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Giving gains Getting!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:43 am

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What are the 3 kinds of Buddhist Gifts?

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Three kinds of gift are mentioned in Buddhism, namely:

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


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

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Openhanded Giving is the 1st Mental Perfection...

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


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

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

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

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

Giving gains Getting!

The 3 Golden Gifts ...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_3_Gifts.htm
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Re: Giving gains Getting!

Postby Mkoll » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:13 am

Bhikkhu_Samahita wrote:Next comes the Abhaya dana: - or giving life to those whose lives
are in danger caused by fire, water or enemies. Sometimes we
hear of people, who are about to die due to lack of blood.
To donate blood and save another human's life is indeed a great
thing. Donation of eyes and kidneys is also highly appreciated
and comes under Abhaya dana – fearless donation of life.

Donating blood hadn't even crossed my mind since becoming Buddhist, until now.

Thank you, Bhante! Much appreciated!

:anjali:
Peace,
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:13 pm

Thanx2u2. Support is welcome here. http://What-Buddha-Said.net
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Naive Self-Deception...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:55 pm

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Having Observed, yet failed to pay Attention!

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Right after death during transmigration the Yama deva asks one this:
"Did you never see in this world a man or a woman, eighty, ninety, or a 100
years old, frail, crooked as a gable-roof, bent down, resting on crutches,
with tottering steps, shaking, far from young, with broken teeth, grey &
scanty hair or bald, wrinkled, with black blotched limbs? Did that sight
never make you think, that you also will become old, and cannot escape it?
Did you never in this world see a man or a woman who, being sick, ailing,
and grievously ill, fumbling in own filth and excrement, lifted up by some
and put to bed by others? And did that sight never make you think that
you also inevitably will become sick, and that you cannot ever escape it?
Did you never in this world see the corpse of a man or a woman, 1, 2 or
three days dead, swollen up, pale bluish-black, smelling and half-rotten?
Did that repulsive sight never make you realize, that you indeed also
inevitably will meet death, disintegrate and that you cannot escape it?"
Source: (edited excerpt) Anguttara Nikaya 3:35

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Comment:
Despite observing this Suffering, one self-deceives: "It will not come to me"!
Paying attention to these 3 divine messengers can lift you out of Samsara...

All in this World, whatsoever, is Suffering: This is the 1st Noble Truth:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm

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Naive Self-Deception...

Having Observed, yet failed to pay Attention!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ssages.htm
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Understanding is the Chief!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:13 pm

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What is the Chief Ability inducing Awakening?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, red sandalwood is known as the best among fragrant and
sweet-scented heartwoods. It is declared to be their chief...
Similarly, among the various states conducive to enlightenment the
Ability of Understanding is declared to be the best and their chief,
that is, for the swift attainment of this sublime Enlightenment...!
And what, Bhikkhus, are the states conducive to Enlightenment?
The Ability of Faith is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Energy is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Awareness is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Concentration is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Understanding is a state leading to Awakening!
Bhikkhus, these five abilities, developed and cultivated, if not present,
do not arise except after the arrival of a Perfectly Enlightened One,
a Tathagata, an Arahat! These 5 abilities, which are advanced and refined,
do not arise except from the Discipline and Teaching of a Well Gone One!

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More on the supreme Understanding Ability:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... pannaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... anding.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:231-236] section 48: The Abilities: 55+58+60.

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Understanding is the Chief!

What is the Core Ability inducing Awakening?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... bility.htm
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Pure Action x 3!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:27 pm

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Good for All are the 3 Kinds of Right Bodily Action!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Cunda, is purity of bodily action 3-fold?
1: Harmlessness!
Herein, someone avoids the destruction of all life, he does never kill any living being.
Without stick or weapon, careful, kind, gentle, and full of sympathy, he protects the
welfare of all living, sentient and breathing beings!
2: Honesty!
One avoids all stealing, abstains from taking what is not freely given, what another
possesses of goods and property in the village or in the woods, one does not take
any of that away with thievish intent!
3: Decency!
One avoids any illicit and abusive sexual contact, and abstains from all adultery:
One has no intercourse with children, who are under the protection of father,
mother, brother, relatives, nor with any married persons, nor with any convicts,
nor with betrothed persons, nor with those engaged to another partner!
This 3-fold purity of bodily action is obviously advantageous for all beings!

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More on Right Action (Samma Kammanta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Unint ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:176
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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Pure Action x 3!

