding of self-deception you will wander and dwell
stilled, in perfect peace... Sn 337-342

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More on the Buddha's son Rahula, who was the most intent on the training:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/r/raahula.htm
He awakened in Andhavana forest, when hearing the Cula Rahulovada Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... 7.than.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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To my Son!
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Infinite Pity! (mahā-karuna)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:34 pm

Friends:

How is Release by Infinite Pity Achieved?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal pity achieved?
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, and what is the goal of release by universal pity?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite pity, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter. As above,
so below, across, and everywhere! To all beings and to himself, he dwells
pervading the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited pity,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without enmity,
without any trace of ill will! Thus prepared & expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with this limitless pity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such vast pity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with this infinite pity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with this absolute pity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with this spacious pity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with this great pity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with this endless pity.

While based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & culminating in release.
If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the unrepulsive and tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing the repulsive therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting and repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he then wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he experiences only excessive beauty in it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware & clearly comprehending, then he dwells in this
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else, by completely
transcending of all experience of form, fully stilling any perception of all
sense-reaction, non attending to any experience of diversity, only aware
that space is infinite, he enters and dwells in the infinitude of space...
I tell you Bhikkhus, for a wise Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by infinite
pity has the sublime sphere of the infinitude of space as its culmination!

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On this infinite Pity (maha-karuna):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm

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

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...

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Pity can open a mental infinitude of space!

Infinite Pity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
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Well Gone Beyond!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:44 pm

Friends:

Any Buddha is a sublimely Well Gone One (Sugata):

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1: Because of the Way he has travelled, was good,
2: Because of having gone to an excellent Destination,
3: Because of having gone there Completely and Absolutely,
4: Because of explaining the Way thereto suitably and precisely!


The Noble 8 fold Way he went, was purified and blameless, since it was without delay,
obstruction, and leading directly to a sublime safety! The excellent place, that he has
gone to is the deathless state of Nibbana, which is supreme, since this happy mode of
existence cannot be found anywhere else! He has furthermore gone there completely
absolutely & irreversibly without ever going back again to the defilements eliminated
by each stage of path. For this is said: He does not again turn around, return, or slide
back to the defilements abandoned by first the stream-entry, then the once-returner,
then the never-returner and finally the Arahat path, thus is he supremely well gone...
From the time of making his resolution at the feet of Dipankara Buddha many universal
cycles ago, up until his Enlightenment in year 534 BC, by working solely for the welfare
and happiness of the entire world, and through the fulfilment of the thirty perfections,
and through following the Middle Way without ever deviating towards either of the two
extremes, that is: Neither towards indulgence in sense pleasures, nor in any self-torture,
neither towards any form of eternalism, nor any form of annihilationism, therefore is he
sublimely well gone (Sugata), having gone rightly and exactly down the exceedingly subtle,
razor-sharp and difficult Noble 8-Fold Middle Way! Then he enunciates and explains this
unique Way rightly & exactly by speaking only about what is relevant, what fits the present
occasion and in a way that suits the ability of the many listeners, so that they understand...
Therefore also is he a sublimely Well Gone (Sugata) One, because of explaining this Way
faultlessly, systematically and accurately. Vism I 203

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More on these perfectly Well Gone Ones (Samma-SamBuddha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/SammaSambuddho.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Met ... imet00.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... imiles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... tteyya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... uddhas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... tteyya.htm

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Well Gone Beyond!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Well_Gone.htm
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Intention is the Kamma!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:04 pm

Friends:

The Buddha on Kamma (Intentional Action):

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I am the owner of my actions (kamma), inheritor of my actions, born of
my actions, created by my actions, and have my own actions as my judge!
Whatever I do, good or evil, I will feel the resulting effects of that ...
Source: AN V 57

Intention, Bhikkhus, is what I call action=kamma, for through intention one
initiates these actions through the door of the body, speech or mind.
There is kamma (intentional action), Bhikkhus, that ripens in hell....
There is kamma that ripens in the animal world..
There is kamma that ripens in the world of humans....
There is kamma that ripens in the divine world....
Threefold, however, is this ripening fruit of kamma:
ripening during here in this life, or
ripening in the next rebirth life,
or ripening in even later rebirths ...
Source: AN VI 63

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The 10 advantageous courses of action (=Good Kamma):
The 3 bodily actions: Avoidance of killing, stealing, and abusive sexuality.
The 4 verbal actions: Avoidance of lying, slandering, angry & empty speech.
The 3 mental actions: Doing Withdrawal, Good-will, and Right Views.

