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Open-handed Generosity Smiles :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 16, 2013 9:41 pm

Friends:

The Ten Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often
practised and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress have understood the Dhamma
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that unique contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of own charity exactly like this:
A Noble Disciple reviews & recollects his own generosity Caga thus:
Truly, blessed am I, highly lucky: Among beings all polluted by evil,
stingy and mean niggardliness, I am living with a mind freed from
avarice, open-handed, liberal, in high-minded largesse, all inviting to
all beggars, rejoicing in giving and sharing all I have with others!
Source: AN 6:10

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Some Comments:
Giving is basic medicine against & training in relinquishing Clinging.
Exactly as much one is able to give now, will one get in the future!
The proximate cause of poverty vs. richness is thus stinginess vs. sharing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm

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More on the many future blessings of open-handed Giving:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Giving.htm

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Open-handed Generosity Smiles :-)

What one has given, that one will get!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm
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Visible right here and now!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 17, 2013 11:51 pm

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The 10 Contemplations are Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often practised
and developed leads to the complete turning away from the world, to detachment,
to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment,
and thus to Nibbana... Any Noble Disciple who by progress has understood the
Dhamma dwells frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of the Dhamma exactly like this: "Perfectly
formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediately effective,
timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see for themselves, inspect, examine
and verify. Leading each & everyone through progress towards perfection. Directly
observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence...
Source: Anguttara Nikaya 1:16.1 + 6:10     

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More on the Deathless Dimension & the Law: Nibbana & Dhamma:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm

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Contemplating the Qualities of the Dhamma!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm
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The Perfectly Self-Enlightened One...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat May 18, 2013 10:56 pm

Friends:

The 10 Contemplations are Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation which when often practised
and much developed leads to the complete turning away from the world, to
detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to peace, to final penetrating knowledge,
to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress have understood the true Dhamma dwells
frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation? It is reflecting over
the qualities of the Buddha exactly like this:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated
in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all dimensions,
knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,
both teacher & guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened,
and perfectly enlightened is the Buddha! Source: Anguttara Nikaya 1:16.1 + 6:10

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More on the phenomenon of a perfectly self-enlightened Buddha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... tteyya.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/drops/IV/Su ... imiles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Met ... imet00.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Blessed_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Master_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Life_of_Buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/SammaSambuddho.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Well_Gone.htm

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More on the Deathless Dimension: Nibbana:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm

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The Perfectly Self-Enlightened One...

Contemplating the Qualities of the Buddha!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... lation.htm
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Sangha: The Noble Community....

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 19, 2013 10:05 pm

Friends:

The Ten Contemplations is Daily Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation which when often
practised and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress have understood the Dhamma
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of the Noble Sangha like this:
"Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's
Noble Disciples. Training the right way, the true way, the good way,
the direct way! Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, these
four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, much
hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this
Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is indeed
an unsurpassable & forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world,
for this world, to honour, support, uphold, respect and protect..."
Source: AN 1:16.3 + 6:10

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Higher Education just of Another Kind - details inside...    

More on the Three Jewels (Ti-Ratana) and Nobility (Ariya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ratana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm

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Remembering this Sangha Community of Disciples:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangha
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Sangha
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Divine_Refuge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refu ... ecepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... sarana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm

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The Noble Community....

Contemplating the Qualities of the Sangha!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... lation.htm
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Divine Guiding!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon May 20, 2013 10:50 pm

Friends:

10 Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often practised
and developed leads to a complete turning away from this captivating world,
to detachment, to silencing, to ceasing, to Peace, to penetrating knowledge,
to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple, who by progress have understood this Dhamma, dwells
frequently in this state. Which is that unique contemplation?
The Noble Disciple contemplates on the divine beings in this very way:
There are the divine beings on the plane of the Four Great Kings, there are
the divine beings of the World of the Thirty-three, there are a Yama World,
there are the Contented Devas, there are also those enjoying own creation!
There are those with power over others creations, those of the Brahma world,
and those still far above them... Now, such faith, morality, wisdom, generosity,
concentration and understanding, which these divine beings acted upon and
which made them re-appear on a divine plane after leaving this world, such
good qualities as these, are also found in me! When a Noble Disciple reflects
thus, his mind is neither obsessed by any greed, nor by any hate, nor by any
confusion! Uplifted and elated is his mind, and this makes the Noble Disciple
gain further deeper understanding of the Dhamma, & thus makes the Noble
Disciple delight in the Dhamma! Being delighted, there arises rapturous joy
in him. Being filled with rapture & joy, he is inwardly satisfied & he becomes
quite calm. Being calmed makes him enjoy bliss and happiness and the mind of
the Happy One becomes collected, condensed and concentrated...
Of this Noble Disciple, friends, it is said that among many misguided humans,
among suffering humankind, he lives freed from suffering! And as one who
has entered the stream to Nibbana, he cultivates further his contemplation.
When, friends, a Noble Disciple has reached the fruit of understanding the
Dhamma, he dwells often with a calm smile in this state! Source: AN 6:10

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Sakka king of the 33 devas, hovering about with some of his many nymphs. A devata = goddess

More on the many various types of gods (Devas= lit: 'Shining ones'):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rem ... eities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... f/deva.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... maloka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... atimsa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/y/yaamaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/t/tusita.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... narati.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el414.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ajikaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... avatti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yatana.htm

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Many devas can attain whatever form and colour at will. Some is made of light!
They do not like the smell of humans like we don't like the smell of eg. pigs…
There are 31 levels of existence (Human is level 5!). There thus numerous devas.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

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Have a nice & noble day!

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Focusing on the next rebirth destination is Clever!

Divine Guiding!
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Divine Rebirth!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 22, 2013 12:11 am

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Doing much Good & No Evil produces a Divine Rebirth!

