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Using the Mirror...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:29 pm

Friends:

Reflecting on all one's Behaviour:

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Intention has in future entangled physical effects outside the individual!


The Buddha to his son:
How do you consider this, Rahula: What is a mirror for?
Rahula: For reflection, Sir.

The Buddha: In the same way, Rahula, bodily acts, verbal acts, and mental
acts are to be done with constant reflection. Whenever you want to do a
bodily act, then you should reflect: This bodily act I want to do, would it
lead to misery to myself, to the misery of others, or to both?
Is this a detrimental bodily act, with painful consequences, painful results?
If, on reflection, you come to know that it would lead to your own misery,
to the misery of others, or to both, and it would be an harmful bodily act
with painful consequences, painful results, then any bodily act whatsoever
of that sort is absolutely unacceptable for you to do! But if on reflection
you know that it would not cause misery. That it would be an advantageous
bodily action with happy consequences, & pleasant results, then any bodily
act of that sort is proper for you to do.

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Any intention produces a ladder into the future upon which one climbs!

While you are doing a bodily act, you should reflect: This bodily act I am
doing now does it lead to self-misery, to the misery of others, or to both?
Is it an detrimental bodily act, with painful consequences, painful results?
If, on reflection, you come to know that it is leading to self-misery, or to
the misery of others, or to both, then you should instantly stop doing it!
But if on reflection you know that it is not disadvantageous to anybody,
then you may continue with it.

Having done a bodily act, you should again reflect .... If, on reflection,
you come to know that it led to self-misery, to the misery of others, or to
both; that it was an detrimental bodily act with painful consequences,
painful results, then you should confess it, reveal it, and lay it open to the
teacher or to a knowledgeable friend in the holy life. Having confessed it,
you should exercise restraint and self-control regarding this in the future.
But if on reflection you know that it did not lead to misery, that it was a
advantageous bodily action with happy consequences, happy results, then
you should stay mentally elated and joyful, training day and night in all the
advantageous mental qualities.

...[similarly for verbal and mental acts]...

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Intention is a choice, which reduces entropy, thus rolling out the future!  

Rahula, all past bhikkhus and recluses who purified their bodily, verbal, and
mental acts, did it through repeated reflection on their bodily, verbal, and
mental acts in exactly this way. All the future bhikkhus and recluses, & all
the bhikkhus and recluses, who at present purify their bodily, verbal, and
mental acts, do it by repeated reflection on their bodily, verbal, and mental
acts in exactly this way. Therefore, Rahula, you should train yourself:
I will purify my bodily behaviour by repeated reflection.
I will purify my verbal speech by repeated reflection.
I will purify my mental thought by repeated reflection.
Thus should you train yourself!
reference MN 61

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For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.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 ... 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/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... elayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

Using the Mirror...

Reflecting on own Behaviour!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... aviour.htm
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Faith is the Entrance!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:47 am

Friends:

Faith is the Entrance to what later Enlightens!

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Faith comes mostly from the heart and less from the intellect.
Faith - in itself - is blind, but it initiates repeated observation,
that later grows into confidence and when fully confirmed it
culminates in conviction. Then the Faith has become Knowledge!

What is the cause of Faith?
Suffering is proximate cause of Faith! When in pain we seek!
The 4 Factors of Stream-Entry is the Origin of Faith.
What are the four factors of Stream-Entry leading to Nibbana?

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Buddha once explained:
Here, householder, the Noble Disciple possesses confirmed faith,
confidence & conviction in the Buddha in this way:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended,
expert in all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable
trainer of those who can be tamed, both teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened
is the Buddha!!!
He possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma in this way:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here &
now, immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to
come and see for themselves, inspect, examine & verify. Leading
each and everyone through progress towards perfection. Directly
observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence...
He also possesses confirmed confidence in the Sangha in this way:
Perfectly training is the Noble Sangha of the Buddha's disciples:
The right way, the true way, the good way and the direct way!
Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs,
deserve gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, hospitality & reverential
salutation with joined palms, since this Noble Sangha community
of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable & forever
unsurpassed Field of Merit, in this world, for this world, to honour,
and support... He possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble
ones: Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, unmottled, freeing, praised by
the clever, natural, leading to mental concentration, & absorption...
These 4 factors of Stream-Entry does the Noble Disciple possess!

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Links on Faith, Confidence, and Conviction (Saddha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_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/IV/Raining_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_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/F ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fu ... _Frees.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/V/Dev ... elight.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/G ... _Faith.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... addhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Han ... d_Seed.htm

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Faith is the Entrance!

