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Without Views!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:43 pm

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Adopting a particular View, Generates a particular Future!

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The Buddha often emphasized that any view leads to a specific future being:
When one regards one's own views and opinions as the best, seeing all other
views as inferior, that very tenacious attitude, the experts know as a knot!
A Bhikkhu should thus not depend upon anything seen, heard or thought of..
Neither should he form any views based on his knowledge, virtuous conduct,
or vows. He should not think of himself as neither equal, nor inferior, nor as
superior to anything or anybody. Having relinquished what had been taken up,
and not taking anything new up again, not depending even upon knowledge,
not a member of any faction, he does not believe in any view at all... They do
neither form or adopt any views, nor do they prefer or select any opinion,
nor do they cling to any particular dogma. Gone to the far shore, such a one
does not come back again! For him who has no desire for renewed existence
neither here nor beyond, for him there are no form of being whatever, that
he would propel into through having decided among the particular views...
Sutta-Nipata 796-803 Edited excerpt.

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MAKER OF CATASTROPHES
Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy,
or one hater might do to another blinded by hate,
the mind wrongly directed by false or evil view,
may do to oneself, yet even far much worse!!!

Dhammapada 42

WRONG VIEW
Seeing wrong, where there is no wrong,
while ignoring the wrong, when it really is there,
such false views lead to a painful future state...

Dhammapada 318

HAPPY VIEW
Knowing the wrong as wrong,
and the right to be right,
such correct view brings one to
a happy future state.

Dhammapada 319

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More on Views (Ditthi)
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Without Views!

Adopting a particular View, Generates a particular Future!
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Without Possessions!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:00 pm

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Clinging to Possessions always entails Misery!

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The Buddha encouraged relinquishing possessions thereby ending suffering:
Those who are greedy and needy for cherished things cannot ever end grief,
sorrow, and miserliness. Seeking security the recluse therefore relinquishes
all possessions and wanders forth into homelessness. Dwelling withdrawn and
remote, secluded in senses, he finds it agreeable not show himself anywhere!
Not dependent upon anything, the sage finds nothing pleasant or unpleasant.
Neither possessiveness, nor lamentation, nor what is seen or heard or thought
clings to his mind, just as water cannot ever cling to a lotus-leaf...
Sutta-Nipata 809-812 Edited excerpt.

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More on Clinging (Upadana) which is an intensified quite painful form of craving:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cool_Calm.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sha ... f_Evil.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... inging.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Being.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... adaana.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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No Possessions = No Problems!

Without Possessions!
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Without Doubts!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:11 am

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Without desires, cravings or doubts one is Silenced!

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The venerable Todeyya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
One who has cooled all sense desire, cut all craving, and overcome all doubts,
is there any higher release for him?
In whom no sensual pleasures dwell, Todeyya, said the Blessed One, and for
whom no craving exists, and who has crossed over all doubts, for such one is
there no other higher release... Todeyya then further asked:
Is he without longings, or is he hoping? Does he possess final understanding,
or is he still seeking understanding? Please explain this to me, Sakyan with
universal vision, so that I may recognise a true sage.
He is without longings, he is not hoping for anything. He do indeed possess
complete understanding, he is not searching for anything. In this very way,
Todeyya, recognise the sage, he possesses nothing, he is neither attached to
any form of sense pleasure, nor to any form of existence. He is all silenced!
Sutta-Nipata 1088-91 Edited excerpt.

Comment:
While dwelling on these answers the venerable Todeyya became an arahat!

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The Awakened Arahats just looks upon all in equanimity as if from above...

More on these Worthy and Awakened Arahats:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Sage.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Arahat_Qualities.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Gen ... rolled.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Arahat.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... nd_Men.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Without Doubts!
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Without Controversy!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:40 pm

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Avoiding all Controversies induces inner Peace!