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Whoever is never looking only for his own comfort & who does not enjoy
his house, job, & social status, this one as chief of planets will be reborn
at the level of the Maharajika gods. Whoever venerates mother, father,
clan elders and recluses, is charitable, patient and takes no pleasure in
quarrelling will be reborn among the Thirty-three gods. Whoever neither
like dispute, nor engage in quarrels, but only cherish righteousness go to
the Yama gods. Those who are very learned, who know Dhamma by heart,
are very wise, longing for release, completely content with the virtue of
pure morality goes to the Tusita gods. Those who spontaneously are based
on right behaviour, giving, and monastic discipline, and are full of effort,
inevitably go to the Nimmanarati gods. Those who are of superior virtue,
are open-minded and devoted to giving, self-control and mental refinery
will be reborn among the Paranimitta gods. One attains to the Tavatimsa
heaven by right conduct, to the blessing of Brahmas fine material world
by jhana meditation and to Nibbana by knowing things as they really are.
The fruit of ones behaviour is pleasant or unpleasant. Pleasing behaviour
produce a comfortable future state, while unpleasant behaviour has pain
and suffering as future effect. These 3 should be reflected much upon:
Death, disease, decay and old age, separation from all one likes, and the
inevitable fruit of each particular type of action. Thus will one gradually
reach the destruction of greed. Whoever is free from greed, progresses
to performing much merit! Thus one discards all evil. You must all listen
carefully to this summary. This has been explained by the Great Seer!
Doing what is beneficial for others & avoiding what is harmful to others
is advantageous action, while detrimental action is doing the opposite...
Five rebirth-destinations as god, human, ghost, animal, or hell being have
been explained by Buddha himself to be the possible states of existence!

Source (edited extract):
Pañcagatidipani by Ashvaghosa & Saddhammaghosa: 11-12th century AC.
Tr. by Ann A. Hazlewood. Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=13271

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More details on the various Divine Rebirth Destinations:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ajikaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... atimsa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/y/yaamaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/t/tusita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... narati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... avatti.htm

On The Thirty-one Planes of Existence:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

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

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Divine Rebirth!

Doing excellent here, elevates to excellence up there ...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
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Gracious is Gratitude!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 22, 2013 10:56 pm

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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!

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Gracious is Gratitude!

Appreciation Echoes Back... :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ap ... iation.htm
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Happy Vesak to All Beings!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 23, 2013 10:56 pm

Friends:

At this Fullmoon Day do all Buddhas Awaken:

5th May 2012 Vesak Day celebrates birth, Enlightenment, and passing away
of the Buddha Gotama. Rejoice! Keep clean, calm, cool, clever, and caring...
About this Buddhist Vesak Festival: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesak
This May full moon also celebrates the Buddha's third visit to Sri Lanka in
the eighth year after his Enlightenment where he journeyed to Kelaniya on
the invitation of the Naga King Maniakkhika (Mahavamsa i,72ff.).
The day also celebrates the crowning of king Devanampiyatissa (Mhv.Xi.42),
and the laying of the foundation stone of the Maha Stupa (Mhv.Xxix.1)

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Please Remember:
At this very May full moon in year 528 BC the Blessed Buddha awakened
by completely perfect and utterly unsurpassable self-Enlightenment!
At that time a girl named Sujata Senani lived in Uruvela. When adult she
prayed before a certain Banyan tree, that she might get a good husband
equal to herself in caste & that her firstborn may be a son. Her prayer was
successful. Since indeed it did happen. At the full moon day of the Wesak
month, she rose at early dawn and milked the cows. As soon as new buckets
were placed under the cows, the milk poured spontaneously in streams all by
itself! Seeing this miracle, she knew something special was happening!
That same night the Future Buddha dreamt 5 dreams making him conclude:
"Surely, truly, without any doubt, today I will reach perfect Enlightenment!"
His 5 colored radiance illuminated the whole tree. Then Sujata came and
offered the cooked milk rice into the hands of this Great Being.

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Later a local grass-cutter came going with a bundle of grass just harvested
from nearby. He offered the Great Being 8 handfuls of Kusa grass, when he
saw that this Sage was a Holy Man. The Future Buddha accepted the grass
and proceeded to the foot of the Bodhi-tree. Reaching the imperturbable
Eastern side, where all the Buddhas take their seat, he sat down saying to
himself: This is the immovable spot, where all the prior supreme Buddhas
have planted themselves! This is the place for destroying this net of desire!
Then the Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and thus faced east.
Right there, he then resolutely settled on this mighty decision:

Let just blood and flesh of this body dry up & let skin and sinews fall from
the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained the absolute and
Supreme Self-Enlightenment!


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So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat, from which
not a 100 lightning strikes could make him waver from. At this very moment
the rebel deity Mara -The Evil One- raised exclaiming: Prince Siddhattha will
pass beyond my power, but I will never allow it! And sounding the Mara's war
shout, he summoned his mighty army for battle. Then Mara warned his evil
militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana, is far greater than any other
man, so we will never succeed to fight him up front. We must thus attack
him from the rear. Frustrated, being unable even to touch this big wielder
of power also with 9 mighty hurricanes of wind, rain, rocks, weapons, red
coals, hot ashes, sand, mud, and darkness Mara somewhat in panic shouted
at his army: "Why do you all stand still? Seize, kill & drive away this prince!"

