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Four, but still One!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:20 pm

Friends:

The 4 Truths perform 4 Functions in a single Moment!

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The Blessed Buddha once said this:
Bhikkhus, any one who sees the 1st Truth on Suffering, sees also The Cause of Suffering,
sees also the 3rd Truth on The End of Suffering, sees also The Way to End all Suffering..
Any one who sees the 2nd Truth on The Cause of Suffering, sees also Suffering, Ending,
& 4th Truth on The Way. And any one who sees The End, sees also Pain, Cause, & The Way.
Consequently any one who sees The Noble Way to End all Pain, sees also this as Suffering,
sees also That Craving Causes the Suffering, sees also That No Craving Ends all Suffering!

Comments on Coming to the 4 Breakthrough moments:
Breakthrough to the Truths thus performs 4 functions at a single moment! 4 of these fine
breakthroughs occur at each path-entry-moment to Nobility... The effect is each time an
even deeper irreversible mental purification! When these 4 Truths are flashing forth fully
this transforms one's life into Nibbana as the single object pointed to as possible escape!
There is only this single unique Exit out of this burning cinema of attaching appearances...

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More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Actually_So.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/True_Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... omplex.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.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:436-7]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 30: Gavampati...

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Four, but still One!

The 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_but_One.htm
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Whenever and Wherever!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:18 pm

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Some Sequential and Consequential Facts!

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Whenever and wherever there is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths;
There is also Greed, Voracity, Lust, Desire, Craving and Longing!

Whenever and wherever there is Greed, Lust, Desire, and Craving;
There is also the Hate of Envy & of Jealousy, and Fear of Loosing!

Whenever and wherever there is Hate, Envy, Jealousy and Anger;
There is also Conflict, Clash, Opposition, Hostility & raging Violence!

Whenever and wherever there is Conflict, Hostility and Violence;
There is neither Peace, nor Harmony, nor any Relaxed Contentment!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Peace, nor any Harmony;
There is neither Gladness, nor Joy, nor Bliss, nor any Happiness!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Gladness, nor Happiness;
There is Suffering, Frustration, Misery, Distress and Discomfort!

Whenever and wherever there is Suffering, Frustration, & Misery;
There is no Concentration, nor any Mental Absorption of Mind!

Whenever and wherever there is no Well Focused Concentration;
There is no penetration into the real & true Nature of Phenomena!

Whenever and wherever there is no penetration into the Realities;
There is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths, Confusion and Doubt...

Friends, I tell you: It is in this way, that Ignorance grows even more Ignorance!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... orance.htm

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Whenever and Wherever!

Ignorance of the 4 Truths grows even more Ignorance!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... erever.htm
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Abysmal is Intention!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:42 pm

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How does one Tumble Down the Abyss?

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Once, a certain not very well-known Bhikkhu asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir: What is the steepest & most frightening abyss for downfall?
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then pointed out:
Bhikkhu: All those ascetics & priests, who do not understand as it really is:
This is Suffering; Craving Causes Suffering; No Craving Ends Suffering;
This Noble 8-fold Way leads to the End of Suffering, they delight in forming
intentions, that lead to rebirth, aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief
and despair. Delighting in forming such intentions, they generate & accumulate
intentional mental constructions, that indeed induce and set off rebirth, aging,
death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair. All unaware of having thus
produced their own painful future, they tumble ever again down this abyss of
rebirth, aging, and death, tumble down the abyss of sorrow, lamentation, pain,
grief, and they tumble down the abyss of utter despair. They are therefore
not freed from this rebirth, aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and
not freed from despair... I tell you: They are not freed from all this Suffering!
However those ascetics and recluses who do understand the 4 Noble Truths
they do not delight in forming new intentions, and therefore do they neither
generate, nor accumulate intentional mental constructions inducing rebirth,
aging, death, sorrow, pain, grief and despair. They are thus freed from rebirth!
I tell you: They are thereby freed from all possible future Suffering whatsoever!

Concise Comment:
Any intention that accumulates the kammic cause of future rebirth, thereby also
inherently includes the cause of future ageing, decay, mortality & thus Suffering!

