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Energy entails Enthusiasm ;-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:48 pm

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How Emerges the Ability of Energy?

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The initiation of deliberately directing mind for the sole purpose of exertion,
is the very first initiating sprouting arising of the mental ability of energy .
The growing of keen eagerness and enthusiasm under the influence of the
success of the exertion itself, expands the arising of the energy ability.
Presence of focused attention and fixed consideration conditioned by the
guided control of exertion, increases the emergence of the energy ability.
The unification of one-pointed concentration under the condensing
influence of this effort, adds to the arising of the energy ability.
Non-appearance of laziness, is the advantage of the energy ability.
Absence of the frustration of laziness, is the charm of this ability.
Entering mental absorption is the motive behind the energy ability.
Assured stability of effort is the very power of the energy ability.
Enthusiastic pleasure & joy is the fascination of the energy ability.
The emergence of laziness is the danger for the ability of energy.
Through bold striving this ability of energy escapes from laziness!

Source: The Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga IV
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf

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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
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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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Get the Good Going!

Energy entails Enthusiasm ;-)
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Solitude versus Superstition

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:48 pm

Dhamma on Air #34 audio: Solitude versus Superstition

Corresponding Audio 68 min


Corresponding Video


Dhamma Questions answered:

Question 105: Did the Buddha ever mention the Earth as a globe, or as a flat surface?

Question 106: Those who chant "Namyo Ho Renge Kyo" are they true Buddhist?

Question 107: What ARE we apart from form, feeling, perception, construction & consciousness?

Question 108: Can Mara invade your dreams?

Question 109: How to deal with a cheater?

On Nama-Rupa = Naming and forming = The Siamese twins:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... _Twins.htm

One should wander solitary as a Rhinoceros Horn:
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/T ... s_Horn.htm

Giving Food (Dana) is advantageous here:
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

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Going Even over the Uneven...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:30 pm

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The Relief of Relinquishing all Resentment!

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When one's resentment towards any hostile person has been allayed, then
one can deliberately turn mind with loving-kindness towards any person:
Both the very dear friend, the neutral person and the hostile opponent!
By repeated praxis of meditation on infinite friendliness one gradually
breaks down the mental barrier of evil opposition thereby accomplishing
mental impartiality towards the 4 persons: oneself, the very dear person,
the neutral person and the hostile person. Suppose a trainee is sitting in
a place with a dear, a neutral, and a hostile person, himself being the 4th.
Then bandits come to him and say, 'Venerable friend, give us a person so
that we may kill him and use the blood of his throat as an offering'...!
When one does not see a single one among these four people suitable to
be given to the bandits and one directs mind impartially towards oneself
and towards those three people, then one has broken down the barriers...

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Breaking the Barrier to: Impartiality


Therefore the Ancient Nobles said:
When he does not discriminates between the 4 persons:
That is: Himself, the dear, the neutral, and the hostile one,
Then "Skilled" is not the name he gets, nor "Most Friendly",
But only "Kind towards all beings". Now when a bhikkhu's
barriers towards all the 4 persons have been broken down,
Then he treats with equal amity all beings in the whole world;
Exalted and distinguished is he, who knows no barriers...
Vism 307

Universal friendliness, which cures all resentment, is a divine state:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... lassic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

Entangled by the bonds of hate, one who seeks his own happiness, by inflicting
pain on others, is never ever delivered from neither pain, nor hatred.
Dhammapada 291

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Breaking down the Barriers!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rel ... ntment.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:24 pm

Friends:

Non-Agitation through detached Release:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, friends, is there non-agitation through detached release?
Regarding this, friends, the educated normal person, who is a friend of a Noble
One, and who is clever, and well trained in his Dhamma, or who is a friend of a
Great Man, and is clever, and well trained in his Dhamma, avoids regarding form
as a self, he avoids regarding self as having form, he avoids regarding form as if
inside any self, or any self as if inside any form! Then inevitably his body form
changes and decays. When this change and decay of his material form occurs,
his mind does not become occupied, or obsessed with this change of just a form!
Therefore does no agitated mental state, arisen from worry over this changed
merely physical body form, remain obsessing his mind squeezing it into sadness...
Because his mind is not obsessed, then he is neither frightened, nor distressed,
nor anxious, and via this detached non-clinging his inner agitation is all stilled!
He does not regard feeling as self ... perception as self ... mental construction
as self ... consciousness as self, nor the self as possessing consciousness, nor as
consciousness as if being inside any self, nor any the self as being 'inside' any
consciousness ... When his consciousness momentarily changes and alters, then
his mind does not become engaged with this momentary change of consciousness.
Therefore does no agitated mental state, emerged from concern over this changing
consciousness, remain obsessing his mind.. Because his mind is neither obsessed,
nor upset, nor troubled, nor uneasy with this, or any other change whatsoever,
does this aloof and detached mind silence, still, calm, and evaporate all his prior
agitations with this and that change.. It is exactly in this way, friends, that there
is non-agitation caused by detachment, relinquishment, and absence of clinging.

Comment:
If the 5 clusters of Clinging are no EGO, how can there ever be lost anything
from such vacuum void! ;-) hihi:

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More about this freeing selfless anti-ego impersonality = No-self = Anatta:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya XXII (7); [III 16-9]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 An Ocean of Dhamma!
On The 5 clusters of Clinging:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

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Cool Calm!

Absence of all Agitation......
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cool_Calm.htm
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Dhamma on Air #46: The Buddha's stance on Suicide

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:31 pm

Dhamma on Air #46: The Buddha's stance on Suicide



Dhamma Questions answered:

Question 151: Which future rebirth-destinies are possible for one, who commits suicide? @ 4:18

Question 152: Does a person, who commits suicide, break the first precept: Avoiding all Killing? @ 6:10

Question 153: What did the Buddha say on his views, and knowledge about suicide? @ 9:04

Source Texts: The 3 Arahant Bhikkhus (= Buddhist Monks), who committed Blameless Suicide:
Venerable Channa:
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: Majjhima Nikaya 144: Advice to Channa (Channovada Sutta)
Venerable Godhika:
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: Samyutta Nikaya I 23 (3): Godhika Sutta (SN i 120f)
Venerable Vakkali:
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: Samyutta Nikaya III 87 (5): Vakkali Sutta (SN iii 119ff)
Venerable Sappadasa who considered suicide, but succeeded Awakening without it.
Sappadasa Theragatha 6.6. PTS Theragatha verse 405-410

The Two Nibbanas:
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/T ... bbanas.htm

Dhamma on Air #43: How to Cure Depression?


Giving Food (Dana) is advantageous here:
http://what-buddha-said.net/various/Dana_via_Keels.htm

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An Unsurpassable Radiance!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:12 pm

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Mental Release by Friendliness Outshines All!

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The Blessed Buddha often emphasized:
Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth one
sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness; in shining,
glowing and beaming radiance, such release of mind by universal friendliness
far excels & surpasses them all...
Itivuttaka 27

See this good being is happy! How fine! How excellent! Let there be Happiness!
Let there indeed be Freedom! Let there indeed be Peace! Let there be Bliss....
Let there be Understanding of this good principle.
Buddhaghosa

May all beings be joyous and safe! Let every creature's mind rejoice!
Let every single living being's mind be exceedingly jubilant!
One should maintain an infinite friendliness for every single living being,
in gentle sympathy for this entire universe, unlimited, endless and vast!
This is the Divine Dwelling while actually here, they say.
Buddha Gotama

The Bhikkhu pervades all beings with all-embracing friendliness ...
The Bhikkhu encompass all beings with universal & endless pity ...
The Bhikkhu permeates all beings with infinite & mutual joy ...
The Bhikkhu suffuses all beings with unlimited equanimity ...
Digha Nikaya 33

May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

Thus he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none.
Samyutta Nikaya I 208

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More on this shining, radiating, all and everywhere beaming Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

The Unsurpassable Radiance!

