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Impossible!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:03 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
I tell you, Bhikkhus and Friends, that it is absolutely impossible, that willed,
intended, performed, & accumulated actions (kamma) will cease to be effective
as long as one has not yet experienced their results, be it in this life,
or in the next life, or in even further future lives!
And it is equally impossible, that without having experienced these results of
one's accumulated, intended, & performed past actions, that one will be able
to put an end to Suffering. May this hereby be well known!

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For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Action see:
http://www.mahindarama.com/e-library/whatkammais.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... ion_(kamma)_is_Delayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm

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Disadvantageous Action (Kamma) has painful effects!

Source:
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:208
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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Advantageous is respecting bhikkhus, parents, elders & teachers.

Have a nice good kamma day!

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Intelligent Invitation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:44 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Overwhelmed & obsessed by desire, anger, & confusion, one aims at one's own ruin,
others' ruin, at the ruin of both, and one suffers much mental pain & frustration...
If, however, desire, anger, & confusion are eliminated, then one aims neither at one's
own ruin, nor at others' ruin, nor at the ruining of both, and one suffers neither any
mental pain nor any frustration at all! Hence is Nibbana realizable right here & now
in this very lifetime, immediate, inviting, intriguing, & intelligible to each intelligence!
Exactly in so far as anyone has made real the complete ceasing of all greed, hate,
and confusion, just in so far - to exactly that very degree -is Nibbana realizable
right here & now in this very life, immediate, inviting, instant, interesting, & intelligible
to each and every intelligent being...

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Follow this Golden Middle Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... le_Way.htm

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Source:
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 3:55
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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Blazing & Bright Release!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:20 am





This was spoken by the Blessed Buddha, the Perfectly Holy One...
Thus have I heard him saying it:
Whatever, Bhikkhus and Friends, there are here of worldly things
& merit making, all these are not worth 1/16 of the mental release
& liberation of the mind reached through All-Embracing Kindness...
The release of mind & the liberation of the heart by all-embracing
kindness radiates, emanates and shines, far surpassing it all...
Just as the light from all the stars is not 1/16th of the moonlight,
but the luminous light of the moon, radiating, beaming and shining,
surpasses them all, even & exactly so; whatever there are of simple
worldly and meritorious things, all these are not worth one 1/16th
of the mental deliverance of the heart by All-Embracing Kindness...
The release of mind by all-embracing kindness radiates, beams,
sparkles and shines, far surpassing it all... Just as in autumn, in the
last month of the rainy season, on a clear, cloudless day the sun rises
on the horizon & dispels all darkness of the entire surrounding space,
bright and brilliant, even & exactly so: Whatever there are of worldly,
meritorious, admirable, & attractive things, all these summed up are not
worth even one 1/16 of the release of mind by All-Embracing Kindness!
The release of mind, liberating the heart, by All-Embracing Kindness
radiates, dazzles and shines, far surpassing them all...

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Gotama Buddha gives the teaching on Universal All-Embracing Kindness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm PS: Note the Buddha's radiance!

More Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm

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All-Embracing, Universal & Infinite Kindness dazzles & shines...!

[u]Source Text: The Itivuttaka 27: Thus what it Said:[/u]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .irel.html

Have a nice All-Embracing Kind day!

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Blazing & Bright is release by Friendliness!
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The 5 Abilities!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:10 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five abilities. What five?

The ability of Faith (saddha)
The ability of Energy (viriya)
The ability of Awareness (sati)
The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
The ability of Understanding (pañña)


When, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple understands as they really
are the gratification, the danger, and the escape regarding
these five abilities, then he is called a Noble Disciple, who is a
stream-enterer, no longer bound to the lower worlds, fixed in
destiny, with enlightenment as his assured future destination!

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On these 5 Mental Abilities (indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Or ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... lities.htm

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 193] 48 The Mental Abilities: 2 Stream-Enterer..

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Final Wisdom!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:01 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these three supramundane abilities. What three?
1: The ability of coming to know, what one did not yet know...
2: The ability of gradually achieving the highest & final wisdom...
3: The ability of one, who dwells in the highest and final wisdom...
These are the three supreme supramundane abilities. (añña-indriya)

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For Details on the general Abilities (indriya) & Final Knowledge (añña) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /annaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... wledge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fi ... wledge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 204] 48 The Mental Abilities: 23 Final Wisdom..

