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New FB accounts

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:16 am

Dear Dhamma Friends:

Unfortunately did Facebook enforce me to use my lay name on my old account.
Here is my 2 new monk FB accounts where new and old friends are welcome:
https://www.facebook.com/bhante.samahita
and
https://www.facebook.com/samahita.thera
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Metta Means Most!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:12 pm

Friends:

Amity is Precious and Universal!

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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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Among tigers, lions, leopards & 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!
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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Panda clings to saving Chinese Policeman after forest-fire :-)

Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of infinite universal love.
Itivuttaka 22

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

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He who does not punish nor makes others punish,
He who steals not nor makes others steal,
who friendly shares with all that lives,
finds enmity with none.
Itivuttaka 27

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Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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For one who deliberately & aware
develops Universal Friendliness
Seeing the fading away of clinging,
All chains are worn down & broken.
Itivuttaka 27

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Overcome the angry by friendliness;
overcome the wicked by goodness;
overcome the miser by generosity;
overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

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Who is hospitable, open and friendly,
Generous, gentle and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.
Digha Nikaya 31

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The friend who is a helper and comrade,
the friend in both good and bad times,
the friend who gives good advice,
the friend who never despises,
these four as friends the clever keep
and cherish with pure devotion
as does a mother her only son.
Digha Nikaya 31

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Having killed anger you sleep in ease.
Having killed anger you do not grieve.
The noble ones praise the slaying of anger
-- with its honeyed crest & poison root --
for having killed it you do not grieve.
Samyutta Nikaya II, 70

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Knowing that the other person is angry,
one who remains mindful and calm
acts for his own best interest
and for the other's interest, too.
Samyutta Nikaya I, 162

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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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On Metta = Friendliness:
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

Metta Means Most!

Amity is Precious and Universal!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Met ... s_Most.htm
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Doubt Creates Hesitation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:21 am

Friends:

How to cure hesitant Doubt and Uncertainty!

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Noticing Doubt-&-Uncertainty (vicikiccha) emerge can make it fade away:
Herein, Bhikkhus, when Doubt-&-Uncertainty is present in him, the bhikkhu
notes & understands: "There is Doubt-&-Uncertainty in me", and when this
Doubt-&-Uncertainty is absent, he similarly notices and understands: "Now
no Doubt-&-Uncertainty is in me". He also fully understands how unarisen
Doubt-&-Uncertainty arises. He also understands how to leave behind any
arisen Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and he understands how left and eliminated
Doubt-&-Uncertainty will not arise again in the future. MN 10

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What is the feeding cause that makes Doubt-&-Uncertainty arise?
There are doubtful, unclear, indeterminable, and inconclusive ambiguities!
Often giving irrational and unwise attention to such matters, is the feeding
cause of the arising of yet absent Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and the feeding
cause of worsening and aggravation of Doubt-&-Uncertainty, that already
emerged. SN 46:51

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What is the starving cause that makes Doubt-&-Uncertainty cease?
There are advantageous & detrimental states, blameable and blameless,
average and excellent states, and dark and bright states, frequently giving
rational and wise attention to these, is the starving cause for prevention of
unarisen Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and the starving cause for the elimination
of Doubt-&-Uncertainty, that has already appeared. SN 46:51

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Some advantageous reflections regarding Doubt-&-Uncertainty:
There are these 6 things, which help to throw out doubt:
1: The state of being learned in the Buddha-Dhamma.
2: Examining the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
3: Understanding the advantageousness of Moral Discipline.
4: Being decided and convinced about the 3 Jewels.
5: Sympathetic, clever and helpful friends, who knows directly.
6: Explaining talk and teachings that can dispel doubt.

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Doubt-&-Uncertainty is like a Desert:
Doubt-&-Uncertainty is just as when a rich man travels through a desolate
desert where there is no food and much danger.
Freedom from Doubt-&-Uncertainty is like when he has crossed the desert,
and gradually reaches safety near a village, a secure place, free from danger.
There he is relieved. DN 2

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So is it when doubts about one of the 8 objects of doubt has arisen. See #
Doubting whether the Master really is a perfectly Enlightened One or not,
one cannot become assured of it with confidence. Unconvinced one remains
unable to attain to the paths and fruits of Nobility. Thus, as the traveller
in the desert is uncertain whether robbers are there or not, he produces in
his mind, again & again, a state of wavering & vacillation, a lack of decision,
a state of anxiety, and thus he creates in himself an obstacle for reaching
the safe ground of the Noble Ones (ariya-bhumi). In that way, is sceptical
doubt like travelling in a barren and dry desert!

