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The Accomplished Ones..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:09 am

Friends:

Emancipating is Following the Accomplished Ones!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, those Bhikkhus who are accomplished in morality, masters in concentration,
experts in understanding, consummated in release, fulfilled in the knowledge & vision
of release, I tell you even just a short sight of those Bhikkhus is advantageous, even
just listening to them is very profitable, even just visiting them is like a golden fortune,
even attending on and helping them is productive of good, even just remembering them
is valuable, and going forth after or under them is therefore worthwhile, and expedient!
Why? Because, when one has heard true Dhamma from such Bhikkhus, then one dwells
withdrawn calmed by two kinds of seclusion: secluded in body and secluded in mind!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:67] section 46: The Links. 3: Morality ...

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On withdrawal and renunciation (nekkhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Witdr ... Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Level ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... khamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm

The Accomplished Ones..

Withdrawn in body and secluded in mind!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm
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Stilling by Breathing!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:53 pm

Friends:

How can one experience Ceasing of all Pain?

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The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration won by Awareness by Breathing, when developed
and frequently cultivated, is of great fruit and results in a big advantage...
And how, Bhikkhus, is 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 straightened one's body
and back, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of
that breathing itself one breathes in, & just solely aware of only that breath
in itself, one breathes out...
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, if such friend feels a pleasant feeling, then he understands through
his prior training in breathing meditation:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor delighted in...
If he feels a painful feeling, then he indeed also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor engaged in...
If he feels a neutral feeling there and then he also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor involved in...
Whether he feels a pleasant feeling, or a painful feeling, or a neutral feeling,
he feels it as if detached from it, and as something remote, and alien...
If he feels a feeling terminating with the body, then he understands:
If feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this body...
If he feels a feeling terminating with life, then he understands:
I feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this life...
He then understands: With the break-up of this frame of a body, following
the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, and all sensed, not being delighted in,
will turn cold right there and then... Just as, bhikkhus, an oil lamp burns in
dependence on the oil and the wick, and with the exhaustion of the oil and the
wick the flame ceases to burn through lack of fuel, exactly so too, Bhikkhus,
when such a Bhikkhu feels a feeling terminating with the body or with life...
Then he understands: With the break-up of this fragile frame of a body,
following the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, all that is sensed, by not being
delighted in, by not being clung to, will cool down & cease right there & then!

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This sublime (Anapana-sati) technique is used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
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/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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On the formless (arupa) Jhanas and Ceasing: Nirodha-samapatti:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apatti.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:319-20]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!

Have a nice & noble day!

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Mental Silencing also ends Pain!

Stilling by Breathing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:17 pm

Friends:

What is this Fundamental Right Awareness?

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That Noble Eightfold Way, leading to Nibbana, is simply this:
Right View, Right Motivation, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood,
Right Effort, Right Awareness and Right Concentration.
But what is Right Awareness?

The 4-fold Definition of Right Awareness:
1: Awareness of the Body merely as a transient and compounded Form..
2: Awareness of Feelings just as conditioned emotional Responses..
3: Awareness of Mind only as habituated and temporary Moods..
4: Awareness of Phenomena only as constructed Mental States..
Right Awareness is of these 4, while being alert, & clearly comprehending,
will put away longing towards and aversion against anything in this world!


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The Characterization of Right Awareness:
Awareness of wrong view or right view present now, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong motivation or right motivation, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong speech or right speech now, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong action or right action, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong livelihood or right livelihood, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong effort or right effort, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong awareness or right awareness, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong or right concentration now, is Right Awareness!