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:449-50]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 42: The Abyss ...

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Abysmal is Intention!

Any intention causing kammic rebirth also incurs mortality!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Abyss.htm
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Saved and Safe is the Noble!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:00 am

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Breakthrough to the Truths eliminates a Mountain of Suffering!

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The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus & friends, please see this little dust that I have taken up upon the
nail of my little-finger, what do you think is most: This tiny amount of dust
or this great planet Earth? The Bhikkhus then responded:
Venerable Sir, this great planet Earth is much more, incomparable more...
The minute speck of dust is trifling, microscopic, negligible in comparison.
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then pointed out:
Similarly and exactly so too, is that amount of samsaric Suffering, which
remains for a Noble Disciple trifling, microscopic, negligible in comparison.
For such Noble One, who is consummated in view, who has broken through
to understanding the 4 Noble Truths, the accumulated mass of Suffering,
that has been shattered and irreversibly eliminated is incomparable more...
The Suffering that still remains to be experienced for such a Noble person,
is trifling, microscopic, & negligible in comparison, since there remains only
a maximum of 7 more lives for such a Noble One, as he is one who actually
understands all this, as it really, truly, essentially and assuredly indeed is:
All this is Suffering;
Craving is the Cause of Suffering;
No Craving is the End of Suffering;
The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering
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Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, exertion should be made Now to understand:
All This is Suffering; This Greedy Craving is the sole Cause of all Suffering;
No Craving is the End of Suffering; The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore should an effort to fathom these 4 Noble Truths be made NOW!

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Comment:
Seeing the Truths is thus equivalent to a saving release from gigantic pain!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:459-60]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 51: The Fingernail ...

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Saved and Safe is the Noble!

Seeing the 4 Truths Eliminates a Mountain of Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Trifling_Dust.htm
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Glad is Giving :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:58 pm

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How to Give with only Good & Joyous Result :-)

There might be the case, where one gives wealth, but without joy!
Then, the later result is, that one gets wealth, but without any joy!

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Illustration:
A multi-billionaire at Buddha's time was known as neither enjoying
himself, nor sharing any of his wealth. He lived alone in an old house,
which were falling apart, wore rag clothes, ate only broken rice and
drove a ramshackle ox-cart. When he died, then it took 2 weeks to
move his gold & silver to the kings treasury...
This king then approached and asked the Blessed Gotama Buddha:
How come this man neither ever enjoyed, nor shared out of his wealth?
The Buddha then reviewed his case and explained that 8 generations
back this man had given a single meal to a Solitary Pacceka-Buddha!
Yet after he had given, he felt no joy from it and even regretted that
he did it. For 7 consecutive lives he was reborn as multi-billionaire,
but without ever being able to enjoy any of it. Having now used up
his accumulated merit, without ever doing any refilling good action,
he had now, at the break-up of his body, re-arised in a bad state...
Apparently, he had never asked anybody about cause and effect!

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The Opposite Case:
When old, the Noble Disciple recollects his own generosity thus:
"I am truly Blessed, highly fortunate am I who joyous, among beings
defiled with the mental stain of stinginess, live with a mind freed from
stinginess, liberal, open-handed, rejoicing in giving, ready to give anything
asked for, glad to give and happy to share with others. Such Noble One
not only later gets much wealth, but also enjoys it. Why so?
Not only does he give, but he also enjoys it both be and aft
er the giving!

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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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Glad Giving :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
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Food is Needed!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:39 pm

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Food is Needed here!

Giving Food is giving & thus later getting Life, Strength and Health!

Click link here for online food Dana donation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Dana_via_Keels.htm

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The Power of Calm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:11 am

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Inner Tranquillity is a Mental Power!

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

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

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The Power of Calm!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calm_Power.htm
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Exquisite is Equanimity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:48 pm

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How to train and purify Imperturbable Equanimity!