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The brahmin Magandiya asked the Buddha about how to find inner peace who answered:
Mental purity is neither caused by particular views, nor by learning, nor by
knowledge, nor even by perfect morality. Neither by absence of right view,
missing learning, lack of knowledge, or tainted morality, not by that either!
Discarding all these oppositions, detached, calmed, independent, one stops
longing for any form of existence... Whoever thinks himself equal, superior,
or inferior, he will dispute on that account! But the imperturbable one does
not enter any self-deceit! Since for such one, there is no I-Me-Self or Ego
how much less can there then ever be any equal, inferior or superior I-Me-Self!
Leaving home, wandering homeless, not making acquaintances in any village,
free from desire for sensual pleasures, showing no preferences, such sage
will never engage in any controversy. One who really knows does not become
proud because of any particular view, learning, thought, or experience, for
he is not tied to, influenced by, or led by any of these momentary illusions..
He is completely released through his understanding. But those who cling to
certain experiences and particular views wander about causing controversy!
Sutta-Nipata 839-842-844-846-847 Edited excerpt.

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Commentary:
This true speech made Magandiya and his wife never-returners (Anagamins).

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More on selfless impersonality, ego-lessness, the No-Self fact (Anatta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Egoless.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... Anatta.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... latity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Without Controversy!

Not defending anything...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Wit ... oversy.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Without Agitation…

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:31 pm

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Released by Disengaged Non-identification!

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At Savatthi The Buddha once said:
All form is transient, all feeling is transient, all perception is transient,
all mental constructions are transient, all consciousness is transient...
This transience is suffering! What is suffering is no-self! What is no-self
should be seen as it really is with correct understanding in this very way:
'All this is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self!'...
When one sees and understands this thus, as it really is with correct and
penetrating understanding, then one maintains no views on what is past.
When one maintains no more views regarding the past, then one neither
maintains any views about the future. When one has relinquished all views
about the future, then one is not being possessed by stubborn clinging...
Having no trace of immovable clinging left, the mind becomes disillusioned
regarding all form, all feeling, all perception, all mental constructions, and
all consciousness. By that it is released from the 3 mental fermentations
through detached non-clinging... By being released, the mind is all silenced!
By being thus stilled, the mind becomes content... Being content, it is not
agitated anymore... Being thus unagitated, one indeed attains Nibbana!
Right there and then, one instantly understands: Ended is this process of
rebirth, this Noble Life has been lived, done is all what had to be done,
there is no state beyond this...

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More on this nicely ballanced Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 55-58
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Tranquillity ballances out the extreme states...

Not Agitated…
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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The 4-Fold Advantage!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:16 pm

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The Fourfold Prime Advantage:

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A deity once asked the Buddha:
What is good, when one is old?
What is good, when established?
What is a human's finest treasure?
What is hard for robbers to steal?
The blessed Buddha answered:
Morality is good, even when one is old!
Conviction is good, when firmly established!
Understanding is any human's finest treasure!
Merit well done is impossible for robbers to steal!


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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I [39-40]
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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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The 4-Fold Advantage!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prime_Benefits.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Stilling by Breathing!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:53 pm

Friends:

How can one experience Ceasing of all Pain?

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The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration won by Awareness by Breathing, when developed
and frequently cultivated, is of great fruit and results in a big advantage...
And how, Bhikkhus, is concentration by Awareness by Breathing developed and
cultivated so that it is of great fruit and advantage?
Bhikkhus, when one have gone to the forest, or to the root of a tree, or to an
empty hut, there one sits down cross-legged, having straightened one's body
and back, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of
that breathing itself one breathes in, & just solely aware of only that breath
in itself, one breathes out...
Breathing in long, one knows, notes and understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, one knows, notes and understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15) ... ... ...
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
Therefore, if such friend feels a pleasant feeling, then he understands through
his prior training in breathing meditation:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor delighted in...
If he feels a painful feeling, then he indeed also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor engaged in...
If he feels a neutral feeling there and then he also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor involved in...
Whether he feels a pleasant feeling, or a painful feeling, or a neutral feeling,
he feels it as if detached from it, and as something remote, and alien...
If he feels a feeling terminating with the body, then he understands:
If feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this body...
If he feels a feeling terminating with life, then he understands:
I feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this life...
He then understands: With the break-up of this frame of a body, following
the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, and all sensed, not being delighted in,
will turn cold right there and then... Just as, bhikkhus, an oil lamp burns in
dependence on the oil and the wick, and with the exhaustion of the oil and the
wick the flame ceases to burn through lack of fuel, exactly so too, Bhikkhus,
when such a Bhikkhu feels a feeling terminating with the body or with life...
Then he understands: With the break-up of this fragile frame of a body,
following the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, all that is sensed, by not being
delighted in, by not being clung to, will cool down & cease right there & then!