#: They are, according to the Vibhanga: doubt in regard to the Buddha,
the Dhamma, the Sangha, the (threefold) training, the past, the future,
and the conditionality of dependently arisen phenomena.

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Doubt and uncertainty can only be indecisive about which action to choose
and thus paralyzes the skeptic by hesitancy leaving the problem unsettled!
Doubt can only be eliminated by examining and scrutinizing the object much.

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Once elderly yet undecided brahman Dhotaka asked the Buddha:

I see here in the world of beings divine & human, good ones,
who lives simply by possessing nothing. I thus bow for you All-around Eye.
Please Sakyan, release me from my doubts!

The Buddha answered: No one in this world, Dhotaka, can I ever release
from doubting. But knowing the most excellent Dhamma, you will cross the
raving ocean of vacillating uncertainty.

Dhotaka now more confident: I admire, Great Seer, that peace supreme,
all stilled, knowing which, living aware and detached, I'll go beyond the
imprisoning entanglement of this world.

Then I will teach you that peace even right here, not just hearsay words,
understanding which, living aware and detached, you will go beyond the
incarcerating entanglement of this world.

Teach me as your friend, O best one, the Dhamma of detachment so that I
may know directly, so that I, as unaffected as space, may live right here,
at ease in peace, calmed, stilled and not dependent on anything...

Whatever you are aware of, Dhotaka, above, below, across, or in between;
know this as a chain to this world! Thus, do not create any craving for any
form of being in existence, any form of new becoming or any non-becoming!
Sutta Nipata V 6

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Entering the jungle of views and opinions, one will never reach certainty!

See also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Barren_Stagnation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Do ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... icchaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... _Doubt.htm

Have a nice, noble & assured day!

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

Doubt and Uncertainty creates Hesitation!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Cu ... tainty.htm
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A House on Fire!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:31 pm

Friends:

The 5 Clusters of Clinging Suffer!

The material body is like the prison, because it is the site of the punishment.
Perception is like the offence, because it via contact causes the punishment.
Feeling is like the punishment one cannot control, as it is caused by contact.
Mental construction is like the punisher, since it via craving causes feeling…
Consciousness is like the villain, because this is what is tormented by feeling!

Vism. Comm: Pm. 504

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No "person" suffers! Only these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khanda) can suffer:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Origin.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Finge ... f_Soil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... g_Five.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acqui ... f_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cer ... htness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ung_to.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

Have a nice relinquishing day!

A House on Fire!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/House_on_Fire.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Understanding the 3 Basics!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:18 pm

Friends:

What is Right Understanding of the 3 Facts!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
It is impossible, Bhikkhus and Friends, and cannot ever happen,
that one possessed of right understanding should ever regard
any phenomenon as really permanent ... or
any phenomenon as lasting happiness ... or
any phenomenon as an identical, unchanging, same, and 'my self'...
But it is quite possible, that an ordinary worldling may indeed have,
entertain and act upon such naive, false and distorted beliefs...

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More on this supreme Ability to Understand:
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/library/DPP ... pannaa.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/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... anding.htm

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Source:

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 15:1-3
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

Understanding the 3 Basics!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
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Like flies in a bottle...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:36 pm

Friends:

Blinded by Ignorance & Driven on by Craving!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
There will come a time, Bhikkhus, when all the mighty oceans will evaporate,
dry up, vanish, and exist no more. But there will be no end of Suffering for
beings who, blinded by Ignorance and obsessed by Craving, are hurrying
and hastening through this samsaric round of endless rebirths...So is it!
One day this mighty planet earth will explode in a gigantic burst of fire,
be completely destroyed, and exist no more. But there will be no end of
Misery for beings who, obstructed by Ignorance and addicted by Craving,
are hurrying, even running and hastening from birth to repeated death in
this round of rebirths... This I have now explained to you!

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

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Please enjoy your study here on Rebirth:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... estiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... inking.htm

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Snared by the colors of existence the beings whirl around like flies in a bottle!

Source:
Grouped Discourses of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya SN 22:99
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Like flies in a bottle...

Endless is the Samsaric Round!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
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All Phenomena are Mental States!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:50 pm

Friends:

Awareness of Phenomena just as Mental States!

