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Hooked on Hedonism!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:08 pm

Friends:

The Hook of Sense-Addiction gathers Fear!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, imagine a fisherman, who have thrown a baited hook into a deep lake,
and then an yearning fish, hungry for food, would swallow it at first sight...
That fish, having swallowed the fisherman's hook, would indeed meet with much
pain, disaster and tragedy, since the fisherman would do with it as he wishes...
So too, Bhikkhus, there are these six hooks in the world for the pain, disaster and
tragedy of beings, for the slaughter of living beings: Forms experienceable by the
eye, sounds experiencable by the ear, smells experienceable by the nose, tastes
experienceable by the tongue, touches experienceable by the body, & mental states
experienceable by the mind, that all are seductive, gorgeous, alluring, agreeable,
pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing. If a bhikkhu search for delight in them,
welcomes them, and thus remains clinging to them, he is called a Bhikkhu, who has
swallowed Mara's hook!!! He has met with pain, disaster & tragedy, & the Evil One
can do with him, as he wishes. However, one who does neither hunt for delight in them,
nor does he welcome them, nor does he remain clinging to them, such is a Bhikkhu,
who has resisted Mara's hook, who has broken, destroyed, and defeated this Hook!
He he will neither gather nor meet any pain, disaster nor tragedy, and this Evil One
cannot do with him, as he wishes... He has gained true self-control and integrity!

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The inevitable boomerang retribution of urge for Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1

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Source (extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [157-8]
Section 35 Salayatana: On The 6 Senses. The Fisherman Simile: Balisiko 230.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice unhooked day!

Hooked on Hedonism!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... s_Hook.htm
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No 'Substance' exists in and by itself 'Out There'!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:40 pm

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No Substance exists 'out there', nor any Subject 'in here'!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
In the seen is merely the process of seeing...
In the heard is merely the process of hearing...
In the sensed is merely the process of sensing...
In the thought is merely the process of thinking...
So knowing, you will not be connected 'with that'...
So disconnected you will not be absorbed 'into that'...
So neither 'with that', nor 'within that' you are not 'by that' sensation!
When there is no 'You' inferred or conjectured by that very sensation,
then 'You' are neither 'here', 'there', 'both', 'beyond', nor 'in between'.

On realizing the importance of this incident the Blessed One exclaimed:
Where neither solidity, fluidity, heat nor motion find any footing,
there no sun, moon nor star ever shines. There is neither any light,
yet nor is there any darkness! When the Noble, through stilling of
all construction, through quieting of all mental formation, directly
experiences this, then is he freed from both form & formlessness,
then is he released from both pleasure and pain ...

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Comments:
There is no-one 'who' senses, nor is there any 'substance' that is sensed,
even though the process of sensing occurs! Seeing is just a selfless event
of contact between the eye, the object & visual consciousness. Neither is
any 'person', nor any 'observer' involved nor inferred just by this seeing!
No subject or 'I' is thereby created, just because there is an object, or
just because there occurs the impersonal, automatic process of sensing...
Sensing itself, thus neither create any object, nor any subject, just as a
camera - though making an image - neither creates the object, nor does
the camera create the photographer! Thus can neither any 'substance',
nor 'reality out there' per se be ascribed to neither object, nor subject:
Just because there is a picture, one cannot by that in itself infer or even
ascribe any existence to neither the object, nor the picture-maker! Both
may actually be artificial, or of past existence and not real anymore ...
The fact that there is an image projected, does not per se imply, in or by
itself, that any-one actually is 'looking in' or 'is behind' the camera …
'By that' perception no 'perceiver' is thereby instrumentally present or
created... So the 'personal entity' we assume, suppose, deduce, expect &
believe to enjoy our experience, is merely a mental construct, a habitual
idea, a concept, & not a reality... The passive impersonal process of sensing,
perceiving and experiencing cannot thereby be 'instrumental' for neither
creating, nor inferring any 'being in existence'. The fact of this enigmatic
yet fundamental 'selflessness' is far the most essential core of the unique
Buddha-Dhamma... Outmost important to grasp, yet subtle, counterintuitive
and thereby difficult & somewhat 'nasty' to comprehend. Please keep on
trying, since this central Anatta doctrine is the opener, releaser & freer
of any mind. No-one is 'inside' the conditions that arise, cease & pass by!
Being hopelessly in love with an imagined idea of 'I=EGO' & 'World=Real'
is both fatal, tragic and sardonically comic... Hehehe ;-)

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Source: The Udana – Inspirations by the Buddha: I - 10
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html

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More on No-Self (Anatta) = ego-susbstance-lessness, no entity/identity:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/No-Ag ... ndence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dee ... t_Doer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... Anatta.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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No External Substance is independent of the internal Mind!