Any Noble Disciple confirms faith into assured conviction..
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
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Joy Sweeps the Mind into Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:09 am

Friends:

How does the Noble live in Alert Elevated Joy?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Nandiya, does a Noble Disciple live in alert elevated joy?
Here, Nandiya, any Noble Disciple is endowed with verified conviction in the
Buddha thus: Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Not satisfied with that verified conviction in the Buddha, he makes a further
effort in solitude by day and seclusion at night!
When thus enthusiastic, he is elevated by alertness!
When thus elevated by alertness, then gladness is born!
When he is gladdened, then a rapturous joy arises!
When the mind is uplifted by joy, the body becomes all tranquil...
One tranquil in body experiences a pure bliss of happiness!
The mind of one who is happy becomes condensed and concentrated...
When mind is concentrated, even subtle phenomena become plain & manifest.
Since these subtle phenomena become plain and manifest, he becomes one,
who lives and dwells in alert elevated joy...

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More on this blessed Bliss:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:398]
Section 55 on Stream-Entry: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 40: Nandiya.

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Have a nice elevated day!

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Joy Sweeps Mind into Bliss!

Alert Elevated Joy!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
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The Ultimate Peace!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:46 am

Friends:

The 10 Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often
practiced and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress has understood the Dhamma
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation?
It is reflecting regarding the qualities of ultimate Peace like this:
This is peaceful, this is sublime, namely, the stilling of all kammic
construction, the leaving all behind of all substrata of any being,
the complete vanishing of all sorts of craving, ceasing, Nibbana...
Whatever, Bhikkhus & friends, there is of both conditioned &
unconditioned things, dependent & independent constructions,
detachment is considered the highest of them, that is, the final
destruction of ego-belief, the overcoming of all desire & thirst,
the rooting out of clinging, the breaking out of this long round
of rebirths, the vanishing of craving, absolute release, Nibbana...

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The Buddha emphasized:
Nibbana is the Highest Happiness!
Source: AN 1:16.10 + 10:60 + 4.34

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More on the Deathless Dimension: Nibbana!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm

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The Ultimate Peace!

Nibbana is the Highest Happiness...

Nibbana is the Highest Happiness...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... lation.htm
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A Mountain of Advantage!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:45 pm

Friends:

How to Accumulate a Mountain of Advantage?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, if anyone were to say about something, that it is a Mountain
of Advantage, then it is about the Four Foundations of Awareness that
one could rightly say this. For this is indeed an absolute accumulation of
advantage, these Four Foundations of Awareness. What four?
When an determined and devoted Bhikkhu considers:
1: The Body just as a transient frame: An empty container ...
2: The Feelings only as fleeting contacts: A short reactive blink ...
3: The Mind merely as temporary temper: A mentally habitual mood...
4: Phenomena as made up of and manifested by momentary mental states ...

while always acutely aware and clearly comprehending, he thereby removes
any greed, envy, jealousy, irritation and dissatisfaction rooted in this world...
If, bhikkhus, one were to say of anything: A heap of pure advantageousness,
it is about these four establishments of mindfulness that one could rightly
say this. For this is a complete and excellent mass of good uplifting future,
that is, these Four Foundations of Awareness...

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The Four Frames of Reference!

Details On Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... t/sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... esence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Thousand_Aeons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sati_Acute.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm

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[u]Source of reference (edited extract): [/u]
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 187] 47 The Foundations of Awareness: 45 Accumulated Advantage..

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Have a nice & noble day!

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A Mountain of Advantage!

The 4 Frames of Reference!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... antage.htm
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Universal Friendliness Smiles!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:09 pm

Friends:

How to train and expand Universal Friendliness!

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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes one wishes:
May I radiate and meet only infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop and find
only the genuine good of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material and the formless plane
develop and encounter this fine infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left and below as
above develop and experience high infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe always be fully aware
and deeply mindful of this infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe examine all details and
subtle aspects of this sublime infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe put enthusiastic effort
into their praxis of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy and
jubilant gladness in this infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent and all stilled infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated and
absorbed one-pointedness of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
May I and all beings in this city, country and universe dwell in undisturbable
and imperturbable balance of infinite friendliness, kindness and goodwill!
Yeah! (Print this out, dwell in each state until deep, use ~ 25-45 minutes.