Source: MN 9

Greed, Bhikkhus, is a condition for the arising of kamma.
Hate is a condition for the arising of kamma.
Confusion is a condition for the arising of kamma.

Source: AN III 109

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One who kills & harms goes either to hell or will be short-lived elsewhere.
One who torments others will be afflicted with disease or disability.
The angry one will look ugly, the envious one will be without influence.
The stingy one will be poor, the stubborn will be placed low and stupid.
The lazy will be without knowledge, understanding and certainty.
In the contrary case, one will be reborn in heaven or reborn as man.
One will be long-lived, beautiful, influential, highborn and intelligent!
Source: MN 135

There are 10 meritorious actions leading to human or divine rebirth:
1: Giving.
2: Morality.
3: Meditation.
4: Reverence by paying respect to monks and elders.
5: Performing services to others.
6: Transference of merits to others.
7: Rejoicing in others' merit.
8: Learning this true Dhamma.
9: Teaching this true Dhamma.
10: Correcting one's wrong views.


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To the extent that there are beings, past, and future, dying & re-arising,
all beings are the owners of their actions, inheritor to their actions, are
born of their actions, created by their action, conditioned by their actions,
related to their actions, and are dependent on the effect of past actions.
Whatever they do, for good or for evil, from that will they feel the result...
Source: AN V 57

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For details on the mechanics of Kamma (=Karma) = Intentional Action see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.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

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Everything has a Cause!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:52 pm

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Profound & Wisely Ballanced Ontology:

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Buddha once explained existence as a chain of dependent emergence:
Some recluses & priests declare these excessively speculative views:
'Everything Exists'; which is the one extreme (Sarvastavadin Eternalism).
Other recluses & priests declare a just as hypothetical opposite extreme
view: 'Everything does Not Exist' (Sunyatavadin Annihilationism).
Avoiding both these extremes the Well-Gone-Beyond Buddha teaches
this Dhamma from the Middle:

When this is present, that also exists.
When this emerges, that also arises.
When this is absent, that neither exists.
When this ceases, that also vanishes.


From ignorance arises mental construction.
From mental construction arises consciousness.
From consciousness arises naming-&-forming.
From name-&-form arises the six senses.
From the six senses arises contact.
From contact arises feeling.
From feeling arises craving.
From craving arises clinging.
From clinging arises becoming.
From becoming arises birth.
From birth arises ageing, decay, sickness & death.
From ageing, decay & death arises Suffering!
This is the origin of this entire mass of Pain...
When ignorance ceases, mental construction stops.
When mental construction ceases, consciousness stops.
When consciousness ceases, naming-&-forming stops.
When name-&-form ceases, the six senses stops.
When the six senses ceases, contact stops.
When contact ceases, feeling stops.
When feeling ceases, craving stops.
When craving ceases, clinging stops.
When clinging ceases, becoming stops.
When becoming ceases, birth stops.
When birth ceases, ageing, decay, & death stops...
When ageing, decay & death ceases, Suffering stops!
This is the Disappearance of this entire mass of Pain...
This - only this supremely stilled silence - is Nibbana!


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Everything has a Cause: More on Co-Dependent Co-Arising (paticca-samuppada):
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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More on Buddhist Ontology: What exists & how does it exist?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_Exists.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Advan ... t_View.htm

Existence is thus:
Neither a static substance out there, nor a mental illusion in here,
But a chain of dependent states arising and ceasing momentarily...

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Wise Ontology...

Everything has a Cause!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
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Empty of What?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:49 pm

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All is Empty of any Self, Ego, I, Me, & Identity!