No Substance exists 'Out There'!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/No ... There'.htm
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Great is Compassion!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:51 pm

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Feel Pity for all those Falling Beings:

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It is a great pity with all those thinking like this:
Pleasure is the only good; by that they fall!
Terror is a necessary way; by that they fall!
Sensuality is innocent; by that they fall!
Violence is allowable; by that they fall!
Money makes happiness; by that they fall!
Power is progress; by that they fall!
Falsehood is acceptable; by that they fall!
Stealing gives wealth; by that they fall!
Conceit can conceal; by that they fall!
Science knows all; by that they fall!
Killing can be good; by that they fall!
Hunting is only fun; by that they fall!
Adultery is mature; by that they fall!
Paedophilia is harmless; by that they fall!
Drugs are fantastic; by that they fall!
Booze is medicine; by that they fall!
Giving does not help; by that they fall!
After death is nothing!; by that they fall!
The Hells do not exist; by that they fall!
Intentional Action has no effect; by that they fall!
I am the better than...; by that they fall!
I know better ...; by that they fall!
Making merit cannot elevate; by that they fall!

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It is a great pity with all those poor beings:
who are veiled by wrong view; by that they fall!
who are fooled by own opinion; by that they fall!
who are gripped by greed and lust; by that they fall!
who are stirred by hate and anger; by that they fall!
who are clinging to all worldly things; by that they fall!
who are confused by not knowing; by that they fall!
who prostitute themselves; by that they fall!
who cheat and deceives; by that they fall!
who pretend what is not; by that they fall!
who hide what is actual fact; by that they fall!
who destroy beings or things; by that they fall!
who pollute the milieu and society; by that they fall!
who deliberately do evil willing it; by that they fall!
who fail their duties and obligations; by that they fall!
who miss the obvious opportunities; by that they fall!
It is a great pity with all those blinded by ignorance,
bound and dragged by craving, while pushed by aversion:
By that they surely fall into states of pain, agony and despair!
As if gripped by the arms of two strong men and hurled into a big fire...

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More on this caring Great Compassion (maha-karuna)!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm

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Have a nice, noble & compassionate day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Feel Infinite Pity for all those Falling beings!

Great Compassion!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
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Friendliness Outshines All!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:54 pm

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Universal Friendliness (Mettâ) Outshines All!

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The Buddha said:
May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings everyone without exception,
experience joy & good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm!
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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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
Fully develops Universal Friendliness
Fading away of clinging is realized,
All chains are worn down & broken!
Itivuttaka 27

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More Metta:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm

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Friendliness Outshines All!


Good-Will Encore!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
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Nibbana is the highest Bliss.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:25 pm

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The Supreme Goal Ahead:
 
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The Blessed Buddha Gotama once said:
The purpose of morality is control of behaviour.
The purpose of controlled behaviour is absence of regrets.
The purpose of absence of regrets is joy.
The purpose of joy is satisfaction.
The purpose of satisfaction is calm.
The purpose of calm is happiness.
The purpose of happiness is concentration.
The purpose of concentration is understanding.
The purpose of understanding is disillusion.
The purpose of disillusion is detachment.
The purpose of detachment is mental release.
The purpose of mental release is Nibbana,
Final Freedom without any remnants of clinging...


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More on this uncreated state - Nibbana (Sanskrit = Nirvana):
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/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm

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Final Freedom!

Nibbana is the highest Bliss.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:06 am

Friendship IS the Greatest!
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What makes beings Aware?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:16 pm

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The Hard Problem of Consciousness!