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The Blessed Buddha said about Contemplation of Mental Objects:
How does one reflect on Phenomena just as Mental States?

The 5 Hindrances:
One notes & knows when mind is dominated by sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty!
One notes & knows when mind is released from sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty!
One understands how there is emergence of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.
One understands how there is overcoming of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.
One understands how there is elimination of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.

The 5 Clusters of Clinging:
One understands such is form, feeling, perception, construction,
and consciousness. One understands such is the causes of origin
of form, feeling, perception, construction, and consciousness.
One understands such is the causes of ceasing of form, feeling,
perception, construction, and consciousness....

The 6 Sense Sources:
One notes & understands such is the eye and the forms and the
consequent obsessive sense-addiction arising dependent on both.
One notes & understands such is the ear and the sounds, the nose
and the smells, the tongue and the flavours, the body and touches,
the mind & the thoughts & the consequent obsessive & compulsive
sense-addiction there arises dependent on both.

The 7 Links to Awakening:
One notes & knows when mind contains awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One notes & knows when mind is without awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One understands how there is arising of awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One understands how there is complete fulfilment of awareness,
investigation, energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration & equanimity.

The 4 Noble Truths:
One notes, understands and knows as it actually is:
This is Suffering! This is the Cause of Suffering!
This is the End of Suffering! This is the Way to End Suffering!

Thus lives one while considering own internal mental states, or the
external mental states of others, or the mental states of both...
One notices how any new mental state arises, & how it passes away.
Or one is simply aware: There is this mental state now; just enough
for mindful and clear comprehension of the present mental state.
Caused by this acute aware presence and clear comprehension of
any current momentary mental state, one comes to live independent,
unattached, by not clinging to anything in this world whatsoever....
Thus does one dwell immersed in contemplation of the mental states!

Remembered easily after memorizing this Key: 5-5-6-7-4

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On the 5 Hindrances:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm

On the 5 Clusters of Clinging:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

On the 6 Sense Sources:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... of_All.htm

On the 7 Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm

One the 4 Noble Truths:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm

On the nature of Phenomena:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... omenon.htm

[u]Source Text (extract): Majjhima Nikaya 10: Satipatthana Sutta:[/u]
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nysa.html

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All Phenomena are Mental States!

Inner Representation Projects into outer Manifestation...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... States.htm
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Holy is Harmlessness...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:43 pm

Friends:

Harmlessness is the Best Protection!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
May all creatures, all living things,
all beings without any exception,
experience good happiness only!
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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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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The Noble is not one, who injures living beings.
The Noble is one, who never injures living beings.
Dhammapada 270

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Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake and quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day and night on Harmlessness!
Dhammapada 296-301

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The one who has left all violence,
who never harms any being at all,
whether they are moving or still,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One!
Dhammapada 405

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More on Harmlessness (Ahimsa = Non-Violence):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Hap ... ssness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

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

Holy is Harmlessness...

Harmlessness is the very best Protection!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Hol ... ssness.htm
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Without Worry ;-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:37 am

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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Fearless Safety!
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Sumedha's Similes..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:08 pm

Friends:

What made the Bodhisatta seek Enlightenment?

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Sitting in his upper chamber the immensely rich young brahmin Sumedha thought like this:

Not seeking Purity:
When a man soiled in dirt sees a pure lotus covered lake, but does not seek it to get a clean bath,
it is not an error of the lake, but a fault of the dirty man...
Even and exactly so: When there is the great lake of the deathless Nibbana capable of purifying
all the mental defilements, yet it is not being sought by the mentally polluted being, then it is not
an error of this immortal state, but a fatal fault of the mentally contaminated human being...

Neglecting the Way:
When a man surrounded by robbers does not flee, though there is a possible way to escape, then it
is not an error of this open way, but a fault of the man neglecting to break free by this road...
Even and exactly so: When there is this blessed Noble 8-fold Way leading straight to absolute
freedom, yet it is not being used, then is not an error of this supreme method, but a fault of the
man failing to follow, clear and develop this ancient path...

Rejecting the Doctor:
When a seriously sick man does not seek the help of the doctor, who knows the effective cure,
then is neither a fault of the doctor, nor of the medical treatment, but a mistake of the sick man!
Even and exactly so: When there is this sublime Teacher, who can cure all mental diseases & thereby
allay all frustration and pain, yet he is not being sought, then - indeed - it is not a fault of this guide,
but a grave error of anyone mentally unhealthy and defiled and thus prone for downfall...  