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Mara then yelled: "Siddhattha, leave this seat. It is not yours, but mine!"
Hearing this, the Well-gone One replied: Mara, neither have you fulfilled the
10 perfections to the third degree, nor have you given the 5 great donations.
Neither have you striven for insight, nor for the welfare of all the world,
nor for supreme self-enlightenment! Therefore does this very seat surely
not belong to you, but truly indeed only to me. Suddenly overpowered by fear
Mara's followers fled helter-skelter in all directions. Not two went in the
same direction, but leaving their weapons in a chaos, they all fled terrified
by metaphysical panic. Seeing them flee thus, the great assembly of deities
triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated. Prince Siddhattha has won! Let us
celebrate this truly sublime, wonderful and unique victory! It was before
the sun had set that the Tathagata conquered Mara and defeated his army.
That same night, after having bathed, while the Bo tree rained red sprigs onto
his robe, The Consummate One gained knowledge of his prior lives during the
1st watch of the night: "With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
unified, focused, tractable, compliant, steady & imperturbable, I directed
mind to remembrance of my past lives. I recollected many past lives, i.e., one
re-birth, two...five, ten... 50, a hundred, a thousand, 100 thousand, many eons
of cosmic contraction, & many eons of cosmic expansion: There I had such
a name, belonged to such a clan & species, had such a body. Such was my food,
such my life of pleasures and pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away
from that state, I re-arose there. There I had such name, belonged to such
a sort & family, had such a form. Such was my food, such my experience of
pleasures & pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away from that state,
I re-arose here. Thus I remembered my various past lives in all their various
modes and manifold details. This was the first knowledge I attained in the
first watch of the night. Ignorance was destroyed; the knowledge arose;
darkness was destroyed; light arose as happens in one who is alert, aware,
and determined. But the very pleasant feeling that arose by this did neither
invade my mind, nor remain. With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
intact, pliant, malleable, steady, and totally imperturbable, I directed it to
the knowledge of the passing away and reappearance of beings. I saw by
means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human eye! I saw beings
passing away & re-appearing, and I realized how & why they are high or low,
beautiful or ugly, fortunate and unfortunate all in exact accordance with
the intentions of their prior actions: These beings who were endowed with
bad behaviour of body, speech, and mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held
wrong views & acted under the influence of wrong views, with the break-up
of the body, after death, have re-appeared in the plane of misery, the bad
painful destination, the lower realms, even in hell. But the beings who were
gifted with good behaviour of body, speech and mind, who did not revile the
Noble Ones, who held right views and acted under the influence of right
views after the break-up of the body, after the death, have re-appeared in
happy destinations, even in a divine world! Thus by means of the divine eye,
purified and surpassing the human I saw beings passing away & re-appearing,
all in accordance with their particular mixture of good and bad kamma...
But the satisfaction that arose here did neither invade my mind, nor remain.
With the mind thus concentrated and completely absorbed, I then directed
it towards understanding the ending of mental fermentation. I realized how
it actually comes to be, that:

This is Suffering...
Such is the Cause of Suffering...
Such is the End of Suffering...
Such is the Way to End Suffering...


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Such was the mental fermentations...
Such is the Cause of mental fermentation...
Such is the End of mental fermentation...
Such is the Way leading to the end of mental fermentation.


When my mind saw that, it was instantly freed of the fermentation of all
sense-desire, it was released from the fermentation of becoming, and it
became fully uncovered from the fermentation of ignorance. Thus fully and
perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha - perceiving this immense glory, spoke
these 2 solemn verses, which never has been omitted by any of countless
billions of prior Buddhas:

Through this round of countless existences have I searched, but yet failed
to find "the Creator", who framed this construction: What Suffering indeed
is such endless birth, ageing, decay, sickness and ever repeated death!
Now I see that "the Constructor" of this structure is Craving...!!! Never shall
this construction be built again, since all the rafters are shattered and the
main beam is busted and completely broken... At this calming of all Craving,
the mind was finally, irreversibly and ultimately stilled…
Then, friends, this revelation of certainty arose in me: This release is indeed
immutable, this is the very last rebirth, this endless reappearance has finally
come to a happy end... Nibbana is verily the Highest Bliss!

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About Absolute Awakening!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/g/gotama.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/s/sujaataa.htm
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm

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Source:
The Jataka Nidana. The story of Gotama Buddha.
Tr. by N.A. Jayawickrama, Pali Text Society 1990.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132935

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The 3 Golden Gifts ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 24, 2013 11:41 pm

Friends:

What are the 3 kinds of Buddhist Gifts?

Three kinds of gift are mentioned in Buddhism, namely:

1: Amisa dana: The gift of material things,
2: Abhaya dana: The fearless gift of life,
3: Dhamma dana: The gift of real Truth...

Amisa dana: – or the gift of material things is practised by people
of all religions and is very common. Food, clothes and houses are
given to people of little means or to refugees through various
religious and social organizations. It is, no doubt, a good thing to
satisfy the hunger of the starving & the yearning of the thirsty.
This type of donation is highly recommended in Buddhism and
is called the Amisa dana. (The donation of material things).
Next comes the Abhaya dana: - or giving life to those whose lives
are in danger caused by fire, water or enemies. Sometimes we
hear of people, who are about to die due to lack of blood.
To donate blood and save another human's life is indeed a great
thing. Donation of eyes and kidneys is also highly appreciated
and comes under Abhaya dana – fearless donation of life.
The last one: Dhamma dana: - or the gift of Truth of the Doctrine
is said to be the highest of all donations on earth. Why so?
Because it opens the Door to the Deathless Dimension!
There is no other giving, which is even remotely comparable.

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Openhanded Giving is the 1st Mental Perfection...

Sabba danam Dhamma danam jinati
Sabbam rasam Dhamma raso jinati
Sabbam ratim Dhamma rati jinati
Tanhakkayo sabba dukkham jinati


The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other Gifts.
The flavour of Dhamma surpasses all other flavours.
The delight in Dhamma surpasses all other delights.
 He who has destroyed craving overcomes all sorrow.
Dhammapada 354

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Most Gods actually became Divine Beings as a result of Giving!
More on Generosity (Dana) = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_3_Gifts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... remony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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Sumedha - the young millionaire - gives away all his property!