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Comment: Universal Friendliness is the 1st endless state (Appamañña)
This gradually reduces all hate, anger, irritation, resentment, opposition,
stubbornness, mental rigidity, and unhappiness related with these states.
Release of Mind by Universal Friendliness (Metta-Ceto-Vimutti) is >16
times more worth, than any merit won by whatever worldly gift or gain...
Joining with the 7 links to Awakening will later cause formless jhana...

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More on fine Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm

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Genuine is Goodwill :-)

Universal is Friendliness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
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Feeding the Enthusiasm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:17 pm

Friends:

How to Feed the Energy Link to Awakening?

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence
on feeding and cannot survive without food, so are the 7 Links to Awakening
also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in dependence on feeding
and they cannot survive without feeding...
And what is the feeding of the emergence of any yet unarisen Energy and also
feeding of the very completion by advance of any already arisen Energy Link
to Awakening? There are these 3 elements of:
Initiative, Launching into effort and Endurance ...
Frequently giving careful and rational attention to them, is feeding the arising
of any unarisen Energy Link to Awakening and also feeding of the fulfillment
of any already arisen Energy Link to Awakening...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the starving that obstructs the emergence of any yet
unarisen Energy Link to Awakening & which also hinders any already arisen
Energy Link from reaching any fulfillment by deliberate development?
There are these three elements of:
Initiative, Launching and Endurance ...
Not giving frequent, careful and rational attention to them; not considering
them much and often; is the starving that prevents any unarisen Energy Link
to Awakening from arising and also blocks any already arisen Energy Link to
Awakening from reaching any complete fulfillment by training & development.

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Enthusiastic and eager exertion is the characteristic of the Energy Link to
Awakening (Viriya-sambojjhanga). Effort producing advantage is the goal
of the Energy quality. Activity overcoming mental slack is the manifestation
of this Energy Link to Awakening.
While too lazy to do what should be done simply ask yourself:
What is missing here???
Is it the element of mental initiative wishing to get up that is missing here now,
or is it the element of actual bodily launching into effort that is missing here,
or is it the element of endurance, persistence, perseverance and stamina that
is missing here now? This discrimination - in itself - has the capacity to gradually
stir up and induce energy!

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Further conditions helpful for the emergence of the Energy are:

1: Reflection on the long-term dangers of inactivity such as hell...
2: Reviewing the benefits to be gained by energetic praxis.
3: Remembering that no journey can ever be ended by a lazy one.
4: Giving credit to the good givers of the alms-food received.
5: Honouring the Greatness of the prior effort of the Master.
6: Honouring the Greatness of the prior effort of the Lineage.
7: Removing laxity by perceiving light, change of posture and open air.
8: Avoidance of slack, lazy, sluggish, negligent and careless people.
9: Friendship with enthusiastic, energetic and persistent people.
10: Reviewing the Four Right Efforts often and systematically.
11: Commitment and resolute determination to arouse more energy...

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There is bodily energy and there is mental energy! Both are a crucial for
all progress towards any advantageous state. Awakening is Waking Up
from sloth and daydreaming!

Energy is the Fifth Mental Perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
Curing Laziness and lethargy:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cu ... ziness.htm
Get Moving Right Now:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arous ... _Going.htm

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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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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

Feeding the Enthusiasm!

By focusing on: Initiative, Launching and Endurance...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:49 am

Greetings bhante,

Do you know specifically which sutta the first of those quotes is from?

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:03 am

Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....
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Extinguishing the Fire!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:03 pm

Friends:

Who enters Nibbãna, Happy, Free in Peace?

Wrong question! Why? There was no-one really there in the first place...!
Nibbana is there. Beings attain it, but no-one is ever seen entering it...
There was no 'entity' or 'person' there, but a process that simply stops!

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Right question: Not Who, but What is then absolutely free?
Right answer: Form is then free, Feeling is then free, Perception is then free,
Mental Construction is then free, and Consciousness itself is then free!
Cut short: The 5 clusters of clinging are instantly freed!
When all craving and all clinging is completely relinquished and eliminated,
then they are all completely irreversibly freed and they by that evaporate,
disintegrate, fade away and vanish... This is the signless Nibbana...

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
When past conditioning is exhausted, and no fresh causality is produced,
then mind is no longer lead to future rebirth. When cravings no more arise,
the seed is consumed! Still-minded ones cease like the flame of this lamp...
Sutta Nipata 235

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What actually stops burning right there?
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The Fire of Greed, Hate and Ignorance, is finally extinguished in Nibbana...