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Have a nice knowing day!

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Faith is the Seed!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:28 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
And even though a disciple of the Noble Ones lives off lumps of alms food and
wears rag-robes, still, because he is endowed with four qualities, then he is freed
from hell, freed from the animal womb, freed from the realm of hungry ghosts,
freed from all the planes of pain & deprivation, the bad and low destinations.

And what are the four? There is the case where the disciple of the Noble Ones is
endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Awakened Buddha like
this: Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Fully
consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all these
dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,
both teacher and guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened
and enlightened is the Buddha!!!

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Dhamma like
this: Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to come and see for
themselves, inspect, examine and verify. Leading each and everyone through
progress towards perfection. Directly observable, experiencable and realizable
by each intelligence...

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Noble Sangha
like this: Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble
disciples: Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way!
Therefore do these 8 kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts,
grants sacrifice, offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation even with joined
palms, since this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an
unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world,
to honour, respect, support, give to and protect.

He/she is endowed with long-term clean morality, which are dear to the Noble Ones:
Moral purity that is untorn, unbroken, unspotted, and impeccable, liberating, praised
by the wise, immaculate, and leading to concentration. SN 55.1
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

For a lay person, there are these five rewards of faith, confidence & conviction
Which five?
1: When truly good people in the world show compassion, they will first show true
compassion to people of faith, confidence & conviction, and not to people lacking
in faith, confidence & conviction...
2: When visiting, they visit people of faith, confidence & conviction, and not people
without faith, confidence & conviction...
3: When accepting gifts, they first accept gifts from people with faith, confidence
& conviction, & not from people lacking faith, confidence & conviction.
4: When teaching the Dhamma, they first teach those with faith, confidence and
conviction, & not those without faith, confidence & conviction .
5: A person of faith, confidence & conviction, on the break-up of the body, right
after death, will arise in a good destination, the heavenly world. For a lay person,
these are the five certain rewards of faith, confidence & conviction. AN 5:38
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

And how is the individual who is released through faith, confidence & conviction?
There is the case where a certain individual does not dwell immersed in those
peaceful states that has transcended all form, but having understood the Dhamma,
some of his mental fermentations are ended, and his faith, confidence & conviction
in the Tathagata is settled, well rooted, and established. This is called an individual,
who is released through faith, confidence & conviction. Regarding this monk, I say
that he has still a task to do. Why is that? Perhaps this Venerable, when staying at
suitable places, associating with admirable friends, while balancing all his mental
abilities, will reach & dwell in the supreme goal of the Noble life for which good men
rightly go forth from home into homelessness, directly realizing it for himself right
here & now. Envisioning this fruit of further effort for this monk, I say that he
still has a task to complete. MN 70
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Any female disciple of the Noble Ones who grows by these 5 types of growth grows
a Noble growth, and thereby get a handle on what is essential, and what is excellent.
Which five?
She grows in terms of Faith...
She grows in terms of Morality...
She grows in terms of Learning...
She grows in terms of Generosity...
She grows in terms of Understanding....
Growing by these five types of growth, any female disciple of the Noble Ones grows
a Noble growth, and thereby gets hold on what is really essential, and what indeed is
quite and truly excellent. Growing in faith, morality, learning, generosity, and finally
understanding, a virtuous female lay disciple, such as this, establishes real essence
within herself. SN 37.34
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm

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For finding fine further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm

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Prime Mental Wealth!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:22 am





What is real Richness?
Bhikkhus, when a Noble Disciple possesses 4 things, then he is said to be rich,
with much wealth and prosperous property. What four?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple possesses the faith of confirmed confidence
in the Buddha ... in the Dhamma ... and in the Sangha....
He possesses the moral purity that is praised by the Noble Ones, unbroken ...
untorn ... pure ... intact ... leading to absorbed concentration....
Any Noble Disciple, who possesses these 4 things is indeed really quite rich,
with much heavy wealth and a lush property.... SN V 402

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Buddha to the Ploughman:
Faith is my seed, simplicity the rain,
Understanding my yoke and plough,
Modesty is pole, & mind is the strap,
Awareness is my ploughshare and goad!
Sn77

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Suffering is the cause of Faith...
Elated Joy is the effect of Faith...
Entrance is the function of Faith...
Trusting is the characteristic of Faith...
Decisiveness is the manifestation of Faith...
Faith is the Hand, that lifts one out of Suffering...
Faith is the Seed, that makes one grow much good...
Faith is the Real Wealth, since it produces advantage...
Vism XIV 140