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This sublime (Anapana-sati) technique is used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/1_Producing_4.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... _Seven.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mag ... tation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Breath.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Pe ... e_Spot.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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On the formless (arupa) Jhanas and Ceasing: Nirodha-samapatti:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apatti.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:319-20]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!

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Mental Silencing also ends Pain!

Stilling by Breathing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Conditioned is Emergence!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:06 pm

Friends:

What Causes this Conditioned Emergence?

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What is Dependent Co-origination? The condensed ultra-cut answer is:
When this is present, that too is in existence.
When this arises, that too emerges.


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In Detail:
The condition of Ignorance causes Mental Construction to arise.
The condition of Mental Construction causes Consciousness to arise.
The condition of Consciousness causes Name-&-Form to arise.
The condition of Name-&-Form causes The 6 Senses to arise.
The condition of The 6 Senses causes Contact to arise.
The condition of Contact causes Feeling to arise.
The condition of Feeling causes Craving to arise.
The condition of Craving causes Clinging to arise.
The condition of Clinging causes Becoming to arise.
The condition of Becoming causes Birth to arise.
The condition of Birth causes Ageing, Decay & Death to arise.
The condition of Ageing, Decay & Death causes Pain to arise...
Such is the arising of this entire immense mass of Suffering!!!
This is called the Wrong Way ...

This is Dependent Co-origination!
A chain of conditioned effects, that each causes new events to occur!

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Everything has a Cause: Conditioned Origination & Cessation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/As ... kening.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings on Causation. Nidana Samyutta Nikaya XII
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Caused by What?

Conditioned is Emergence!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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What Ceases Suffering?

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:14 pm

Friends:

What Causes the Conditioned End of Suffering?

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What is Dependent Co-Cessation? Cut short:
When this cause is absent, that effect too is non-existent.
When this condition ceases, that phenomenon too fades away.


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In quite profound Detail:
The fading away of Ignorance causes Mental Construction to cease.
The fading away of Mental Construction causes Consciousness to cease.
The fading away of Consciousness causes Name-&-Form to cease.
The fading away of Name-&-Form causes The 6 Senses to cease.
The fading away of The 6 Senses causes Contact to cease.
The fading away of Contact causes Feeling to cease.
The fading away of Feeling causes Craving to cease.
The fading away of Craving causes Clinging to cease.
The fading away of Clinging causes Becoming to cease.
The fading away of Becoming causes Birth to cease.
The fading away of Birth causes Ageing, Decay & Death to cease.
The fading away of Ageing, Decay & Death causes Pain to cease...
Such is the Complete Ceasing of this entire immense mass of Suffering!

This is called the Right Way ... It is much deeper, than it initially appears!
This is Dependent Co-Cessation! Breaking the Chain of detrimental Events!

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Everything has a Cause: Conditioned Origination & Cessation, Cause & Effect:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Source:
Grouped Sayings on Causation. Nidana Samyutta Nikaya XII
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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What Ceases Suffering?

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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The Grace of Goodwill!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:14 pm

Friends:

How to Beam & Extend Amity Universally:

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The Grace of Goodwill: A Meditation on Friendliness (Metta):
May my mind be filled with the thought of Kind Friendliness & open Amity.
May the minds of my good teachers be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of my parents and dear ones be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all unfriendly persons be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all living beings be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May the minds of all strangers be filled with the thought of Friendliness.
May we be free from fear, tension, anxiety, worry, and restlessness.
May our hearts become soft. May our words be pleasing to others.
May we be generous. May we be gentle. May we be relaxed.
May we be happy and peaceful. May we be healthy.
May we be a source of pure peace and happiness.

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May the minds of everyone in this room be free from greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, and fear.
May the peace and tranquillity of tender Friendliness pervade their entire bodies and minds.
May they have good fortune. May they be prosperous. May they have really good friends
May the minds of everyone in this building, in this street, in this city, in this nation on
this continent, on this planet & in this universe be free from greed, anger, & doubt.
May these thoughts of Friendliness embrace them, charge them and envelope them.
May every cell, every drop of blood, every atom, be charged with kind amity.
May the peace & tranquillity of goodwill pervade their entire bodies & minds.
May they be happy-hearted. May they be free from worries and troubles.
May all beings in all directions throughout this multiverse be happy.
May they be filled with Friendliness, abundant, exalted, & infinite!
May they be free from enmity affliction, and anxiety.
May they live happily.