On this veritable "Fire of Painful Existence" see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Burning.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... g_Five.htm

What actually stops burning right there?
Just this evil Greed, Hate and Ignorance!!!


Extinguishing the Fire!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cea ... _Flame.htm
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Illusory I-dentification

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:18 pm

Friends:

The 20 Kinds of False "Self"-Projection:

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What are the 20 invalid Theories of an only apparently existing "Ego-self"?
1: My "self" is identical with my Body: This physical matter is my "Ego".
2: My "self" has a Body, this physical matter is owned by my "Ego".
3: My "self" is hidden somewhere inside & included within this Body frame.
4: This Body form is hidden inside and included within a pervading "Ego".

5: My "self" is identical with my Feelings: Pain, pleasure & neutral feeling is my "Ego".
6: My "self" has Feelings, these sensations are owned by my very own "Ego".
7: My "self" is hidden inside among these Feelings, included within these emotions.
8: These Feelings are hidden inside and included within my all-pervading "Ego-self".


9: My "self" is identical with my Perceptions: These experiences are my "Ego".
10: My "self" has Perceptions: These experiences are owned by my very own "Ego".
11: My "self" is hidden inside these Perceptions, included among all these experiences.
12: These Experiences are hidden inside & included inherently within my "Ego-self".

13: My "self" is identical with my Mental Constructions: Ideas & intentions are my "Ego".
14: My "self" possess mental Constructions: These activities are owned by my "Ego".
15: My "self" is hidden inside among these mental Constructions, included as a core.
16: These Cogitations are hidden inside & included inherently within my "ego-self".


17: My "self" is identical with my Consciousness: This bare awareness is my "Ego".
18: My "self" has a Consciousness: This naked awareness is owned by my "Ego".
19: My "self" is hidden inside this Consciousness, included in all aware moments.
20: This Consciousness is hidden inside & included inherently within my "self".

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The imagined EGO tragi-comically imprisons itself in overblown pride and ego-centrism!
Even without noticing it, since it is so blindly fallen in love with this non-existent Myself!
Enveloped in Egotism this Ego then systematically destroys itself by egoistic behaviour!
The very conception of an 'Ego' is thus a catastrophic form of mental auto-cannibalism,
which beings repeat life after life, resulting in immense pain for themselves & all others...


Why are these 20 common assumptions invalid, erroneous, wrong and false?

Because any concept of a "Self" inherently implies 3 criteria:
1 Sameness: It is something constant over time: An "identical same self"...
2 Control: That it is "self"-controllable: i.e. fully independent and autonomic...
3 Pleasant: That it is pleasant, since if self was not pleasant, & the "Self" really
was in full power, then it would instantly make whatever is self, become pleasant!
However, neither body, feeling, perception, mental construction, nor consciousness
is constant and the same, even for a moment... Therefore they cannot possibly ever
qualify as a "same self", nor be identical with any stable and definable identity...!!!
Neither is body, feeling, perception, mental construction, nor consciousness fully
controllable... Neither can they thus ever meet the control requirements of a self!
Neither is body, feeling, perception, mental construction, nor consciousness always
pleasant... They can therefore never contain or coincide with any autonomic self!

Could the assumed ‘"self"’ be a combination of any of 1-20? Not so! Why not?
If "self" is not found within any of 1-20, it cannot ever be a collection of them!


The 4 Mechanisms of unseen, assumed, and associative Ego-projection:
1+5+9+13+17 are examples of illusory identification with mere passing states...
2+6+10+14+18 are examples of fictitious immanence and invented ownership...
3+7+11+15+19 are examples of imagined inclusion in something becoming otherwise...
4+8+12+16+20 are examples of phony possessing as an invisible acquisition...

This doctrine of selflessness, Anatta, No-self, Not-Anyone-Anything-Anywhere is
particular to the Buddhas. No other is able to discover, comprehend, nor teach this!


More on this subtle, counter-intuitive, profound, baffling, yet liberating Selflessness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... Anatta.htm

The Blessed Buddha once radically pointed out:
"All phenomena is void of a "self" or of what belongs to any "self"!
Within this frame is therefore nothing belonging to anyone, anywhere,
nor is there anything owned by this frame in anyone, anywhere or elsewhere..."


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Like a Scarecrow empty of self, soul, ownership & ego...

On clinging to "personality" view (Sakkaya Ditthi) and selflessness (Anatta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ju ... ubbles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm

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A Void Empty of anything REAL is the EGO...

