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The Unborn Situation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:21 pm

Friends:

The Utterly Uncreated and Unborn State!

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This, unquestionably - so has there been heard by me - was so stated by the Lord,
was stated by the worthy Arahant:

"There exists indeed, monks, that which is unborn, is unbecome, is uncreated,
that which is uncaused and unconditioned… For if there were not that which is
unborn, is unbecome, is uncreated, that which is uncaused and unconditioned,
there could not be made known right here the absolute escape from that which
is born, from that which is become, from that which is created, from that which
is conditioned. However since there indeed exists that sublime state, which
is unborn, which is unbecome, which is uncreated, and utterly unconditioned,
there is therefore right now made known the complete escape from that,
which is born, from that, which is become, from that, which is created,
from all that, which is dependent and conditioned."

So said the Lord Buddha while adding:
"That which is born, that which is become, that which is co-arisen,
that which is conditioned, that which is created, that which is unstable,
that which is the bridge between birth and death, this seat of disease,
with nutriment as its source, is only perishable… It is nothing in which to rejoice!
The escape from this is stilled calm, beyond the sphere of logic, being that which
is stable sameness, that which is unborn, that which is independent, not co-arisen,
grief-free, dustless, this state is the ceasing of conditions involving suffering,
it is the pacification of all formation! It is Peace. It is the highest Bliss…"

This matter, too, was stated by the Lord Buddha, so has there been heard by me.

Source: The Itivuttaka - Spoken by Buddha. The Unborn Sutta 43

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Links on & to Nibbana (Nirvana), the Deathless Dimension:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.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
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm

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The Unborn Situation!

Nibbana is an Utterly Uncreated and Unborn State!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _State.htm
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Stilled is Nibbana...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:14 am

Friends:

Stilling of all Mental Construction is Nibbâna!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Here, Ananda, the Bhikkhu considers it all like this:
This is the supreme peace, this is sublime calm: The stilling of all formations,
the silencing of all mental construction, the relinquishing of all substrata
fuelling existence, the fading away of all craving, detachment, release,
ceasing, Nibbana...
In this way, Ananda, the Bhikkhu may enter a mental absorption in which
there is no notion of 'I' and 'mine', no attacks of conceiving any internal
consciousness or any external objects and wherein he is both mentally
released and fully liberated through understanding this all...
In this silenced and wholly stilled state there is no inclination to "I" and
"mine-making", and no more attacks of conceit by latent tendencies to
identification, egotism, and narcissism!
Anguttara Nikaya AN 3:32

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Knowing both what the inner is and the outer is,
one is neither stirred, nor troubled any more!
When thus stilled and imperturbable, there is
neither any attraction, nor any repulsion...
One has crossed and escaped ageing and death!!!
Sutta Nipata 1048

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More on Nibbana: A Quenched State of Peace, Freedom, and Max. Bliss:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.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/IV/Th ... _State.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm

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Stilled is Nibbana...

The stilling of all mental formation is the supreme peace!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
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All Being is Blinking!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Friends:

Any conscious moment also dies immediately!

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Life, personality, pleasure, pain, endures joined in one conscious moment,
that flicks by... Whether such ceased clusters of clinging are those of a
dead or alive does not matter, they are all alike, momentarily gone never
to return... No world is born and appears as manifest, if consciousness is
not produced! Only when consciousness is present, does the world emerge!
When consciousness momentarily dissolves, the world is dead and vanished!
So both the being & the world starts and ends within each conscious moment!
Both are reborn millions of times per second! Not only at conventional death..
This is how death also should be recollected, as the shortness of the moment.
This is the highest sense this concept of conscious existence ever will allow...
(Vism I 238, Nd I 42)

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Both 'Being' & 'World' occurs only as discrete conscious moments!

Being or rather becoming proceeds as a discrete Blinking:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Void_Blinking.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Di ... States.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm

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No being is Static: In the blinking tunnel flows the process of re-becoming!

Being is Blinking!

Existence is discrete and not continuous!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mom ... usness.htm
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Avoid all Stealing, Fraud & Cheating!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:51 pm

Friends:

Neither Stealing nor Cheating, Taking only what is Given!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting to oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
take from me, what I have not given, that is, to commit theft, to steal, that would
neither be pleasing, nor agreeable to me.
If I were to take from whatever kind of another being, what he has not freely given,
that is also to commit theft, to steal, that would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable
to that other being either.... What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is thus also
displeasing and disagreeable to any other being too! How can I inflict upon another
being, what is displeasing and disagreeable to myself? Having reflected repeatedly
thus, then gradually:
1: One will carefully avoid all taking, what is not freely given...
2: One will persuade others also to abstain from all stealing and theft...
3: One will praise only accepting, what is freely and righteously given...

