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Not Knowing the 4 Truths!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:53 pm

Friends:

The Twin Truths won by Dual Consideration:

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The blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, the first clever consideration is:
Whatever Suffering arises, this Suffering is caused by Ignorance!
Another consequent and subsequent consideration is:
Clearing all Ignorance by Understanding, stops all arising of any Suffering!

This immensely long round of rebirth with transition from now this, then to that form,
is caused by this dreadfully deep Ignorance alone! Those who really understand this,
do not renew any return into any form of being...
Considering these twin truths cautiously, resolutely & enthusiastically, one may either
enter the state of Nibbana  right here & now in this very life, or if there is remaining
traces of Clinging left, win the state of non-return...
Those who neglect understanding of Ignorance, the origin of Ignorance, the End of
Ignorance, and how Ignorance is completely eliminated, are incapable of release by
Understanding, are incapable of mental release, are incapable of direct knowledge,
and are thereby incapable of making an end...
They will therefore repeat birth, ageing, decay, sickness and death ever again...
While those who do undertake understanding of Ignorance, Origin, End & Way,
are indeed capable of mental release by understanding, direct absolute knowledge,
and thus capable of making an end... They are thus headed towards the deathless!

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Ignorance is Not Knowing the 4 Noble Truths!

More on this Deepest Root of all Evil: Ignorance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... nowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... mining.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... rance.html

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Deeper than the eyes is the mental Blindness of Ignorance!

Source: The Bundle of Threads. The Sutta-Nipata 724-765
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html

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Not Knowing the 4 Truths!

Ignorance is the Root of all Suffering...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_3.htm
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Contentment is caused by Mutual joy :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:08 pm

Friends:

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 others gains.
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! :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
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The Twin Truths!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:05 pm

Friends:

The Twin Truths won by Dual Consideration:

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The blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, the first consideration is:
Whatever Suffering arises, all that is caused by Mental Construction!
The consequent second consideration is:
Stilling of all Mental Construction thereby ceases all Suffering completely!


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Knowing this danger: - All Suffering is caused by Mental Construction -,
by silencing all experience, sensation and feeling, the wise escape all Pain!
Considering these twin truths cautiously, resolutely and enthusiastically,
one may either enter the state of Nibbana right here and now in this life,
or if there is remaining traces of clinging left, the state of a non-returner.
Those who neglect understanding of mental construction, the origin of
mental construction, the end of mental construction, and how mental
construction is eliminated, are incapable of release by understanding,
are incapable of mental release, are incapable of direct knowledge, and
are thereby incapable of making an end...They repeat birth, ageing, decay,
sickness and death ever again... While those who undertake understanding
of mental construction, Origin, End and Way, indeed are capable of mental
release by understanding, sure certainty, and capable of making an end...
They are near the deathless dimension!

More on Mental Construction (Sankhara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sankhaara.htm

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Source: The Bundle of Threads. The Sutta-Nipata 724-765
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=201818

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The Twin Truths!

Mental Constructions and their Consequences...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_4.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby manas » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:24 pm

Greetings Venerable sir,
I also appreciate your insightful and colourful posts, which give my mind a much needed jolt to awaken it from complacency, to inspire me to work more diligently at practically applying the Teachings in my life, which is a daily challenge.

Hoping you are in good health,
manas
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:52 am

Thanx to you to friend. :-)
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Consciousness Causes Collapse...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:57 am

Friends:

The Twin Truths won by keen Dual Consideration:

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The blessed Buddha once said:

Friends, the first consideration is:
Whatever Suffering arises, it does so caused by Consciousness!
Another consequent and subsequent consideration is:
By ending Consciousness , there cannot ever arise any Suffering!


