most distilled dhamma?

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Re: most distilled dhamma?

Postby Justsit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:07 am

Sabba papassa akaranam,
kusalassa upasampada
sacittapariyodapanam:
etam Buddhanusasanam


To avoid evil,
To do good,
To purify the mind,
This is the advice of all the Buddhas.


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Re: most distilled dhamma?

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Re: most distilled dhamma?

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Re: most distilled dhamma?

Postby SDC » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:21 am

The amount that one needs to hear/read in order to develop to a high level depends on their ability to understand the dhamma. For some it may take one sentence for others it may take a million. Actually I recall a sutta where it a 9 year old boy attained arahantship as soon a razor blade hit his head for shaving when he ordained.

People do not know your ability, therefore it is difficult for them to give you the amount that you would need in order to develop.

Read the suttas. Listen to lectures. See what resonates. Follow what makes the most sense. See how it begins to have an influence on your experience. If you put your time in, your practice will naturally become very, very organized and you'll finally feel like everything is moving in one direction rather than a million.

That will condense the chaos. Just my 2 pennies.

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Re: most distilled dhamma?

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Re: most distilled dhamma?

Postby fig tree » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:49 am

I don't know what counts as the most distilled, but if you search for "brief instruction" or "dhamma in brief" you can find a lot of suttas in which a monk or nun gets a nice epitome of the dhamma, presumably tailored to their own needs. For example:



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Re: most distilled dhamma?

Postby polarbear101 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:04 am

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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