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ViDeo:
http://youtu.be/hOID_7T2N0s

Consciousness is recognized as probably the most hard problem of today's science.
It cannot be reduced to swirling atoms or neuronal blips or even ever seen in any
micro-scope or scanning. It exposes a problematic and maybe even embarrassing
epistemological gap straddling between physics, neuro-physiology and philosophy.
Consciousness seems to be contained by the brain, but not produced by the brain,
just as the beer is contained in the bottle, but not produced by the bottle...
Consciousness holds the key to understanding the nature of core phenomena like
reality versus dreams.

Consciousness (viññana) from an Early Buddhist Perspective:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/What_is_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... nnaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Camera.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... usness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mom ... usness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Obs ... Object.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... inking.htm

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The Buddha on Meditation and Higher States of Consciousness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Wheels/wh189.pdf

Links and online papers on Consciousness:
http://consc.net/online/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_probl ... sciousness

TIME: The Mystery of Consciousness:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/artic ... 94,00.html

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Is consciousness a wave form or an emergent property of the brain?
Is it up in the sky, or hidden inside the labyrinth? ;-)


What makes beings Aware?

The Hard Problem of Consciousness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Consciousness.htm
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Experiencing the Break-Up!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:52 am

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Not even as much as a Fingernail of Dust Lasts!

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At Savatthi. Seated to the side, a certain bhikkhu asked the Blessed One:
Is there, Venerable Sir, any form, or any feeling, or any perception, or any
mental construction, or any consciousness, that is permanent, stable, eternal,
not a changing state, that will remain the same, just like eternity itself ?
Then the Blessed One took up a tiny bit of soil on his fingernail and said to
that bhikkhu: Bhikkhu, there is not even this much form, feeling, perception,
construction, or consciousness, that is permanent, stable, eternal, not subject
to change, that will remain the same, just like eternity itself...! If there was
this much form, feeling, perception, construction, or consciousness, that was
permanent, stable, eternal, and not changing, this living of the Noble Life for
the utterly complete elimination of all suffering, could not be made known...
But because there is not even this much form, nor feeling, nor any perception,
nor mental construction, nor consciousness that is permanent, stable, eternal,
not subject to change, this living of the Noble Life for the complete elimination
of all suffering can indeed be made known...

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More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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VANISHING
Impermanent, Momentary are all phenomena existing.
Whoever fully perceives this with Insight straightaway
develops immunity to suffering. This is a way to freedom.
Dhammapada 227

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Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya XXII (97); [III 147-9]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 An Ocean of Dhamma Teaching!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... ml#Khandha On Clusters!

Transience purifies...

Experiencing the Break-Up!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Finge ... f_Soil.htm
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Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:49 pm

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Mutual Joy cures all vicious Envy and Jealousy!

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The dear companion can be the proximate cause for Mutual Joy, where one
rejoices in another being's success... One thus rejoicing in others fortune
is called a 'boon companion', for he is constantly glad: He laughs first and
speaks afterward! So he should be the first to be pervaded with gladness.
Or on seeing a dear person being happy, cheerful and glad, mutual joy can
be aroused thus: 'See this being is indeed glad! How good, how excellent!'
Just as one would be glad at seeing a dear and beloved person very happy,
exactly so does one pervade all other beings in all directions with mutual joy...
Rejoicing mutual joy can also be aroused by remembering others happiness
in the past and recollecting the elated joy aspect in this way: 'In the past he
had great wealth, a great following and he was always glad'. Or mutual joy
can be aroused by apprehending the future glad aspect of his in this way:
'In the future he will again enjoy similar success and will go about in gold
palanquins, on the backs of elephants or on horseback'. Having thus aroused
mutual joy regarding a dear person, one can then direct the very same feeling
successively towards a neutral one, and gradually towards any hostile person.
Vbh 274, Vism I 316

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Comments:
Mutual joy causes Contentment! No mutual joy thus means Discontentment!
Therefore: If being generally dissatisfied, then be happy over others gains.
Secondly: Mutual joy causes all envy & jealousy to evaporate into equanimity!

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Mutual Joy (Mudita), which cures all envy and jealousy, is a divine state!
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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Rejoicing Joy!

Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
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Gracious is Gratitude!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:39 am

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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!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Gracious is Gratitude!