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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes one wishes:
May I radiate and meet only calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop and find
only the composure and poise of calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, and the formless plane
develop and encounter this serene, calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left and below as
above develop and experience cool, calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country, and universe always be fully aware
and deeply mindful of this steady, calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country, and universe examine all details and
subtle aspects of this unstirred, placid, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country, and universe put enthusiastic effort
into their training of this solid, calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy and
jubilant gladness in this unmovable, calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country, and universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent, stilled, and all smiling calm, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated and
absorbed one-pointedness by stoic, deep, imperturbable, and even equanimity!
May I and all beings in this city, country, and universe dwell in undisturbable
and imperturbable equanimity of unexcitable and unreactive detachment...
Yeah! Print this out, dwell in each state until pure, use ~ 25-45 minutes.

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Comment: Imperturbable Equanimity is the 4th infinite state (Appamañña):
This gradually reduces all desire, attraction, drift, tendency, bias, preference,
favouritism, one-sided partiality and unhappiness related with all these states.
Equanimity is the proximate cause of any knowing and seeing leading to Wisdom...
Equanimity is an extremely subtle form of solid, calm and peaceful Happiness...
Equanimity purifies all other advantageous states and brings them to Perfection...
Equanimity is unresponsive indifference, unstirred, unaffected, and untroubled!!!
There is Equanimity both regarding all live beings and all dead things!
There is Equanimity both regarding all internal and all external states!
There is Equanimity both regarding all past, all present and all future events!
There is Equanimity both regarding all what is mental and all which is physical!
There is Equanimity both regarding all what is material and all which is immaterial!
There is Equanimity both regarding all formed and all formless phenomena!
Cultivating such six-fold equanimity brings this supreme state to completion.

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

Exquisite is Equanimity!

Unshakable is this serene form of inner Peace ...[/i]
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
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Exquisite is Equanimity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:40 am

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Equanimity gives delicate Peace & Happiness!

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Equanimity (Upekkha) entails a composed equipoise of solid mental balance!
It is Tatra-majjhattata = keeping to the moderate middle of all phenomena.
Equanimity balances consciousness so it prevents both all excessiveness and
any deficiency. In equanimity mind is neither attracted by attractive things,
nor repelled by repulsive things. The cause of equanimity is seeing the law of
kamma: All beings are born and created by their kamma, they are owners of
their kamma, inherit their kamma, whatever they do, whether good or bad,
the effects of that will be theirs only, following them like a shadow of past!
The effect of Equanimity is threefold:
Exquisite, relaxed & subtle peace felt as calm happiness is instantly gained.
Equanimity purifies and completes all the 7 crucial Links to Awakening...
Equanimity is the proximate cause of knowledge and vision (ñanadassana)!

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On the solidified & imperturbable mental balance of Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm

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Exquisite is Equanimity!

Equanimity induces serene Peace!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
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What is True Wisdom?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:31 pm

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When has one penetrated & arrived at True Wisdom?

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Once, a certain not very well-known Bhikkhu asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir: True Wisdom is it said. What is really True Wisdom?
Venerable Sir: When has one arrived at such true Wisdom?
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then pointed out:
Understanding and knowing that: This is Suffering is True Wisdom;
Understanding that: Craving is the Cause of Suffering is True Wisdom;
Understanding that: No Craving is the End of Suffering is True Wisdom;
Understanding that: The Noble 8-fold Way ends Suffering is True Wisdom!
All this profound understanding and direct knowledge of the absolute is
True Wisdom, and it is by that very penetrating comprehension, that glimpse
of a far-reaching ultimate reality, that one has arrived at this true Wisdom!
Therefore, Bhikkhu, an effort should be made much now of to understand:
This is Suffering; an effort should be made much of now to comprehend:
This is the Cause of Suffering; an effort should be made now so to realize:
This is the End of Suffering; An effort should be made now to penetrate,
recognize, and develop, This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering..

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:429-30]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 18: True Wisdom...

More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.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

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What is True Wisdom?