Source: The Moderate Speeches of the Buddha.
Majjhima Nikaya 106 [ii 106] The Way to the Imperturbable.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/ma ... index.html

Illusory I-dentification = Inner Ego-Prison...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
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The Rewarding Fruit!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:01 pm

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What is the Resulting Reward Fruit?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The rewarding fruition of morality is freedom from regrets!
The rewarding fruition of freedom from regret is gladness!
The rewarding fruition of gladness is rapturous joy!
The rewarding fruition of joy is serene tranquillity!
The rewarding fruition of tranquillity is Happiness!
The rewarding fruition of happiness is concentration!
The rewarding fruition of concentration is knowing & seeing!
The rewarding fruition of knowing & seeing is realism!
The rewarding fruition of realism is disillusion!
The rewarding fruition of disillusion is release!
Step by step does morality thus lead to the Highest!
Source: AN 10:1

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About Fruition (Phala):
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... /phala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _phala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm

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The 2 Blind Drivers...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:19 pm

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The Advantageous & the Detrimental!

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There are these two kinds of Desire:
1: Advantageous Desire for unbinding, for release, for peace, for Nibbana...
Why is this form of desire advantageous ?
Because it leads towards ultimate safety, freedom, and lasting Happiness!

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2: The Detrimental Desire for forms, for body, for feelings, for perceptions,
for mental constructions, for sensing, & for the various types of consciousness.
Why is this form of desire detrimental?
Because it leads to repeated births, ageing, decaying, sickness & repeated death!
Because it leads to sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, misery & desperate despair.
I tell you, because such desire leads to Suffering...
These are the two kinds of Desire!

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There are these two kinds of Disgust:
1: The Advantageous Disgust towards forms, towards body, towards feelings,
towards perceptions, towards mental constructions, towards sensing, towards the
manifold and various types of consciousness, towards all internal and all external ...
Why is this form of disgust advantageous ?
Because it leads towards ultimate safety, freedom, and lasting Happiness!

2: The Detrimental Disgust towards friends on the Noble life, towards morality,
towards meditation, towards understanding, towards right view, towards right
motivation, towards right speech, towards right behaviour, towards right livelihood,
towards right effort, and towards right concentration...
Why is this form of disgust detrimental?
Because it leads to repeated births, ageing, decaying, sickness & repeated death!
Because it leads to sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, misery & desperate despair.
I tell you, because such desire leads to Suffering...
These are the two kinds of Disgust!

Comments:
The autopilot monkey-mind runs with any desire, even if it is catastrophic...
This same folly also runs away from any disgust, even if it is advantageous!

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More on this dual Desire (Chanda):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... _Force.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ob ... uption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/D ... thless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tw ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... chanda.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Desire_&_Lust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Just_a_Flash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm

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The 2 Blind Drivers...

Desire and disgust can be both advantageous and detrimental!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tw ... Desire.htm
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United in Harmony :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:58 pm

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The 6 Things Uniting in Harmony to be Remembered:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
These six things are to be remembered in order to Unite any Community in Harmony:
Which six?
1: Friendly Behaviour (metta-kaya-kamma=friendly bodily action) both in public and in private.
2: Friendly Speech (metta-vaci-kamma=friendly verbal action) both in public and in private.
3: Friendly Thought (metta-mano-kamma=friendly mental action) both in public and in private.
4: Sharing of Gains (sadharana-bhogi=common wealth) even down to any single lump of food.
5: Moral Harmony (sila-samannagato=uniform morality): All respect the same ethical rules.
6: Harmony in Views (ditthi-samannagato=uniform attitude): All share the same general views.
These 6 things are to be considered & remembered both for individual & social Harmony...

Comments:
So we can sleep with open doors and dance with the children in our arms :-)

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On Harmony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Milk_and_Water.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Sixes 11: To be Remembered... [III: 288-9]

United in Harmony :-)

Blending like Milk and Water...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
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In the Dhamma's Presence!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:22 pm

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Contemplating the Qualities of the Dhamma:

Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see
for themselves, inspect, examine and verify. Leading each and everyone
through progress towards perfection. Directly observable, experienceable
and realizable by each intelligence...