In exactly this way is this good bodily behaviour purified in 3 respects!!!

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Comments:
Cheating with valuables & scales, fraud, false insurance claims, swindling,
tax evasion, and any illegitimate misappropriation of values is theft...


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DO NOT MAKE OTHERS SUFFER BY STEALING WHAT THEY CLING TO!
The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes what is not given;
The one who mates with the partner of another;
The one who is addicted to drinking and drugging;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!!!
Dhammapada 246-47

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The one who never takes, what is not freely given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite
or repulsive, such one is a pure one.
Dhammapada 409

More on Stealing and Consequences:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wa ... rbeque.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... uences.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_II.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:354]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

Have a nice clean & honest day!

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Avoid all Stealing, Cheating & Fraud!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Not_Stealing.htm
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Breathing makes Awareness..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:45 pm

Friends:

Breathing Fulfills the 4 Foundations of Awareness!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this: How, Ananda, is this fine
concentration by Awareness by Breathing (Anapanasati) developed and
cultivated so that it fulfils the Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati) ?

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Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
1: Breathing long, knows, notes & understands: I breathe in & out long!
2: Breathing short, knows, notes & understands: I breathe in & out short!
3: Trains thus: Experiencing this entire body, I will breathe in & out!
4: Trains thus: Calming all bodily activity, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body as a group,
keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! This is a certain kind of body, Ananda,
a kind of accumulation, just this breathing in and breathing out in itself...

Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
5: Trains thus: Experiencing enraptured joy, I will breathe in & out!
6: Trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will breathe in & out!
7: Trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will breathe in & out!
8: Trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating feeling as a reaction,
keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! For what reason? Close attention to
breathing in & breathing out is also a certain kind of feeling, Ananda...
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu: :
9: Trains thus: Experiencing the present mood, I will breathe in & out!
10: Trains thus: Elating, & satisfying the mind, I will breathe in & out!
11: Trains thus: Concentrating, & focusing mind, I will breathe in & out!
12: Trains thus: Releasing, & liberating the mind, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating mind only as moods,
keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! I tell you, Ananda, there is no gaining
concentration by awareness by breathing for one, who is confused, and
who lacks clear comprehension of the actually present mentality & mood!

Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
13: Trains thus: Contemplating impermanence, I will breathe in & out!
14: Trains thus: Contemplating disillusion, I will breathe in & out!
15: Trains thus: Contemplating ceasing, I will breathe in & out!
16: Trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating all phenomena as
mental states, keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing
all desire and frustration rooted in this world! Having by understanding
seen what really is the elimination of greed and discontent, he is one
who just looks on, over-viewing carefully in imperturbable equanimity...
It is, Ananda, when Awareness by Breathing is trained, developed and
refined in this very way, that it fulfills the 4 Foundations of Awareness...

These 16 steps should be memorized fully. Print out & bring to pillow!


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The Buddha explains Awareness by Breathing
(Anapanasati Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 118)


More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
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_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm

Full text and all classic commentarial explanations:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:329-31]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 13: Ananda!

Breathing makes Awareness..

Unique and Subtle is Breathing Meditation!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/1_Producing_4.htm
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Absorption by Breathing!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:46 pm

Friends:

Breathing in-&-out can produce Absorption!