Knowing this danger: All Suffering emerges due to Consciousness, and by
stopping consciousness, there cannot therefore ever be any pain!, any with
intelligence would quench his craving, and latent urge for being conscious...
Considering these twin truths cautiously, resolutely and enthusiastically,
one may either enter the state of Nibbana right here and now in this life,
or if there is lasting traces of clinging left, the state of a non-returner...
Those who neglect the understanding of consciousness itself, the cause of
consciousness, the end of consciousness, & how consciousness is completely
eliminated, are incapable of release by understanding, are thus incapable
of mental release, are incapable of direct knowledge, and are thereby also
incapable of making an end...They repeat birth, ageing, decay, sickness and
death ever again! While those who undertake understanding of Consciousness,
Origin, End & Way, are quite capable of mental release by understanding,
and capable of making an end... They are indeed near the deathless dimension!

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On the early Buddhist definition of Consciousness (viññana):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Mom ... usness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... usness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... nnaana.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/T ... Camera.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Consciousness.htm

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Source: The Bundle of Threads. The Sutta-Nipata 724-765
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=201818

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Consciousness Causes Collapse...

Whatever Suffering arises, it does so caused by Consciousness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_5.htm
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Rare is Human Rebirth!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:18 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 bit of dust, I have taken up upon the nail of my
little-finger? What do you think is most: This tiny bit of dust or this great Planet Earth?
The Bhikkhus then responded: Venerable Sir, this great Planet Earth is much, much more,
incomparably more. This speck of dust is trifling, microscopic, & negligible in comparison.

The Blessed Gotama Buddha then pointed out:
Similarly & exactly so too, Bhikkhus, those who are reborn among human beings are few
and quite rare, beings reborn elsewhere, lower, as non-humans are much more numerous
and common. Why is it so?  Because, Bhikkhus, they have not seen the 4 Noble Truths!
What four?
1: This is Suffering;
2: Craving is the Cause of Suffering;
3: No Craving is the End of Suffering;
4: The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering.

Therefore, Bhikkhus and friends, exertion should be made right 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 right NOW!

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Comments:
Animals are much more common than humans (trillions of billions of insects and fish),
since this rebirth at this level is much more common!  Similarly with ghosts, demons,
and hell beings.  Downfall to these states are common, because evil and immoral actions
such as Killing, Stealing, Lying, Sexually Abusing, Drinking and Drugging are common!
Ethics is thus the core factor of creation and conditioning of any future being...

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

For details on this Round of Rebirths: Samsara see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... msaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/En ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Samsara.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:465-6]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 61: The Downfall ...

Rare is Human Rebirth!

Breakthrough to the 4 Truths Safeguards Against Downfall Rebirth!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:17 pm

Friends:

The Twin Truths won by keen Dual Consideration:

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The blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, the first consideration is:
Whatever Suffering arises, all does so caused by Contact!
Another consequent consideration is:
By stopping Contact, there cannot ever arise any Suffering!

The fool immerses himself in contact and suffers thereby, when it fades.
The wise by comprehending this inherent danger in any contact withdraw,
by quenching his urge for contacting ever changing imprints of sensation...
Considering these twin truths cautiously, resolutely and enthusiastically,
one may either enter the state of Nibbana right here and now in this life,
or if there is lasting traces of clinging left, the state of a non-returner...
Those who neglect understanding of contact, the origin of contact, the end
of contact, and how contact is completely eliminated, are thus incapable of
release by understanding, are thus incapable of mental release, are thus
incapable of direct knowledge, and are thus incapable of making an end...
They repeat birth, ageing, decay, sickness and death ever again...
While those who undertake understanding of contact, Origin, End and Way,
are quite capable of mental release by understanding, and capable of making
an end... They are near the deathless dimension!

On Contact (Phassa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Diver ... ntacts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... phassa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_6.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... ontact.htm

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Source: The Bundle of Threads. The Sutta-Nipata 724-765
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=201818

Contact Clings...

