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Calm Power!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:58 pm

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Inner Tranquillity is a Mental Power!

In what sense is calm a power? In the 1st jhana this mental calm does not
waver even when attacked by the 5 mental hindrances, thus is calm a power!
In the 2nd jhana this serenity does not flicker even by thoughts or thinking,
thus is calm a power... In the subtle mental sphere of neither perception nor
non-perception, this tranquil composure does not hesitate being faced with
void empty nothingness, thus is calm a power! Such silenced imperturbability
can neither waver, nor vacillate, nor hesitate in any fluctuating indecisiveness
despite being provoked by agitation, confusion, distraction or perturbation,
therefore is calmness a power. Such is the power of calm: The calm power!
Vism 703

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More on this Serene Calm (Samatha) Tranquil Ease:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Silenced.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm

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The True Torch!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:04 am

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The True Dhamma Makes U Safe!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Torch, since it guides beings through the Darkness!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Boat, since it brings beings across to the far Shore!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Mirror, since it shows beings, how they Actually are!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Medicine, since it cures beings from deep Diseases!


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More on this genuine Law (Dhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm

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The Power of Insight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:03 pm

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The Power of Insight Purifies any Mind!

In what sense is insight a power?
Understanding impermanence, it is not disappointed by expecting endurance!
Knowing suffering, it is not excited, even when experiencing sense pleasure!
Comprehending no-self, it is not deceived by an apparent, yet imaginary ego!
Apprehending disgust, it is not obsessed by the delight of the adored object.
Appreciating disillusion, it does not get addicted, when influenced by greed..
Recognizing ceasing as peace, it does not get hooked on any form of arising..
Realizing relinquishment, it is not perturbed by any panic induced by clinging!
Insight does neither waver, nor vacillate, nor hesitate, as if in ignorance...
Nor is it indecisive, as if in doubt or uncertainty. Thus is insight a Power...!!!
Vism 703

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More on Insight (Vipassana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ssanaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cat ... _Snake.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... y_Life.htm

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Cosmic Goodness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:54 pm

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The Buddha on Gentle Goodness:

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Train yourself in doing only pure good,
Since that lasts & brings great happiness!
Cultivate generosity, peaceful simple living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness... _/\_

Itivuttaka 16

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Who is hospitable, open, straight & friendly,
Generous, gentle and always unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a true leader,
Such one may great honour gain...

Digha Nikaya 31

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For one who deliberately and fully attentive,
Develops and expands Universal Friendliness
Experiencing the fading away of clinging,
All his chains are worn down thereby!

Itivuttaka 27

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

Sutta Nipata I, 8

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May all creatures, all breathing & living things,
All beings, one and all, without any exception,
Experience the good fortune of Happiness!
May they not fall into any harm...

Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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More on this Infinite, Elevating and Protecting Goodwill:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... odWill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm

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The Blessed One!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:26 pm

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Supreme Master was the Buddha!

It was through understanding, that the Blessed One discovered the Dhamma!
It was through compassion, that he taught it to the multitude of beings.
It was through understanding, that he felt disillusion with the rebirth round.
It was through compassion, that he bore it, while learning to liberate others.
It was through understanding, that he fully understood others' suffering,
It was through compassion, that he undertook to counteract this misery.
It was through understanding, that he himself crossed over to Nibbana!
It was through compassion, that he brought other beings across also...
It was through compassion, that he practised & taught no-cruelty to others.
It was through understanding, that he himself was fearless of all others.
It was through compassion, that he became this world's only real helper.
It was through understanding, that he became his own absolute helper.
It was through compassion, that he was humble and gentle as a Bodhisatta.
It was through understanding, that he gained majestic dignity as a Buddha.
It was through compassion, that he helped all beings as a safeguarding father.
It was through understanding, that he remained detached from all beings.
It was through understanding, that his mind was detached from all states.
For just as the Blessed One's compassion was without sentimental fondness
so was his supreme understanding free from the concepts of "I" and "mine"...
Vism. Comm: Pm. 192-93

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On Perfectly Self-Enlightened Buddhas (SammaSamBuddhas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... tteyya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... uddhas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... tteyya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Met ... imet00.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... imiles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Master_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/SammaSambuddho.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Well_Gone.htm

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A House on Fire!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:21 am

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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

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A House on Fire!
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Leaving All States Behind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:37 pm

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Liberation means Leaving all States!