The glimpse of a far-reaching ultimate reality...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/True_Wisdom.htm
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Without any Fear!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:09 pm

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Overcoming Fear for any Bad Destination!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, any Noble Disciple, who possesses four things has transcended all fear
of any bad future destination. What four?
1: Here, any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Buddha thus:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in
knowledge & behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all dimensions, knower of all
worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed, teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened is the Buddha!!!
2: Any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma thus:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediately
effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see for themselves,
inspect, examine & verify. Leading each & everyone through progress towards
perfection. Directly observable, experiencable & realizable by each intelligence...
3: Any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Sangha thus:
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 8 kinds of individuals, these 4 Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble
Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable & forever
unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world, to respect, and protect...
4: Any Noble Disciple possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble ones:
Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, freeing, praised by the good, inducing concentration!
Any Noble Disciple, who possesses these four things has transcended and gone all
beyond all fear of a bad destination, rightly beyond all fear of a painful future...

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On gaining the ultimate safe & fearless future: Stream-Entrance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... _Tools.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/As ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:364]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 14: The Bad Destination...

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Have a nice fearless day!

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Without Fear!!!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Fear.htm
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Invariable is this Law: Do No Harm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:41 pm

Friends:

Any Cause produces an Effect:

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Therefore:
Never do any Evil!
Neither openly, nor in Secret...
If having done bad, or is doing wrong now, pain surely returns,
even though one flee by flying away up into the deep empty space...
The effect of any action, good as bad, follows the doer like a shadow,
that never leaves... Consequence is always Certain... Why so?
Because one cannot hide anything for one's own mind!
It knows, remembers and re-creates reactions accordingly!
Mind is therefore the forerunner of all phenomena...

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The Blessed Buddha said on non-violence:
Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in this world:
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with 4 feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me,
and may not those with many feet harm me.
AN. II, 72

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Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the woods.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in this sweet silent solitude.
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

On Harmlessness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... himsaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... _Happy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Never_Kill.htm

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Invariable is this Law: Do No Harm!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Invariable_Fact.htm
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Not Killing Produces Peace ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:27 pm

Not Killing Produces Peace ..
Avoidance of all Killing of any Sentient Being is the most Basic Buddhist training rule #1



http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Never_Kill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ance_I.htm
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The Pure Good!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:58 pm

Friends:

The Buddha on Gentle Goodness:

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

Itivuttaka 16

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

Digha Nikaya 31

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

Itivuttaka 27

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

Sutta Nipata I, 8

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

Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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

Have a nice kind & gentle day!

Cosmic Goodness!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
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Just a painted puppet!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:07 pm

Friends:

Establishing the 4 Foundations of Awareness!

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How, friends, does one view any Body only as a Form?
While always acutely alert & clearly comprehending, thus removing
any lust, urge, envy, frustration & discontent rooted in this world,
The intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Body as an alien frame of filthy foul form... As something bound
to emerge, decay and vanish... Not as mine, belonging to me or self!
Not as lasting, stable & safe! Not as pleasant beauty & happiness!
In this way the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps reviewing any & all body
whether internal or external and he notes the cause of its arising
and the cause of its ceasing, or he just know: There is this body!
In this way he comes to live not clinging to & independent of body!
This is one way to contemplate the body only as a transient form...

Or he gains awareness of the body only as a form by Breathing:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
Or he gains awareness of the body by Noting the 4 Postures:
When walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, he notes that he is
walking, standing, sitting or lying down. However his body is placed
he notes it to be exactly so.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... stures.htm
Or he gains body awareness by Clear Comprehension of all actions:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm
Or he gains body awareness by Scanning the 32 Internal Organs:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
Or he gains body awareness by Analysis of it into the 4 Elements:
This body is only a cluster of solidity, fluidity, heat and motion!
Or he gains body awareness by The 9 Corpse Contemplations:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm

Remaining thus attentive & enthusiasticly noting, any memories
& motivations related to the household life are left & with their total
removal his mind gathers, settles inwardly, & dives into unification!
In this way the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps reviewing any & all body,
whether internal or external, and he notes the cause of its arising
and the cause of its ceasing, or he just notice: There is this body!
In this way he comes to live not clinging to & independent of body!
This is the way to contemplate the body only as a transient, alien &
ownerless form of matter, a complex structure of disgusting things,
a constructed accumulation of putrid, rotting and decaying slime,
a painful restricting & deceasing burden one have to carry around!
This is how the intelligent Bhikkhu develops mindful awareness by
focusing on the body as a deadly form of matter... As something
bound to decay and vanish... Not as mine, belonging to me or self!
Not as lasting, stable & safe! Not as pleasant beauty & happiness!!!