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The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration gained by Awareness by Breathing, when trained,
is of great fruit and advantage. And how, Bhikkhus, is this concentration by
Awareness by Breathing developed and cultivated so that it is of great fruit
and advantage? Bhikkhus, when one have gone to the forest, or to the root of
a tree, or to an empty hut, there one sits down cross-legged, having made one's
body and back straight, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just
plain aware of that breathing in itself one breathes in, and just solely aware
of only that breathing in itself one breathes out...
1: Breathing in long, one knows, notes and understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, one knows, notes and understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15)
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a friend wishes: May I become secluded from all sense
desires, protected from any detrimental mental state, and thereby enter and
dwell in the 1st jhana, which is directed thought and sustained thinking joined
with Joy and pleasure born of solitude, then this very same concentration by
Awareness by Breathing should be cultivated often & devoted much attention!
Furthermore if such friend should wish: By the stilling & fading of all directed
and sustained thought, may I enter & dwell in the 2nd jhana, which is a calmed
assurance fixed by solid mental unification and joined with Joy & pleasure now
born of a concentration devoid of any active thinking, then this same method:
Awareness by Breathing should be trained often & devoted sincere attention!
Even further; if one should wish: With the fading away of joy, may I dwell in
composed equanimity, just open, aware and clearly comprehending, still feeling
pleasure in this body, by entering upon and remaining in the 3rd jhana, about
which the Noble Ones declare: "In aware Equanimity one dwells in pleasure!",
then this very same exercise: Awareness by Breathing should be developed
regularly and dedicated much earnest consideration! Finally if one should wish:
With the leaving all behind of both pleasure and pain, even as with the prior
disappearance of both Joy and sorrow, may I enter and dwell in the 4th jhana,
which is an entirely silenced state of utter awareness, purified by Equanimity
of neither-pain-nor-pleasure, then this same praxis: Awareness by Breathing
should be repeated daily & thus made a primary priority due to its importance!

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The sublime Awareness by Breathing (Anapana-sati) used by all Buddhas:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf
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/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mag ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:316-7]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!

Have a nice & noble day!

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Mind becomes Exalted, when One-Pointed!

Absorption by Breathing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
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Calming made Simple ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:43 pm

Friends:

Special Experiences might cure illness instantly!

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Once when Venerable Girimananda was sick, the Buddha said to Ven. Ananda.
What is the experience of acute Awareness by in-&-out Breathing?
It is when a Bhikkhu, who have gone to the forest, or to the root of a tree,
or to an empty hut, sits down cross-legged, having straightened his body and
back, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just plain aware of only
that itself, he breathes in, and then just solely aware of only that breathing
in itself, he then breathes out...
1: Breathing in-&-out long, he knows, notes & understands: I in-&-exhale long!
2: Breathing in short, he knows, notes & understands: I in-&-exhale short!
3: He trains thus: Experiencing this entire body, I will breathe in-&out!
4: He trains thus: Calming all bodily activity, I will breathe in-&out!
5: He trains thus: Experiencing enraptured joy, I will breathe in-&out!
6: He trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will breathe in-&out!
7: He trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will breathe in-&out!
8: He trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will breathe in-&out!
9: He trains thus: Experiencing the present mood, I will breathe in-&out!
10: He trains thus: Elating & gladdening the mind, I will breathe in-&out!
11: He trains thus: Concentrating & focusing mind, I will breathe in-&out!
12: He trains thus: Releasing, & liberating the mind, I will breathe in-&out!
13: He trains thus: Considering impermanence, I will breathe in-&out!
14: He trains thus: Considering disillusion, I will breathe in-&out!
15: He trains thus: Considering ceasing, I will breathe in-&out!
16: He trains thus: Considering relinquishment, I will breathe in-&out!
Having learnt and memorized these 16 simple steps from the Blessed One,
the Venerable Ananda went to the Venerable Girimananda and recited these
to him. Then as soon as Venerable Girimananda heard these 16 simple steps
& the ten experiences his illness instantly subsided & he rose from his bed!
This was thus the way Venerable Girimananda was cured from his sickness....

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The 10 Experiences are:
1: The experience of Impermanence, and Transience (Anicca-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
2: The experience of No-Self, and Egoless Impersonality (Anatta-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm
3: The experience of Loathsome Foulness, and Disgust (Asubha-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
4: The experience of Danger, Damage, and Disadvantage (Adinava-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Danger.htm
5: The experience of Leaving Behind, Overcoming; Giving up (Pahana-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... nation.htm
6: The experience of Disillusion, Dispassion, & Detachment (Viraga-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... g_Away.htm
7: The experience of Ceasing, Stilling, and Final Finishing (Nirodha-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... easing.htm
8: The experience of Disgust with the Whole World (Sabbaloka-Anabhirati-Sañña).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ntment.htm
9: The experience of Decay of all Formations (Sabbasankharesu Anicca-Sañña)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm
10: The experience of Awareness by in-and-out Breathing (Anapanasati-Sañña)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm

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Ven. Webu Sayadaw was a great promoter of Anapana-sati meditation.

On Awareness by Breathing:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf
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/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mag ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm

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Source (edited extract):

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:60, V 108ff.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

Calming is Simple:
Stay focused on the Breath!


Experiencing the Breath!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm
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The Uncreated State!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:43 pm

Friends:

An Unconstructed and Unchanging State!