Sense-contact causes craving and clinging!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_R ... orns_6.htm
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Video: 1 Million Children Training Buddhist Meditation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:14 pm

Video: 1 Million Children Training Buddhist Meditation!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn_DSQ2HXCk

If they can, so can U!
Wisdom grows from meditation. From no meditation wisdom fades. Knowing this relation between progress and decay any clever one would settle on the pure & practical way to growth of genuine understanding. Dhammapada 282

Meditation Manuals here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... Manual.pdf
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Deceiving Harms all Beings...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:34 am

Friends:

Harmful is all false speech, lying, pretending, deceiving, & misleading!

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Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting for oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
damage my welfare with false speech, lying, pretending, deceiving, & misleading,
that would neither be pleasing nor agreeable to me. Similarly, if I were speak
false to, lie to, pretend, deceive, and mislead another being, that would damage
that being's welfare & would neither be pleasing nor agreeable nor acceptable
to that other being either....
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and disagreeable
to any other being too. How can I harm & hurt another being with what provoke
annoy and exasperate myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all false speech, deception, and deceitfulness...
2: He/she will persuade others also to abstain from all false speech and lying...
3: He/she will praise speaking only honest, trustworthy, plain, straight Truth...
In this very way is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in 3 respects!!

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More on Not Deceiving & Right Speech (Samma Vaca):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Splitting.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Scolding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Gossiping.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm

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

Theravada Buddhist Chaiteet Heng, Malaysia

One should never Harm other beings by Deceiving them with False Speech!

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:354-5]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

Avoid all False Speech!

Deceiving Harms all Beings...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
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Serene is Silent Equanimity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:18 pm

Friends:

Serene Equanimity promotes imperturbable Peace:

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Equanimity just looks on and observes, while calmly settled in composed neutrality.
Equanimity is characterized as promoting the aspect of impartiality among beings.
Its function is to see the equality of all beings. It is manifested as the quieting of
both resentment and approval. Its proximate cause is seeing and comprehending
the ownership and efficacy of kamma thus: All beings are owners of their actions,
born, created and conditioned by the accumulated effect of their past intentions!
Whose, if not theirs, is the choice by which they have become happy, or unhappy,
or will break free from suffering, or have fallen down from their past good state?
Equanimity succeeds, when it makes both resentment and approval subside, and it
fails, when it instead produces a bored, indifferent, & careless state of negligence!
Vism I 318

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Comments:
Non-involved and even Equanimity is a subtle form of happiness... By stabilization
it perfects and consummates all the other six links to awakening: Awareness,
Investigation, Energy, Joy and Concentration. Equanimity is the proximate cause
for knowing and seeing it, as it really is. Equanimity quenches any upset agitation!
When seeing and noting: 'All this is constructed, conditioned, coarse and transient!
But this state of serene equanimity is indeed exquisitely peaceful...', then instantly
ceases any arisen agreeable or nasty feeling, when Equanimity takes its stance

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Power of Equanimity: Not much agitation, wavering or panic here!

Equanimity (Upekkha) is indeed a divine state and itself a link to Awakening!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

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Serene Equanimity...

Absence of Agitation means Zero Stress!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
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The Son's Flesch!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:49 pm

Friends:

Moderation when Eating is very Advantageous!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Bhikkhus and friends, is material food to be considered?
Imagine, two persons, husband & wife, with only few provisions, are wandering
through a desert with their only child, their beloved and dear little son.
However in the middle of the desert, their food runs out! Then this husband and
wife think: Let us kill our only child, our loved dear little son, prepare dried flesh,
and thus while eating this cross the rest of the desert. But, while eating this flesh,
they beat their breasts, weeping and lamenting: Where is our own little son now?
Where is our only child? What do you think, Bhikkhus and friends: Do these two
people eat their food for amusement, or for pleasure, or to become beautiful?
No, Venerable Sir.
Do they eat this foul food, their only son's flesh only to escape the desert?
Indeed so, Venerable Sir.
Even and Exactly so, Bhikkhus and friends, should one regard all material food!
Once one has fully understood material food, one has also understood any kind
of greed for all five sense objects. Once one has fully understood the greed for
the 5 sense objects, then there exists no more any mental chain, bound by which
the Noble Disciple could ever return again to this world!