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When a bhikkhu is devoted to this recollection of the Dhamma, he thinks:
I never in the past met a master, who taught a law that led onward thus,
who possessed this talent, nor do I now see any such a master other than
the Blessed One. Seeing the Dhamma's special qualities in this very way,
he is respectful and deferential towards the Master. He entertains great
reverence for the Dhamma and attains the fullness of faith and insight.
He has much happiness and gladness. He conquers fear and dread.
He is able to endure pain. He comes to feel as if he were living in the
Dhamma's presence. When recollecting the Dhamma's special qualities,
dwelling in this remembrance, his body becomes as worthy of worship
as a shrine room. His mind tends towards the realization of the peerless
Dhamma. When he encounters an opportunity for transgression, then he
has vivid awareness of conscience and shame induced by recollecting the
well-regulatedness of the Dhamma. And if he penetrates no higher, he is
at least headed for a happy destiny...

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Now when a man is truly wise,
His constant task will surely be,
This recollection of the Dhamma,
Blessed with such mighty potency!
Vism I 218

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The blessed Buddha said:
Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati;
Sabbarasam dhammaraso jinati;
Sabbaratim dhammarati jinati;
Tanhakkhayo sabbadukkham jinati.


THE SUPREME GIFT
The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other gifts.
The taste of Truth excels all other tastes.
The joy of Understanding exceeds all other joys.
The Elimination of craving overcomes and quenches
all ill, all pain, all sorrow, and all suffering ...
Dhammapada 354

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Remembering this perfect ever returning Dhamma Doctrine:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Dhamma
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm

In the Dhamma's Presence!

The Joy of Understanding exceeds all other Joys. :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
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Rational Attention!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:28 pm

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Rational Causal Attention Breaks Mental Hindrances:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
When attending rationally sense-desire neither arises, nor expand.
When attending rationally evil-will neither arises, nor later expand.
When attending rationally lethargy & laziness does neither emerge nor grow.
When attending rationally restlessness & regret cannot arise or amplify.
When attending rationally doubt & uncertainty do not begin or blow up.
Furthermore, when attending carefully & rationally to cause and effect:
The awareness link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The investigation link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The energy link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The joy link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The tranquillity link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The concentration link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The equanimity link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed!

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More on Attention: (Manasikara):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ikaara.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:93-4] section 46: The Links. 35: Careful Attention...

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Rational Attention!

Noting cause and effect of any event is always clever.
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
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What is Samâdhi Concentration?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:14 pm

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What is the Concentration Ability (Samâdhi Indriya)?

Concentration is the ability to focus all mental factors on 1 object!
Concentration (samadhi) is a mental ability & power when steady...
Concentration is a Link to Awakening & a Factor on the Noble Way.
Concentration is non-distraction, non-scatter, and non-diffusion...
Concentration is collecting together, unifying, focusing, condensing!
Making mental release the object the Noble Disciple gains Samadhi,
achieves one-pointedness, & enters fixed unified mental absorption!

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The Definition of these 4 subtle Mental Jhana Absorptions:
Having eliminated the 5 mental hindrances, mental defects that
obstruct understanding, quite secluded from all sensual-desires,
protected from any detrimental mental state, one enters & dwells
in the 1st jhana; full of joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with
directed & sustained thought.
With the stilling of directed and sustained thought, one enters and
dwells in the 2nd jhana, calmed assurance & unification of mind with
joy & pleasure now born of concentration, devoid of any thinking!
With the fading away of joy, in equanimity, clearly comprehending,
one enters upon & remains in the 3rd jhana, still feeling pleasure in
the body, about which the Noble Ones declare: In aware equanimity
one dwells in Happiness...
With the leaving behind of both pleasure & pain, and with the prior
cessation of both joy and sorrow, one enters and dwells in the 4th
jhana mental absorption, which is an entirely stilled mental state of
awareness, purified by the equanimity of neither-pain-nor-pleasure!

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The Entrance:
As long as a Bhikkhu does not perceive the disappearance of the 5
hindrances in himself, he feels as if in debt, in sickness, in bonds, in
slavery, on a desert journey. But when he perceives disappearance
of the five hindrances in himself, it is as if he were freed from debt,
from sickness, from bonds, slavery, & from the desert dangers...
And when he knows that these 5 mental hindrances have left him,
then gladness arises in him, from gladness comes joy, from the joy
in his mind, his body is tranquillised! With a calm body he delights in
happiness, & with this happiness his mind is concentrated into focus.
Thus secluded from sense-desires, isolated from detrimental states,
he enters and remains in the 1st jhana, which is of directed thought
& sustained evaluation, born of seclusion, filled with pleasure & joy.
And with this pleasure and joy born of seclusion, he so permeates,
drenches, fills & pervades his whole body that there is not even a
single spot in his entire body that is unsoftened by this pleasure &
joy born of seclusion...