Any greed, lust, desire, longing, urge, hankering, hoping or wishing for this or
that state must be made to fade away absolutely, enabling mind to be fully
released and thus liberated by the elimination of all greed. All states of the 3
planes (sensual, fine-material and formless existence) is meant all-inclusively,
since it is necessary not to omit anything suitable for complete comprehension.
The Blessed One said: Bhikkhus, without directly knowing, without fully under-
standing all, without causing the fading away of any greed for this all, without
leaving it all behind, the mind is incapable of the full destruction of suffering!
Bhikkhus, it is by directly knowing, by fully understanding all, by causing the
fading away of greed for it, by abandoning it, that the mind becomes capable
of the irreversible complete destruction of all suffering! SN IV 17

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On the many forms of Craving (Tanha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Eleme ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... tanhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Sense Seclusion...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:45 pm

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Sense Seclusion produces Peace!

Since sensual pleasures, variegated, sweet and delightful, agitate the mind
with their varied forms, thus seeing danger in the streams of sense pleasure,
one should wander alone, solitary as a rhinoceros horn...
This for me is a calamity, a tumour, a setback, a dis-ease, a barb, & danger:
Seeing the vulnerability in the pitfall of these strands of sensual pleasure,
one should wander mentally secluded and reclusive as a rhinoceros horn...
Cold, heat, hunger, thirst, wind, scorching sun, gadflies and snakes, having
endured all these adversities patiently, one should wander alone, withdrawn,
and as imperturbable as a rhinoceros horn! (The Indian Rhinoceros Unicornis
has only one solitary horn!) Sn 50-52

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Whoever is addicted to society and worldly bustle, he will not partake of the
happiness of quiet withdrawal, detached aloofness, peace or enlightenment!

AN VII 86

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The solitary Rhinoceros teaches how to be comfortable within yourself!

On the secluded (Viveka) rhinoceros:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... viveka.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Th ... s_Horn.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_1.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_2.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_3.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_4.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_5.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_6.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_7.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... _sukha.htm

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Sense Seclusion... :anjali:
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What causes Failure?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:20 am

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Which Causes produces sure Human Failure?

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Once at night a luminous deity radiating light came up to the Blessed One,
and after having greeted him with joined palms, asked this question:
What are the causes of human failure? The Blessed Buddha answered:
The successful one is easy to recognize: He admires the true Dhamma...
The failed one is also easy to recognize: He despises the true Dhamma...
He admires evil men and disregards good men. He approves of bad men's
false & failed teaching. This is the main cause of the unsuccessful human!
Secondly if any human is fond of sleep, loving society, company and party,
and does never employ or train himself, but is lazy, yet easily angry if not
satisfied, then that are the causes of his inevitable human failure...
Thirdly: If anyone, although able to, does not support his mother or father
when they are old, then that is the cause of the unsuccessful human being.
Fourthly: If anyone by speaking falsely deceives a priest, recluse or monk,
then that dishonesty is the cause of his collapse into a downfall of fiasco...
Finally: Anyone who is rich, yet never shares or gives anything to anyone,
whether poor or worthy, such miserly mean one dives into disaster...
Sn 91-102

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See also: Failed by Neglect!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm

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The Outcaste...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:44 pm

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Behaviour and not birth defines the Outcaste!

Once a brahmin asked the Blessed Buddha: What makes an Outcaste?
The Blessed One then explained: Not birth or family, but evil bad behaviour
defines an outcaste:
Whoever is angry, irritable, cruel, hypocritical, has wrong views and who is
false, pretending and deceitful, such one should be known as an outcaste.
Whoever in this world harms living beings, who has no pity, who terrorizes,
destroys or besieges villages & towns as a notorious dictatorial oppressor,
such one should be known as an outcaste.
Whoever in a village or a forest takes by theft, what was not given to him,
who having lend money, when requested denies to repay, who due to desire
for some trifle commits violence, such one should be known as an outcaste!
Sn 116-121

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On behaviour see also Kamma = Intentional Action. (Sanskrit: Karma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... _Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /karma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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Exalted bliss is Infinite Loving-Kindness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:00 pm

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Infinite Loving-Kindness is an Exalted State!

The Blessed Buddha once explained Loving-Kindness like this:
This is what is to be done by one who is clever in arousing the advantageous:
Having attained the peaceful state. He should be capable, straight, and very
upright, easy to speak to, gentle and not proud, contented & easy to support,
with few duties , living simple, with senses calmed, devoted, & neither proud
nor greedy. He should not do any mean thing, which wise men would criticize.
Always should he wish: Let all beings be happy, joyous, glad, safe and secure.
Whatever living creatures there exists still or moving, small or large, seen or
unseen, far or near, already existing or coming into being, let all living beings
without any even single exception be solely fully happy!
One should never despise anyone anywhere, nor humiliate anyone anywhere,
nor ever wish for any beings misery or harm, because of anger or irritation.
Just as a mother would protect her only little son even risking her own life,
exactly so should one cultivate an unbounded mentality towards all beings,
loving-kindness towards all in this universe. One should cultivate an infinite
mind, above, below and across, without barriers, without enmity, matchless.
Whether standing, going, sitting, or lying down, even when slumbering should
one practise this exalted infinite goodwill. This is said to be a Holy state!
Sn 143-151

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The Buddha teaching about Infinite Friendliness = Metta

On this exalted Infinite Friendliness (Metta) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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Bluish Victory!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:30 am

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Seeing the Body as it really is disables desire!