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The Explanation of Acute Awareness and Clear Comprehension:
When inhaling & exhaling long, one notices and is fully aware of just that..
When inhaling & exhaling short, one notices & is fully aware of just that..
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out clearly comprehending the entire body.
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out calming the breath & all bodily activity.
When walking, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is walking.
When standing, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is standing.
When sitting, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one is sitting down.
When lying down, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one is lying.
Going forward one notices & clearly comprehends, this going forward.
When returning one notices and clearly comprehends, this returning.
When looking in front or back, one is notices, & is clearly aware of that.
When bending or stretching, when lifting or carrying, when eating or
drinking, chewing or tasting, one is aware of and comprehends just that.
When passing excrement or urine one clearly comprehends exactly that.
While falling asleep and waking up, when speaking or keeping silence,
one notices, knows and understands exactly that & clearly comprehends,
that this is, what one is doing just right here and exactly now...
Continuous awareness of purpose, suitability, domain and nature of one's
current behaviour, whether mental, verbal or bodily is Right Awareness
and clear comprehension...

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The Function of Right Awareness and its associates:
Knowing right/wrong awareness as right/wrong awareness, is right view.
Exchanging wrong awareness with right awareness is right effort.
Right awareness has the function of observing, noticing, remembering &
knowing the reality that neither any body, nor any form, nor any feeling,
nor any mentality, nor any phenomena, nor any mental state is happiness,
truly attractive, lasting, satisfying or even personal, something keepable...
All phenomena are momentary: They pass away right after the moment of
their arising and occurrence! Nothing is permanent, everything is in a state
of flux: Arising and ceasing, emerging and vanishing, coming and going,
again and again and again and again and ever again...!!! Anicca = Change...

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, this is the only direct way to the mental purification of beings,
to the overcoming & elimination of sorrow, frustration, pain and misery,
to gaining the right method, to the realization of Nibbana, that is:
This establishing of the 4 Foundations of Awareness...
The 4 frames of reference...

Awareness is therefore a Mountain of Advantage!

Take Home: The 4 Foundations of Right Awareness are:
1: Being aware of the BODY as a mere transient form.
2: Being aware of the FEELING as a mere reactive response.
3: Being aware of the MIND as a mere passing set of moods.
4: Being aware of the PHENOMENON as a mere mental state.


Further study of Buddhist Right Awareness (Samma-Sati):

Root texts by the Buddha:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... tipatthana

Complete reference on Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... tthana.pdf

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Studies, anthologies and commentaries:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-sati.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/misc/wayof.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/ ... el370.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/ ... el019.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ml#part2-a

For further study on the illuminating presence of Awareness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm

Have a nice, noble and aware day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

What is Right Awareness?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
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The 5 Destinations...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:54 pm

Friends:

Breakthrough to the Truths safeguards against Downfall Rebirth!

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The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus and friends, see this little dust, I have taken up upon the nail of
my little-finger, what do you think is most: This tiny amount 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 succinctly pointed out:
Similarly and exactly so too, Bhikkhus and friends, those beings are few &
quite rare, who are reborn among humans or devas! Beings who are reborn
elsewhere, lower, as non-humans, in the screaming hell, as scared animals,
as hungry ghosts, or as mad demons are much more numerous and common...
Why is it so? Because, these beings have not understood the 4 Noble Truths!
What four?
The 1st Noble Truth: This is Suffering;
The 2nd Noble Truth: Craving is the Cause of Suffering;
The 3rd Noble Truth: No Craving is the End of Suffering;
The 4th Noble Truth: The Noble 8-fold Way ceases all Suffering.

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 effort to fathom these 4 Noble Truths be made NOW!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:474-5]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 102-5: Elsewhere & etc...

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Comments:
The actions that result in rebirth in the five destinations are described in
detail in the work: Pañcagatidipani. Translated by Ann Appleby Hazlewood.
in Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132714

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Video illustrating life among humans, in heaven and in hell:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDBHCxvX-Q

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For relation between cause & effect = action & result = kamma & fruit see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... _Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... ovable.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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The 5 Destinations...

The 4 Noble Truths protect against Downfall Rebirth!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
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The Boat...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:09 pm

Friends:

What brings beings over the Sea of Suffering?