Mental Release by Friendliness Outshines All. :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
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Name and Form...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:21 pm

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The Basic Duality is Name and Form...

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The Blessed Buddha once explained mentality-materiality like this:
So, bhikkhus, for the fool, who is blinded by ignorance and obsessed
by craving, there re-arises this body. Now this body with its 6 senses
sources makes a duality: name-&-form or mentality-&-materiality...
Due to this duality there is contact. Touched & stirred by contact the
fool feels pleasure & pain. Bhikkhus, craving increases in any one who
dwells seeing enjoyment in things productive of pleasure! With craving
as condition, there is clinging. Clinging is the condition causing becoming.
By becoming is there birth. Thus re-arises a new body also with 6 senses.
With birth as condition the cycle of ageing, sickness and death, sorrow,
lamentation and despair is thus renewed once again. Such is therefore
the origin of this entire mass of suffering.... (SN II 23-4, 84)

Comments:
Name-and-Form is a duality of two joined phenomena travelling trough
time together, just like 2 persons, who is travelling in the same boat:

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Name or mind can be likened to a man with good eyes, but without legs...
Mind can see & understand everything, but not itself move even a sandcorn!
Form or body materiality can be likened to a blind man with strong legs.
Matter and Body cannot see or understand anything, but can lift a stone...
Name-and-form, mind-and-matter, mentality-materiality joined together
becomes very effective, just like if the seeing yet crippled man rides on
the shoulders of of the blind man directing him about: Go this way & stop...
Mind is like the ghost in the bottle: Imprisoned, unconnected & powerless...
Matter is like a robot with the power turned off: Blind, dumb and frozen...
Mind joined with matter however comes to life! Now both seeing and moving!

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On Duality of Mind-&-Matter, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... uality.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Th ... _Twins.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _ruupa.htm

Name and Form...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:10 pm

Dhamma on Air #35 Audio: The Way beyond Kamma



Corresponding Video:


Dhamma Questions answered:

Question 110: Is desire for an object caused by past kamma, or due present mental defilements?

Question 111: Can past kamma stop the doing of good deeds? Is this why some cannot meditate?

Question 112: Is there any purpose in dedicating merit to the dead and departed?

Question 113: Is there a path we can follow to reduce our bad karma from past lives?

Question 114: How does past life kamma contribute to decide the events of our lives?
Does Karma decide the majority of things in our lives?

The Buddha on Kamma (karma):
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/B ... _Kamma.htm

The short speech on Action (Kamma) MN 135 PTS: M iii 202 Cula-kammavibhanga Sutta:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/at ... .nymo.html

The great speech on Action (Kamma MN 136 PTS: M iii 207 Maha Kammavibhanga Sutta:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/at ... 6.nymo.htm

Kamma and Rebirth by Nyanatiloka Maha-Thera:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... 4.html#ch2

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The Core Duality

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:02 pm

Friends:

Reality is Moments of Mentality & Materiality!

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Nama-Rupa = Name-and-Form, Naming-and-Forming!