These thoughts made the young man give away all his richness and become recluse in Himalaya:

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Later he met the Buddha Dipankara and at his feet made the determination to be come Buddha!

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More on the Bodhisatta Sumedha, who later bloomed as Gotama Buddha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/s/sumedha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ankara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/g/gotama.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm

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He made himself into a bridge over some mud so Buddha Dipankara's feets would not be soiled.

Sumedha's Similes..

The Thoughts of a Buddha to be!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... imiles.htm
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The Divine Ear!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:18 pm

Friends:

Establishing Awareness gains Divine Hearing!

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Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove,
in Anathapindika's Park, many Bhikkhus went to Anuruddha & exchanged polite
greetings with him. Then they sat down to one side & asked the Ven. Anuruddha:
Venerable Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed and cultivated so
that he has attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
It is because I have developed & cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness
that I have won great direct knowledge. What four? Here, friends, I dwell always
constantly contemplating upon:
The Body only as a constructed group, neither as I, me, mine, nor as a self...
The Feelings only as passing responses, neither as I, as mine, nor as my self...
The Mind only as temporary moods, neither as I, mine, nor as any part of self...
All Phenomena only as appearing mental states, not as any real or absolute...
while eager, clearly comprehending, & fully aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because I have developed and much
cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness that I have become empowered
with suprahuman forces: With the divine ear element, which is purified, refined,
subtle and surpasses the human, I hear both divine and human sounds, both those
that are far away as well as those that are near.

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Details for further study:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bhinna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... vatthi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/j/jetavana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:304]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 13: The Divine Ear!

Have a nice day!

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http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Hearing.htm
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Supra-Human Force!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:01 am

Friends:

Suprahuman Force is gained by Awareness!

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Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in
Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went to
the Venerable Anuruddha and exchanged polite greetings with him.
Then they sat down & asked the Venerable Anuruddha: Venerable
Sir: What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed & cultivated so
that he has attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness that I have won great direct knowledge.
What four? Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
The body only as a framed group, neither as I, me, mine, nor a self...
The feelings only as passing reactions, neither as I, mine, nor self...
The mind only as habitual & transient moods, neither as I, nor self...
All phenomena only as constructed mental states, not as any real...
while eager, clearly comprehending, & fully aware, thereby removing
all desire & frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because
I have developed & cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness
that I have become empowered with suprahuman force: Having been
one, I become many; having been many, I become one; I appear and I
vanish; I go fully unhindered through a wall, through any barricade,
even through a massive granite mountain as if through open space;
I dive in and out of the earth as if it were water; I travel in space
like a bird seated cross-legged, I walk on water without sinking as
though it were solid earth; with my hand I touch the moon and sun
so powerful and mighty; I master this body and any form as far as
the fine dark matter Brahma World...

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:303]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 12: Suprahuman Force!

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Details and references for further study:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... vatthi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/j/jetavana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_loka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... maloka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm

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Supra-Human Force!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... _Force.htm
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Pure is Unpolluted Pity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:40 pm

Friends:

A good Friend quite wisely asked:

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on Pity (Karunâ = Compassion):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

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Pure is Unpolluted Pity...

May all beings becomes happy thereby!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pure_Pity.htm
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Today is the Medin Sangha Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:07 pm

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Medin Poya day is the full-moon of March. This holy day celebrates
that the Buddha visits his parental home after his supreme Enlightenment,
and ordains his son prince Rahula, & half brother Nanda. This day is
also called: The Sangha Day, since on this full-moon 1250 Arahats
spontaneously met & assembled around the Buddha without any call.
Buddha then spoke the famous Ovada Patimokkha core teaching!

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On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya 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 & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites 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, keep & 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 Lying & Cheating.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

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

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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! The journey towards Nibbana: The Deathless is hereby started!
This is the Noble Way to Absolute Peace, to Complete Freedom, to Ultimate
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 also 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
quite rapidly growing global web Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

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

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

May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

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

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Buddha with his Rahula, who also awakened into enlightenment!

Have a nice observance day!

Sangha Poya Day!