The Buddha explained how to regard the body in order to reduce greed:
Whether going or standing, sitting or lying, bending or stretching, then one
should note fully aware: this is movement of the body, which is a frame of
bones joined with sinews, plastered with skin and flesh, full of intestines,
stomach, liver, bladder, heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, slime, mucus, sweat,
pus, lymph, blood, joint-fluid, bile, and fat. Filth oozes from its nine holes as
tears, earwax, snot, spittle, vomit, bile, urine, semen and excrement. Sweat
and dirt stick the body, and its hollow skull is filled with a fatty brain...
Only a fool, overwhelmed by ignorance, regards it as beautiful, but when it
lies dead, swollen up and bluish, cast away, eaten by dogs, jackals, wolves,
worms, crows and vultures nobody cares anymore about it. This impure, and
evil-smelling two-footed body is cherished by many and adored as a temple.
However: Whoever would be proud of such a body, or would belittle others
for their less attractive body, what is this, except lack of genuine insight?
The bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, having heard the Buddha's word,
indeed understands it, for he sees this body as it really is. As this corps is,
so is that body of mine also, understanding this, one can relinquish desire
for the body, both one's own and other's. Having eliminated desire, lust &
passion, the bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, has arrived at the undying,
at imperturbable peace, at the unshakable state of quenching. Sn 193-205

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On this radical method to cure greed: Meditation on Disgust (Asubha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... uction.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... _Greed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... asubha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... g_body.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Flesch.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Mara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Skeleton.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Oozing_Out.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm

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The silent Sage...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:19 am

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The Sage is a stilled Seer, sweet in his Silence!

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The Buddha explained the sweet, yet solid silence of the sage:
From all acquaintance, association, affiliation, and attachment, fear arises!
From any form of civil house-life emerges a mentally dull and dusty pollution!
The sage therefore prefers the disentangled and dissociated houseless state.
He who has cut down what has grown up accumulating, and who would never
neither plant anything new, nor irrigate what has already sprung up, him they
call a solitary wandering sage. Such great seer has seen the state of peace...
Having considered and comprehended all the fields of constructing activity,
having killed all initiation and all clinging affection, such sage indeed, seeing
the end of both birth and death, is beyond both speculation and designation!
Knowing all stations of the mind, yet detached from them all, a silenced sage
with neither greed nor preference, does neither any good nor any bad action,
for he has gone beyond to the far shore, by not accumulating any kamma...
Overcoming all, knowing all, very intelligent, unattached to all phenomena,
giving up all, completely released by the destruction of craving, such one the
wise know as a sage. One who has the power of wisdom, endowed with pure
virtue and ascetic praxis, concentrated, delighting in meditation, possessing
continuous mindfulness, released, detached, with neither mental barrenness,
nor with any mental fermentation brewing, such one the wise know as a sage.
Persistent, unshaken by blame & praise like a lion not trembling at any sound,
or like the wind not caught in any net, or like a lotus not defiled by any mud.
The sage is wandering alone, attentive, leading others, not to be led by any.
In the midst of oppression, despise & accusation he becomes imperturbable
like a pillar, with passion gone, with senses well under control... Immovable,
straight, upright, direct, never ever deviating, disgusted with all evil deeds,
examining both good & bad conduct, such one the wise surely know as a sage.
Fully restrained, fully self-controlled, who cannot be angered and who never
angers anyone, who does no evil, and who neither praises, nor criticizes any
other, him indeed the wise know as a sage. Constantly protecting all living &
breathing beings, the sage meditating in the remote forest, all beyond both
company and sex, completely released, not tied to anything, never negligent,
knowing all in this world, seeing the highest goal, having crossed the flood,
such a one, with his bonds completely cut, not fettered, without any mental
pollution, unselfish, swift and elevated, him indeed the wise know as a sage...
Sn 207-221

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On this Quenched State of Peace, Freedom, and Maximum Bliss (Nibbana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _State.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://www.What-Buddha-Said.net/library ... bbaana.htm

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The Best Fortune

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:58 pm

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What is the Best Fortune that can be Gained?