Source:
Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha Thero http://www.buddhist-book.com Singapore

Giving gains Getting!

The 3 Golden Gifts ...
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Focused Thinking!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat May 25, 2013 11:33 pm

Friends:

What 4 Objects of Thinking are always Advantageous?

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus do not accept to think any evil disadvantageous thought such as:

1: Thoughts mixed with Sense-Desire...
2: Thoughts mixed with Ill Will or Anger...
3: Thoughts mixed with Harm & Violence...


Since all these thoughts are irrelevant and even detrimental to the basics of
the Noble life & they furthermore do neither induce revulsion, nor disillusion,
nor ceasing, nor Peace, nor any true knowledge of Enlightenment or Nibbana!
When you think, Bhikkhus, you should only think thoughts like these:

1: This is Suffering;
2: This is the Cause of Suffering;
3: This is the End of Suffering;
4: This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering...


Why so?
Such thoughts are of prime relevance and highly advantageous to the basics of
the Noble life & they furthermore gradually induce both revulsion, detachment,
stilling, Peace, and direct knowledge of Enlightenment & Nibbana. Therefore,
Bhikkhus, an effort should be made much of so to completely understand:
This is Suffering; This is the Cause of Suffering; This is the End of Suffering;
This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering... An effort should be made to
understand, comprehend, penetrate, recognize & realize these 4 Noble Truths!

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Comments:
Keep mind focused on these 4 facts whenever it strays into fun, wrath or ill...

More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/truths.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sacca.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... #part3-h-1
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 (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:417-8]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 7: Thoughts...

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Focused Thinking!

What 4 Objects of Thinking are always Advantageous?
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The Good Friend!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 26, 2013 11:08 pm

Friends:

How is a Friend Good?

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Who is welcoming and friendly,
Generous, open and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such one will gain much honour!
Digha Nikaya 31

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The friend who is a helping companion,
The friend both in happiness and misery,
The friend who gives good & sound advice,
The friend who really cares & understands...
These four, the clever knows as good Friends!
These 4 heroes, one should cherish devotedly,
as a mother nurses her own only child.
Digha Nikaya 31

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If one finds a wise and intelligent friend,
who lives a good, correct & fully pure life,
Then, overcoming all obstacles, one should
always keep his joyous and alert company...
Dhammapada 328

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
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The 50 Human Types!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 28, 2013 12:26 am

Friends:

The Division of Human Types:

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1. What sort of person is one released occasionally?
Here a person goes on experiencing the eight stages of deliverance*
from time to time, and having seen & understood them through insight,
only some of his mental impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed.
Such a person is said to be released occasionally.
* The 4 lower jhanas + 4 formless jhanas

2. What sort of person is one released not only occasionally?
Here a person goes on experiencing the eight stages of deliverance
though not only from time to time, and having seen & known them
through insight, all his mental impurities are completely destroyed.
Such a person is said to be released not only occasionally.

3. What sort of person is one of perturbable nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he wants, nor when-ever he wants, nor as long as he wish to.
There remains the possibility that neglect overcoming him should perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of perturbable nature.

4. What sort of person is one of imperturbable nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and he does indeed obtain them with the certainty he desires, without any
difficulty, effortless. He enters into, remains in, and emerges from them
where-ever he desires, when-ever he desires, and as long as he desires.
There remains no possibility that neglect should overcome him & perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of imperturbable nature.

5. What sort of person is one of imperfect nature?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
There remains the possibility that neglect overcoming him should perturb
those attainments. Such a person is said to be of imperfect nature.

6. What sort of person is one of faultless nature
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and he does indeed obtain them with the certainty he desires, without any
difficulty, effortless. He enters into, remains in, and emerges from them
where-ever he desires, when-ever he desires, and as long as he desires.
There remains no possibility that neglect should overcome him & perturb
those attainments, causing him to give up his attainments. Such a person is
said to be of faultless nature.

7. What sort of person is he, who is made competent by intention?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
If he follows this up by intending not to fall away, he does not fall away,
if he does not so deliberately intend, he does indeed fall away from them.
Such a person is said to be a person, who is made competent by intention.

8. What sort of person is he, who is made competent by guarding?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
but he does not obtain them with the certainty he desires, nor without
difficulty, nor without travail. Neither does he enter, nor emerge from them
where-ever he desires, nor when-ever he desires, nor as long as he desires.
If he is watchful and guards them, he does not fall away from those states.
If he is neither watchful, nor guards them, he does fall away from them.
Such a person is said to be a person, who is made competent by guarding.

9. What sort of person is said to be an ordinary person (puthujjana)?
The person whose first three obstructing fetters # have not yet been eliminated,
and who is not going to do anything to put these away, such a person is said to be
an ordinary person = puthujjana.
Comment #:
Fetter 1: Personality-belief (sakkaya-ditthi)
Fetter 2: Sceptical doubt (vicikiccha)
Fetter 3: Clinging to mere rules and ritual (Silabbata-Paramasa; s. upadana)

10. What sort of person is one become of the Noble family?
The person, who is endowed with those conditions immediately after
entering the Noble State, is said now to be one of the Noble family.

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11 and 12. What sort of person is one dominated by fear?
The seven kinds of learners (sekha) and those ordinary persons,
who observe the 5 precepts are restrained by fear.
The fearless Arahats are not controlled by fear.

13. What sort of person is incapable of progress?
The persons, who are covered with the veil of kamma, covered with a disguise of
evil passions, covered with the shrouded membrane of the consequences thereof,
who are devoid of faith, wanting, greedy, who are foolish, stupid, incapable of
walking the Way recognised to be the true path in regard to things that are good:
These persons are said to be incapable of progress.

