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The Disciple!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:28 am

Friends:

What is a Good Lay Buddhist Disciple?

The Sakyan Mahanama once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, What is a Lay Disciple?
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha, one is a Lay Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a Pure Disciple?
Avoiding all killing, stealing, sexual abuse, lying, and neither drinking any
alcohol nor taking any drugs causing neglect, one is a Pure Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a Faithful Disciple?
Placing faith in the Enlightenment of the Tathagata thus:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! ... teacher &
guide of gods and humans, exalted, & awakened ... one is a Faithful Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a Generous Disciple?
Living mentally devoid stinginess, liberal, open-handed, delighting in donation,
devoted to charity, enjoying all giving & sharing, one is a Generous Disciple!

Venerable Sir, What is a Disciple who Understands?
One who understands the cause of arising & ceasing, which is Noble, decisive,
& which enables eradication of Suffering is a wise Disciple who Understands!

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More on the Buddhist Lay Disciple (Upasaka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aasaka.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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The Buddha Gotama's first five disciples (Pañcavaggiya)

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:395]
Section 55 on Stream-Entry: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 37: Mahanama.

Have a nice decisive day!

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The Disciple! :anjali:
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Alert Elevated Joy!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:19 am

Friends:

How does the Noble live in Alert Elevated Joy?

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" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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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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Alert Elevated Joy! :tongue: :clap:
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Terse Truths!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:33 pm

Friends:

What are the Benefits of Training Mental Concentration?

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, train and develop concentration! Any Bhikkhu, who is concentrated
understands things as they really are and as they really become! How?
1: He understands as it really is: This and such is Suffering,
2: He understands as it really is: This and such is the Cause of Suffering,
3: He understands as it really is: This and such is the Ceasing of Suffering,
4: He understands as it really is: This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering!

Bhikkhus, develop concentration! A Bhikkhu, who is concentrated understands
not only the appearance, but things as they really are and as they really become!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort should be made to comprehensively understand:
This is Suffering; This is the Cause of Suffering; This is the End of Suffering;
This is the way leading to the End of Suffering... An effort should be made to
comprehend, fathom, grasp, understand, and penetrate these Four Noble Truths!

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Comments:
Those who makes that effort, and understands, shortens this Samsaric round...
Those who neglects that effort, and ignores it, prolongs this Samsaric round...

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More on these 4 Noble truths:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Source (edited extract):

The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:414]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 1: Concentration...

Have a truly nice day!

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Terse Truths!

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Focused Thinking!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:55 pm

Friends:

What 4 Objects of Thinking are always Advantageous?

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus do not accept to think any evil disadvantageous thought such as:
1: Thoughts mixed with Sense-Desire...
2: Thoughts mixed with Ill Will or Anger...
3: Thoughts mixed with Harm & Violence...

Since all these thoughts are irrelevant and even detrimental to the basics of
the Noble life & they furthermore do neither induce revulsion, nor disillusion,
nor ceasing, nor Peace, nor any true knowledge of Enlightenment or Nibbana!
When you think, Bhikkhus, you should only think thoughts like these:
1: This is Suffering;
2: This is the Cause of Suffering;
3: This is the End of Suffering;
4: This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering...

Why so?
Such thoughts are of prime relevance and highly advantageous to the basics of
the Noble life & they furthermore gradually induce both revulsion, detachment,
stilling, Peace, and direct knowledge of Enlightenment & Nibbana. Therefore,
Bhikkhus, an effort should be made much of so to completely understand:
This is Suffering; This is the Cause of Suffering; This is the End of Suffering;
This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering... An effort should be made to
understand, comprehend, penetrate, recognize & realize these 4 Noble Truths!

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Comments:
Keep mind focused on these 4 facts whenever it strays into fun, wrath or ill...

More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/truths.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sacca.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... #part3-h-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:417-8]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 7: Thoughts...
Have a nice truly focused day!

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Focused Thinking!
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The Blind Turtle!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:26 pm

Friends:

Precious yet often wasted is this Human Opportunity!

