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AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:25 pm

there is a sutta which talks of building parks and ponds which seem to generate merit for long periods. I always thought my monthly direct debit as something like that! it doesnt matter eventually- the whole point of dana for me atleast is to give rise to wholesome states of mind.
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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:27 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:44 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:09 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:48 am

I tend to reflect on one of the first 6 recollections daily. Today I contemplated the Devas by reading verses from the Devatāsaṃyutta and Devaputtasaṃyutta of the Saṃyutta Nikāya. I'm surprised The Recollections aren't talked about more considering they the original "meditation objects" prescribed to lay followers.

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:07 pm

Greetings,

Thank you for bumping this topic and allowing me to recollect the recollections!

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby Richard » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:02 pm

I also make use of the Recollections, especially the first. And I am glad when anyone brings them up, because they are roundly ignored by today's meditation industry. The sutta makes it clear that they are serious and useful subjects for meditation, and AN I.30 (or 1.296) says they can lead to enlightenment. There are probably not many who reflect on the devas, and I'm not sure how to go about that myself. But please keep exploring and share your experiences whenver you like.

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:56 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta (six recollections)

Postby rohana » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:36 am

I used to do Buddhānussaṭi a while back. I basically skimmed through the Viṣhuddimagga instructions, which go into descriptions of nine qualities of the Buddha, and picked out "Arahatō" meaning "awakened, having destroyed all defilements". Buddhānussaṭi produces a wonderful sense of ṣaddhā and gladness. If it is not one's main practice, I believe traditionally it is recommended when one is feeling uninspired to practice. (Viṣhuddimagga mentions some more benefits, among which a sense of fearlessness was something I also found to be true.) In fact, assuming one is a Buddhist, I wonder if it makes a better entry point to meditation, rather than, say Ānāpānasaṭi - which I think is not the easiest to develop (at least in my experience).
"Delighting in existence, O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence, they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind."
- It. p 43


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