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The Blessed Buddha once explained the means and method to escape pain:
One should respect an intelligent one, from whom one can learn the Dhamma,
just as the deities respect & honour their divine god Indra. Then with clear
and elevated mind, he will reveal the Dhamma to one, when he is respected!
If anyone cultivates such a great man carefully, making it his aim to listen
and learn attentively, entering upon the Dhamma, and upon what conforms
with the Dhamma, then his understanding will become intelligent and subtle!
However, if one associates with the petty & envious fool, who has no direct
experience of the aim, then one will die still pestered by perplexing doubts!
Since how can a man, who has been dragged down into a swift-flowing river,
who is been carried along with the current, ever help any others to cross?
Similarly, how can one who has not learned the Dhamma, & has not listened
to the explanations given by the learned ones, who is ignorant of it himself,
and has not overcome doubt, help others to realize the stainless certainty?
Just as one embarking upon a strong boat, with well build oars and rudder,
could bring many others across there, being clever, considerate, knowing
well how to do it. In exactly the same way can one, who is self-developed,
who understands, who is learned and imperturbable make others realize it,
if they have got the capacity to understand, and the willingness to listen...
Therefore should one cultivate only a good man, who is clever and learned!
Understanding the meaning, walking the Way by knowing the true Dhamma,
one will thereby plunge into happiness... Sn 316-323

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The Boat of Dhamma ferries beings across suffering to Happiness!

One this Dhamma as Teaching, Tool, Bridge and Vehicle:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm

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Have a nice Dhamma day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

The Boat...

What brings beings over the Sea of Suffering?
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Boat.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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All-Embracing is Compassion!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:05 pm

Friends:

How to train endless Pity and Compassion!

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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes, one wishes:
May I radiate and meet with only infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop & find
only this genuine gentleness of infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, & the formless plane
develop & encounter this tender infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left & below as
above develop & experience caring infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe always be fully aware
and deeply mindful of this warm infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe examine all details &
subtle aspects of this benevolent infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe put enthusiastic effort
in their praxis of this affectionate infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy &
jubilant gladness in this fond infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent, stilled, & endlessly merciful pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated &
absorbed one-pointedness by this infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe dwell in imperturbable
equanimity joined with this loving infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion...
Yeah! Print this out, dwell in each state until clear, use ~ 25-45 minutes.

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Comment: All-Embracing Pity is the 2nd infinitely divine state (Appamañña)
This gradually reduces all aggressiveness, cruelty, ferocity, viciousness,
rage, inner & outer violence, and unhappiness related with these states.
Joined with the 7 links to Awakening it will later cause formless jhanas...

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More on Pity (Karuna = Compassion):
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/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

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

Karunã is All-Embracing Pity!


An Endless and Divine State...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
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The 7 Wings!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:00 am

Friends:

The Blessed Buddha once explained:

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And how, friends, when the 4 Foundations of Awareness have been developed,
when they have been made much of, do they complete the 7 Wings to Awakening
the 7 Links to Enlightenment?

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At the time, when a friend is living in contemplating the Body as a frame,
just a disgusting form, enthusiastic, clearly conscious, continually Aware of it,
so as to control all desire and aversion for bodies and forms in the world:
At that time undisrupted Awareness is aroused in this friend ....
At the time, friends, when undisrupted Awareness is aroused in such friend:
At that time the link to awakening that is Awareness is stirred up in this friend;
At that time such friend develops the link to awakening that is Awareness;
At that time the link to awakening that is Awareness comes to fulfilment of
development in this friend.

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Living thus Aware, awake, mindful such curious & interested friend examines,
inquires into, bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight.
At the time, friends, when such a friend, living thus aware, mindful examines,
inquires into, bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight:
At that time the link to awakening that is Investigation is stirred up in a friend;
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Investigation;
At that time the link to awakening that is Investigation into things comes to
fulfilment of development in this friend.

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While such friend is thus examining, inquiring into, bring things into Investigation,
by means of insight, then enthusiastic & unsluggish Energy is stirred up in this friend.
At the time, friends, when unsluggish Energy is stirred up in a friend who is examining
who inquires into, who bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight:
At that time the link to awakening that is Energy is stirred up in such friend;
At that time such friend develops the link to awakening that is Energy;
At that time the link to awakening that is Energy comes to fulfilment of development
in this eager & devoted friend.