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The simile of the Son's Flesh!

More on disabling the craving, urge, and greed for food:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Oozing_Out.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 12:63

The Son's Flesch!

Constructive Disgust...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Flesch.htm
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Caused by What?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:03 pm

Friends:

Dynamic Existence is Caused by What?

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The Blessed Buddha has said:
Profound, Ananda, is this dependent origination, and profound does it appear.
It is through not understanding, not penetrating, this subtle law that this world
resembles a tangled ball of thread, a bird's nest, a thicket of grass or reed...
Any person who does not understand this, does neither escape from the lower
states of existence, from the course of pain, misery & suffering, from this round
of rebirth. Digha Nikaya 15

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Whoever understands dependent origination understands the Dhamma.
Whoever understands the Dhamma understands the dependent origination.
Majjhima Nikaya 28

Dependent Co-Arising (Paticca Samuppada):
Ignorance causes mental construction to arise.
Mental construction causes consciousness to arise.
Consciousness causes name-&-form, mind-&-matter to arise.
Name-&-form cause the-6-sense-sources to arise.
The-6-sense-sources cause contact to arise.
Contact causes feeling to arise.
Feeling causes craving to arise.
Craving causes clinging to arise.
Clinging causes becoming to arise.
Becoming causes birth to arise.
Birth causes ageing, decay, & death to arise.
Ageing, decay, & death cause Suffering to arise.
So is the emergence of this entire mass of Suffering!

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The Chain of Causality of Being is exceedingly Vast & Subtle!
 
There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, and ceasing of the mental moments.
There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, and ceasing of the material moments.
There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, and ceasing of the life of a being.
There is becoming, birth, presence, decay, and ceasing of the galaxies of the universe.
This sweeping yet exhaustive description of causality applies to all these above four
extreme time-scales and all those in between. Verily indeed a Universal Generality is
this Dependent Co-Arising (Paticca Samuppada)!
 
Dig it & keep digging. Then true understanding will ever expand:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 2-002.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 2-020.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 2-044.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm

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Everything has a Cause: Conditioned Origination & Cessation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Evident_Facts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Crucial_Necessity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Eleme ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pro ... sality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/No-Ag ... ndence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pas ... Effect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ppaada.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/As ... kening.htm

Caused by What?

Everything has a Cause, but which one?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:42 am

The Buddhist Poya Uposatha Observance Day Calendar for 2013 is here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Poy ... s.2013.htm

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Analytic Abilities!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:02 am

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The 5 Abilities are Mutually Dependent!

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The 5 Abilities (indriya) are:
The ability of Faith (saddha)
The ability of Energy (viriya)
The ability of Awareness (sati)
The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
The ability of Understanding (pañña)


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They depend mutually and strengthen each other in forward & reverse causality.
The 1st causes the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th. In parallel all mutually enhances each other!
Such are essentially fine examples of co-dependent co-arising! Paticca-samuppada:

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Vice-Versa Causality:
One who has faith, is also energetic. One who is energetic, also has faith.
One who has faith, is also aware. One who is aware, also has faith.
One who has faith, also concentrates. One who concentrates, also has faith.
One who has faith, also understands. One who understands, also has faith.

One who is energetic, is also aware. One who is aware, is also energetic.
One who is energetic, also concentrates. One who concentrates, is also energetic.
One who is energetic, also understands. One who understands, is also energetic.
One who is energetic, also has faith. One who has faith, is also energetic.

One who is aware, also concentrates. One who concentrates, is also aware.
One who is aware, also understands. One who understands, is also aware.
One who is aware, also has faith. One who has faith, is also aware.
One who is aware, is also energetic. One who is energetic, is also aware.