The reward is Fearlessness of Death & thereby Fearlessness of All!
Without fear there is the mental elevation of gladness and free joy!
It detaches and relinquishes from body & form and frees thereby...
Clever Disgust by Anti-Porn cooling all lust and greed for body!
For Inspiration have a collection of Corpse Pictures Only for Adults been deposited here:
http://s914.photobucket.com/albums/ac350/Asubha/ Guest Password: corpses

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See also: Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body compiled by Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh271.pdf

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Just a Painted Puppet!

Seeing the Body only as a Foul Frame...
A chain of bones plastered by skin with 9 oozing holes!
A heap of sores & rotten excrement with evil intentions!

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
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Guarding the Senses!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:02 pm

Friends:

Only by Guarding the 6 Sense Doors is one in Control!

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The Blessed Buddha once explained mental control like this:
Friends, having seen a form with the eye, one remains neither attracted
towards any nice form, nor repelled by any disgusting form...
Having heard a sound with the ear, one remains neither captivated by any
fine sound, nor repulsed by any horrible sound...
Having smelled a smell with the nose, one remains neither allured by any
pleasant smell, nor rejected by any repulsive smell...
Having tasted a taste with the tongue, one remains neither fascinated by
any delightful taste, nor reversed by any revolting taste...
Having touched a touch with the body, one remains neither tempted by
any delicate touch, nor disgusted by any unpleasant touch...
Having thought an idea with the mind, one remains neither enticed by any
agreeable thought, nor disappointed by any disagreeable thought...
One resides having established constant awareness of the body & within
an infinite mind. Thereby one comes to know directly that release of mind
and that release by understanding, wherein all harmful detrimental states
irreversibly cease without remaining traces left behind... It is in this very
way, that one lives in full mental control with the 6 sense doors guarded...

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Comments:
Awareness of the body means seeing it as an afflicting skin-bag of bones,
bowels, tendons, excrement and urine, with nine holes oozing with filth...!
Such continuous awareness disables any arising of desire, lust and greed!
Dwelling within an infinite mind means constant attention to the aspects of:
Universal friendliness, endless pity, mutual joy, & imperturbable equanimity.
Such continuous good-will prevents any arising of hate, anger & irritation!
One should dwell like the snake, which sees the mouse hide in ant-hill with
six openings! By lying rolled up on the anthill - constantly watching! - the
snake remains thinking: Out of which hole may this mouse now appear?
Even so one thinks: Through which sense door may the next contact appear?

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More on these Sense Sources (Ayatana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hands_and_Feet.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... of_All.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yatana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... s_Hook.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ung_to.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 35:132 IV 117-21
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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Mental Control comes by Guarding the Senses!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Gu ... _Doors.htm
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The Causality of Transcendence ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:22 am

Friends:

Transcendence from Ignorance to Nibbâna!

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Buddha once explained the entire chain of causes leading to Nibbana:
Ignorance is the proximate cause of mental construction.
Mental construction is the proximate cause of consciousness.
Consciousness is the proximate cause of name-&-form.
Name-&-form is the proximate cause of the 6 senses.
The 6 senses is the proximate cause of contact.
Contact is the proximate cause of feeling.
Feeling is the proximate cause of craving.
Craving is the proximate cause of clinging.
Clinging is the proximate cause of becoming.
Becoming is the proximate cause of birth.
Birth is the proximate cause of ageing, decay and death.
Ageing, decay and death is the proximate cause suffering.
Suffering is the proximate cause of faith.
Faith is the proximate cause of elation.
Elation is the proximate cause of joy.
Joy is the proximate cause of calmness.
Calmness is the proximate cause of happiness.
Happiness is the proximate cause of concentration.
Concentration is the proximate cause of seeing and knowing reality.
Seeing and knowing reality is the proximate cause of disgust.
Disgust is the proximate cause of disillusion.
Disillusion is the proximate cause of mental release.
Mental release is the proximate cause of ending all mental fermentation
linked with ignorance, associated with becoming, and caused by sensing.
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Freedom..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Peace..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Bliss..
This - only this - is Nibbana ...