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May all beings in all directions, all around the universe be happy.
May they have good fortune. May they be prosperous.
May they be famous. May they have good friends.
May they be reborn in a happy destination.
May they be reborn in the heavens.
May all beings Awaken swiftly!
May they become thus Happy!

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Inspired by 2 really good friends.

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May all beings be Happy!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:37 pm

Friends:

Good is Gentle Well-Wishing for all Sentient beings!

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The Buddha on the Universality of Friendliness:
Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta.
May all beings become thus Happy!

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I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed,
I am a friend of those with no feet!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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One thinks: 'May these beings be free from animosity,
free from oppression, free from trouble, and may they
look after themselves with ease! Anguttara Nikaya 5

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The absence of hate, hating, hatred, the absence of anger, and any malignity,
and the presence of love, friendly kindness, gentle disposition, tender care,
forbearance, genuine considerateness; seeking the general good for all,
compassion this is the very root of good behaviour. Dhammasangani

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As I am, so are others... As others are, so am I...
Having thus identified self and others,
Never Harm anyone, nor have any being abused.
Sutta Nipata 3.710

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

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With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart & mind:
Beaming above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without trace of hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of infinite universal love.
Itivuttaka 22

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May all beings be Happy!

Good is Gentle Well-Wishing for all Sentient Beings!
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Worthy Wandering...

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:41 pm

Friends:

How to go in order to reach the End!

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The Buddha once explained how to wander appropriately in this world:
Having rooted out omens, symbols, tokens, dreams and signs, such bhikkhu,
will wander properly in this world. Having dispelled his passion for sensual
pleasures, both human and divine. Having gone beyond all renewed becoming.
Having understood the Dhamma doctrine, he would wander properly in this
world. Having put slander, anger and meanness behind him, and with both
compliance and opposition completely relinquished, he wanders worthy here.
Having abandoned both the pleasant and the unpleasant, not clinging, not
dependent upon anything, completely released from all the mental confines,
one will wander rightly in this world. Having dispelled all passion and desire
for attachments and acquisitions void of essence, independent, not to be
led by others, he would wander properly in the world. Not opposing anyone
or anything neither mentally, verbally or physically, longing for the state of
quenching, neither wounding, nor binding others, without thorns or doubts,
one can wander smoothly in this world. Knowing that only harmlessness is
suitable for himself, with the roots of hate, greed & ignorance rooted out,
being without any inclination, latent tendency or mental fermentation, he
would wander properly in this world. Convinced, learned, seeing this 1 way,
not following any faction among the groups, sects, or families, quite wise,
having eliminated both favouritism and aversion, victoriously purified, far
famed, mastering all mental phenomena, gone to the far shore, without lust,
skilled in ceasing all activity, he will wander silenced, all quiet in this world.
Discerning events both past and future, entirely released from all sensing,
knowing the state of peace, self-controlled, having razed all accumulation,
he would wander perfectly in any world... Sn 360-375

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What is this Noble Eightfold Way?

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:00 pm

Friends:

What is this Noble Eightfold Way?

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These eight things, friends, when developed and cultivated lead to Nibbana,
have Nibbana as their ultimate destination, have Nibbana as their final goal!
What eight?

1: Right View 
2: Right Motivation
3: Right Speech
4: Right Action
5: Right Livelihood
6: Right Effort
7: Right Awareness
8: Right Concentration


Friends, true knowledge is initiating all advantageous states, with a sense of
shame and fear of wrongdoing coming after! For a clever person, who has
arrived at such true knowledge, right view emerges. For one of right view,
right motivation improves. For one of right motivation, right speech evolves.
For one of right speech, right action springs up. For one of right action, right
livelihood comes into being. For one of right livelihood, right effort arises.
For one of right effort, right awareness appears. For one of right Awareness,
right Concentration develops.
Friends, this is the sign and precursor for arising of the sun: dawn!
So too, friends, for a person, this is the sign and precursor for the arising of
the Noble 8-fold Way, that is, Good & Noble Friendship! When a person has
a Good Noble Friend, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate
this Noble 8-fold Way... And how does a person, who has a good friend develop
& cultivate this Noble 8-fold Way? Here, friends, a person develops right view,
right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right
awareness, and right concentration, which has as its final goal the complete
elimination of all greed, the full eradication of all hate, and the final luminous
ceasing of all ignorance...

Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha on the Way. SN V (56)
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What is the Noble 8-fold Way?
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Direct Experience!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:30 am

Friends:

How does Direct Experience confirm Faith?

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Sariputta once said to the Buddha:
It is to be expected, Venerable Sir, that any Noble Disciple who has faith,
who has aroused energy & established awareness, and who is concentrated,
will understand reality thus: This Samsara is without discoverable beginning!
Any first point for beings roaming & wandering on, blinded by ignorance and
bound by craving cannot ever be seen! But what can indeed be experienced
is the traceless fading and ceasing of ignorance, this massive of darkness:
That is the peaceful state, that is the supreme state ... that is, the stilling of
all mental construction, the relinquishment of all acquisition, the elimination
of all craving, complete disenchanting disillusion, final ceasing, Nibbana!
That unique comprehension of his is rooted in his ability to understand Sir!
And, Venerable Sir, when he has strived again and again along this very way,
repeatedly recollected in that way, again & again concentrated his mind in
exactly this way, over and over again understood only this in this very way,
then that Noble Disciple gains complete faith thus: Regarding things that I
previously had only heard about, now I dwell having contacted them with my
body, and having perforated them by understanding; I now see and directly
experience! That conviction, Venerable Sir, is his ability of faith working...
Good, good. Sariputta! Noted the Buddha...

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Venerable Sariputta

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Venerable Sariputta

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:226] section 48: The Abilities. 50: At Apana ...

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Insisting on Direct Personal Experience Confirms Conviction!
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Mental Perfection!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:29 am

Friends:

The 3 Stages of Mental Perfection:

The 10 Mental Perfections (paramis = paramitas) are:

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1: Generosity (Dana)
2: Morality (Sila)
3: Withdrawal (Nekkhamma)
4: Understanding (Pañña)
5: Enthusiastic Energy (Viriya)
6: Patient Forbearance (Khanti)
7: Honesty & Truthfulness (Sacca)
8: Resolute Determination (Adhitthana)
9: Kind Friendliness (Metta)
10: Balanced Equanimity (Upekkha)


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The Buddha said:
"So few as these only, are these supreme mental qualities, which culminates
in Awakening. There is nothing elsewhere beyond them! Be thorough, firm
and systematic to complete them all..."

These 10 mental perfections can be developed to three levels:
I: Those who awakens as disciples = Savaka-Bodhis give all possessions away
including wife and kids to perfect generosity. Similar level with the 9 other
perfections...

II: Those who awakens as Solitary Buddhas = Pacceka-Buddhas give an
organ, limb or eye away to perfect generosity. Similar level with the 9 other
perfections...

III: Those who awakens as Perfect Buddhas = Sammasam-Buddhas give
even their own life away to perfect generosity. Similar level with the 9
other metal perfections...

The basic perfection of generosity is the relinquishing of one's children,
wives, and belongings, such as wealth. The intermediate perfection of
giving is the relinquishing of one's own limbs. The ultimate perfection of
giving is the relinquishing of one's own life. The 3 stages in the perfection
of morality should be understood as the non-transgression of morality on
account of the three: children and wife, limbs, and life. The three stages in
the perfection of withdrawal, as the withdrawal of those three bases after
cutting off attachment to them. The 3 perfections of understanding, as the
discrimination between what is advantageous or detrimental to beings after
rooting out craving for one's belongings, limbs, and life. The three stages in
the perfection of energy, as striving for the relinquishing of these 3things.
The three stages in the perfection of patience, as tolerance to obstacles
to one's belongings, limbs, and life. The 3 stages of perfection of Honesty,
as the non-abandoning of honesty due to one's belongings, limbs, and life.
The 3 stages of perfection of determination, as unshakeable determination
despite the destruction of one's belongings, limbs, & life, bearing in mind
that perfections ultimately succeed through a unflinching determination!
The three stages in the perfection of friendliness, as the maintaining of
friendliness towards any one, who destroys one's belongings! The 3 stages
in the perfection of equanimity, as maintaining an attitude of imperturbable
impartial neutrality towards all beings and phenomena, whether they are
helpful or harmful in regard to ones belongings, limbs, and life. In this way
should the analysis of the mental perfections be understood.

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