One who concentrates, also understands. One who understands, also concentrates.
One who concentrates, also has faith. One who has faith, also concentrates.
One who concentrates, is also energetic. One who is energetic, also concentrates.
One who concentrates, is also aware. One who is aware, also concentrates.

One who understands, also has faith. One who has faith, also understands.
One who understands, is also energetic. One who is energetic, also understands.
One who understands, is also aware. One who is aware, also understands.
One who understands, also concentrates. One who concentrates, also understands.

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Source: Ven. Sariputta in: The Path of Discrimination: Patidasambhidamagga:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

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Analytic Abilities...

The 5 Abilities are Mutually Dependent!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/An ... lities.htm
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Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:59 pm

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How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Durutu Poya day is the full-moon of January. This holy day celebrates
the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. The Buddha visited the very
place, where the present magnificent Mahiyangana Stupa was built to
enshrine the Buddha's hair relics and the collar bone. For Details see:
http://www.buddhanet.net/sacred-island/mahiyangana.html and
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... angana.htm

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Mahiyangana Stupa

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the
Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean
bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first
three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

I will hereby respect these Three Jewels the rest of my life!


I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...


Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's
own eyes & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much
better than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to
this world! So is the start towards Nibbana: the Deathless Element!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...

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Today indeed is Pooya or uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps even the Eight Precepts from sunrise until the
next dawn... If any wish an official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may simply forward the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed with
name, date, town, & country to me or join here. A public list of this new
quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

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May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !!

Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Have a nice observance day!

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How to be a Real Buddhist by Observance?

Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/D ... ya_Day.htm
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Scientific Reincarnation Evidence by Dr Ian Stevenson

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:52 pm

Scientific Reincarnation Evidence by Dr Ian Stevenson



Some children can remember exact & verifiable details of their prior life they never could have come to know in this their current child life. These details can be objectively and independently confirmed. Remarkably & quite biologically enigmatic: Some of them have birth marks and birth defects at very same locations as the lethal injury causing their often abrupt and violent past life death. Eg. Born with 5 missing fingers after a prior life accident where they were cut off... Birthmarks at the exact location where they got gunshot wounds in their prior life, which could be confirmed from the autopsy report of their deceased individuality. Furthermore: Some can speak a language they never have learnt in this life (xenoglossy) corresponding to their past life language & nationality.
They can in some cases remember names of siblings and other family members in their past life family who they never have met in this life...

The pioneer on this research was the late Dr Ian Stevenson:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Stevenson

He founded The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA.
http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinic ... /home-page

Selected Ian Stevenson Bibliography:
(1974). Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (second revised and enlarged edition). University of Virginia Press.
(1974). Xenoglossy: A Review and Report of A Case. University of Virginia Press.
(1975). Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vol. I: Ten Cases in India. University of Virginia Press.
(1978). Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vol. II: Ten Cases in Sri Lanka. University of Virginia Press.
(1980). Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vol. III: Twelve Cases in Lebanon and Turkey. University of Virginia Press.
(1983). Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vol. IV: Twelve Cases in Thailand and Burma. University of Virginia Press.
(1984). Unlearned Language: New Studies in Xenoglossy. University of Virginia Press.
(1997). Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects. Volume 1: Birthmarks. Volume 2: Birth Defects and Other Anomalies. Praeger Publishers.
(1997). Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. Praeger Publishers (a short, non-technical version of Reincarnation and Biology).
(2000). Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation (revised edition).
(2003). European Cases of the Reincarnation Type. McFarland & Company.