Once an illuminating deity asked The Buddha:
Which good fortune is the best? Whereto he answered:
Not associating with fools, but only with the wise,
Honouring only those, who really deserves it,
Living in suitable climatic and peaceful regions,
Great learning, good discipline and exact speech,
Service to mother and father, support of wife and sons,
— this is supreme good fortune!
Giving, and living the just and generous life supporting relatives,
Avoidance from all evil behaviour through complete self-control,
Abstinence from intoxicating drinks and drugs causing carelessness,
Reverence, devoted faith in the Dhamma, humility, and contentment,
Grateful hearing and study of the Dhamma, when one is ready for it,
— this is supreme good fortune!
Forbearance, patience, and humble yet keen attention, when corrected,
Seeing ascetics, recluses, sages and bhikkhus, who explain the Dhamma,
Living the Noble life, understanding the Noble Truths, & realising quenching,
Being unperturbed, when contacted by the manifold phenomena of the world,
Having established these exquisite states, one is unconquered everywhere,
One goes in safety everywhere — this is verily the supreme good fortune!

Sn 258-269

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The Boat...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:48 pm

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What brings beings over the Sea of Suffering?

The Blessed Buddha once explained the means and method to escape pain:
One should respect an intelligent one, from whom one can learn the Dhamma,
just as the deities respect & honour their divine god Indra. Then with clear
and elevated mind, he will reveal the Dhamma to one, when he is respected!
If anyone cultivates such a great man carefully, making it his aim to listen
and learn attentively, entering upon the Dhamma, and upon what conforms
with the Dhamma, then his understanding will become intelligent and subtle!
However, if one associates with the petty & envious fool, who has no direct
experience of the aim, then one will die still pestered by perplexing doubts!
Since how can a man, who has been dragged down into a swift-flowing river,
who is been carried along with the current, ever help any others to cross?
Similarly, how can one who has not learned the Dhamma, & has not listened
to the explanations given by the learned ones, who is ignorant of it himself,
and has not overcome doubt, help others to realize the stainless certainty?
Just as one embarking upon a strong boat, with well build oars and rudder,
could bring many others across there, being clever, considerate, knowing
well how to do it. In exactly the same way can one, who is self-developed,
who understands, who is learned and imperturbable make others realize it,
if they have got the capacity to understand, and the willingness to listen...
Therefore should one cultivate only a good man, who is clever and learned!
Understanding the meaning, walking the Way by knowing the true Dhamma,
one will thereby plunge into happiness... Sn 316-323

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The Boat of Dhamma ferries beings across suffering to Happiness!

One this Dhamma as Teaching, Tool and Vehicle:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm

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To my Son!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:32 pm

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Can the Dhamma Teaching be given in short?

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, solitary, secluded, silent, with little traffic. Be moderate in eating!
Do not crave neither for a fine robe, nor food, nor requisites, nor lodging!
Do not return to the worldly life again... Be fully controlled regarding the
monastic discipline and the five 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 all 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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Questions to the Boy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:14 am

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The 10 Questions to the Enlightened Boy!

Sopaka awakened as novice, when 7 years old! The Buddha then asked him:
One is what? All beings are fuelled by Nutriment (Ahara) answered the boy.
Two is what? Name and form (Nama-Rupa), responded the novice promptly!
Three is what? The three kinds of Feeling, was this assured boy's reply...
Four is what? The Four Noble Truths, returned this perfected novitiate..
Five is what? The Five Clusters of Clinging, acknowledged this not-pupil..
Six is what? The Six Sense-Sources, responded this all trained & learned.
Seven is what? The Seven Links to Awakening, answered this eldest boy..
Eight is what? The Noble Eightfold Path, replied this one gone to the end!
Nine is what? The Nine Abodes of Beings, explained this worthy junior...
Ten is what? One who is endowed with Ten Qualities is defined an Arahat....
Khp 1-6;9

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Matured Mind and not an old body defines the worthy Senior!

More on this Sopaka, who became Enlightened, when only 7 years old:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/s/sopaka.htm
Having accumulated the right conditions in prior lives, he was almost & very
close to be able to awaken in his last life... Therefore he could enlighten as
only 7 years old in this his last existence! Though his biological frame was
that young, his mind was the eldest & most mature among his un-awakened
monk colleagues. Any Arahat is the oldest and most senior in the universe!
To make the other monks understand, that they should not clap his head &
treat him as junior, although they were much older than him biologically,
the Buddha asked him these ten questions, which are studied intensely by
all Theravada novices even today 2500 years after! May all disciples do so!
These 10 questions are not trivial!