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The Similes:
As, your majesty, all rafters there are in a house with a ridge roof,
they all lead to the ridgepole, incline towards the ridgepole, lean on
the ridgepole & this ridge beam is termed their peak summit, even &
exactly just so, your Majesty, whatever advantageous mental states
there are, all of these are headed by concentration, incline towards
concentration, lean on concentration, is based on concentration ...
As, your majesty, a king might enter battle with an army of 4 parts,
and the whole army, the elephants, horses, chariots & foot-soldiers
would be headed by him, incline towards him, lean on him, and tend
towards him, would follow after just him, even exactly so is indeed
this unique concentration the chief, the captain, the commander, &
the conductor of the orchestra of mental states.. Miln. 38

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The Explanation:
It is concentration in that it places & anchors the mind evenly on 1
same single object, it settles & collects mind rightly together there.
Its characteristic is absence of wandering, dispersal & distraction.
Its function is joining & binding together of co-arised mental states
as water does for bath-powder. Its manifestation is calming down,
tranquillization, stilling, ceasing and peace. Its proximate cause is
especially happiness. It should be seen as fixed steadiness of mind,
like the steadiness of candle-flames in absence of perturbing wind!
Vism. XIV 139

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On how to attain the Jhana absorptions:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma-Samadhi.htm

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What is Samâdhi Concentration?

Condensing, Collecting, Convening and Converging is Concentration!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
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What are the 40 Early Buddhist Meditation Objects?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:41 am

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What are the 40 Classic Meditation Objects?

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The Buddha taught 40 principal meditation objects = kammatthana:
kammatthana literally means: Place of work, basis of action leading
to the various degrees of mental meditative absorption jhana:

These 40 meditation subjects are:
I. The 10 kasina exercises: Kasina = 'Entirety'. All 4 jhanas possible:
1: Earth kasina, 2: Water kasina, 3: Fire kasina, 4: Wind kasina,
5: Blue kasina, 6: Yellow kasina, 7: Red kasina, 8: White kasina,
9: Light or consciousness kasina, 10: Space kasina.

II. The 10 perceptions of disgust: asubha-sañña:. 1st jhana possible:
A swollen & bloated corpse, a bluish livid corpse, a rotting corpse,
a cut-up & split corpse, a gnawed corpse, a hacked corpse, a spread
scattered corpse, a bloody corpse, a corpse of maggots, a skeleton.

III. The 10 contemplations, remembrances or recollections anussati::
1: On the Buddha, 2: The Dhamma, 3: Noble Sangha community,
4: Morality, 5: Generosity, 6: Heavenly divine beings, 7: Death,
8: Body, 9: In-and-out-breathing All 4 jhanas possible:, 10: Peace.

IV. Four divine abodes or infinite states brahma-vihara:
1: All-embracing friendliness = metta:, 2: Pity = karuna:
3: Mutual joy = mudita, 4: Equanimity = upekkha:

V. Four formless spheres arupayatana: based on the 4th jhana:
1: The infinitude of space, 2: The infinitude of consciousness,
3: Empty nothingness, 4: Neither-perception-nor-non-perception.

VI. Perception of the disgust of food. ahare patikkula-sañña

VII. Defining Analysis of the four elements dhatu-vavatthana

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More details on these 40 precious objects:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/l/DPPN/wtb/ ... avanaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/libraryibra ... kasina.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... asubha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ussati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /siila.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... f/deva.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... marana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ussati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... thaana.htm

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The 40 Classic Meditation Methods!

What are the 40 Early Buddhist Meditation Objects?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm
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All things break apart!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:06 am

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False perception of permanence arises from conceiving apparent continuity:

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Buddha once said: Aniccanupassanam bhavento niccasaññam pajahati...
When developing the contemplation of Impermanence (Anicca),
one gradually overcomes the false perception of permanence...

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One cannot easily observe the characteristic of Impermanence, since it is obscured and
concealed by apparent continuity: Mind falsely conceives: This is the same as it was before...
One then wrongly perceives all psycho-physical phenomena as existing permanently and not
correctly as a sequence of discrete states ever arising and ceasing...

The stage of Viewing:
By training one can observe the solidity, fluidity, heat and motion within ones own body
or externally as changing states by noting their beginning, middle and end.
Example: Noting the beginning, middle and end of the breath coming in or going out!