The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus & friends, imagine a single floating ring drifting in the great oceans!
Imagine also a blind turtle, which surfaces only once every hundred years...
What do you think, Bhikkhus, would that blind turtle by chance often dive
right up under this randomly drifting single ring & insert its neck in the hole?
If it ever would at all, Sir, it would only happen after an incredibly long time!
Yet, Bhikkhus & friends, I tell you, that this would happen sooner, than a fool,
who has fallen into the lower worlds would again regain this rare human state...
Why so? Because down there exists neither behaviour guided by the Dhamma,
nor any honesty, nor any morality, nor any good doing or meritorious activity...
There prevails only this evil: beat or be beaten, eat or be eaten, cruel merciless
killing and voraciously swallowing up of any weak. Why is it so primitive there?
Because, Bhikkhus, there nobody have seen these 4 Noble Truths! What four?
All this is Suffering; This Greedy Craving is the sole Cause of all Suffering;
No Craving is the End of Suffering; The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore should an effort be made NOW to understand the 4 Noble Truths!

Comment:
Despite the fact that downfall is a common event occurring at most deaths
(>97%) many beings think that the downfall either not happen to them (sic!),
or that it does not exist at all... They cannot remember the last nasty surprise...
Learning anything about cause and effect is thus effectively disabled!
The very same mistakes are thus repeated, life after life, almost endlessly!

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The Blind Sea-Turtle Simile...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:455-6]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 47: The Ring and Blind Turtle ...

Precious & rare is this human chance!

Have a nice re-evaluating day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dont be The Blind Turtle! :shock:
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The 8 great Hells!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:03 am

Friends:

After the Great Hells one goes to the Minor Hells!

There are Eight Great Hells! These are:

1: The Revival Ever Hell (Sañjiva),
2: The Black Thread Hell (Kalasutta),
3: The Crushing Hell (Sanghata),
4: The Screaming Hell (Roruva),
5: The Loud Screaming Hell (Maharoruva),
6: The Burning Torture Hell (Tapa),
7: The Great Torture Hell (Mahatapa),
8: The Relentless Hell (Avici).


1: The Revival Hell (Sañjiva) where one survives & cannot die from pain!
Those who, because of greed, confusion, fear, or anger, kill living beings
or having nursed them, slaughter them for sale, they will be reborn in the
Sañjiva Hell. There though killed and killed again for many thousands of
years, because they revive there again and again for more pain, this is
called Sañjiva Hell: The Revival Forever Hell... Even death cannot stop it!

2: The Black Thread Hell (Kalasutta) where one is cut up by a black line!
Men who are hostile towards friends, mother, father & good pure ones,
who are slanderers & liars they go to The Black Thread Hell (Kalasutta).
Since they are split like wood with burning saws along a marking line,
made by black thread, so it is called Kalasutta: The Black Thread Hell...

3: The Crushing Hell (Sanghata) where one is crushed to pulp repeatedly!
Those men who kill goats, rams, jackals, hares, rats, deer, boar & other
free living & roaming beings, they end up in The Crushing Hell (Sanghata).
Since, crushed together between huge mountains, splattered, squeezed,
smashed, & squashed to fluid mash there in a total slaughter, this niraya
is called Sanghata: The Crushing Hell...

4: The Screaming Hell (Roruva) where one screams like a bound pig in fire!
Those who harass or torment other being's body & mind & who cheats go
to The Screaming Hell (Roruva). There they give forth terrible screams,
howls, yells, in outcry over being constantly consumed by fierce fire, &
ferocious flames. This blaze is thus called: Roruva The Screaming Hell...

5: The Loud Screaming Hell (Maharoruva) where one screams even more!
Those who steal what was entrusted to them or steal the possessions of
devas, high people, recluses & teachers, by causing suffering even to such
good ones go to Maharoruva: The Loud Screaming Hell. There the pain &
affliction of the fire torment & the screaming is even greater then ever.
This inferno is therefore called Maharoruva: The Loud Screaming Hell...

6: The Torture Hell (Tapa) is an immense conflagration of bitter pain!
Whoever burns creatures in conflagrations such as forest fires, that
person, weeping and wailing, is eaten by a fiery fire of blazing flames.
Since this severe burning torture continues without interruption, this
is known in this world here as Tapana: The Burning Torture Hell...

7: The Great Torture Hell (Mahatapa) is an even more burning hurting!
The foolish nihilist who perversely insists that Dhamma is non-Dhamma
and whoever harms other beings deliberately is tortured by fierce fire
in The Great Torture Hell (Mahatapa). Since it burns beings even worse
than theTapana, this holocaust is called Mahatapa: Great Torture Hell...