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Worthy Wandering...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:24 pm

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How to go in order to reach the End!

The Buddha once explained how to wander appropriately in this world:
Having rooted out omens, symbols, tokens, dreams and signs, such bhikkhu,
will wander properly in this world. Having dispelled his passion for sensual
pleasures, both human and divine. Having gone beyond all renewed becoming.
Having understood the Dhamma doctrine, he would wander properly in this
world. Having put slander, anger and meanness behind him, and with both
compliance and opposition completely relinquished, he wanders worthy here.
Having abandoned both the pleasant and the unpleasant, not clinging, not
dependent upon anything, completely released from all the mental confines,
one will wander rightly in this world. Having dispelled all passion and desire
for attachments and acquisitions void of essence, independent, not to be
led by others, he would wander properly in the world. Not opposing anyone
or anything neither mentally, verbally or physically, longing for the state of
quenching, neither wounding, nor binding others, without thorns or doubts,
one can wander smoothly in this world. Knowing that only harmlessness is
suitable for himself, with the roots of hate, greed & ignorance rooted out,
being without any inclination, latent tendency or mental fermentation, he
would wander properly in this world. Convinced, learned, seeing this 1 way,
not following any faction among the groups, sects, or families, quite wise,
having eliminated both favouritism and aversion, victoriously purified, far
famed, mastering all mental phenomena, gone to the far shore, without lust,
skilled in ceasing all activity, he will wander silenced, all quiet in this world.
Discerning events both past and future, entirely released from all sensing,
knowing the state of peace, self-controlled, having razed all accumulation,
he would wander perfectly in any world... Sn 360-375

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More one these Worthy and Noble Arahats all gone beyond even the end:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arahat_Qualities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Arahat.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... enable.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... nd_Men.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... getice.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm

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Shaking off all Evil...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:01 pm

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How to live the ideal Bhikkhu Life!

The Buddha once explained how:
Listen well Bhikkhus, I will explain to you the very way to shake off all evil!
Let the one who sees the goal & is thoughtful cultivate only that behaviour,
which is advantageous for those who have gone forth: One should wander to
the village at the right time early in the morning, since attractions attach
easily to the one wandering at the wrong time... Forms, sounds and tastes,
smells and touches, which drive beings mad, dispelling all desire for these
captivating things, he should enter for his morning meal at the right time...
Having received early alms-food, having returned alone, he should sit down
in solitude. Thinking of internal things, he should not let his mind go outside,
having his body well-constrained. If he should converse with any disciple, or
anyone else, then he should speak only about the outstanding doctrine, and
never slander, nor blame any other! Those of little wisdom will fight against
any argument: We do not praise them, since they scatter their minds there!
Having heard the Dhamma taught by the Well-Gone-One, a disciple who has
excellent intelligence, will wisely reflect, and therefore resort to alms-food,
and a remote silent habitation, since to simple alms-food, lodging, and water
for removing dirt from his outer robe, to such frugal necessities any really
wise bhikkhu cannot cling, like a drop of water not clinging to a lotus leaf...
Sn 385-392

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On Clinging (Upadana) and how to release this intensified form of craving:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cool_Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... inging.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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The Good Disciple...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:14 pm

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How to be a Worthy Lay Disciple!

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The Buddha once explained how:
I will tell you the way of life of a householder, who becomes a good disciple.
Laying aside all violence, he would not kill a living creature, nor cause to kill,
nor allow others to kill. He should deliberately avoid taking anything, which
has not been freely given. Neither should he cause to steal, nor allow others
to steal. He should not transgress against another's wife. When gone to the
audience hall, court or assembly, he should neither speak false himself, nor
cause others to speak false, deceive or pretend. He should avoid all untruth.
He should also avoid intoxicating drinks and drugs, nor cause to drink, nor
allow others to drink or take drugs, since intoxication causes carelessness!
Intoxication makes negligent fools commit evil deeds accumulating demerit.
He should neither eat food at night, nor wear jewellery, nor use perfume...
He should sleep on a low couch or on the ground on a mat. For this they say
is the eight-fold fast day observance, declared by the Buddha, who has gone
beyond all suffering. Having kept this fast day every fortnight, with a clear
mind, rejoicing, he should in the morning share suitable food with the Sangha
of Bhikkhus. He should support his mother & father by making honest trade.
A vigilant householder living this Noble way of life is reborn among the devas
who shines bright... Sn 393-404

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More on the Best Buddhist Praxis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/uposatha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happy_Habbit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... ection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Back_to_Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ce_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_V.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_VI.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ce_VII.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... e_VIII.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_1.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_3.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_4.htm

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