Harmlessness, Honesty & Decency Protects All...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:46 pm

Thank you for this link Bhante. So true

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.5-6.htm

With metta,
Chris
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:49 am

Thanx2U2 friend. Appreciated.

cooran wrote:Thank you for this link Bhante. So true

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.5-6.htm

With metta,
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Calm and Insight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:41 pm

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Calm (samatha) & Insight (vipassana):

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There are two principal kinds of mental development:
1: Development of mental tranquillity and calm (samatha-bhavana)
culminating in the development of concentration (samadhi-bhavana)
And!
2: Development of insight (vipassana-bhavana) culminating in the
development of understanding (pañña-bhavana).
Both qualities: Calm and Insight, are essential & crucial for release!
Tranquil Calm (samatha) is the pleasant, peaceful, yet lucid state of
a settled mind acquired as a preliminary to meditative absorption.
It blesses the meditator with 3 things: Happy life, happy rebirth, &
a mental purity suitable for gaining progressive penetrating insight!
Concentration is a necessary prerequisite for such cutting insight..
Why so? It removes distractions that veil the investigating vision!
Insight is that which leads to entrance of the 4 stages of Nobility..
Why so? It irreversibly removes gross & latent mental hindrances!
The term samadhi literally means ~being firmly put evenly together
(sam + a+ dha) & is mental state focused on only one single object=
cittassaekaggata, which literally means ~ one-pointedness of mind.
Any state of consciousness has a degree of mental concentration!
One may distinguish these four stages or levels of concentration:
1: Momentary or transient concentration (khanika-samadhi),
2: Preliminary or preparing concentration (parikamma-samadhi),
3: Access or approaching concentration (upacara-samadhi),
4: Absorption or attainment concentration (appana-samadhi).

Insight (vipassana) is the penetrative understanding, gained by only
direct meditative experience of the inherent transience, misery, &
selflessness (anicca, dukkha, anatta) of all physical & mental states
of existence all included in these 5 clusters (khandha) of clinging:
form, feeling, perception, mental construction, and consciousness.
Bhavana is derived from the causative form of the verbal root bhu,
bhavati = to be, to become, causing to be, making come into being,
the calling into existence of, the production of or development of.
When applied to Mental Training this simply means Meditation...

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Simultaneous Calm and Insight! Photo: The Kawasakis

More on Insight (Vipassana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm

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Calm and Insight!

The Dual Advantage of Mental Training:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
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Detached Freedom!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:52 pm

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Regarding all Phenomena with aloof Equanimity!

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When one has understood constructions by seeing the three characteristics in them
and their voidness, then one can leave both terror & delight by becoming indifferent
and neutral to all states, taking them neither to be 'I', 'Me', nor 'mine'!
One becomes like a man who has recently divorced his wife: The man who was married
to a lovely, gorgeous, & charming wife and so deeply in love with her as to be unable to
bear separation from her for a single moment. He would be disturbed & displeased to
see her standing, talking & laughing with another man, and would be very unhappy and
jealous, but later, when he found out that woman's faults, and he had divorced her,
he would no more regard her as 'mine'; and thereafter, even though he saw her doing
whatever it might be, with whomsoever it might be, he would neither be disturbed, nor
displeased, but only remain, neutral, detached, aloof and indifferent!
So too with the meditating disciple, who wants to get free from all phenomena:
He recognizes all constructions as impermanent, and void of pleasure and self,
thus seeing that nothing in reality is 'I', 'Me', or 'mine'. He therefore is released from
both terror and delight, and becomes indifferent, and neutral towards all phenomena...
Visuddhimagga 656

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Divorced from Possessiveness, Egoism, Clinging and Frustration!

More On 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

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Equanimity describes the unattached awareness of one's experience as a result
of perceiving the impermanence of momentary reality.. It is a peace of mind and
dwelling in even calmness, that cannot be shaken by any grade of both fortunate
and unfortunate circumstances. It is a concept promoted by several religions...!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity

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Detached Freedom!

Regarding all Phenomena with aloof Equanimity!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
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The Beautiful Release!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:59 am

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How is Release by Friendliness Achieved?

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

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

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If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the unrepulsive & tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing the repulsive therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing the unrepulsive in whatever disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
dwell in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else
he enters and dwells in the mental deliverance by the beautiful...
I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise Bhikkhu here who has not penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by pure
infinite friendliness has the beautiful deliverance as its culmination!

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More on the 7 links to Awakening (bojjhanga):
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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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...

Deliverance can be induced by friendliness :-)

The Beautiful Release!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... elease.htm
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Truth always Triumphs!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:54 pm

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Truthful Honesty is the 7th Mental Perfection:

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Honesty is Trust
Honesty is Truthful
Honesty is Guarantee
Honesty is Confidence
Honesty is Consistence
Honesty is Convincing
Honesty is Certainty
Honesty is Credibility
Honesty is Reliability
Honesty is Authenticity
Honesty is Integrity
Honesty is Accuracy
Honesty is Commitment
Honesty is Sincerity
Honesty is Security
Honesty is Reality
Honesty is a Must!