True Buddhists Respect the Observance Days...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/M ... ya_Day.htm
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The 4 Frames of Reference...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:11 pm

Friends:

How to show Kindness to those Worthy of it?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, those who you think is worth listening to and for whom you
feel empathy - whether friends, family, colleagues, or just associates -
all these you should explain, establish and settle in developing these
Four Foundations of Awareness. What four? When a Bhikkhu keenly
contemplates:

1: The Body just as a impermanent formation...
2: The Feeling just as a transient sensation...
3: The Mind just as a passing set of changing moods...
4: The Phenomenon just as a momentary mental state..


while always acutely aware and clearly comprehending, he thereby removes
any greed, envy, jealousy, frustration and discontent rooted in this world...
Bhikkhus, those who you think is worth listening to and for whom you feel
sympathy - whether friends, family, colleagues, or just associates -
all these you should explain, establish and settle in developing these
Four Foundations of Awareness...

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Details On Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 189] 47 The Foundations of Awareness: 48 Friends..

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Sharing the Supreme:

The 4 Frames of Reference...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... upreme.htm
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Gracious is Gratitude!!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:59 pm

Friends:

Appropriate Appreciation is Gratitude!

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One should be grateful towards one's Parents! Why so?
They have worked hard and very long raising one into being!

One should be grateful towards one's Teachers! Why so?
They do much to make one learn and understand the good...

One should be grateful towards one's Friends! Why so?
They have shown one an open kindness and much goodwill!

One should be grateful towards one's Spouse! Why so?
They have loyally accompanied one along a long way...

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What is the future kammic effect of gratitude or ungratefulness?
The one who is grateful will receive gifts and favours ever again!
The one who is ungrateful will never again receive gifts or favours!
Thankfulness wisely invested thus pays back quite a lot!

Therefore: Always Say Thanx!

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Thanx for Your Attention! ;-)

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On Contentment and Rejoicing Appreciation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Contentment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Have a nice gracious day!

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Gracious is Gratitude!

Any Appreciation Echoes Back... :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ap ... iation.htm
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Rejoicing is Mutual Joy :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:51 pm

Friends:

How to train Rejoicing Joy in others Success?

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When sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes one wishes:
May I radiate and meet only never-ending and mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop and find
only celebration and elation in a never-ending mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, and the formless plane
develop and encounter this generous, infinite and mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left, and below as
above, develop and experience openhearted, sharing, & mutually rejoicing joy!
May I and all beings within this city, country, planet and universe always:
Be fully aware and deeply mindful of this content and mutually rejoicing joy!
Examine all details & aspects of this satisfied and mutually rejoicing joy!
Put enthusiastic effort in our praxis of this devoted mutually rejoicing joy!
Enjoy enraptured jubilant gladness in this exulting mutually rejoicing joy!
Be silenced by the tranquillity of quiet and all smiling mutually rejoicing joy!
Be concentrated & absorbed into one-pointedness by genuine rejoicing joy!
Dwell in an imperturbable equanimity of pure and mutually rejoicing joy...
Yeah! May it be even so, since mutual joy causes the jewel of contentment!

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Comment: Mutual Joy is the 3rd infinite mental state (Appamañña):
This gradually reduces all envy, jealousy, possessiveness, stinginess, avarice
miserliness, green covetousness and unhappiness related with all these states.
The cause of Mutual Joy in rejoicing in your child's or boon companion's success.
This same joy can then be beamed towards all liked, neutral and hostile beings.
Mutual Joy is then the proximate cause of satisfied and fulfilled Contentment...
Lack of mutual joy is thus the proximate cause of dissatisfied discontentment...
Joined with the 7 links to Awakening it will later cause a formless jhana...
Be happy at all and especially other being's success! Then calm comfort grows!

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More on Mutual Joy (Mudita):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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Mutual Joy causes Contentment!

Rejoicing Joy!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
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Glad is Generous Giving!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:02 pm

Friends:

Generosity is the first Perfection:

Generosity means willingness to give and share whatever.
Generosity means magnanimous and open-handed liberality.
Generosity means freedom from small and stingy pettiness.
Generosity means practicing charity for the poor and unfortunate.
Generosity means kind bigheartedness towards those worthy of it.
Generosity means warmhearted and altruistic unselfishness.
Generosity provides the kammic cause for later wealth..
Giving causes Getting... No Giving causes future Poverty!