At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once said to his monks:
I will teach you the Unconstructed, Unconditioned & Uncreated State, &
the way leading to this unconstructed, unconditioned & uncreated state...
Listen & pay attention to that, which will lead you to lasting happiness!
And what, is this unconstructed, unconditioned and uncreated state?
The elimination of greed, the stilling of hate, & the absence of ignorance:
This is the unconstructed, unconditioned & uncreated state of Nibbana...
And what is the good way leading to this unconstructed, unconditioned &
uncreated state?

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Awareness of the body as a collection of organs is a way to unconstruct...
The four foundations of awareness is a way to this uncreated dimension...
Serene calm and profound insight is a way to this unconditioned sphere...
Concentrated directed thought & sustained examination is such a way...
Absorption into emptiness, signlessness, and into the uninclined is a way...
The four right efforts is a way to this unconditional state...
The four roads to force is a way to this unchanging state...
The five pure abilities is a way to this unfailing state...
The five pure powers is a way to this undecaying state...
The seven links to awakening is a way to this deathless state...
The Noble 8-fold Way is a way to this immaculate state...

These are the only ways leading to the unconstructed, unconditioned and
uncreated state. Bhikkhus, I have now taught you the unconstructed, the
unconditioned, the uncreated, and the way leading to this unconstructed,
unconditioned & uncreated state. Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by
a considerate teacher out of sympathy for his disciples, wishing their sole
welfare, that I have now done for you. There are roots of trees, bhikkhus,
there are empty huts. Meditate, do not neglect your meditation, bhikkhus,
since you will bitterly regret it later! This is our instruction to you all...

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Buddha Gotama enters Nibbana in year 483 BC.

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
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm

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Not a place, yet a real state of the most supreme Bliss!

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [359-62]
Section 43: On The Unconstructed. The way to the unconstructed state: 1-11.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

The Uncreated State!

An Unconstructed and Unchanging Absolute...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
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Rejoice!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:22 pm

Friends:

How is the Mental Release by Mutual Joy?

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
How is the release of mind by infinite mutual joy (Mudita) 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 mutual, unselfish, altruistic, appreciative & rejoicing joy?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite mutual joy, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quadrant.
As above, so below, across, and everywhere to all beings as for himself,
he dwells pervading the entire cosmos with a mind fully saturated with
unlimited mutual joy, immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility,
without any enmity, without any trace of ill will, of jealousy or of envy!
Thus prepared and mentally quite expanded, he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless mutual joy.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such mutual joy.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite mutual joy.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute mutual joy.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with noble mutual joy.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with mutual joy.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless mutual joy.

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

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If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing repulsion by any attractive & tempting object,
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes: May I
dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in any disgusting and repulsive object,
then he experiences pleasing beauty in whatever disgusting & ugly thing!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive & the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware & clearly comprehending, then he experiences
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! When meditating he
can completely transcend the realm of infinitude of space, only aware
that consciousness is infinite, he can enter and dwell in the sphere of the
infinitude of consciousness.. I tell you Bhikkhus for a quite wise Bhikkhu
here, who has not yet penetrated to an even more superior mental release,
the mental release by infinite, altruistic and mutual joy has the sphere of
the infinitude of consciousness as its culmination!

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More on Mutual Joy (Mudita):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm

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Comments: Are you Discontent? Here is Why!
Mutual joy is the proximate cause of contentment.
Consequentially: Lack of mutual joy produces frustrated discontent!
Mutual joy also eliminates jealousy and envy! Absence of mutual joy
therefore induces the acid like mental pain called envy and jealousy!

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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...

Rejoice!

Mutual joy is the cause of contentment!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm
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Giving is Getting!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:56 am

Friends:

Cause & Effect: Action & Reward:

Giving is the prime cause of Wealth!
No giving = no wealth, much giving = much future wealth!


Giving Food, one gives and later gets Strength!
Giving Clothes, one gives and later gets Beauty!
Giving Medicine, one gives and later gets Health!
Giving Shelter, one gives and later gets Protection!
Giving Transport, one gives and later gets Swift Ease!
Giving Lamps, one gives and later gets Light and Sight!
Giving Learning, one gives and later gets Intelligence!
Giving True Dhamma, one gives & later gets Deathlessness!
Thus this gift of True Dhamma exceeds all other gifts...

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More on Generosity = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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The Gods became the Gods, by Giving to the Pure Ones!

Giving is Getting!