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Honesty characteristically never deceives, it's function is to verify what
is actual and factual. Honesty's manifestation is sheer excellence...
Sincere and exact truthfulness is the proximate cause of honesty!
All evil states and crimes converge upon transgression of Truth...
Devotion to Truth is the only reliable foundation of all Nobility!


Like The Buddha demand of your own mind:
You have to give me an honest answer, understand! I won't accept anything
phony. And once you've answered, you have to stick to that very answer and
not slide or glide around. Don't be a traitor to yourself! Be sober & straight!
Therefore: Accept now this 4th training rule of avoiding all false speech!

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If one is not true to the Buddha's teachings, the Buddha's teachings will
not be true to oneself, either! That Dhamma, which is used as a costume,
surface, uniform or alibi, does not bear fruit, as it's intention is not true!
True Honesty, however, makes you quite worthy of respect!

If one is painstakingly honest towards oneself, one thereby also becomes
meticulously honest towards others. If one on the contrary deceives oneself,
believing own lies, one automatically also deceives others, betraying them.
Honesty, however, always makes you quite worthy of respect...

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Make an island of yourself, be your own light and illumination,
make yourself your only safe haven; there is no other protection.
Make Truth your only island, make Truth your sole refuge;
Make Truth your only lamp; there is no other luminosity.
Digha Nikaya, 16

The straight person, self-controlled, keeping precepts,
open and honest, is both worthy and fit for the yellow robe.
The hiding person, imposting, immoral, keeping secrets,
not honest, is neither worthy, nor fit for the yellow robe.
Dhammapada 9+10

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Overcome the furious by friendship.
Overcome the evil one by goodness.
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes what is not given;
The one who mates with another's partner;
The one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!
Dhammapada 246-47

They who falsely declare: "That happened" about what did not happen, or:
"I did not do that" about what they actually did, they earn themselves a
ticket to grilling in Hell.
Dhammapada 306

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When the Blessed One heard about the king’s spies, who for money stole
information from others, he explained: One should not take just any job.
One should not be another’s man. One should not depend on any other.
One should not sell the truth for money…
Udana VI-2

The Bodhisatta was once caught by a man-eater, which sat him free on the
condition that he returned the next day. He kept his word and did so...
Much later remembered: Protecting this way of truth, having given up my
life and kingdom, I thereby set free 100 captured nobles, as the man-eater
lost his nerve. In honesty I thereby reached the ultimate perfection!
Mahasutasoma-Jataka no. 537



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More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm

You can run from your mistake, but not from your regret.
You can play with your drama, but not with your karma.

Theravada Buddhist Chaiteet Heng, Malaysia

Truth always Triumphs!
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby SarathW » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:09 pm

Bhante
I think it is important that we forgive and help the people who are honest.
Lawyers always advise their clients not to admit the liability!
What did Buddha teach about forgiveness?
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:36 pm

SarathW wrote:Bhante
I think it is important that we forgive and help the people who are honest.
Lawyers always advise their clients not to admit the liability!
What did Buddha teach about forgiveness?
:namaste:


See:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby SarathW » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:24 am

Wow!
Mind like fire, water, earth and space!
Is space a substitution for air?
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:43 am

yes
SarathW wrote:Wow!
Mind like fire, water, earth and space!
Is space a substitution for air?
:)
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What is Advantageous?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:57 pm

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Which Mental States are Advantageous?

Cut Short:
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Hate are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Greed are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Ignorance are Advantageous!

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In Detail:
At whatever moment any advantageous thinking pertaining to this sense sphere is
accompanied by gladness and associated with knowledge, directed to any sense object,
such as a visible form, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch, or a mental object, then right
at that time arises momentarily: Contact, feeling, perception, intention, idea, directed
thought, sustained thinking, joy, happiness, one-pointedness of the mind, the ability of
faith, energy, awareness, concentration, understanding, the ability of mind and gladness,
the ability of vitality, right view, right motivation, right effort, right awareness, and
right concentration! There arise the powers of conviction, enthusiasm, acute awareness,
focused concentration, and understanding. There arise the powers of shame, of fear of
consequences of wrong action! There arises non-greed, non-hatred, non-confusion, and
non-possessiveness! There arises no ill will, but right view, shame and fear of wrongdoing!
There is then bodily calmness and serene tranquillity of mind. Then emerges then mental
and bodily readiness, facile mental and bodily adaptability, and rational rectitude of mind!
There is then present: Awareness, clear comprehension, mental tranquillity, insight, energy,
and non-distraction! These and whatever formless immaterial states these causally produce:
These are the -Advantageous- mental states...

Comments:
Diluted forms of Greed are: Desire, lust, yearning, longing, craving, hoping and wanting...
Diluted forms of Hate are: Anger, rage, irritation, resentment, opposition & stubbornness...
Diluted forms of Ignorance are: Confusion, uncertainty, doubt, perplexity and hesitation...