The mind is that, which knows the object! The object is that, which is known!
These two processes always arise and cease together simultaneously...
Neither inside, within, nor apart from, outside these two is any observer agent,
person, I, Me, or other assumed entity as a hidden variable, ever involved!
The mind is immaterial, formless and invisible. The object may be designated
or named 'material', 'physical', 'formed' and even 'visible' only and exactly
to the extent and in so far as it is experienceable by the mind!
No same, constant, lasting 'real', 'actual' or 'substantial substance' has ever
existed 'out there' independently or separable from the mind, that right then
momentarily perceived and thereby apprehended, displayed, manifested and
designated it! This core dual pair of mentality (nama) and materiality (rupa),
is thus one united yet dual continuum, like the two ends of the same stick!
They do never emerge, nor do they ever exist, nor can they ever be observed
separately, in and of themselves, but they can only arise in mutual dependence,
like two thin creepers can only arise & stand up if intertwined with each other.
Mentality & materiality thus arise and cease simultaneously in each moment!
They are thus the most basic, fundamental and primary pair on the bottom of
the dynamic ever-changing process of any being in any existence...
What is called 'matter' is delimited, defined, characterized, conceptualized,
compartmentalized and even named by mind! Therefore can matter never be
separated from mind, like if one tries to break the dual-ended stick in order
to separate the ends, then one always gets two sticks, still each with 2 ends!
Therefore one unambiguously always ends up with observing a pair-wise new
event of mentality & materiality! The basic founding, yet often unnoticed,
unspoken and maybe even sometimes actively denied assumption underlying
all Western science that: The naked, inert, objective observation is possible!
'Matter can be observed and analyzed objectively, independently of mind!'
is therefore utterly false, futile and even somewhat childish... No observation
can ever be independent of mind! Why not? What is observing IS the mind!
The naive physicist who postulates: 'Independently of Mind, "I!" will observe,
describe and evaluate matter!' extending out of his range of understanding,
thus speaks folly false and is thereby later ultimately enforced to introduce
'mysti-phystical' entities as 'hidden variables' into his explanations, in order
to reach completeness, coherence and internal consistence...
He seems to be in complete oblivion of the dry fact, that even before one even
thinks of, even speaks of, or experiment with any 'matter', mind have indeed
been long and hard at work! The basic hidden, yet always present, factor in
any observation, is naturally mind itself!
However, this factor is not so hidden, that it cannot be observed & analyzed
and that even without any laboratory or even a single 'instrument' apart from
a pillow to sit on!
Everyone, without even a single exception, who sits down with closed eyes, will
instantly be overwhelmed by a veritable storm of mentally created distractions:
This is the Mind! This is mental activity knocking your door... Undeniably real!
When this dynamic self-sustaining duality of mentality-materiality, this self-
sustaining perpetum mobile, cease to evolve, consciousness thereby ceases to
establish itself on an object! This - only this, in and of itself - is the very final
End of all Suffering...

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On this Mind-&-Matter Duality, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... _Twins.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _ruupa.htm

More on the Mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ma ... t_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm

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Mentality and Materiality is Naming and Forming!

Nâma-Rûpa = The Core Duality!
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Pure Action x 3!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:59 pm

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

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

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

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

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Pure Action x 3!

Harmlessness, Honesty & Decency Protects All...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
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Existential Foam ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:17 am

Dhamma on Air #47: Existential Foam ...



Simile of the Empty Foam: @ 5:19
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22: 95: Phena Sutta

Dhamma Questions answered:

Question 154: How can one be sure about what is the truth in any religion? @ 22:45

Question 156: What is the Abhidhamma in early Buddhism? @ 31:31

Question 157: What is the definition of mind? What did Bhante mean by "ending the chain reaction"? @ 38:59

Question 158: What is the difference between craving and clinging, and are there different ways too see, and remove each? @ 46:57

On Spiritual Security:
Kalama Sutta: To the Kalama's. Anguttarra Nikaya 3.65 PTS: A i 188 translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/at ... .than.html

On the Abhidhamma Higher Science on the Ultimate Realities:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/at ... index.html

What is Mind?
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/What_is_Mind.htm

Disgust Meditation (Asubha Bhavana) curing craving and clinging:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/H ... _Greed.htm

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The Siamese Twins ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:25 pm

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Mentality & Materiality are Mutually Dependent:

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Mentality alone has no efficient power, it cannot eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
Materiality alone is also without sufficient power, since it cannot do anything
without orders and drive: It has neither desire to eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
When materiality and mentality are joined together, these two twins can act:
When mentality (mind) has a desire to eat, a desire to drink, a desire to speak,
or a desire to walk, it is materiality (body) that eats, drinks, speaks and walks!
Mentality is like the robot's software. Materiality is like the robot's hardware.

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Mentality and Materiality, Mind & Matter are Inseparable!