14. What sort of person is capable of progress?
The persons who are neither covered with the veil of kamma, nor covered with
disguise of evil passions, nor covered with shade of the consequences thereof,
who have faith, who wish good, who are wise & capable of walking the sole Way,
which is the true path, in regard to things that are good, true & advantageous:
These persons are said to be capable of progress.

15 and 16. What sort of person is one with determined destiny
The five types of persons going to hell* and those who hold wrong views **
are persons with a determined destiny. The eight types of Noble persons
are persons with a determined destiny. The remaining persons are with an
so far undetermined destiny.

Comments:
* They have either:
Killed Mother or Father.
Killed an Arahat.
Caused a Split in Sangha.
Injured a SammaSamBuddha  by causing him to bleed.

** Having Wrong View they claim:
There is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed, no fruit nor any
ripening of neither good, nor evil actions, no this world, no world beyond,
no need to service mother, or father, no spontaneously reborn beings, no good
and virtuous monks and brahmins, who have themselves realized this by direct
knowledge and explain this world and the other worlds beyond this one.

17 and 18. What sort of person is a path-walker?
The four persons, who possess the path are path-walkers.
The four persons, who possess the fruition stage are
established in the fruition of the path.

19. What sort of person is he who is 'equal-headed'?
The person in whose mental impurities (kilesas) cease
right at the moment of death. Such a person is said to
be one, who is 'equal-headed'.

20: What sort of person is one for whom an aeon endures?
Should such a person strive for the fruition of stream-entrance, and should
it then be the time for the imploding conflagration of the existing universe,
then this universe will not burn up before this person realises the Noble state:
This person is said to be one for whom an aeon endures.
All persons who possess the path (magga) are such.

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21 and 22. What sort of person is a Noble?
The eight types of Noble persons are the Noble.
The remaining persons are not Noble.

23-25. What sort of person is a learner (sekha)?
The four persons, who possess the path and the three persons, who possess
the fruition are learners. Arahats are not learners, but learned (asekha).
The remaining most common persons are neither learners, nor non-learners...

26. What sort of person is a master of threefold knowledges
A person having three knowledges is a person endowed with the threefold lore:
tevijja = possessed of three vijjas: namely:
Pubbe-nivasananam = knowledge of previous incarnations,
Dibba-cakkhunapam = knowledge of divine deva-sight,
Arahantaphalanapam = knowledge of Arahatship.

27. What sort of person is a possessor of the six superknowledges (abhinna)?
A person having these is a person endowed with six superknowledges, which
are the 6 supra-normal powers of thought and will:
1: Various magical powers,
2: Deva-ear,
3: Knowing the thoughts of others,
4: Remembering previous incarnations,
5: Deva-sight, clairvoyance,
6: Knowledge of how to eliminate the 3 mental fermentations = 3 Asava:
1: Kamasava: The mental fermentation of sense-desire,
2: Bhavasava: The mental fermentation of always longing after new being,
3: Avijjasava: The mental fermentation of ignorance of the Four Noble Truths.

28. What sort of person is a Perfectly Enlightened One (Samma-SamBuddha).
Here a certain person, who by himself thoroughly understands the sublime truths
regarding the doctrines not heard of before, and he attains omniscience therein,
as well as perfect mastery over all possible abilities. This sort of person is said
to be a Perfectly Enlightened One = Samma-SamBuddha.

29. What sort of person is enlightened alone & privately (Pacceka Buddha)?
Here a certain person, who by himself thoroughly understands the sublime truths
regarding the doctrines not heard of before, but attains neither omniscience nor
perfect mastery over all possible abilities. This sort of person is said to be
one enlightened solitarily = Pacceka Buddha.

30. What sort of person is released in both ways (ubhato-bhaga-vimutta) ?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and having seen & understood them through insight, all of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is
said to be released in both ways = ubhato-bhaga-vimutta.

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31. What sort of person is released by way of insight (pañña-vimutti)?
Here a person does not obtain the 4 lower jhanas , nor the 4 formless jhanas,
but having seen & understood phenomena through insight, all of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is said
to be released by insight = pañña-vimutti.

32. What sort of person is an eye-witness (kaya-sakkhi) ?
Here a person obtains the 4 lower jhanas & also the 4 formless jhanas,
and having seen & understood them through insight, some of his mental
impurities (kilesas) are completely destroyed. This sort of person is said
to be an eye-witness = kaya-sakkhi.

33. What sort of person is one, who has won vision?
Here a man truly understands that this is suffering, that this is the cause of
suffering, that this is the ceasing of suffering, and that this is the way leading
to the ceasing of suffering. The doctrines promulgated by the Tathagata are
perceived by him through insight, as well as practised; and having seen phenomena
through insight, some of his mental impurities are completely eliminated.
This sort of person is said to be one, who has won vision.

34. What sort of person is released by faith?
Here a man truly understands that this is suffering, that this is the cause of
suffering, that this is the ceasing of suffering, and that this is the way leading
to the ceasing of suffering. The doctrines promulgated by the Tathagata are
perceived by him through insight as well as practised, and having understood
them through insight, some of his mental impurities are completely destroyed,
though not in the same deeper way, as in the case of one who has won vision.
This sort of person is said to be one released by faith.

35. What sort of person is a Dhamma-Follower?
The ability of insight of a person going to realise the fruit of stream-entrance
develops to a large extent; he cultivates the Noble Path carrying with it insight,
Such a person practising for the fruition of a stream-attainer is a Dhamma-Follower,
while the same person established in the fruition, is one who has won vision.

36. What sort of person is a Faith-Follower?
The ability of faith of a person going to realise the fruit of stream-entrance
develops to a large extent. He cultivates the Noble Path carrying with it faith,
which is initiated by faith - this sort of person is said to be one Faith-Follower.
Such a person striving after the fruition stage of stream-attaining is a faith-
follower; while the same person established in the fruition is released by faith.