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Once the Venerable Ananda approached the Blessed One and asked him:
Venerable Sir, it is said: Empty is the world, empty is the world...
In what way, Venerable Sir, is it, that this world is Empty?
It is, Ananda, because it is empty of a self, and of what belongs to a self,
that it is said, the world is empty...
And what is it, which is empty of any self, and of what belongs to a self?
The eye, all forms, visual consciousness, eye-contact and all the feelings
arisen caused by eye-contact, are empty of any self, and empty of what
belongs to a self...
The ear, all sounds, auditory consciousness, ear-contact, and all feelings
arisen caused by ear-contact, are empty of any self, and empty of what
belongs to a self...
The nose, all smells, olfactory consciousness, nose-contact, all feeling arisen
from olfactory contact, the tongue, all flavours, all gustatory consciousness,
tongue-contact, all feeling arisen by tasting, the body, all forms of touch,
all tactile consciousness, all body-contact, all feelings arisen caused by body
contact, that too is empty of any self, and of what belongs to any self...
The mind is empty of any self. All thoughts and ideas are empty of any self.
Mental consciousness is empty of any self. Mental-contact is empty of self.
Whatever feeling arisen caused by any mental-contact, that too is empty
of any self, and of what belongs to any self...
It is, Ananda, because all this is empty of any self, & of what belongs to any
even assumed made-up concept of self, that it is said: Empty is this world...

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An inflated void is any concept of "I", "Me", "Mine" & "Self"

The Ego Tunnel - Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger TED video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjY1fAcESs

More on the ultra-light Selfless Anti-Egoism Anatta = No-Self:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Empty_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Egoless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Double_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sandcastles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm

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Though outwardly different, are all beings internally empty of any same self! 

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [54]
Section 35: On The 6 Senses. Empty is the World: 85.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Empty of What?

Empty of ego, core, self, soul and substance!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Empty_of_What.htm
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Samma-Samadhi!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:22 pm

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The 5 Criteria for Evaluation of Right Concentration:

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After emerging from the deepest state so far attained one reviews it thus:
1: This absorption is Happy now, and results in future happiness too...
2: This absorption is Noble, and unrivaled by anything in this world...
3: This absorption is not reached by inferior, or unworthy persons...
4: This absorption is entered upon & emerged from while fully aware...
5: This absorption is perfectly Calm, Stilled, Unified, and neither
fabricated, nor suppressible, nor reversible, nor deniable...

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Meditation Manuals here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... Manual.pdf

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

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Samma-Samadhi!

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Happy Knowing!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:21 pm

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Fine Feed-Forward Mirror Effects!

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Making others happy, makes oneself happy!
Making others unhappy, makes oneself unhappy!

When happy, one easily becomes concentrated...
When unhappy, one easily becomes distracted...

When concentrated, one sees and knows it, as it really is!
When unconcentrated, one can neither see, nor know reality!

Seeing and knowing reality makes exact navigation possible!
Neither seeing, nor knowing reality makes navigation impossible!

Exact navigation enables perfectly right behaviour...
Erroneous navigation disables perfectly right behaviour...

When acting only right, one makes no mistakes!
When acting only wrong, one makes many mistakes!

Making mistakes is painful, both now and later...
Making no mistakes is Happiness, both now and later...


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http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Happy_Habit.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Samana-Sukha.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/May ... _Happy.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... piness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Har ... d_Holy.htm

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Without Views!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:43 pm

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Adopting a particular View, Generates a particular Future!

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The Buddha often emphasized that any view leads to a specific future being:
When one regards one's own views and opinions as the best, seeing all other
views as inferior, that very tenacious attitude, the experts know as a knot!
A Bhikkhu should thus not depend upon anything seen, heard or thought of..
Neither should he form any views based on his knowledge, virtuous conduct,
or vows. He should not think of himself as neither equal, nor inferior, nor as
superior to anything or anybody. Having relinquished what had been taken up,
and not taking anything new up again, not depending even upon knowledge,
not a member of any faction, he does not believe in any view at all... They do
neither form or adopt any views, nor do they prefer or select any opinion,
nor do they cling to any particular dogma. Gone to the far shore, such a one
does not come back again! For him who has no desire for renewed existence
neither here nor beyond, for him there are no form of being whatever, that
he would propel into through having decided among the particular views...
Sutta-Nipata 796-803 Edited excerpt.

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MAKER OF CATASTROPHES
Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy,
or one hater might do to another blinded by hate,
the mind wrongly directed by false or evil view,
may do to oneself, yet even far much worse!!!

