The Great Anguttara Game

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Re: The Great Anguttara Game

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:21 pm

Macavity wrote:The Dhammāvalī ("Row of Dhammas") can be ordered here: http://www.mahamakuta.inet.co.th/T-BOOK/P-314.html though I should have stated that it's only in Pali and Thai, not English.


Hi Macavity,

Okay, thanks anyway. It will be a while before my Pali will be good enough to read a full book in Pali alone, without the English nearby.
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Re: The Great Anguttara Game

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:26 pm

And with the Ten perceptions — dasa saññāyo, 11 factors are gained that support spiritual growth:

1. There is the case where a monk is well versed in forms.

2. He is skilled in characteristics.

3. There is the case where a monk acquiesces with an arisen thought of sensuality or to ill-will. He does abandons it, dispels it, demolishes it, and wipes it out of existence.

4. There is the case where a monk, on seeing a form with the eye, grasps at themes or details by which; as he dwells with restraint over the faculty of the eye; as well as with the other sense doors.

5. There is the case where a monk teaches others in detail the Dhamma as he has heard and mastered it.

6. There is the case where a monk goes time and again to the monks who are learned, well versed in the tradition.

7. There is the case where a monk, when the Dhamma-Vinaya proclaimed by the Tathagata is being taught, gains knowledge of the meaning, gains knowledge of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma.

8. There is the case where a monk discerns, as it actually is, The Noble Eightfold Middle Path.

9. There is the case where a monk discerns, as they actually are, the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.

10. There is the case where a monk; when faithful householders invite him to accepts gifts of cloth, alms food, lodgings, and medicinal requisites for curing the sick; knows moderation in taking.

11. There is the case where a monk shows extra respect for the elder monks with seniority, who have been ordained long, who are leaders of the Community.

(from Anguttara Nikaya 11.18)
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Re: The Great Anguttara Game

Postby Macavity » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:03 pm

TheDhamma wrote:11. here is the case where a monk shows extra respect for the elder monks with seniority, who have been ordained long, who are leaders of the Community.


True and spurious 'elders' — dve therā

    "Brahman, the Blessed One — the one who knows, the one who sees, worthy & rightly self-awakened — has declared the level of one who is venerable and the level of one who is a youngster. Even if one is venerable — 80, 90, 100 years old — yet if one partakes of sensuality, lives in the midst of sensuality, burns with sensual fever, is chewed up by sensual thoughts, and is eager in the search for sensuality, then one is reckoned simply as a young fool, not an elder.

    "But if one is a youngster, youthful — a black-haired young person endowed with the blessings of youth in the first stage of life — yet does not partake of sensuality, does not live in the midst of sensuality, does not burn with sensual fever, is not chewed up by sensual thoughts, and is not eager in the search for sensuality, then one is reckoned as a wise elder."
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an02/an02.038.than.html
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