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When such a friend has stirred up Energy unsullied Joy arises.
At the time, friends, when unsullied Joy arises in a friend of stirred up Energy:
At that time the link to awakening that is Joy, is stirred up in such friend;
At that time the friend develops the Link to Awakening that is Joy;
At that time the link to awakening that is Joy comes to fulfilment of development
in this friend.

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The body of one whose mind is in Joy, - as happy as one can be - is tranquilized,
and thought too is tranquilized. At the time when both the body of a friend
whose mind is in Joy, is tranquilized, and any thinking too is all tranquilized:
At that time the link to awakening that is Tranquillity is stirred up in such friend;
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Tranquillity;
At that time the link to awakening that is Tranquillity comes to fulfilment of
development in this calmed friend.

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The thought of one whose body is thus tranquil and at ease is concentrated.
At the time, when thought is concentrated in one whose body is tranquil & at ease:
At that time the link to awakening that is Concentration is stirred up in such friend;
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Concentration;
At that time the link to awakening that is Concentration comes to fulfilment of
development in this focused friend.

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Such noble friend is one who looks with proper care at the Thought Concentrated thus.
At the time, when a friend looks with proper care at the thought concentrated thus:
At that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity, solid even mental ballance,
is stirred up in such friend; At that time the friend develops the link to awakening
that is Equanimity; at that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity
comes to fulfilment of development in this friend.
At the time, friends, when a friend is faring along contemplating
the Feelings just as Responses, Mind just as Moods, Phenomena just as Mental States,
enthusiastic, clearly conscious of them, continually Aware of them,
so as to control the covetousness and dejection in world:
At that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity
comes to fulfilment of development in this friend.

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Friends, the 4 Foundations of Awareness, when developed thus, made much of thus,
refined thus, brings to fulfilment the 7 Links in Awakening! And How, friends, when
the 7 Links have been developed, how when they are made much of, do they bring to
fulfilment: Freedom through Knowledg ?

Herein, friends, a friend develops the link to awakening that is Awareness dependent
on aloofness, dependent on detachment, dependent on ceasing, ending in relinquishment;
The friend develops the link to awakening that is Investigation into things ...
the link to awakening that is Energy...
the link to awakening that is Joy ...
the link to awakening that is Tranquillity ...
the link to awakening that is Concentration ...
the link to awakening that is Equanimity
dependent on aloofness, dependent on detachment, dependent on ceasing, culminating in
relinquishment, friends, when the 7 Links in Awakening are developed thus, are made much
of thus, are refined thus, they bring to utter fulfilment: Freedom through Knowledge .... !
Thus spoke the lord.... Delighted, these Bhikkhus rejoiced in what the Lord had said ....

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Of related interest:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/4 ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Vicaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm

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How to Link up to Enlightenment?
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:10 am

I just noticed the same person is in the crowed.
Very clever.
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Sublime on the Spot!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:18 pm

Friends:

Winning Calm & Serene Bliss by Breathing..!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, this sweet concentration by Awareness by Breathing, when it is
developed and cultivated, is peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant
dwelling in itself, and it disperses and quells right on the very spot all evil
detrimental mental states, whenever and wherever they arise...!
Exactly as in a hot summer month, when a cloud of dust and dirt has been
swirled up, then a sudden great & heavy rainfall makes it vanish by quelling
it on the spot, so too does this concentration by Awareness by Breathing,
when developed and cultivated often, and which is peaceful and sublime,
an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself, disperse, scatter, evaporate and
quell right on the spot all evil & disadvantageous mental states whenever &
wherever they arise. And how is this so? Bhikkhus, when one have gone to
the forest, or to the root of a tree, or to an empty hut, there & then one
sits down cross-legged, having straightened one's body and back, & set
up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of only that
breathing itself one breathes in, and just solely aware of only that very
breathing itself one breathes out... Feeling only the touch of air passing!
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!
It is in exactly this way, Friends & Bhikkhus, that this fine concentration
by Awareness by Breathing is developed & cultivated so that it indeed is
peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself! And it is in
this way that it disperses and quells on the spot all evil detrimental states
whenever and wherever they arise!