8: The Relentless Hell (Avici) where the pain is without break or pause!
Those showing enmity to those of greater virtue, slaying Nobles, pure
disciples or also their mother, father, or teachers, they are reborn in
The Relentless Hell (Avici). Even the bones burns to ashes there, since
the heat is excessively terrible. Because there is no interval, break, or
pause, this is called Avici: The Relentless Hell... Without interruption..
These are the 8 great Hells explained by the Teacher of the 3 worlds!

Source (edited extract):
Pañcagatidipani by Ashvaghosa & Saddhammaghosa 11-12th century AC.
Tr. by Ann A. Hazlewood. Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132714" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For more on the 136 Hells (Niraya, Naraka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/n/niraya.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wa ... rbeque.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... uences.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... tm#Chapter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; XXII Hell - Niraya

The Buddha on the Hells: MN 130 The Divine Messengers. Devaduta Sutta!
http://www.mettanet.org/tipitaka/2Sutta ... uta-e.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Hell Dimensions are Shockingly Real:
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The 8 great Hells! :cry:
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Animal Rebirth!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:11 am

Friends:

If Blinded by Ignorance one takes Animal Rebirth!

Because of greed one is reborn in eggs of geese, doves or as other animals
obsessed by great passion, like also in the womb of a rhinoceros...
Because of ignorance one is reborn in the eggs of insects and worms.
Because of hate one is reborn as snake. Because of pride and obduracy,
one is reborn as lion. Because of arrogance & narcissism one is reborn in
the wombs of donkeys and dogs. If miserly & discontented one creates
rebirth as a monkey. If foulmouthed, faithless & shameless one is reborn
as crow. Those flogging, chaining & injuring elephants, horses, & buffalos
become spiders, scorpions, & stinging insects of cruel character. Those who
are flesh-eating, angry, & fiery are reborn after death as tigers, jackals,
cats, sharks, vultures, wolves & the like. Those who are generous givers,
but angry & cruel become Nagas = snake-demons of great iddhi-power...
Any deliberate wrongdoing in thought, speech and/or action can produce
rebirth as animal! Therefore one should always shun all that is wrongdoing...

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Animal rebirth induced by cruelty!

Please enjoy study here for details on Rebirth:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Hells.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... Family.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... estiny.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fi ... ations.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ations.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ka ... ebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ma ... ebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... inking.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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The Animal Realm!

Source (edited extract):

Pañcagatidipani by Ashvaghosa & Saddhammaghosa: 11-12th century AC.
Tr. by Ann A. Hazlewood. Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132714" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Have a nice human day!

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Animal Rebirth! :jawdrop:
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Devoured by Deadly Decoy Delight!!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:42 pm

Friends:

Deceiving Sensuality: Empty of Happiness!

The Blessed Buddha explained all the phenomena of existence as a pain:
Whoever delights in forms, feelings, perceptions, mental constructions,
and in whatever kind of consciousness, also delights in plain Suffering!
Whoever delights in Suffering, cannot ever be freed from Suffering...
I tell you: So is it really! SN 22:29

Delight is a Mixed and Camouflaged state!
Delight is Craving mixed with & covered by the happiness of satisfaction!
Craving is the cause of Suffering! (So indeed is the 2nd Noble Truth!)
Therefore is Delight also camouflaged suffering! Deadly is Delight!
Why so? Because it makes one seek back for more delight!
This seeking itself is, in the death-moment, the very cause of of rebirth!
When there is birth, there will also be death! Thus: Delight makes Death!
Beings are devoured by delight! Again and again! Decoy Delight!

INAPPROPRIATE
Why laugh? Why party?
Always is the world burning!
Why in darkness do you not seek light?
How can you find delight and laughter
Where there is burning without end?
In deepest darkness you are wrapped!
Why do you not seek for the light?
Dhammapada 146

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THE FRAGILE FRAME
See this painted puppet, one big mass of sores,
a diseased frame of skin drawn upon bones,
once possessing many evil thoughts, a thing much
regarded & beloved, yet of neither stable nor
lasting nature ...
Look at this puppet here, well rigged up,
A heap of many sores, piled up,
Diseased, and full of greediness,
Unstable, and impermanent!
Dhammapada 147

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ONLY A FORM
This body is worn out, a fragile form, a nest of disease,
a rotting mass of deception since its life surely, always,
and inevitably ends only in Death ...
Devoured by old age is this frame,
A prey to sickness, weak and frail;
To pieces breaks this putrid body,
All life must truly end in death!
Dhammapada 148

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Blissful is freedom from any sensual urge whatsoever!

Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

Comment:
Yes there is pleasure in the world. But it always goes away & turns into pain!
Taking delight means urging back here by rebirth and thus also more deaths!

All This - whatsoever - is Suffering: Such is the 1st Noble Truth:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Devoured by Deadly Decoy Delight!!
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Nobody home: Empty village!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:16 pm

Friends:

Neither Agent nor Actor, but only Impersonal Processes!

Question: Who is the Creator? Answer: Nobody is the Creator of anything!
Q: What then, is creating? A: Ignorance and Craving is creating!
Q: What is ignorance & craving creating? A: Ignorance & craving creates Suffering!

Question: Who Perceives? Answer: Nobody perceives anything!
Q: What then, is perceiving? A: The Perception process itself perceives!
Q: What does perception perceive? A: Form, sound, smell, taste, touch and ideas!

Question: Who Feels? Answer: Nobody Feels anything!
Q: What then, is feeling? A: The process of Feeling itself feels!
Q: What do Feeling feel? A: Feeling feels pleasure, pain and indifference!

Question: Who is the Knower? Answer: Nobody is the Knower of anything!
Q: What then, is Knowing? A: The state of Knowledge itself knows!
Q: What is knowledge knowing? A: Knowledge knows: Such is Pain,
Such is the Cause of Pain, Such is the End of Pain, & Such is the Way to End all Pain!

This core Buddhist doctrine of Anatta means:
There is no 'Self' in here...
There is no 'Substance' out there...
Impersonal & void are all states & phenomena!
Ownerlessness is a universal characteristic of being!
Unsubstantiality is a universal characteristic of matter!

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No-Self = Impersonality!

For more on this universality of selfless impersonality (anatta) see:
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/Anatta_No_Self.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.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/Ju ... ubbles.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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No-Substance = Unsubstantiality!

Have a nice void day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Nobody home: Empty village! :shrug:
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Post by BlackBird » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:44 pm

A nice void day I shall try to have Bhante :smile:

Sadhu.
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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No Craving = No Suffering!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:02 pm

Friends:

No Craving is the Ceasing of all Suffering!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, now, is this Noble Truth on the Elimination of all Suffering?
It is the complete fading away & irreversible elimination of all Craving,
the rejection & leaving of it, & the liberating release from it! SN 56:11

But where may this craving vanish, where may it be extinguished?
Wherever in the world, there are delightful and pleasurable things!
Right there and then may this craving be overcome, and quenched...
DN 22

Be it in the past, the present, or in any future, whatever true recluse
considers all delightful, attractive & pleasurable things in this world
as impermanent anicca, as miserable dukkha, & as without a self anatta,
as diseases & as cancers, it is he who conquers craving... SN 12:66

By final fading away and elimination of craving, clinging also ceases;
By the elimination of clinging, the process of becoming also ceases;
By the elimination of the process of becoming, rebirth also ceases;
Through the elimination of all rebirth, all decay, ageing & death!,
sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair is finally extinguished...
Only that is the eradication of this entire mass of Suffering...
SN 12:43

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More on this thorny Craving causing all pain:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Have a nice desireless day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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No Craving = No Suffering! :tongue: :clap:
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Mission Complete!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:17 am

Friends:

Mission Completed! Laid down is the burden!

The Buddha once said about The Arahat: The Perfected Worthy One:
For a Disciple thus released, whose mind dwells in pure peace, there is
nothing to be added to what has been done, and nothing more remains
for him to do. Just as a rock of one solid mass of granite stone stands
unshaken by any wind, even so do neither forms, nor sounds, nor smells,
nor tastes, nor contacts of any kind, whether attractive or repulsive,
disturb an Arahat. Imperturbable is his mind, gained is release! AN 6:55

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He who has considered all dualities, all differences, all contrasts here,
who is never anymore stirred or perturbed by anything in all this world!
Such Peaceful One, freed from rage, elevated above sorrow, & without
fumes of longing, he has passed beyond birth, decay & death...Sn 1048

FREED
For him who has completed this journey.
For him who is untouched by any pain or sorrow.
For him who is in every-way wholly freed.
For him who has broken all chains.
For such one, no Suffering is ever Possible!
Dhammapada 90

CALM
Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the Tranquility;
So is the Equanimity;
of one freed by the Insight
of absolute knowledge.
Dhammapada 96

RADIANT
Whether in village or forest, on land, in the sea
or on the mountain; where Arahats dwell all is
indeed delightful, subtle and refined.
Dhammapada 98

SOLITARY
Delighting are the forests, where the passionate
common folks do not haunt their trivial pleasures...
There the cooled ones find the Bliss not of this World!
Dhammapada 99

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More on this sublime Blissful State called Nibbana:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ed_One.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.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/Ni ... _Peace.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Absolute Freedom, Peace, & Happiness!