Cause & Effect = Good Action & Reward:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Giving.htm
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How2 Cure Depression?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:38 pm

Friends:

Cause & Effect: Action & Reward:

Video on how Methodological Metta Meditation cures Depression!
http://vimeo.com/bhikkhusamahita/metta-meditation
or


More on Metta (Friendliness) Meditation:
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
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Water filter insets are urgently needed!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:59 am

Dear Friends:

Some Water filter insets are urgently needed!
So not to get re-infected with bilharzia liver-worms again! are some water filter
insets needed for purification of the water here.
Advantageous Donations for this Noble purpose are welcome here:

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Many thanx in advance for kind assistance w. health. :-)
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What is the Highest Blessing?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:40 pm

Friends:

What is the Highest Blessing?

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Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling at the
monastery of Anathapindika, in Jeta’s grove, near Savatthi. Now when the
night was far spent a certain deity, whose surpassing radiance illuminated
the entire Jeta Grove, came to the presence of the Exalted One. After
drawing near, he respectfully saluted Him and stood at one side. Standing
thus, he addressed the Exalted One in verse:
Many deities and men wishing to know what is good, have pondered on the
blessings and auspicious signs of luck. Tell me what is the highest blessing?
What is the best protection?

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The Blessed Buddha responded:
Not to associate with fools, but only with the wise. To honour only those who
are worthy of honour. This is the highest blessing & also the best protection.

To live in a suitable place, to have done merits in the past, and to set oneself
on the right path. This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Great learning, good skills, a highly trained discipline, and a pleasant speech.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

The support of father and mother, the cherishing of wife and children, and
a peaceful job. This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Generosity, pure morality, the helping of relatives, and blameless behaviour.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

To avoid all evil action, to abstain from intoxicants, and firmness in virtue.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude & hearing the Dhamma in time.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Patience, respect, sight of calm recluses and suitable conversation in time.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Self-control, living the Noble life, realizing the Noble Truths and Nibbana.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

The be unmoved by the 8 worldly conditions # sorrowless, stainless, & safe.
This is the highest blessing and also the best protection.

Having fulfilled all these requirements, everywhere they are undefeated,
everywhere they go in safety, fearing nothing, cooled, calmed and serene...

These are the highest blessings and also the best protections!

#: Gain and loss, fame and disrespect, praise and blame, happiness & sorrow.

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Source: Sutta Nipata Sn 258-269 in BPS Wheel no 54 (Edited Excerpt):
The Mirror of the Dhamma. A Manual of Buddhist Devotional Texts.
By Narada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa. Revised By Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
http://www.bps.lk/wh054-u.html

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Regarding Blessing (Mangala) as a good, lucky or auspicious sign see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... angala.htm

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The Highest Blessing...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... essing.htm
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Suffering here is Inevitable...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:57 pm

Friends:

Suffering in this World is Inevitable!

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The entire world is in flames, all the entire world is blazing up in smoke!
The entire world is burning, the entire world is decaying and vanishing...
But that which does not vanish or burn, which is experienced by the Nobles,
where Death has no entry, in that stilled silence mind finds sweet delight.

Samyutta Nikaya 1.168

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Without sign, unknown, uncertain, is the life here of mortals, demanding,
short, tied up with pain and misery. For there's no way by which those who
are born will not die. All Beings will surely die even if they become very old!

Like ripe fruits, whose downfall, whose danger always is inevitable falling,
so for mortals, once born, the constant danger is forever hereafter death!

As a potter's clay vessels, large & small, fired & unfired, all end up broken,
so too life heads to death. Young & old, wise & foolish, rich & poor: Everyone
come under the sway of death, all have death as their assured certain end.

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Note the hands are taken the Head and Mind that suffers!

For those overcome by death, gone to the other world, father cannot protect
son, nor relatives any family. See: Even while relatives are looking & wailing
heavily, mortals are one by one led away like dumb cows to the slaughter...

In this way is the world afflicted with aging & death! Knowing this indeed
inescapable and unavoidable nature of the world, the enlightened don't ever
grieve! You don't know from where the dying came or where he is going...
Seeing neither end, you lament uselessly in blind vain.. Helping nobody at all!

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If, by lamenting, confused, harming yourself, any good use could be gained
the prudent would do it as well. But not by weeping & grief do you gain peace
of mind. Pain just arises all the more. Your body is hurt. You grow thin, pale,
harming yourself by yourself. Not in that folly way, are the dead protected.
Lamentations are all in pointless vain.