Therefore did the Ancient Elders say:
The mental and the material does really exist,
But here there is no 'human being' to be found,
For it is void and merely fashioned like a doll!
Just suffering piled up like grass and sticks...
The mental and the material: Name-and-Form
Are Siamese Twins, that each supports the other:
When one dies, they both die, surely inseparable,
Due to the necessary mutual dependence...
They cannot come to be by their own strength,
Or even maintain themselves by their own power
Depending on other states, weak in themselves,
Conditioned and constructed, they come to be;
They come to be, with others as crucial requirement.
They are activated by others as if their controller,
They are thus produced by object and condition,
And each by something other, than itself...
And just as men depend upon
A boat for traversing the sea,
So does the mental mind need the
material body for real efficiency.
And as the boat depends upon
The men for traversing the sea,
So does the material body need the
mental mind for induction & control.
Depending each upon the other.
The boat and men can sail the seas.
And so do both mind and matter
Depend, the one, upon the other...
Vism 597

On this Mind-&-Matter Duality, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... uality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _ruupa.htm

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Is this phenomena Mind or Matter or both or neither?

The Siamese Twins ...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... _Twins.htm
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A Love Supreme :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:35 am

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Compassion is the Core of Buddhism!

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Overcome the angry by friendliness,
overcome the wicked by goodness,
overcome the miser by generosity,
overcome the liar by truth...

Dhammapada 223

He who neither punishes, nor makes others punish,
He who neither steals, nor makes others steal,
He who in friendly goodwill shares with all that lives,
such kind gentle one meets no enmity anywhere...

Itivuttaka 27

Train yourself in doing only what is good,
that will last and bring great happiness!
Cultivate generosity, a peaceful living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness...

Itivuttaka 16

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More on Friendly Goodwill (Metta): The sweetest fragrance of all!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... odWill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.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/Loving-Kindness.htm

Goodness Galore _/\_ :-)

Try to Be Good in all Thought, Speech and Action.
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
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Blessing All by Bliss :-) _/\_

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:10 pm

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The Blessed Buddha Once said:

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I am a friend and helper to all,
I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of love
and takes always delight in harmlessness.
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy,
and make it immovable and unshakable.
I develop the divine states of mind
not cultivated by simple men.
Theragatha. 648-9

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of the bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.
May not the footless harm me,
may not the bipeds harm me,
may not those with four feet harm me,
and may not those with many feet harm me.
AN II 72

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Thus he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none.
Samyutta Nikaya. I 208

When one with a mind of love
feels compassion for the entire world
above, below and across,
unlimited everywhere.
Jataka 37

Among tigers, lions, leopards & bears I lived on the wood.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in silent yet friendly solitude.
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

On this Fine Friendliness (Metta):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Lo ... ndness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm

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Blessing all Beings by Bliss
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/B ... _Bliss.htm
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When Evil Turns Good!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:44 pm

Like the Moon Freed from all Clouds...

https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/W ... s_Good.htm
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The Nibbana Sweep ...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:13 pm

The Nibbana Sweep ...

Dhamma on Air #48 Video:



Simile of the River: Swept Away @ 6:03

Dhamma Questions answered:

Question 159: Is it stealing to watch movies and listen to music on YouTube? @ 15:23

Question 159: Is it true that the Mind doesn't die? Does the Mind stop at Parinibbana? @ 19:23

Question 160: How can we understand Suffering in terms of Dhamma-opportunity? @ 41:45

Question 161: What is the kammic effect of sensual pleasures like masturbation? @ 49:04

The Bodhi Enlightenment Tree (Ficus religiosa):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_religiosa

The Sacred Mountain: Sri Pada (Adam's Peak):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam%27s_Peak

On this Signless Nibbana - The Uncreated ...
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/T ... bbanas.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/T ... ibbana.htm

Simile of the River: Swept Away! @ 6:03
Source: The Connected Discourses of the Buddha 22:93 (Samyutta Nikaya): The river

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Observance defines any Buddhist..

