retrofuturist wrote:Have you used any of the recollections outlined here? Have they been beneficial?
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings venerable,
Do you think it would be reasonable to summarise it as an "each fares according to their deeds" kind of sentiment?
Peter wrote:I wonder the purpose of the recollection of devas... maybe it is to give assurance that even if arahant is not attained then rebirth in the upper realms is still a nice result of practice?
Peter wrote:From the previous two recollections we see that recalling one's own virtue and generosity leads to concentration. So why recollect the devas at all? There must be some value in comparing these qualities to devas'.
I'd just like to share this excellent sutta, based on the six recollections, which can be very beneficial to practice.
AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Have you used any of the recollections outlined here? Have they been beneficial?
Dhammanando wrote:Hi Peter,
In the Visuddhimagga it seems the difference is that devotion to devatānussati causes the devas to love you.
"And when a bhikkhu is devoted to this recollection of devatās, he becomes dearly loved by devatās. He obtains even greater fullness of faith. He has much happiness and gladness. And if he penetrates no higher, he is at least headed for a happy destiny."
(PoP VII 118)
Chris wrote:I have to say when I do it, it feels a little unusual .... having been brought up in a Society where you donate anonymously and don't 'brag'.
Chris wrote:It was suggested that I use the Recollections daily - even have a bank statement handy, so I was consciously aware of the dana I was performing. I understand the accumulations of wholesome and unwholesome cittas .... but, I have to say when I do it, it feels a little unusual .... having been brought up in a Society where you donate anonymously and don't 'brag'.
mikenz66 wrote:It used to seem odd to me to see my name, and how much I donated that month, on the noticeboard at the local Wat amongst the other names (mostly in Thai), but I think Patrick is right that some of us do a disservice to ourselves by being embarrassed about dana.
Dhammanando wrote:Hi Mike,
And to others too, for the whole idea of the noticeboard in the wat (and in Thailand the irritating bloke with the microphone yelling out the names of all the donors) is to give people the opportunity to rejoice in the merit made by others, which itself is deemed a meritorious act.