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More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.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_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
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:321-22]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 9: At Vesali!

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Breathing Meditation Offers Calm Clarity!

On the Spot!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm
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Not Resisting...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:41 pm

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Giving up everything, one is Calmed!

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The Blessed Buddha once summarized his own mental development like this:
Fear comes from embracing violence. Looking at people quarreling I became
agitated. Seeing people floundering, like fish floundering when hauled out of
water, seeing them opposing others, made fear and consternation arise in me!
The world was without safety anywhere, in all quarters conflict tossed about.
Yet I wanted to find a safe peaceful dwelling-place for myself, I could not...
Dissatisfied, seeing opposition itself, I realized that the barb is here within,
hard to see, not out there in the world, but in here nestling deep in the mind.
Injured by this barb, one runs in all directions. Having pulled that barb out,
one neither runs, nor stands still... That relief requires purifying training:
One should be truthful, and neither mischievous, nor deceiving, rid of gossip!
One should overcome lethargy and laziness, be fully aware, and not negligent.
One should not bestow affection upon any external form, & give up all pride
over any internal form. Neither longing back for the past, nor liking any new,
one will not grieve, when something is vanishing. One should give up whatever
fascination attaching to a given object. Greed is like a great flood. Desire is
like the current. Sense objects are like the shifting tides. Sense pleasure is
like vast stretches of deep entrapping mud, which is very hard to cross over..
Not deviating from the Dhamma, crossing by that truth, the sage, a recluse,
comes to stand safe on high ground. Having given up everything, he is calmed!
Sutta-Nipata 935-946 Edited excerpt.

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More on this relieving relinquishment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... ything.htm

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Not Resisting...

Sweet is detached fearlessness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Violent_Fear.htm
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Careless Attention Bewilders ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:09 pm

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Careless Attention grows Mental Hindrances!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
When one attends carelessly and irrationally then:
Greed, Lust, and Sense-desire arise, increase, and expand...
Hate, Anger and Ill-will arise, increase, and expand...
Sloth, Lethargy and Laziness arise, increase and expand...
Agitation, Restlessness and Regret arise, increase and expand...
When one attends carelessly and irrationally then:
Doubt, confusion and uncertainty arise, increase and expand...
Furthermore the Awareness link to awakening does not arise!
The Investigation link to awakening does not arise!
The Energy link to awakening does not arise!
The Joy link to awakening does not arise!
The Tranquillity link to awakening does not arise!
The Concentration link to awakening does not arise!
The Equanimity link to awakening does not arise!
And if these qualities are present in mind, then they instantly cease, when
one attends carelessly, neglectful, absent-minded, sloppy and irrationally...
However if one attends carefully and rationally, the 5 mental hindrances
do not arise and if already arisen, then they gradually fade out and cease!
Secondly, any of the 7 mental links to awakening, that has not yet arisen,
arise and is gradually completed by mental development by this repeated
reflection and meditation...

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More on Attention, rational and careful (yoniso manasikara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ikaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:84-5] section 46: The Links. 24: Careless Attention...

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Careless Attention causes a Scattered Mind!

Careless Attention!
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Rejoicing Joy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:52 pm

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Mutual Joy cures all vicious Envy and Jealousy!

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

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

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Mutual Joy (Mudita), which cures all envy and jealousy, is a divine state!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Rejoicing Joy!

Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)
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The Sun ..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:03 am

Friends:

Having Right View induces Seeing The Truth!

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The Blessed Buddha once said this:
Bhikkhus, dawn is the forerunner and precursor for the arising of the sun...
Similarly, is Right View the forerunner and precursor for breaking through
to the Four Noble Truths as the really are. One can expect that any Bhikkhu
with Right View will understand as it really is:
Suffering is an in all phenomena immanent misery!
Craving and Clinging is the sole Cause of all Suffering!
Stilling and Ceasing of Craving is the End of all Suffering!
This Noble 8-fold Way is the sole method to Ending all Suffering!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort should be dedicated to really understand:
All this is Suffering! An effort should be made much of to truly comprehend:
Craving is the Cause of Suffering! An effort should be aroused to realize:
No Craving is the End of Suffering! Effort should be made to set in motion,
to reinforce, & to refine: This Noble 8-fold Way which Ceases all Suffering...