37. What sort of person is one, who is re-born only 7 times more at most?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more prone to fall into lower rebirth than as human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment after transmigrating seven times
at most among devas and men. Such a person is said to be one not undergoing
re-birth more than seven times.

38. What sort of person is he, who transmigrates among good families?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more liable to fall into lower rebirth than as a human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment; he transmigrates two or three
times among good families and then makes an end of suffering. Such a person
is said to be one, who migrates from good family to good family.

39. What sort of person is single seeded?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, becomes
a stream-attainer; he is no more liable to fall into lower rebirth than as a human,
but is destined to succeed to enlightenment. Having returned only once more to
the state of human existence makes an end of suffering. Such a person is said to
be single-seeded.

40. What sort of person is a once-returner (Sakadagami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first three fetters, and
having furthermore weakened greed, hatred and confusion, he becomes a
once-returner, who by coming back once only to this human world, will make
a final end to all suffering. Such a person is said to be a once-returner.

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41. What sort of person is a non-returner (Anagami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. Such a man is said to be a non-returner = Anagami.

42. What person is one, who reaches release before half-time (antara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing re-birth
in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth; attaining the
final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from that high deity state.
Either immediately after his coming there or before reaching the middle life length,
he produces the Noble Path and puts away the remaining 5 higher fetters. Such a
person is said to be one, who reaches release before half-time = antara-parinibbayi.

43. What sort of person is one who crosses the half-time (upahacca-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. After crossing the middle of the life span, he brings forth
the Noble Path and thus puts away the 5 higher fetters. Such a person is said
to be one, who crosses the half-time = upahacca-parinibbayi.

44. What sort of person reaches Nibbana without effort (asankhara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. He spontaneously brings forth the Noble Way & puts away
the 5 higher fetters. He reaches Nibbana without effort = asankhara-parinibbayi.

45. What person one who reaches Nibbana with effort (sasankhara-parinibbayi)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. By persistent effort he produces the Noble Path and puts
away the 5 higher fetters. Such a person is called one, who reaches Nibbana with
some effort = sasankhara-parinibbayi.

46. What person is an upstream Akanittha-Traveller (uddhamsota-akanittha-gami)?
Here a person, having completely destroyed the first five fetters causing
re-birth in the lower worlds, becomes a being of spontaneous divine re-birth;
attaining the final release at that same level, he is not liable to return from
that high deity state. Having deceased from Aviha (the can-not-fall-back-gods) he
goes to Atappa (at-ease gods), having died there at the Atappa deva level he goes
to Sudassa (good-looking gods), having deceased from Sudassa he goes to Sudassi
(clear-sighted gods), having deceased from Sudassi he goes to Akanittha (senior gods).
In the Akanittha abode he brings forth the Noble Path & puts away the 5 higher fetters.
Such a person is an upstream Akanittha-Traveller = uddhamsota-akanittha-gami.

47. Who is a stream-attainer and who is one striving for the fruition stage?
Any person, who works for putting away the first three fetters is one working
for realisation of the fruition stage of a stream-attainer, while the person whose
three first fetters already have been put away is said to be a stream-attainer.

48. Who is a once-returner & who is striving for once-return fruition?
Any person, who is working for the destruction of sense-desire and ill-will
is striving for once-return fruition, while the person whose sense-desire &
ill-will already has been reduced much, is said to be a once-returner.

49. Who is a non-returner (Anagami)  and works for non-return fruition?
Any person, who is working for the traceless elimination of sense-desire and
ill-will is still striving for realisation of the fruition stage of a non-returner.
The person whose sense-desire & ill-will has been entirely eradicated without
any remaining traces left back, is said to be a non-returner.

50. Who is an Arahat, and who is one striving of the Arahat fruition stage?
A person working for putting away attachment to form and the formless,
to pride, arrogance, and ignorance without any residuum is one working for
the fruition stage of Arahatship. The person whose attachment to form and
the formless, and whose pride, conceit and ignorance already has been entirely
eradicated, is said to be an Arahat.

Here ends the designation of grouping beings by One.

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The various kinds of Physical Frames are obvious, since they are visible!

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The various kinds of Mental Types are not trivial, since they are invisible!

More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

Source:
Abhidhamma Pitaka, Puggala Paññatti. Excerpted from the PTS
appreciated translation by Bimala Charan Law 1924.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130096

The 50 Human Types!

Physical Frames are obvious, while Mental Types are not trivial...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
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Profound Causality...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 28, 2013 11:58 pm

Friends:

Dependent Origination is a Profound Causality!

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The Blessed Buddha once pointed out:
This dependent origination is profound, Ananda, and profound it appears.
Moreover, Ananda, it is through not knowing it, due to not comprehending it,
that this generation has become a tangled coil, like a knotted ball of thread,
snarled and twisted like creepers. It is because of not understanding that
subtle causality of dependent origination, that this generation cannot find
any way out of this Samsaric round of rebirths, with its many states of loss,
painful unhappy destinies, and even purgatory hells. DN II 55

There is no one, not even in a dream, who has ever got out of this fearful round
of rebirths, always destroying beings, unless he he has cut through this wheel
of becoming with the razor blade of understanding well whetted on the stone
of sublime concentration. This cyclic sequence of cause of effect offers no
footing owing to its great profundity, and is therefore hard to get a handle on
due to the maze of complex details. Vism 586

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Therefore, practising for his own and others' advantage and welfare, let any
wise man practise deliberately and fully aware, so that he may begin to find
a footing in the abysmal deeps of the profound principle of dependent origin!

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In Quantum-Mechanics this Dependence is called Entanglement or Non-Locality!

More on Dependent_Origination by specific Causality (Paticca-Samuppada):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Crucial_Necessity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Eleme ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/As ... kening.htm

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As the origin of pleasure and pain: SN 12.25
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... 5.than.htm
A synopsis of dependent origination: SN 12.2
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... 2.than.htm

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Profound Causality...