Appreciation Echoes Back... :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ap ... iation.htm
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Calm and Insight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:25 pm

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All Buddhas Awakened by Breath Meditation!

It has aspects both of serene calm (Samatha) & incisive insight (Vipassana).
It is extraordinarily advantageous to train this unique breathing technique.
Can recommend this booklet about standard Breathing Meditation very much:
Mindfulness of Breathing. Classic Anapanasati meditation manual of the root
Pali texts translated by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli. BPS. 1998.
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf

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The ideal is when Calm and Insight goes hand in hand, as if yoked together!

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More on this both simple yet quite profound Breathing Meditation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm

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

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Mental Calm induces incisive Insight...

Calm and Insight!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
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Our Fine Friends!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:05 pm

Friends:

We should be Good to our fine Friends here!

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The Buddha on the Universality of Friendliness:
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed,
I am a friend of those with no feet!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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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 being 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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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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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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More on Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm

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Our Fine Friends!

We are not alone here...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Our_Friends.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Liberating Rescue!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:37 pm

Friends:

The Ten Mental Liberators Frees!

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Venerable Sariputta once explained:
1: The experience of deep disgust.
2: The experience of death approaching.
3: The experience of disliking whatever food.
4: The experience of dispassion with the entire world.
5: The experience of the inevitable impermanence.
6: The experience of frustration inherent in decay.
7: The experience of the impersonality of existence.
8: The experience of letting go and leaving all behind.
9: The experience of disinterested, & detached disillusion.
10: The experience of calming, stilling, ceasing, and ending.


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These 10 perceptions are real, true, exactly so and not otherwise,
perfectly realized, comprehended and formulated by the Buddha!
They cool all craving, relinquish all clinging, and still all urge...
They are therefore to be remembered, recited and reflected over
repeatedly.. When made arise, they release mind into Bliss and Peace!

More on Liberation (Vimokkha) via directed Perception (Sañña):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Liberation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... iences.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Danger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... easing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... g_Away.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ntment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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

Liberating Rescue!

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Saving_Rescue.htm
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Five x Five!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:13 pm

Friends:

Five x Five Crucial Core Buddhist Categories:

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There are five Mental Abilities:
1: Faith, 2: Energy, 3: Awareness, 4: Concentration & 5: Understanding.

There are five Rules of Training:

1: No Killing, 2: No Stealing, 3: No Lying, 4: No Sexual Abuse, 5; No Alcohol or Drugs.

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There are five Clusters of Clinging to:
1: Form, 2: Feeling, 3: Perception, 4: Construction & 5: Consciousness.

There are five Mental Hindrances:

1: Sense-Desire, 2: Anger, 3: Lethargy & Laziness, 4: Regret & Restlessness 5: Doubt & Uncertainty.

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There are five Destinations right after Death:
1: Hell, 2: Animal Womb, 3: Hungry Ghost, 4: Human Being or 5: Deity.

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

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More on these core concepts enabling comprehension:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refu ... ecepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm

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Five x Five!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/5-times-5.htm
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The Prison of Pride!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:34 am

Friends:

The Catastrophic Conceit "I Am":

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All the egoism is born right when assuming the impersonal and transient
phenomena, such as body, feeling, perception, mental construction, and
consciousness to be "I-Me-Mine", thereby conceiving the idea: "I am"!
At once hereafter one falls desperately in love with this hypothetical
ego, exalts, gratifies and even worships it, as the most dear possession
of all... Pride is born right here! By comparing this non-existent entity:
"My Personal Identity" with external equally conceived perceptions, one
erroneously concludes: "I am better than ..." There arrogance is born...
Or one concludes equally erroneously: "I am worse than or equal to ..."
When there is pride, there is bound to be wounded pride! Because of that
"I-Me"-construing, ego-love and self-overestimation, one cannot respect
what should be respected. Feeling threatened by any realistic evaluation
of this adored "Ego", all potential "critics" or "competitors" are violently
repressed... By clinging to this cherished idea of "Myself", harming, hate,
ill-will, and violence thereby come into being. Even wars are initiated by
immature & infantile imagination of "Own Greatness" or "National Lead"!
Thus more than fatal is verily this cramped conceit: "I Am this and that"!
Serene Joy is however connected with open, and detached impersonality.
If there is no "I", no "Me", what then to be proud of, or violently defend?