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:00 pm

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How to be Real Buddhist through Observance?
Unduwap Poya is this Fullmoon of December celebrating 2 events:
1: The arrival of Arahat Nun Theri Sanghamitta, sister of Arahat Mahinda, daughter
of emperor Asoka from India in the 3rd century B.C. establishing the Order of Nuns.
2: The arrival at Anuradhapura of a sapling of the sacred Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya,
brought to Sri Lanka by Arahat Theri Sanghamitta.

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Arahat Theri Sanghamitta arrives w. tree.

This day is designated Sanghamitta Day. Nowadays Dasasil Matas;
ten-precept nuns, take an active part in making these celebrations.

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Arahat Theri Sanghamitta

Details on the Arahat Nun Theri Sanghamitta and the MahaBodhi:
See: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _theri.htm
and the Tree http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irukka.htm

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The over 2000 years old Bodhi Tree in Ceylon.

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges & 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...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha / observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps even the Eight Precepts from sunrise until
the next dawn... If any wish a recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may simply forward the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed
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this new quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up
here!

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May your journey hereby be light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!
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For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:
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Have a nice observance day!

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Lay Buddhists keep the Poya days clean!

On this unduwap Poya day did Arahat Theri Sanghamitta arrive!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/U ... ya_Day.htm
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The 24 Conditional Relations

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:19 pm

Dhamma on Air #37 audio: The 24 Conditional Relations



Dhamma Question answered:

Question 119: What are the 24 Conditional Relations?
Are they a part of Dependent Co-Origination (pattica samupada)?

The 24 Conditional Relations:
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/T ... ations.htm

Buddhist Philosophy of Relations by Ledi Sayadaw:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh331.pdf

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Body = Bag of Bones...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:44 pm

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Awareness of the Body just as a Foul Frame!

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The Buddha once asked: How does one view the Body only as a Form?
Herein, Bhikkhus & Friends, the Bhikkhu contemplates the body from the
soles of the feet upward, and from the top of the hair downward like this:
This filthy frame with skin stretched over it, which is filled with many kinds
of impurities consists of head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh,
sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, vomit, diaphragm, spleen, lungs,
intestine, membranes, stomach, excrement, brain, bile, lymph, pus, blood,
sweat, fat, tears, skin, tallow, spit, snot, joint-fluid, and urine...
Just as if a man with good sight would examine a sack with openings at both
ends, filled with various kinds of grain; paddy, beans, sesame, on opening it
would recognize its contents thus: That is paddy, this is beans, that is sesame,
this is husked rice: Even exactly so does the Bhikkhu investigate this body...
While always fully aware & clearly comprehending, he thus removes any lust,
urge, envy, frustration and discontent rooted in this world! Such intelligent
Bhikkhu keeps contemplating any and all bodies as remote carcasses of filthy
foul form. As something bound to emerge, decay and then inevitably vanish...
Not regarding the body as 'mine', as belonging to 'me', or as very 'my self'!
Not regarding the body as lasting, safe, as pleasant beauty, or as happiness!
In this way the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps reviewing any & all bodies, whether
internal or external, whether his own or others, and he notes the cause of its
arising and the cause of its ceasing, or he just notice: There is this body!
In this way he comes to live not clinging to & thus independent of the body!
This is the way to contemplate the body only as a transient empty shell...

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The fine reward is fearlessness of death and thereby fearlessness of all!
Without fear there is the mental elevation of gladness and confidence!
This contemplation detaches one from the body & form and frees thereby...
Clever Disgust by anti-porn thereby cooling all lust and greed for body!


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Just a painted puppet!
A chain of bones plastered by skin with 9 oozing holes!
A heap of sores and rotten excrement with evil intentions!

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For Inspiration have a collection of Corpse Pictures been deposited here:
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See also: A Bag of Bones: On the Body compiled by Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... eel271.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... _Greed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... y_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... tation.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Ev ... g_body.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Flesch.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Skeleton.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Oozing_Out.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Bluish_Victory.htm

A bag of bones, flesh, skin, hair, teeth, and nails...

The 32 Parts!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm
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