The stage of Comprehending:
One then comprehends this breath, this materiality is not the same from moment to moment.
Nor is any other solidity, fluidity, heat or motion, the same from moment to moment...
Nor is any observing mind, thought or any mental state, the same from moment to moment...
Whether internally or externally: All this is only discrete states arising and ceasing...
Such cannot be lasting happiness... Such cannot be regarded as an essentially same self...
Such change is therefore suffering... Such transience is therefore no-self...

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The stage of Gaining Insight:
By observing wisely and repeatedly one thus understands, that all formations, all phenomena,
all conditioned constructions inherently are permeated with the 3 characteristics of:
1: Impermanence (Anicca), 2: Suffering (dukkha), and 3: Selflessness (anatta)...
Insight dawns when noting & knowing the Dissolution of all phenomena (bhanga-ñana),
which gives rise to noting & knowing the Danger within all existence (adinava-ñana)...
By noting the impermanence of all internal form, feeling, perception, mental construction
and consciousness, one can generalize and extend this observed impermanence to also be
dominant in all external form, feeling, perception, mental construction and consciousness.
One can furthermore infer, that all phenomena in the past was impermanent, and so also
will all phenomena in the future be impermanent. This expands & matures the comprehension.

The result of contemplating Impermanence is absence of distortion (vipallasa):
The false perception of permanence actually comes from an -a priori- conceptual notion:
"All phenomena are permanent and endures as the same from moment to moment..."
This distortion of perception (sañña-vipallasa) - arised from ignorance - then by repetition
then distorts thinking (citta-vipallasa), which then later solidifies into a distortion of
view (ditthi-vipallasa): One then perceives, thinks and views: Formations are all lasting!
This false conviction have been reified and reinforced through numberless accounts
of existence, since a indiscernible beginning, and is thus deeply ingrown and imbedded
in mind. However this triple distortion of perception, thinking and viewing can be broken
by repeated reasoned observation of & reflection on the universal aspect of impermanence.
This requires rationally directed attention (yoniso manasikara) and clear comprehension
(sati-sampajañña) and leads to knowing and regarding all formations with a pleasant
imperturbable equanimity... (sankhara-upekkha-ñana)...

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More on this universal impermanence, inconstancy, and inevitable Transience (Anicca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm

Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada Buddhism (Bhikkhu Ñanamoli)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el186.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm

All things break apart!

Nothing is thus worth clinging to...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
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Today is Nikini Poya Day.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:03 pm

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Nikini Poya day is the full-moon of August. Bhikkhus who did not enter the yearly
rains retreat (Vas) early at Esala Poya day (peravas), are allowed to enter the
the rains retreat now in August (pasuvas). Nikini Poya day celebrates the first ever
Dhammasangayana - The First Buddhist Council where, what the Buddha said, was
agreed upon and recited. This took place at the Saptapanni Rock Cave in Rajagaha
(now Rajgir, India), under the patronage of Mahakassapa Thera and it went on for
seven long months. It established the original authentic Tipitaka: The 3 Baskets
of Sacred Text = The Pali Canon spoken by the historical Buddha and his disciples.

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One of the 7 Sattapanni Caves, where the First Buddhist Council was held ~ 483 BC.
A huge wooden hall was built outside the cave to house the 500 Arahants.
This was built by King Ajatasattu, who tried to do some good after having killed his
father the good king Bimbisara, King of Magadha.
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... niguha.htm
http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=T ... panni_Cave

On this first Buddhist Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Buddhist_Council

Video of the Sattapanni Caves:
http://youtu.be/vNLtLcslKNQ

On such 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 and
head touch the floor. Then, with joined palms in front of the heart,
one recite 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...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps 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 Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!
The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

And can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
May your journey hereby be light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

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

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This huge cave hall was built to house the Sixth Buddhist Council convened in 1955
to recite the Pali Tipitaka and authenticate the texts. On the 2,500th Anniversary
of the Buddha’s final passing away (Parinibbana), 2,500 monks assembled from the
Theravada Buddhist countries. Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw performed the central
role as Chief Questioner (Pucchaka), which was fulfilled by Venerable Mahakassapa
in the First Council, held three months after the Buddha’s passing away. To house
this great hall, an artificial hill was constructed by voluntary workers at Kaba-Aye
in Rangoon. This great hall is still used to hold the examinations in the Tipitaka.

Have a nice & noble day!

Today is Nikini Poya Day.

True Buddhists Respect the Poya Days!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm
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