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More on Right View (Samma Ditthi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... t_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... g_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Advan ... t_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:442]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 37: The Sun ...

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Initiating is the Sun ..

Right View dawns the 4 Noble Truths!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Sun.htm
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Worthy, Wise and Virtuous...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:30 pm

Friends:

Worthy, Wise and Virtuous:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Utthanako analaso,
Apadasu na vedhati,
Acchinnavutti medhavi,
Tadiso labhate yasam.

Digha Nikaya III 273

Worthy, wise and virtuous:
Who is energetic and not indolent,
In misfortune unshaken,
Flawless in manner and intelligent,
Such one will honour gain.

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On the Enthusiastic Energy (viriya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/En ... _Force.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm

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Worthy, Wise and Virtuous...

Those of flawless noble behaviour will honour gain!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... getice.htm
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Well Equipped?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:54 pm

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How is one well equipped with the 5 Abilities?

A certain, not very well known Bhikkhu once asked Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, it is said: One is well equipped with the 5 mental abilities!
In what way, Venerable Sir, is one well equipped with these five abilities?
The Blessed Buddha then pointed out:
When, Bhikkhu, a Bhikkhu thoroughly trains and fully develops:
The ability of Faith, which leads to stilling, which leads to enlightenment..
The ability of Energy, which leads to peace, which leads to awakening..
The ability of Awareness, which leads to harmony, which leads to safety..
The ability of Concentration, which leads to rest, which leads to ending..
The ability of Understanding, which leads to ease, which leads to bliss..
Then he becomes one, who is well equipped with the 5 mental abilities!

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On these 5 Crucial Mental Abilities (indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Or ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... lities.htm

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Stretch the Range of Ur mental Abilities by Training them!

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 203] 48 The Mental Abilities: 19 Equipped..

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b]Well Equipped?[/b]

Your Abilities Determines & Limits your Future!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Well_Equipped.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:12 am

Friends:

Disillusion Releases all Clinging and Attachment!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Ananda, is the experience of Disappointment with this entire World?
Whatever there is in the mind of clinging to the world, craving for the world,
concern for the world, longing for the world, tendency & inclination towards
the world, adherence & devotion to the world, bias, all this a Bhikkhu leaves,
gives up, keeps away, above & aloof, by relinquishing & releasing detachment!
This itself is the very experience of Disappointment, Disillusion, Discontent,
Disenchantment, Dislike, Distress & Dissatisfaction with this entire World...

Mental Phenomena related with the Craving that causes Suffering:
There are four kinds of Clinging:
1: Clinging to Desire for Sensing.
2: Clinging to various Wrong Views.
3: Clinging to rituals and superstition.
4: Clinging to the concept of a a self, ego, I, me, identity, & the notion "I Am"!
All forms of clinging have to cease before any suffering is stilled...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
Absence of Clinging is indeed Bliss!

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There are Seven Latent Tendencies (anusaya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_L ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... encies.htm
These drifting drives & lurking liabilities are often deeply hidden in the mind!

Simile:
The worldling resorts back to the world like a worm resorts back to its hole!
The Noble freed by disappointment leans, tends & inclines towards Nibbana!

The Reward is:
Approach to Nibbana by relinquishing all longing back to this or any world!

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:60, AN V 108ff.
Girimananda Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Disillusion Releases all Clinging..

Detachment induces Happy Ease!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ntment.htm
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Fine Forward Focus

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:07 am

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Mere Wishing cannot produce Happiness!

May 2014 become more Calm, due to better focus on Tranquillity...
May 2014 become more Modest by renouncing all puffed Pride...
May 2014 become more Peaceful by giving up all Anger and Hate...
May 2014 become less Painful by relinquishing all Craving and Clinging...
May 2014 become less Discontent by cultivation of Rejoicing Mutual Joy...
May 2014 become entirely Happy through the eradication of Ignorance!