Not abandoning grief, a person suffers all the more pain. Bewailing one whose
time is done, you fall under the sway of grief yourself. Look at others, going
along, people arriving in line with their past actions: Falling under the sway
of death, beings simply shivers here, for a short unstable waste of a life...

For however they imagine it to be, it always becomes quite other than that!
That's a fate of their blinded estrangement. See this evil way of the world...

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Even if a person lives a century, or even more, he will be separated from his
community, friends & relatives. He leaves his life alone & naked right there!

So, having heard the Arahat, who have subdued all lamentation, seeing that
the dead is one whose time is done, understanding: "I can't fetch him back."
Just as one would extinguish a burning shelter with water, even so does the
Enlightened One, intelligent, clever and wise, blow away any arisen sorrow,
like a strong wind, a bit of cotton fluff!

Seeking your own happiness, you should pull out your own injuring arrow:
All your own lamentation, longing, hoping, hungering producing only sorrow!
With arrow pulled out, independent, attaining peace of awareness, all grief
is transcended, griefless you are unbound, free, safe, at ease in peace...

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Source: Salla Sutta: The Arrow. Snp 3.8, PTS: Sn 574-593
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Edited Extract)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Kindly forwarded by our Friend Ivan Dhammavaro Wijaya:

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More on Suffering, Misery, Dissatisfaction, Frustration & Stress (Dukkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Source_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... .196.1.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dukkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ring_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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More on this inevitable Death (Marana):
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/V/Ageing_Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/End_Making.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/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Age ... _Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... marana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... he_End.htm

Suffering in this World is Inevitable!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... _Suffering Dukkha.htm
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Space Compassion ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:42 pm

Friends:

How is Release by Infinite Pity Achieved?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal pity achieved?
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, and what is the goal of release by universal pity?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite pity, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter. As above,
so below, across, and everywhere! To all beings and to himself, he dwells
pervading the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited pity,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without enmity,
without any trace of ill will! Thus prepared & expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with this limitless pity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such vast pity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with this infinite pity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with this absolute pity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with this spacious pity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with this great pity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with this endless pity.

While based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & culminating in release.
If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the unrepulsive and tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing the repulsive therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting and repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he then wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he experiences only excessive beauty in it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware & clearly comprehending, then he dwells in this
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else, by completely
transcending of all experience of form, fully stilling any perception of all
sense-reaction, non attending to any experience of diversity, only aware
that space is infinite, he enters and dwells in the infinitude of space...
I tell you Bhikkhus, for a wise Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by infinite
pity has the sublime sphere of the infinitude of space as its culmination!

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On this infinite Pity (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

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.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!

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Pity can open a mental infinitude of space!

Infinite Pity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
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The Safe Entrance!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:34 pm

Friends:

Universes may implode, but a Stream-Winner is Safe!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, those for whom you have sympathy and who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in these four factors of stream-entry. What four?
You should explain, convince, and establish them in Faith in the Three Jewels thus:
Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in all...
Perfectly formulated is the Dhamma, visible right here and now, immediately effective...
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples...

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You should explain, convince, and establish them in the saving purity of Morality thus:
Any Noble possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble ones: Unbroken, pure, untorn,
unspotted, freeing, praised by the clever, natural, leading to concentration. Why?
Bhikkhus, there may be alteration in these four great elements: In the earth element;
all solidity, in the water element; all fluidity, in the heat element; all thermal vibration,
in the air element; all motion, but there cannot be alteration in the Noble Disciple who
possesses confirmed confidence in the Three Jewels. It always remains impossible
that such Noble Disciple should be reborn in hell, as animal, as angry demon, or as ghost!
Therefore: Those for whom you have sympathy and who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in these four factors of stream-entry...

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Faith is the Seed, the initiator, the Source of the Beginning.
Faith is the Hand that takes up all the advantageous states.
Faith is the Wealth above all, since it brings real Happiness.
Faith is the Jump, since it enables beings to cross the flood.
Faith is the Purifier, since it clears contaminating defilements.

More on gaining a surely safe future: Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:365-6]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 17: Friends and Colleagues 2...

The Safe Entrance!

Universes may implode, but a Stream-Winner is Safe!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... ration.htm
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Contentment is the Highest Treasure!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:13 am

Friends:

Contentment is the most supreme Treasure!