Dependent Origination is a subtle Ontology!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pro ... sality.htm
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Everything has a Cause! (But which one?)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 29, 2013 11:58 pm

Friends:

Profound & Wisely Ballanced Ontology:

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

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


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


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Everything has a Cause: More on Co-Dependent Co-Arising (paticca-samuppada):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm

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More on Buddhist Ontology: What exists & how does it exist?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_Exists.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Advan ... t_View.htm

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

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Wise Ontology...

Everything has a Cause!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
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The Evaporator ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 30, 2013 11:11 pm

Friends:

The Evaporator of all Evil States of Mind!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and Friends: Once the mental release by infinite Friendliness
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded,
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will
be impossible for ill-will to take possession of and obsess the mind, for
the mental release by infinite Friendliness is the release from all ill-will!
Once the mental release by compassionate Pity & tender understanding
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded,
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will
be impossible for violence to take possession of and obsess the mind, for
the mental release by compassionate Pity is the release from all violence!
Once the mental release by mutual Joy rejoicing in other being's success
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded,
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will be
impossible for discontent to take possession of & obsess the mind, for
the mental release by mutual Joy is the release from all discontent!
Once the mental release by serene, still and imperturbable Equanimity
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded,
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will be
impossible for greed & lust to take possession of & obsess the mind, for
release by imperturbable Equanimity is the deliverance from all greed!

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The 4 supreme mental attitudes (Brahmavihara) are thus:
Friendliness, Pity, Mutual Joy and Equanimity!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmavihara

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More on this effective medicine of the 4 infinite and divine states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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Have a nice day!

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Infinite Friendliness = Safe Medicine!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 31, 2013 11:00 pm

Friends:

Why can’t one have a ‘self’ that is changing?

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In short:
Because the concept of a “self” – itself! – prescribe that this “ego” remains exactly the same
over a prolonged time! So also do we subjectively indeed experience it: "Though older "I" am the
same ‘person’ with the same ‘name’..." we say and automatically tend to think…
However only the name, which is an empty designation or ‘label’ remains the same, but nothing
of what that this label ‘names’ or signifies, whether mental or physical remains the same even
for a millisecond! All mental states and also all bodily material states change momentarily!
Thus "we" are never exactly the same from one moment to the next. Nor is anything external...!

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There exists no 'Ego', 'Self', 'Agent', 'Operator', 'I-Me' or little man (homunculus) inside any being...

Secondly: A true ‘Self’ is assumed to be in full power over itself… Otherwise: If this self have
no power over itself: Who or what has then power of this self? If anything has power over the
self then this actually deserves more to be called a 'self'. However realistically all events depend
on specific causes and not any imaginary ‘self’!
Nothing is the same. Everything is changing. Nothing is a static entity. Everything is a dynamic process.
Nothing is therefore under full control of any self. And nothing can ever be under full control of self
since everything is dependent on its own specific causes.

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The "Ego-Me-I-Self" is a mere recursive auto-projection or "self"-imagination of a non-real entity!

Thirdly: There is individuality:
Only a single process of the 5 clusters of clinging (khandha) conventionally called ‘a person’
experiences the kammic after effects of it ‘own’ past activities… Other clusters of clinging
conventionally called ‘other persons’ do not run into or experience these kammic effects.
But there is no identity:
Nothing within or outside of this ever re-arising process of these 5 clusters of clinging is ever
the ‘same’ or therefore ‘identical’, or therefore an ‘identity’… The ‘person’ is thus neither ever
the ‘same’, nor ever ‘another’, but just a selfless process of ever changing momentary states…
Nothing of such ephemeral transience is ever worth clinging to!

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As the Buddha said (and only the Buddhas can re-discover this):
"Sabbe Dhamma Anatta!" = All phenomena are no-self and core-less! 
All states are Impersonal! There is no Agent, or Substance neither behind,
nor within, nor without any Appearance...

'Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned & who see the True Dhamma.
Blissful is harmlessness towards all beings without exception.
Blissful is freedom from any sensual urge whatsoever.
Yet, the supreme bliss, is the elimination of this abysmal conceit “I am”!’
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

On this enigmatic No-Self (Anatta) Doctrine: Self-&-Substance-lessness
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sandcastles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Double_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Egoless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/We_Are_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Empty_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... Anatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... efence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dee ... t_Doer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Wit ... oversy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... reator.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/So ... eption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... f_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ju ... ubbles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... t_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Camera.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... nality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/No-Ag ... ndence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... y_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... _Agent.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... Anatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/First ... Enmity.htm

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There is No Self!

Individuality without Identity...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Changing_Self.htm
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Soaked in Joy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:11 pm

Friends:

Jhãna is the 1st Mental Absorption!

Jhana is Pali: In Sanskrit = Dhyana, in Chinese = Chan, in Japanese = Zen. 

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Preliminaries:
Purified Morality => Clear Conscience, innocence and the mental elation thereof.
Guarding the Senses => Absence of Temptation, greed, desire, and attraction.
Clear Comprehension => Acute Awareness and Absolute Mental Presence.
Contentment => Calm and Stilled Satisfaction even with nothing. Joy and Happiness. 

Mental Factors of Entry:
1: Absence of any Urge of Desire
2: Absence of any Aversion of Ill Will
3: Absence of any Lethargy and Laziness
4: Absence of any Restlessness and Regret
5: Absence of any Doubt and Uncertainty
1: Presence of Directed Thought
2: Presence of Sustained Thought
3: Presence of Rapturous Joy
4: Presence of Pleasurable Bliss
5: Presence of Single-Pointed Focus 

Subjective Experience:
Intense presence and awareness. Effortless, undistracted, and focused thinking.
Attention anchored even at ease at any chosen object. Mind is fixed and unified.
Result of chain of reasoning arguments is always reached quickly and successfully.
Body is without any pain and is felt like being a feather inside a big empty silent hall.
There is Joy, Bliss and Happiness mixed into Solid Calm like a Smiling Mountain! 