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How to Meditate? Check here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... Manual.htm

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Fine Forward Focus 2014..
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Focus_2014.htm
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Four but still One!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:57 pm

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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 Suffering, sees also The Cause of Suffering,
sees also The End of Suffering, sees also The Way to End all Suffering..
Any one who sees The Cause of Suffering, sees also Suffering, Ending, &
The Way. And any one who sees The End, sees also Pain, Cause, & The Way.
Consequently any one who sees The Way to End Pain, sees also Suffering,
sees also The Cause of Suffering, sees also The Ending of Suffering!

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Comments on Coming Through:
Breakthrough to the Truths thus performs 4 functions at a single moment!
4 of these 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 & forever transforms one's life
and mentality, Nibbana is the single object pointed to as a possible escape!
There is only one single Exit out of this burning cinema of appearances...
A Matrix of Clinging!

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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

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:436-7]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 30: Gavampati...

Four but still One!

When the 4 Noble Truths Flashes ...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_but_One.htm
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Genuine is Goodwill!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:06 pm

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Genuine Goodwill Blazes and Shines!

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The blessed Buddha once said:
Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the jungle.
None of them was frightened of me, nor did I fear any of them!
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the deep forest.
Finding great solace in such sweet and silenced solitude…

Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend too of any many-footed!

Anguttara Nikaya IV 67

May all creatures, all breathing things;
All beings, one and all, without exception,
Experience good fortune only! :-)
May they not fall into any harm.

Anguttara Nikaya II 72

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

Sutta Nipata I

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net//drops/IV/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net//drops/V/Ad ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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Genuine Goodwill!

Friendliness Blazes and Shines beyond all!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
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The Luminous Mind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:40 am

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Luminous is the Mind released by Friendliness!

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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Whatever meritorious action one performs, all these together are not worth
1/16th part of a mind released into friendliness, since the mind released into
friendliness blazes forth, & outshines all with an unsurpassable brilliance...
Just as the radiance from all the stars and planets does not match even a
1/16th part of the radiance from the moon, which thus outshines all the stars,
similarly; whatever good thoughts one fulfils by doing meritorious actions,
all these together are not worth one-sixteenth fraction of the mind released
by infinite friendliness! Since a mind released into friendliness - all alone -
blazes forth, and thus outshines all these with an incomparable radiance...
Just as the mighty sun rising at autumn dawn, by making any fog evaporate,
scattering any dark thundercloud, makes the sky all blue & clear, so it alone
freely shines, blazes in a blue brilliance, - exactly so - whatever thoughts
there may be for gaining merit, all these together are not worth one 16th
fraction, of a mind released into friendliness! Since the mind released into
friendliness - all alone - outshines all these with inestimable luminosity!
So did the Lord Buddha state this matter, and he further added:
For the Noble friend, who by will, who fully aware and deliberately brings
infinite, boundless and endless friendliness into being, this mountain-like
limitless goodwill makes all evil substrate evaporate, & the chains of mind,
these mental fetters become thin, slender and slack. If a friend without
ill will cares for even one single living being, such friend, through that,
becomes quite skilled and clever, so far more for the Noble Friend, who
by possessing a caring heart for all sentient beings, without even a single
exception, accumulates great, massive, and immense amounts of merit!
Those gurus and priests who sacrifice life, objects, or fire, who bathe
ceremoniously, devoted to mere forms and empty ritual, blindly attached
to and obsessed by culture, tradition of primeval & often unknown origin,
do never experience even a 16th of this release of mind by friendliness
fully brought into being, just like the vagueness of even all the stars cannot
either ever outshine the moon! Since there cannot exist any evil animosity
whatsoever, nor enmity at all, neither even an atomic trace of hate in a
Nobly Released One, who by caring indiscriminately and infinitely for all
living beings, who by possessing such treasure of a mind relinquished by
friendliness, simply cannot ever suppress, dominate, harm, or kill even the
smallest sentient breathing being! Luminous is such perfectly released mind!

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More on the Mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Luminous_is_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.8-10.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ma ... t_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm

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Source:
The Itivuttaka 27: Thus was it Said:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Luminous Mind!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

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