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The Butterfly Effect => A Storm! 1 Cause => Many Effects!

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/Nibba ... return.htm

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Multi-factorial are Phenomena: Caused by many factors...

More on Dependent Origination (Paticca-Samuppada):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Evident_Facts.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/V/Pro ... sality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... sation.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/V/Dep ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/No-Ag ... ndence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pas ... Effect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm

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Intentional Consciousness radiates quantum-waves of probability...

On Causality as general principle:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causality
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm

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Consciousness causes collapse of the Wave-function...
Non-local waves thereby manifests as local 'particulates'..

Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 29-32
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Causality!

Understanding an effect requires knowing its cause!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
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Trapped by Transience...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:39 am

Friends:

The inevitable Dissolution of All:

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All past constructions have vanished:
All present construction is vanishing.
All future constructions will vanish.

All phenomena are sure to cease.
All being in existence will be cut off.
All becoming is therefore truly a Terror.

It is Void, Vain & Empty
Like an Empty Village,
Like a tumour, a cancer,
Like a disease, an affliction,
Like a trap, a burning pit.

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About this Generalization the Ancients Elders said:
The substitution of the Object.
The transference of the Understanding.
The power of redirecting thought - these
Are the Insights following real Reflection.

 Defining both to be Alike.
 By inference from that same object,
 Intent on Ending all - these are insights
into the characteristics of Decay & Fall.

 Having reflected on an object,
 One contemplates dissolution of that thought,
 Appearance then as Empty - this
 Is Insight into higher Understanding.

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Clever in the three Contemplations:
(arising, fall, dissolution of all phenomena)
And in the fourfold Insight too.
Skilled in the three Appearances:
(transient, pain & non-self are all states)
The various diverse views cannot shake him.

With view of what is Present purified.
He infers the past & future to be alike.
He knows that all constructions disappear
Like a dew drop in the morning sun.

The clusters of clinging cease & nothing else ever were.
The breakup of these groups is known as Death.
He observes their continual decay unwaveringly
As one who drill a hole in a jewel with a diamond!
Visuddhimagga-Magga (The Path of Purification) XXI

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As the expert drilling a jewel with a diamond tool only pays
attention to the hole and not to the colour of the jewel,
so do the meditator too, wisely keep his mind fixed & focused
on the Ceaseless Dissolution of all conditioned constructions
and not on the constructions ( mental formations) themselves.
Visuddhimagga-Magga commentary (Paramatthamanjusa) [830]

And he who regards the World
as one who watches a bubble,
as one views a mirror image,
is unseen by Death - the King.
Dhammapada 170.

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When one sees the dissolution of reflection on causes & conditions,
this thinking in itself being an construction - a mental formation -
the ancients elders (poranas) said
He sees with insight both the known & the knowledge.
Knowledge is what is known &
understanding is the act of understanding that.

Seeing with insight is always seeing it as it really is:
Impermanent, miserable & impersonal.

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Be careful. The World is a Trap of Transience!

Trapped by Transience...

Inevitable is the Dissolution of All Phenomena!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Trap.htm
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Avoid all Stealing & Fraud ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:50 pm

Avoid all Stealing & Fraud ..



Any Buddhist disciple should avoid taking anything from anywhere knowing it belongs to another. He should neither steal, nor swindle, nor incite others to steal or cheat. He should completely avoid all theft, deception and fraud. Sutta Nipata 2.397

The second Basic Buddhist Training-rule (precept) is avoiding taking what is not given. Avoidance of all stealing, cheating, fraud, theft, embezzlement and misappropriating of any kind of valuables from any individual or organization that pure and for all advantageous behaviour induces a safe harmony personally and also in any society.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Stealing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Back_to_Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_II.htm
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The Evaporator ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:38 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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The Evaporator ...

Infinite are the 4 Divine States!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
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