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How does Faith save one from pain?
When one has faith in the Tathagata,
Unshakable and quite well established,
And good behaviour built on morality,
Liked by the Noble Ones and praised!
When one has confidence in the Sangha,
And a view, that has been made straight!
Then they say, that one is not poor,
That one's life is not wasted...
Therefore should any intelligent person,
aware of the Buddha-Dhamma, be devoted
to the fine faith & moral purity, which gives
confirmed conviction in this saving Dhamma.
SN V 405

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Alavaka once asked the Blessed Buddha:
What wealth here is best for any man?
What well practiced brings happiness?
What is the sweetest of all the flavours?
How lived, is this life best?

The Buddha:
Faith is the best wealth here for any human!
Dhamma well practiced brings happiness!
Truth indeed is unsurpassable sweet!
A wise life lived in understanding is best...

Alavaka:
How does one cross the flood of ills?
How is the ocean of existence crossed?
How is all suffering stilled?
How is one purified?

The Buddha:
By Faith is the flood of evil crossed!
By attention is existence crossed!
By effort is all suffering stilled!
By wisdom one is purified!
Sn 182-184

For fine further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm

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Faith is therefore the only Real Richness!
The prime Mental Wealth...
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Uprooting all Fermentation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:24 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five mental abilities. What five?

The ability of Faith (saddha)
The ability of Energy (viriya)
The ability of Awareness (sati)
The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
The ability of Understanding (pañña)


These are the five abilities.
It is, Bhikkhus, because he has developed & cultivated these 5 abilities,
that a Bhikkhu, by the destruction of the fermentations, in this very life
enters and dwells in the stainless liberation of mind, released by wisdom,
realizing it for himself with direct experience and knowledge!

Comments:
The 4 mental fermentations are wrong, false & hidden assumptions associated with:
1: Sense-desire (kamasava). Ex: "Sensing is only & always pleasant. Pain exists not!"
2: Desiring becoming into new existence (bhavasava): Ex: "All life is good, Death exists not!"
3: Wrong views (ditthasava): Ex: "I am better, know better & what I think is thus never wrong!"
4: Ignorance (avijjasava): Ex: "Suffering, craving, ending craving & the Noble Way exists not!"


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Mihintale, Sri Lanka.

For Details on the 3 or 4 Mental Fermentations (asava) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Up ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Na ... adiant.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aasava.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... rce_VI.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 203] 48 The Mental Abilities: 20 Fermentation free..

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Which ability uproots all mental Fermentation?
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The 3 Golden Gifts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:27 am





Three kinds of gift are mentioned in Buddhism, namely:
1: Amisa dana: The gift of material things,
2: Abhaya dana: The fearless gift of life,
3: Dhamma dana: The gift of real Truth...

Amisa dana: – or the gift of material things is practised by people
of all religions and is very common. Food, clothes and houses are
given to people of little means or to refugees through various
religious and social organizations. It is, no doubt, a good thing to
satisfy the hunger of the starved & the yearning of the thirsty.
This type of donations is highly recommended in Buddhism and
is called the Amisa dana. (The donations of material things).

Next comes the Abhaya dana: - or giving life to those who are in
danger of life caused by fire, water or enemies. Sometimes we
hear of people, who are about to die due to lack of blood.
To donate blood and save another humans life is indeed a great
thing. Donation of eyes and kidneys is also highly appreciated
and they come under Abhaya dana – fearless donation of life.

The last one: Dhamma dana: - or the gift of Truth of the Doctrine
is said to be the highest of all donations on earth. Why so?
Because it opens the Door to the Deathless Dimension!
This no other giving is even remotely capable of...

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Openhanded Giving is the 1st Mental Perfection...

Sabba danam Dhamma danam jinati
Sabbam rasam Dhamma raso jinati
Sabbam ratim Dhamma rati jinati
Tanhakkayo sabba dukkham jinati


The gift of Dhamma excels all other Gifts.
The flavour of Dhamma excels all other flavours.
The pleasure in Dhamma excels all other pleasures.
He who has destroyed craving overcomes all sorrow!
Dhammapada 354

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Most Gods actually became Divine Beings as a result of Giving!