Dhammapada 42

WRONG VIEW
Seeing wrong, where there is no wrong,
while ignoring the wrong, when it really is there,
such false views lead to a painful future state...

Dhammapada 318

HAPPY VIEW
Knowing the wrong as wrong,
and the right to be right,
such correct view brings one to
a happy future state.

Dhammapada 319

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More on Views (Ditthi)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Straight_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... t_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Advan ... t_View.htm

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Without Views!

Adopting a particular View, Generates a particular Future!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Without_Views.htm
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Without Possessions!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:00 pm

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Clinging to Possessions always entails Misery!

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The Buddha encouraged relinquishing possessions thereby ending suffering:
Those who are greedy and needy for cherished things cannot ever end grief,
sorrow, and miserliness. Seeking security the recluse therefore relinquishes
all possessions and wanders forth into homelessness. Dwelling withdrawn and
remote, secluded in senses, he finds it agreeable not show himself anywhere!
Not dependent upon anything, the sage finds nothing pleasant or unpleasant.
Neither possessiveness, nor lamentation, nor what is seen or heard or thought
clings to his mind, just as water cannot ever cling to a lotus-leaf...
Sutta-Nipata 809-812 Edited excerpt.

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More on Clinging (Upadana) which is an intensified quite painful form of craving:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cool_Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sha ... f_Evil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Being.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... adaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

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No Possessions = No Problems!

Without Possessions!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Wit ... ssions.htm
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Without Doubts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:11 am

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Without desires, cravings or doubts one is Silenced!

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The venerable Todeyya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
One who has cooled all sense desire, cut all craving, and overcome all doubts,
is there any higher release for him?
In whom no sensual pleasures dwell, Todeyya, said the Blessed One, and for
whom no craving exists, and who has crossed over all doubts, for such one is
there no other higher release... Todeyya then further asked:
Is he without longings, or is he hoping? Does he possess final understanding,
or is he still seeking understanding? Please explain this to me, Sakyan with
universal vision, so that I may recognise a true sage.
He is without longings, he is not hoping for anything. He do indeed possess
complete understanding, he is not searching for anything. In this very way,
Todeyya, recognise the sage, he possesses nothing, he is neither attached to
any form of sense pleasure, nor to any form of existence. He is all silenced!
Sutta-Nipata 1088-91 Edited excerpt.

Comment:
While dwelling on these answers the venerable Todeyya became an arahat!

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The Awakened Arahats just looks upon all in equanimity as if from above...

More on these Worthy and Awakened Arahats:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Sage.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arahat_Qualities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Gen ... rolled.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Arahat.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... nd_Men.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm

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Without Controversy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:40 pm

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Avoiding all Controversies induces inner Peace!

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The brahmin Magandiya asked the Buddha about how to find inner peace who answered:
Mental purity is neither caused by particular views, nor by learning, nor by
knowledge, nor even by perfect morality. Neither by absence of right view,
missing learning, lack of knowledge, or tainted morality, not by that either!
Discarding all these oppositions, detached, calmed, independent, one stops
longing for any form of existence... Whoever thinks himself equal, superior,
or inferior, he will dispute on that account! But the imperturbable one does
not enter any self-deceit! Since for such one, there is no I-Me-Self or Ego
how much less can there then ever be any equal, inferior or superior I-Me-Self!
Leaving home, wandering homeless, not making acquaintances in any village,
free from desire for sensual pleasures, showing no preferences, such sage
will never engage in any controversy. One who really knows does not become
proud because of any particular view, learning, thought, or experience, for
he is not tied to, influenced by, or led by any of these momentary illusions..
He is completely released through his understanding. But those who cling to
certain experiences and particular views wander about causing controversy!
Sutta-Nipata 839-842-844-846-847 Edited excerpt.

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Commentary:
This true speech made Magandiya and his wife never-returners (Anagamins).

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More on selfless impersonality, ego-lessness, the No-Self fact (Anatta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Egoless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... Anatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... latity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm

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Not defending anything...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Wit ... oversy.htm
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Without Agitation…

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:31 pm

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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

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Tranquillity ballances out the extreme states...

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