Abhidhamma View : Boredom and Gladness
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]Boredom is a mental hindrance; its opposite is gladness. It is helpful to know both dhammas, their origination and cessation.
) is an obstacle to concentration, gladness(paamojja
) is an aid for concentration.
Also all unprofitable ideas(akusala dhamma) are an obstacle to concentration, and all profitable ideas(kusala dhamma) are an aid to concentration
. [Ptsm III, 3.]"Gladness is ignited(jhaayati), thus it is jhana; it consumes(jhaapeti) boredom, thus it is jhana ...
". [Ptsm V, 48.]"Unification of cognizance and non-distraction through gladness are concentration."
[Ptsm XI, 8.]
"Here someone has much sense of urgency about all formations, much fear, much dissatisfaction, much boredom, much disenchantment, has no enjoyment externally in any formations; he penetrates, explodes the mass of greed never penetrated, never exploded before, thus it is penetrative understanding." [Ptsm XIX, 20.]
"When he has given up, renounced, let go, abandoned and relinquished [the defilements] in part, he knows: 'I am endowed with unwavering confidence in the Buddha... in the Dhamma... in the Sangha; and he gains enthusiasm for the goal, gains enthusiasm for the Dhamma, gains gladness connected with the Dhamma. When he is gladdened, joy is born in him; being joyous in mind, his body becomes tranquil; his body being tranquil, he feels happiness; and the mind of him who is happy becomes concentrated
."[MN 7 Vatthupama Sutta]
Ptsm stands for Patisambhidamagga (Path of Discrimination).
Love Buddha's dhamma,