Summarized in the recent:
Science, the Self, and Survival after Death: Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson
http://www.amazon.com/Science-Self-Surv ... 1442221143
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442221147
by his colleague, Emily Williams Kelly:
Ian Stevenson was a prominent and internationally-known psychiatrist, researcher, prolific author, and well-regarded figure in the field of psychical research. Science, the Self, and Survival after Death: Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson is the first book devoted to surveying the entirety of his work and the extraordinary scope and variety of his research. He studied universal questions that cut to the core of a person’s identity: What is consciousness? How did we become the unique individuals that we are? Do we survive in some form after death? Stevenson’s writings on the nature of science and the mind-body relationship, as well as his empirical research, demonstrate his strongly held belief that the methods of science can be applied successfully to such humanly vital questions. Featuring a selection of his papers and excerpts from his books, this collection presents the larger context of Stevenson’s work and illustrates the issues and questions that guided him throughout his career. Our esteemed colleague, Emily Williams Kelly, is the editor of this collection of Dr. Stevenson's writing.
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Authoritative Abilities!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:34 pm

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How is the gradual refinement of the 5 mental abilities?

There are these 5 mental Abilities:
The ability of faith,
The ability of energy,
The ability of awareness,
The ability of concentration,
The ability of understanding!


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What are the six aspects of these abilities?
They are dominant.
They are initiating.
They makes quality.
They are stabilizing.
They are completing.
They are the foundation.


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How are the abilities to be understood in the sense of being dominant?
When one leaves behind skeptic doubt, the faith ability is found in one as being dominated
by definitive decision. This faith ability dominated by resolute determination to decision,
then facilitates exertion, presence, non-distraction and seeing.

When one leaves behind laziness, the energy ability is found in one as being dominated
by exertion of effort. This energy ability dominated by exerting effort, then facilitates
presence, non-distraction, seeing and decisiveness.

When one leaves behind negligence, the awareness ability is found in one as being dominated
by presence. This awareness ability dominated by presence, firmly founded, then facilitates
non-distraction, seeing, decisiveness and exertion.

When one leaves behind agitation, the concentration ability is found in one as being dominated
by non-distraction. This concentration ability dominated by non-distraction, calm, then facilitates
seeing, decisiveness, exertion and presence.

When one leaves behind ignorance, the understanding ability is found in one as being dominated
by seeing. This understanding ability dominated by seeing, penetrative and clear, then facilitates
decisiveness, exertion, presence and non-distraction.

This is how the abilities are to be found and understood as through dominance!

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More on these 5 Mental Abilities:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm

Source: Sariputta in: The Path of Discrimination: Patidasambhidamagga
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

Authoritative Abilities!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Do ... lities.htm
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Energy Boosts Endavour!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:45 am

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Enthusiastic Energy Boosts Advantageous Right Effort!

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By it one strives and struggles, thus is it energetic effort.
Any advantageous exertion of endeavour is a right effort.
By it one works in the right direction, thus is it right effort.
It is right, because it eliminates all the ugly evil mentalities.
It is effort, because it brings progress of well-being and bliss.
Therefore is it called Right Effort. It is a name for Energy...
Right Effort achieves these four functions:
1: Elimination of already arisen detrimental mental states!
2: Prevention of detrimental mental states not yet arisen!
3: Initiation of advantageous mental states not yet arisen!
4: Maintenance of already arisen advantageous mental states!
Thus is it fourfold. That is why it is called the 4 right efforts...

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For a full Study on Energy (Viriya): The root Hero of all Success:
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/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... f_Hero.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Energy.htm

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Source: The Path of Purification:
Visuddhimagga by Ariya Buddhaghosa from 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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Energy Boosts Endavour!

Energy Thrusts Advantageous Right Effort!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... Effort.htm
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Friendly + Unselfish = Honourable!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:40 pm

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The Blessed Buddha once said:

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Sangahako mittakaro,
Vadaññu vitamaccharo,
Neta vineta anuneta,
Tadiso labhate yasam.


Friendly + Unselfish = Honourable!
Who is hospitable, and friendly,
Generous and unselfish,
A guide, a teacher, a leader,
Such one will to honour attain.
Digha Nikaya 3.273

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Have a nice day!

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Friendly + Unselfish = Honourable!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fr ... urable.htm
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