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The Blessed Buddha often noted contentment as the highest treasure:
There is the case where a Bhikkhu is quite content with whatever old robe,
quite content with whatever old almsfood, quite content with whatever hut,
and quite content with whatever bitter medicine for curing sickness.
This Dhamma is for one who is content, not for one who is discontent!
Thus was it said. And with reference to exactly this salient contentment
with whatever little one has, was this simple, serene modesty well spoken...
AN VIII 30

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Contentment with whatever little one has!

And how is a Bhikkhu content?
Just as a bird, wherever it goes, flies with its wings as its only burden,
even so is he content with a single set of robes to protect his body and
begged almsfood to pacify his hunger. Wherever he goes, he takes only
these few simple necessities as robes, belt, bowl and razor along with him.
This is how a Bhikkhu is content...
DN 2

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There is the case where a Bhikkhu is content with whatever old robe at all,
with whatever old almsfood at all, with whatever old hut at all. He speaks in
praise of being content with any old requisite at all. He does not, for the sake
of any requisite, do anything unsuitable or inappropriate. When not getting any
requisites, he is not troubled. When getting requisites, he just uses it without
being attached to it. He is not obsessed, blameless, and seeing the drawbacks
and dangers of possessions, he realizes the escape from them. He does not,
on account of his contentment with any old requisite at all, exalt himself or
disparage others. Thus is he modest, clever, energetic, alert, & acutely aware!
This, Bhikkhus, is called a Bhikkhu standing quite firm in the ancient, original
lineage of the Noble Ones... AN IV 28

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Good are friends, when need arises.
Good is contentment with just what one has.
Good is merit done well, when life is at the end.
Good is the elimination of all Suffering!
Dhammapada 331

Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly understands.
Harmlessness is happiness in all worlds!
Harmlessness towards all breathing beings.
Udana 10

Therefore be capable, upright, and straight,
easy to instruct, gentle, and not proud,
content and easy to support with little,
with few duties, living simple and light,
with peaceful abilities, mastering all,
modest, and with no greed for support.
Do not do even a minor thing that the
wise and noble would later criticize.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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More on Contentment (santutthi), which is caused by rejoicing mutual joy:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ontent.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ntment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _vamsa.htm

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Contentment is the Highest Treasure!!

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The Main Event....

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:01 pm

Friends:

The Event of Awakening:

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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 husband
equal to herself in caste and that her firstborn may be a son. Her prayer
was successful, since so indeed did it happen. At the full moon day of the
Vesak month, she rose at early dawn & milked the cows. As soon as new
buckets were placed under the cows, their milk poured forth in streams
spontaneously all by itself. Seeing this miracle, she knew something special
was going on. 

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Sujata offering the Bodhisatta her milk rice.

Now at that very night the Future Buddha had 5 specific dreams that
made him conclude: Certainly, without doubt, today is the very day,
I will reach Enlightenment! His 5 colored radiance illuminated the  whole tree.
Then Sujata came & offered the cooked milk rice in the hands  of the Great Being.
After that a 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 great Bodhi-Tree.  Reaching the imperturbable Eastern side,
where all Buddhas take their seat, he sat down determined & said to himself:
This is indeed the immovable  spot where all the Buddhas have planted themselves!
This is the very place for destroying the net of desire!
Then the Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and faced East.
Right there he then made this mighty decision:

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


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So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat, which not
even a 100 strikes of lightning could make him waver from.
At this very moment the rebel deity Mara -the Evil One- raised exclaiming:
Prince Siddhattha will now pass beyond my power, but I will never allow it!
and sounding the Mara's war shout, he prepared his army & went out for
battle. Then Mara said to his militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana,
is far greater, than any other man, so we will never succeed to fight him
up front. We will therefore attack him from behind. Frustrated, being unable
even to touch this Wielder of Power even with 9 mighty hurricanes of wind,
rain, rocks, weapons, red coals, hot ashes, sand, mud, & darkness Mara somewhat
in panic commanded his army: Why do you stand still?
Seize, kill & drive away this prince. And Mara yelled: Siddhattha, leave this seat.
It is not yours but mine! Hearing this the Well-gone One replied:
Mara, neither have you ever fulfilled the 10 perfections to the third degree,
nor have you given the 5 great donations. Neither has you striven for insight,
nor for the welfare of the world, nor for enlightenment! Therefore does this
seat not belong to you, but indeed only and forever to me!
Suddenly overpowered by fear Mara's followers fled helter-skelter
in all directions. Not two went the same way, but leaving their weapons
in a chaos all behind, they fled terrified by panic. Seeing them flee, the
great assembly of deities triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated. Prince
Siddhattha has Won! Let us celebrate the Victory! The deities then sang:

The Victory has this illustrious Buddha Won.
The Evil One, The End-maker is defeated & done.
Thus they jubilantly circled the wisdom throne,
the band of nagas singing their praises of the Seer,
the flocks of birds singing their praises of the Sage,
the assembly of Deities singing their praises of the Conqueror,
the group of Brahmas singing their praises of the Worthy One.