Have a nice worthy day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Mission Complete! :anjali:
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Look Ma: No Ego!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:12 am

Friends:

What is the most essential core Buddhist Doctrine?

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Question: What is the first hindrance (samyojana=fetter=mental chain)
blocking entrance to the Noble Path leading to Nibbana (sotapatti-magga)?
Answer: This first hindrance is Personality View (Sakkaya-ditthi):

"Permanent personality" belief,
"Same Self" as baby & old person assumption,
"I am this Me" self-deceit,
"This Body is my Own" notion,
"This Body is my Self" notion,
"This Body is ME" notion,
"This Body is my Person" notion
"I have a permanent Ego" concept
"Body is mine+own+person" view
"Feeling is mine+own+person" view
"Perception is mine+own+person" view
"Construction is mine+own+person" view
"Consciousness is mine+own+person" view

All are conjectures of the false assumption, that these phenomena are stable
entities, that can be kept unchanging & thereby definable as the core of self!

This concept of "a person" is rather a process, a transient flux,
continuously becoming otherwise and something else.
We are more different from what we were 5 minutes ago,
than we are different from an other person ...
Never are we the same person ... !

The person is thus : "Na ca so, na ca anno"
Not the same, neither another!
King Milinda's Questions. Milindapanha.

-ooOoo-

Any Person is:
Always changing,
Not the Same,
yet neither another,
but continuously becoming
Otherwise & Different!

-ooOoo-

View the world as Empty
Thus always Aware, Mogharaja
Giving up belief in any Self
One may escape Death,
since the king of Death cannot
see one with such void view.
Sutta Nipata 1119

-ooOoo-

All phenomena are Egoless,
impersonal, without a self!
Sabbe Dhamma Anatta

-ooOoo-

Selflessness = Anatta
Is difficult to comprehend as habitually counterintuitive,
yet the most essential & unique teaching in all the Dhamma!

-ooOoo-

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More on this baffling Selflessness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Have a nice selfless day!

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Look Mama: No Ego! :tongue: :anjali:
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Calm and Insight!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:42 pm

Friends:

Breathing Meditation was used by all Buddhas to Awaken!
It has aspects both of meditative calm (Samatha) and penetrating insight (Vipassana).
It is extraordinarily advantageous to always return to this wonderful breathing technique.
Can recommend this booklet about standard Anapanasati Breathing Meditation very much:

Mindfulness of Breathing: Classic Anapanasati meditation manual
of the root Pali texts translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. BPS. 1998.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404502" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The optimum is when Calm and Insight goes hand in hand, as if yoked together!

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More on this both simple and quite complex Breathing Meditation:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm" 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/The_LAMP_IV.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/II/Aw ... athing.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/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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More on Insight (Vipassana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... y_Life.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.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;

Have a nice calm and insightful day!


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Breathing Calm and Insight! :meditate: :namaste: :thumbsup:
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Noting the Dissolution!

Post by Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:14 am

Friends:

The 8 Advantages of contemplating Dissolution:

When one continually notes the breakup of all constructions, then contemplation
of Dissolution grows strong & habitual! This brings these 8 advantages into being:

1: Elimination of false view of permanence, constancy & eternal (re)becoming.
2: Letting go of attachment to life itself and any form of being in existence!
3: Constant and continuous improving mental release...
4: Victory over both Attraction & Aversion.
5: Purified livelihood and morality.
6: Patience and Gentleness.
7: Freedom from Anxiety!
8: Absence of Fear!


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Regarding which the Ancient Elders remarked:
On realizing these 8 perfect qualities,
One comprehends constructions fully,
Continually Noting their Breakup in order
To swiftly attain the Deathless State of Bliss,
like the Sage with a burning turban. SN 56:34 [V,440]

Source: The Path of Purification XXI-28: Visuddhimagga-Magga [645]:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
As free book here: http://www.budaedu.org/en/book/II-02main.php3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Noting the Dissolution! :jawdrop:

Have a nice day!

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