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The Blessed Buddha explained the treasure of generosity like this:
When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose mind and
mentality is all cleared of disgracing miserliness,
living at home, is freely generous and open-handed,
delighting in being magnanimous,
responsive to every request and,
is enjoying the giving of any alms.
Such is this treasure called generosity.
AN VII 6

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Just as a filled pot, which is overturned,
pours out all its water, leaving nothing back,
even and exactly so should one give to those in need.
whether low, middle or high, like the overturned pot,
holding nothing back…!!!
Jataka Nidana [128-129]

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The Generosity of Giving,
The Kindness in Speech,
The Benefit of Service,
The Impartiality of treating all Alike,
These 4 threads of Sympathy
upholds this world, like the axle do the cart!
AN II 32

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Giving food, one gives and later gets strength
Giving clothes, one gives and later gets beauty
Giving light, one gives and later gets vision
Giving transportation, one gives and later gets ease.
Giving shelter one gives all,
Yet one who instructs in the True Dhamma
- The supreme Teaching of the Buddhas -
Such one gives the quite divine ambrosia!
SN I 32

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These are these five rewards of generosity:
One is liked and charming to people at large,
One is admired and respected by wise people,
One's good reputation is spread wide about,
One does not neglect a householder's true duty,
and with the break-up of the body - at the moment
of death - one reappears in a happy destination,
in the plane of the divine worlds!
AN V.35

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There are these two kinds of gifts:
material gifts and gifts of Dhamma.
The supreme gift is that of Dhamma.
There are these two kinds of sharing:
material sharing and sharing of Dhamma.
The supreme sharing is that of Dhamma.
There are these two kinds of help:
Material help and help with the Dhamma.
This is the supreme of the two:
help with this subtle Dhamma …
It 98

The gift of Dhamma exceeds all other gifts.
Dhammapada 354

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The Bodhisatta once as king Sivi gave
both his eyes to a beggar who was Sakka the
king deity in disguise, who desired to test him.
He remembered "While I was wishing to give,
while I was giving and after this giving there
was neither contrariety, nor opposition in my mind
since it was for the purpose of awakening itself!
Neither were these eyes, nor the rest of myself
disagreeable to me. Omniscience was dear to me,
therefore I gave both my eyes."
The Basket of Conduct
Cariyapitaka I-8
Full story: Sivi Jataka no. 499


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The Bodhisatta once as the Wise Hare gave his roasted body
as alms to a beggar by jumping into a fire:
He remembered: "There came a beggar and asked for food.
Myself I gave so that he might eat. In alms-giving there was
none equal to me. In alms I had thereby reached the absolute
ultimate perfection." From then and the rest of this world-cycle
the moon will display a characteristic 'hare-in-the-moon' sign!
Sasa-Jataka no. 316

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Giving of things, treasures, external possessions, job,
position, wife, and child is the first perfection of giving.
Giving the offer of one's organs, limbs, and senses is
the second higher perfection of giving.
Giving the sacrifice of one's life is the ultimate
perfection of giving.
The clarifier of sweet meaning 89
(Commentary on Buddhavamsa)
Madhuratthavilasini [59]
Venerable Buddhadatta: 5th century.


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Generosity is the first mental perfection (parami):
Clinging and egoism creates internal panic and social tension.
Giving and sharing creates internal elation and external harmony...
What is gladly given, returns more than thousandfold!
Giving requires Relinquishing! Giving is Anti-Clinging!
Giving is the opposite mental state of Greed...


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More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_1 ... ns_(parami)_in_three_levels.htm

More on Generosity (Dana) = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

Have a nice, noble and generous day!

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Sharing Elevates Your Future!

Glad is Generous Giving!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
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The Mirror!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:36 pm

Friends:

Kamma & Fruit = Cause & Effect!

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By Helping others, one thereby helps oneself.
By Harming others, one also harms oneself..
By Supporting others, one supports oneself...
By Cheating others, one also cheats oneself.
By Giving to others, one also gives to oneself!
By Stealing from others, one steals from oneself!
Guarding oneself, one therefore protects others...
Protecting others, one thereby guards oneself...

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The Mirror reflects all Action, yet is itself Empty!

To avoid all Killing.
To avoid all Stealing.
To avoid all Abuse.
To avoid all Lying.
To avoid all Alcohol.
Is thus to this world
the Highest Offer!

Avoiding all Evil...
Doing only Good!
Purifying the Mind:
That all Buddhas teach!

Details on the causal mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.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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The Echo: The efficacy of Kamma is a reflected rebound of probability ...   

The Mirror!

The efficacy of Kamma is an Echo of Probability ... 
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Mirror.htm
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The 7 Arahat Qualities!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:35 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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