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Stages:
1: Directing (adverting to sign of serenity).
2: Attaining entrance and stabilizing that.
3: Prolonging and controlling duration.
4: Emergence from absorption.
5: Reviewing (looking back on). 

Grades:
I: Access Concentration like in neighbourhood approaching (upacara-samadhi).
II: Full Absorption Concentration fixed and anchored on object (appana-samadhi). 

Techniques which can induce Jhana Absorption:
Awareness of Breathing (AnapanaSati)
Basic Entirety Object (Kasina)
Inner Organs and Corpses (KayagataSati)
The 4 Infinite and Divine States (Metta)
The 4 Formless States (Aruppa) 

Manual:
The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga.
By the Great Explainer: Buddhaghosa. 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.phtml?prod_id=771100

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Buddha Said:
Having momentarily eliminated the five mental hindrances of: Sense Desire, Ill Will,
Lethargy and Laziness, Restlessness and Regret, and Doubt and Uncertainty,
defiling imperfections of the mind that obstruct concentration and understanding,
quite secluded from sensual pleasures, separated from disadvantageous mental states,
one enters and dwells in the first Jhana absorption of directed and sustained thought
joined with joy and pleasure born of secluded solitude. One makes this joy and pleasure
born of secluded solitude pervade, perfuse and fill the entire body so that all parts is
thrilled by this joy and pleasure born of secluded solitude. Even as a clever barber or
his apprentice would put soap powder in a brass basin, sprinkle it with water, gradually
knead and moist it into a ball of foam soaked thoroughly everywhere inside out yet
without dripping so too he pervade, perfuse and fill his entire body so that all parts is
completely drenched with joy and pleasure born of secluded solitude.

More on Jhana absorption:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma-Samadhi.htm

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Soaked in Joy!

Jhãna Mental Absorption is like being a Smiling Mountain :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
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The Problem ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:12 pm

Friends:

The Problem of Life is sure Death!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
The days and nights are flying past. Life dwindles hurriedly away:
The life of mortals vanishes like water in a tiny stream.
SN 4:10

FUTURE FALL
As in the morning one may fear the falling of the ripened fruits;
So do all mortals in this world live in constant fear of death...
Since they know: Certain is their future death!
Sn 576

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CERTAIN
All beings are subject to death, end in death, can never escape death.
As every earthenware pot that has been fashioned by the potter's hand,
No matter whether small or great will fall & break to pieces in the end:
Just so are all beings subject to death, end in death, can never escape death.
All beings some time have to die, their life one day will end in death,
And they will fare after their doings: The good or bad fruits they will earn.
The evil-doer fares to the burning hell. The good Noble man to a happy world.
Hence, Noble doings you should perform as a safe provision for the next life,
For good doings for the next world give to all living beings their only support
On the other side! SN 3:22

CRUSHED
Just as the mighty rocky mountains are stretching high up in the sky,
Extending wide on all the land around and weighing heavily down on it!
Just so do old age and Death suppress all living beings in this universe,
whether warriors, priests, traders, workers, sweepers & all animals too.
Not sparing anyone or anything whatsoever, crushing all life to be found.
SN 3:25

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MOMENTARY
Whosoever knows this body to be as temporary as a bubble,
as insubstantial as the mirror image, such one will break the
flower tipped arrows of Mara and cannot be seen by this
King of Death ... Dhammapada 46
 
SURPRISE (again)!
Death carries off the man while distracted by gathering flowers
of sensual pleasures, exactly and even so as a great flood carries
away a sleeping village. Dhammapada 47

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Regarding Death and the Deathless State:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Thorn.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Game_Over.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/End_Making.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ageing_Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Bag_of_Bones.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Deathless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Age ... _Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... marana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... he_End.htm

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The Problem ...

Certain is Death!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Problem.htm
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Elevated is the Boundless Mind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:59 pm

Friends:

Infinite Loving-Kindness is an Exalted State!

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The Blessed Buddha once explained Loving-Kindness like this:
This is what should be done by a clever one to arouse the advantageous:
Having attained a 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 calmed senses, devoted, and neither angry,
nor greedy. He should not do any mean thing, which wise men would criticize.
He always should wish: Let all beings be happy, joyous, glad, safe and secure.
Whatever living creatures there exist, still or moving, small or large, seen or
unseen, far or near, already existing or coming into being, let all these living
beings without any even single exception be perfectly happy!
One should never despise anyone anywhere, nor humiliate anyone anywhere,
nor ever wish for any being 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 Sacred 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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Exalted bliss is Infinite Loving-Kindness!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.
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Supra-Human Delight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:57 pm

Friends:

Tranquillity is the way to Superhuman Delight!

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Tranquillity comes due to insight. As he is sitting, whether by night or by day,
then he experiences neither fatigue, heaviness, rigidity, slowness, nor sickness
in his body, nor in his mind, but rather his body and mind are tranquil, very light,
adaptable, pliable, quite sharp and ultra-clear! With his body and mind aided by
such tranquillity, he experiences a superhuman delight, about which it is said:

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A Bhikkhu with his mind all quiet...
Retired to a remote & empty place.
There right insight in the Dhamma,
Awards him a superhuman delight!
It is because he really comprehends
The rise and fall of all phenomena
That he relishes this high happiness:
A silent joy not of this world!
A bliss transcending the human!
And knows it to be the deathless...
Dhammapada 373-74

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More on this delightful Joy (Piti), that is not of this world:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm

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Supra-Human Delight!

Tranquillity is the way to Superhuman Delight!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sup ... elight.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net
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