It was before the sun had set that the Tathagata thus conquered Mara &
defeated his army. Then at the same night, after having bathed, while the
Bodhi-Tree rained red sprigs on his robe, the Consummate One acquired
knowledge of previous existences in the first watch of the night:
With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright, fixed, unified, focused,
tractable, compliant, steady & imperturbable, I directed it to remembrance
of my past lives. I recollected numerous past lives, i.e., one birth, two...five,
ten...fifty, a hundred, a thousand, a hundred 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 experience of pleasure & pain,
such 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 pleasure & pain, such 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 & details.
This was the first knowledge I attained in the first watch of the night.
Ignorance was destroyed; knowledge arose; darkness was destroyed;
light arose as happens in one who is alert, aware, and determined.
But the pleasant feeling that arose in this way did not invade my mind
nor remain. With the mind thus still concentrated, purified, bright, intact,
pliant, malleable, steady, & imperturbable, I directed it to the knowledge
of the passing away & 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 & low, beautiful &
ugly, fortunate & unfortunate all in accordance with the intentions of their
prior actions: 'These beings who were endowed with bad behavior of
body, speech, & mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held wrong views and
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 destinations,
the lower realms, even in the hells.
But these beings, who were gifted with good behavior of body, speech &
mind, who did not revile the Noble Ones, who held right views and acted
under the influence of right views, with the break-up of the body, after
death, have re-appeared in happy destinations, even in a divine world.'
Thus -- by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human --
I saw beings passing away & re-appearing, all in accordance with their
particular mixture of good & bad kamma.
But the satisfaction that arose in this way did not invade my mind nor did
it remain. With the mind thus concentrated, fully absorbed, I directed it
towards understanding the stilling of all the mental fermentations.
Then I realized how it actually comes to be, that: 

Such is Misery...
Such is the Cause of Misery...
Such is the End of Misery...
Such is the Way to End Misery...

Such is 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, realized that, it was freed of the fermentation of
sense-desire, released from the fermentation of becoming, unobstructed by
the fermentation of ignorance. Fully & Perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha -
perceiving this immense glory, spoke these 2 solemn verses, which never has
been omitted by any of countless thousands of prior Buddhas:

Through this round of countless existences have I searched
yet failed to find 'the Creator', who framed this formation:
What Misery! is such Endless Birth, Ageing, Decay & Death!!

Now I see that 'the Constructor' of this structure is Craving...!!!
Never shall this construction be build again, as all the rafters
are shattered and the main beam is busted & fully broken...
At this stilling of all Craving, mind has finally found calm…


Then, friends, this vision of certainty then arose in me: This release
is irreversible, this is the last rebirth, this endless reappearance has
finally ended...


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Here do all the Buddhas Awaken: Bodhgaya!

About Awakening see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irukka.htm

The Main Event....

The Moment of Enlightenment!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma ... .short.htm
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Light, Love and Life after Life...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:34 am

Light, Love and Life after Life...



On Rebirth from an Early Buddhist Perspective:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
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Comprehending the Crucial Core ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:25 am

Friends:

What are the Benefits of Training Mental Concentration?

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, train and develop concentration! Any Bhikkhu, who is concentrated
understands things as they really are and as they really become! How?
1: He understands as it really is: This and such is Suffering,
2: He understands as it really is: This and such is the Cause of Suffering,
3: He understands as it really is: This and such is the Ceasing of Suffering,
4: He understands as it really is: This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering!

Bhikkhus, develop concentration! A Bhikkhu, who is concentrated understands
not only the appearance, but things as they really are and as they really become!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort should be made to comprehensively 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
comprehend, fathom, grasp, understand, and penetrate these Four Noble Truths!

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Comments:
Those who makes that effort, and understands, shortens this Samsaric round...
Those who neglects that effort, and ignores it, prolongs this Samsaric round...

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More on these 4 Noble truths:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.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 (edited extract):

The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:414]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 1: Concentration...

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Terse Truths!

Comprehending the Crucial Core in the 4 Noble Truths!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... _Truth.htm
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