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As the blessed Buddha said:
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desire.
More blissful is dwelling in complete harmlessness.
Even more blissful is solitude for one content and learned.
But highest is the bliss of uprooting this deepest conceit: "I am"!
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

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Frequent reflection on the impermanent and transient flux of all internal
and external phenomena, leads towards this counter-intuitive, yet crucial
comprehension of the fact of No-Self=Anatta. Absolutely freeing is that...

Sabbe Dhamma Anatta ...
All States are Selfless!!!

More on Anti-Egoism: Be as humble as a doormat:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/So ... eption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm

Have a nice, noble and humble day!

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

The Prison of Pride!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Cutting 5 minor mental Chains!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:37 pm

Friends:

How to Cut the 5 Minor Mental Chains?

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Friends, how does one cut the 5 minor mental chains of:
1: Identity, ego and personality belief.
2: Skeptical doubt in Buddha's Awakening.
3: Superstitious clinging to rule and ritual.
4: Greed, desire, lust and attraction.
5: Hate, anger, irritation and aversion.  


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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
In whatever situation or mental state one enters, whether high or low,
whether fine or foul, whether subtle or gross, whether far or near,
one knows, notes, reflects upon & remembers the facts exactly like this:
'Whatsoever herein is form, feeling, perception, mental construction, &
bare consciousness, all this is impermanent, transient, passing, unstable,
decaying, and vanishing; all this is miserable, painful, ill, a thorn, a tumor,
a disaster, a torture, and a burning pit; all this is remote, alien, impersonal,
ownerless, void of stable substance and keepable entity, completely empty
of any self-ego-me-I-mine-identity-or-any-personality...'
One thereby re-directs mind away from those unsafe phenomena and turns
it towards the freedom of the Deathless Dimension: Nibbâna just like this:
'But this is peace, the supreme stilling of all construction, relinquishing of
all acquisitions, the sublime release of all clinging, the calming of all craving,
disgust, disillusion, ceasing of all noise, perception and sensation, Nibbâna...'
Firmly established in this safe mode of reflection, one either eliminates the
mental fermentations completely and thus attains Nibbâna - here and now -
in this very life, or if not that, then one is reborn spontaneously in the pure
abodes, the pure lands, the pure realms, the pure spheres, of fine material,
where one clears the 5 lower fetters - the 5 minor mental chains - & attains
Nibbâna from there, without ever returning to this world from that level...

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The Moderated Speeches by the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya 64 [I 435-7]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/ma ... index.html

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PS: The 'Pure Land' (SukhaVati) Buddhism of today may thus have begun from
what the Buddha early & originally called 'The Pure Abodes' (SuddhaVasa):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/loka.html#rupa

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How to Cut these 2 sets of Five Mental Chains or Fetters (Samyojana) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yojana.htm

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Cutting 5 minor mental Chains!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Solid Siam!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:28 pm

Friends:

Thai Hard Core Oak: Venerable Luang Pu!

The Mind sent Outside is the Cause of Suffering.
The Effect of the Mind sent Outside is Suffering.
The Mind seeing the Mind is the Path: The Noble Way!
The Effect of Mind seeing Mind, is the End of Suffering.


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No matter how much one thinks, one will not know directly!
Only when one stops thinking, will one know directly...
Yet, one still depends on thinking, so as to know...!!!
When mind is all quiet, one will come to know directly.
Whatever one really knows, it is from watching one's own mind!

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Knowing is the ground state of the empty mind, which is bright,
pure, quiet, calm, not fabricating, not searching, not urging,
and neither possessed, nor attracted by anything at all...

He does, yet he doesn't:
Do you still have anger?
Yes, but I don't pick it up!

The Less the better:
Stop Thinking, and Stop Urging!
The Poorer one is, the more
Happiness one enjoys...

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Thai King Bhumibol presents a gift to Venerable Dun Atulo Thera.

On the Four Noble Truths (Ariya-Sacca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Actually_So.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Indeed_True.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_but_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_16_Aspects.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Focused_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Abs ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sacca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... omplex.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... _Truth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... htened.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... eaning.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... essity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

Source: Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Ajaan Dune Atulo:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... _Atulo.pdf

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The Mind sent Outside is the Cause of Suffering!