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More on Advantageous States (Kusala Dhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Seed_of_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kusala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... antage.htm

Source:
The Classification of States: The Dhammasangani. The 1st of the 7 Abhidhamma Books.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130622
http://www.amazon.com/dhammasangani-Enu ... 405&sr=8-1

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What is Advantageous?
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... geous2.htm
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Enjoying an Anchor ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:54 pm

Friends:

Faith is an advantageous Hand, Wealth and Seed:

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Using it as a tool they have faith. Just this act of having an anchor is itself faith.
Its characteristic is trusting, having confidence in & being fully convinced about.
Faith's function is to clarify, like a filter, and to promote entrance like a door.
Faith manifests as devoted non-wavering, and as a quite resolute determination.
Its proximate cause is something to have faith in, and hearing the Saddhamma.
It should be seen as a hand because it takes up and holds all advantageous states,
as mental wealth since it leads to future prosperity, and as a seed that initiates
growth of all that is truly good.

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The Blessed Buddha said:
Faith is all being's best wealth;
Dhamma praxis brings best happiness;
Truth indeed has the best taste of all;
Living in and by understanding is best!

Sn. 182

Confidence is the seed,
Self-control is the rain,
Understanding is the yoke & plough,
Shame and Conscience is the pole,
A well working mind is the yoke-tie,
Awareness is the ploughshare & goad.

Sn. 77

By Conviction is the flood crossed;
By endurance is the ocean crossed;
By effort is one's suffering quelled;
By wise understanding is one purified!

Sn. 184

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More on this initiating Faith (Saddha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... _Faith.htm

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Enjoying an Anchor ...

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Han ... d_Seed.htm
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Winning by Awareness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:44 pm

Friends:

Winning the Highest by Awareness!

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Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in
Jeta's Grove, in Anathapindika's Park, a number of Bhikkhus went
to the Venerable Anuruddha & exchanged polite greetings with him.
Then they sat down and asked the Ven. Anuruddha: Venerable Sir:
What has the Venerable Anuruddha developed & cultivated so that
he has attained to his famous greatness of direct knowledge?
He answered:
It is, friends, because I have developed and cultivated these four
Foundations of Awareness, that I have won great direct knowledge!
What four? Here, friends, I dwell constantly contemplating upon:
1: The Body only as a formed group, neither as me, lasting, nor pleasure!
2: The Feelings only as passing sensations, neither as mine, nor pleasure!
3: The Mind only as temporary mentalities, neither as I, nor any self!
4: All Phenomena only as mental states, neither as substance, nor real!

while eager, clearly comprehending, & fully aware, thereby removing
any desire & frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because
I have developed & cultivated these Four Foundations of Awareness,
that I have become empowered with the suprahuman forces: I see &
understand as it really is, any present defilement, the obstruction of,
the cleaning of, and the emergence from all the subtle jhana states,
all the deliverances, all concentrations, & all higher mental attainments.
It is, because I have developed and fully refined these indeed supreme
Four Foundations of Awareness, that I by the full elimination of the
mental fermentations, in this very life enter & dwell in the stainless
release of mind, & release by understanding, realizing it myself with
direct knowledge, gained through direct experience...

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Foundation of Awareness = 4 Great Frames of Reference!

Much more on Awareness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... ssible.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sati_Acute.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:305-6]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 21+24: The jhanas & fermentations!

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Winning by Awareness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wi ... reness.htm
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Make Yourself into an Island and Lamp!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:35 am

Friends:

No one Other can ever Save You!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Make an island of yourself,
Be lamp and light for yourself,
Make yourself your refuge:
There is no other refuge!


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Make the Dhamma your island,
Make the Dhamma your lamp & light,
Make Dhamma your refuge;
There is no other refuge!

Digha Nikaya 2.165

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No Other
By self alone, is harm done.
By self alone, does one suffer from own evil.
By self alone, is harm left undone.
By self alone, is one purified & thereby saved.
Both destruction and salvation is the work of yourself.
No-one can purify another...
Dhammapada 165

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Sole Saviour:
Self is indeed self's only saviour!
Who else can save you?
With oneself well tamed, one gains a saviour
otherwise hard to find.
Dhammapada 160

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Focused:
Neither giving up seclusion, nor neglecting meditation,
Constantly living according to the Dhamma, yet still amongst all
the flickering phenomena of this world, understanding the danger
inherent in this existence itself! One should wander solitary as
a rhinoceros horn. Sutta-Nipata I.3 verse 69

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More on Mental Purification (Visuddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mental_Purity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Imm ... egrity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... cation.htm

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Don't ever rely on any other than the Dhamma and yourself...

Make Yourself into an Island and Lamp!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Island_and_Lamp.htm
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