Solid Siam!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/solid_siam.htm
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Serene is Silent Equanimity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:31 pm

Friends:

How is Release by Equanimity Achieved?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is release of mind by serene equanimity (Upekkha)
achieved? What does this liberation have as its destination, what is
its culmination, what is its sweet fruit, and what is the ultimate goal
of mental release by universally neutral & imperturbable equanimity?
Here, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading first the entire frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite equanimity, so the second quadrant,
the 3rd quadrant, and the 4th quadrant. As above, so below, across,
and everywhere, & as to all beings also to himself, he dwells pervading
the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited equanimity,
immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility, without any enmity,
without any ill will! Thus prepared and expanded, he then develops:

1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless equanimity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such equanimity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite equanimity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute equanimity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with serene equanimity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with equanimity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless equanimity.

Based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.

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If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in any unrepulsive & tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in any disgusting & repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
dwell in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! Or else,
completely transcending the realm of infinitude of consciousness,
only aware that there is nothing, he enters & dwells in the sphere of
the void, empty & vacuous nothingness.. I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise
Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated to an even more superior
mental release, the mental release by imperturbable equanimity has
the subtle sphere of the nothingness as its final culmination!

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More on this serene mental state of Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm

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

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Imperturbability induces Peace...

Serene is Equanimity!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
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Devoured by Delight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:43 pm

Friends:

Seeking Delight inherently Creates Craving!

At Savatthi the Buddha once said: Friends, any who seeks delight in form
seeks delight in suffering. I tell you, anyone seeking delight in suffering,
is not freed from suffering. Anyone who seeks delight in feeling, or seeks
delight in perception, or seeks delight in mental constructions, or seeks
delight in consciousness, indeed thereby also seeks delight in suffering...
One who seeks delight in suffering cannot be liberated from suffering...!
Anyone who does not seek any delight, neither in form, nor in feeling, nor
in perception, nor in mental constructions, nor in consciousness, does not
seek delight in any suffering! Anyone who does not seek any delight in any
form of suffering, is therefore and thereby released from all suffering...!

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"Garden of Earthly Delight" by Hieronymus Bosch. (1450-1516)

Comments:
Delight is a mixed state of craving camouflaged by the joy of satisfaction.
However, in the end, all craving will create suffering either sooner or later.
Seeking delight is therefore - ultimately speaking - creating suffering...
All beings in the sense-world (kama-loka) are devoured by their own delight...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... elight.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22(29) [III 31]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Seeking Delight!

Devoured by Delight!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Seeking_Delight.htm
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The 7 Latent Tendencies...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:56 pm

Friends:

The Seven Latent Tendencies (Anusaya):

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1: The Latent Tendency to Sense-Desire.
2: The Latent Tendency to Aversion and Anger.
3: The Latent Tendency to Skeptical Doubt.
4: The Latent Tendency to Speculative Views.
5: The Latent Tendency to the Conceit "I am".
6: The Latent Tendency to Craving for Becoming.
7: The Latent Tendency to Blind Ignorance.


These are inherently deeply imbedded and hidden in the core of the mind,
where these subtle tendencies ever again exert their harmful influence
over our thoughts, speech & behaviour. Biased by such corrupt inclinations,
any intention to act will only produce detrimental and painful future results...
The only tool capable of overcoming and extracting them is indeed this quite
Noble 8-fold Way: The Ariya Atthangika Magga: :

1. Right View (samma-ditthi)
2. Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
3. Right Speech (samma-vaca)
4. Right Action (samma-kammanta)
5. Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
6. Right Effort (samma-vayama)
7. Right Awareness (samma-sati)
8. Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)


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The Latent Tendencies are the Hidden Driver of Mind!
Local minima are Samsara. Global minimum is Nibbana!


More on the Latent Tendencies (Anusaya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... nusaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... eeling.htm

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The Latent Tendencies are like mental Strange Attractors!
These confine the mind into habitual cyclical behaviour...


Have a nice & noble day!

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

The 7 Latent Tendencies...

Strange Hidden Mental Attractors!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_L ... encies.htm
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