More on Generosity (Dana) = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_3_Gifts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... remony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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Sumedha - the young millionaire - gives away all his property!

Source:
Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha Thero http://www.buddhist-book.com Singapore

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Nice Gear!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:36 am





A certain, not very well known Bhikkhu once asked Blessed Buddha,
Venerable Sir, it is said: One well equipped with the mental abilities!
In what way, Venerable Sir, is one well equipped with these abilities?
When, Bhikkhu, a Bhikkhu thoroughly trains and fully develops:
The Ability of Faith, which leads to stilling, which leads to enlightenment..
The Ability of Energy, which leads to peace, which leads to awakening..
The Ability of Awareness, which leads to harmony, which leads to safety..
The Ability of Concentration, which leads to rest, which leads to ending..
The Ability of Understanding, which leads to ease, which leads to bliss..
Then he becomes one, who is well equipped with the 5 mental abilities!

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On The Five Mental Abilities (indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Or ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ummary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... lities.htm

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Stretch your mental Abilities by Training them!

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 203] 48 The Mental Abilities: 19 Equipped..

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Whenever and Wherever!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:11 am





Whenever and wherever there is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths;
There is also Greed, Voracity, Lust, Desire, Craving and Longing!

Whenever and wherever there is Greed, Lust, Desire, and Craving;
There is also the Hate of Envy & of Jealousy, and Fear of Loosing!

Whenever and wherever there is Hate, Envy, Jealousy and Anger;
There is also Conflict, Clash, Opposition, Hostility & raging Violence!

Whenever and wherever there is Conflict, Hostility and Violence;
There is neither Peace, nor Harmony, nor any Relaxed Contentment!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Peace, nor any Harmony;
There is neither Gladness, nor Joy, nor Bliss, nor any Happiness!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Gladness, nor Happiness;
There is Suffering, Frustration, Misery, Distress and Discomfort!

Whenever and wherever there is Suffering, Frustration, & Misery;
There is no Concentration, nor any Mental Absorption of Mind!

Whenever and wherever there is no Well Focused Concentration;
There is no penetration into the real & true Nature of Phenomena!

Whenever and wherever there is no penetration into the Realities;
There is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths, Confusion and Doubt...

Friends, I tell you: It is in this way, that Ignorance grows Ignorance!

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Best Buddhist Behaviour: Never Killing!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:02 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features
brings high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness.
And which are these eight features? Here, any Noble Disciple considers
within himself: Throughout their life the Arahats avoid the killing of any
living being, they do not hurt any of them. Without stick or any weapon,
tender-hearted, gentle, caring, & mild they think only of the welfare of
all living beings! So will also I, this day and night, avoid the killing and
hurting of all living and breathing beings. Without any cudgel or weapon,
tender-hearted, full of kindness, I will think only on the joyous welfare
of all living beings and creatures. In this regard I will follow the Arahats,
& I shall observe this observance day praxis perfectly! With this first
praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this very way, the
observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

All sentient beings feel pain from violence...
All sentient beings fear death in panic!
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...
Dhammapada 129

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Whoever never injures, neither with weapon nor stick,
beings searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such gentle one always gains it!
Dhammapada 132

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Harmlessness protects Everyone!

The one who has left all violence,
who never harms any being at all,
whether they are moving or still,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 405

More on Harmlessness and Non-Violence (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm

More on this Optimal Buddhist Behaviour of Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44

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Best Buddhist Behaviour: Never Killing!
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Pure Praxis: No Theft!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:23 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings
high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness. And which are
these eight features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself:
Throughout their life the Arahats avoid all stealing of others' property and
abstain from any cheating. Always waiting till whatever thing is freely and
only openly given, free from any thievish intent, they remain intact and pure
both in mind & moral! May also I, this day and night, avoid all stealing & not
cheat anyone. By that I will follow the traits of these perfected Arahats!
I shall then have observed the Uposatha observance day perfectly. With this
second praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this very way,
the observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

The one, who never takes, what is not freely & openly given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite or ordinary,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 409

Behaviour that counts as ways of stealing:
Cheating with values, documents, weights or measures, embezzlement, corruption,
fraud, misappropriation, robbery, theft, swindling, trickery, forgery, counterfeit,
extortion, bribing, blackmail, tax-evasion, false accounting, double book-keeping,
over-prizing, pirating, deliberate false valuation of assets, and insurance fraud...!


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More on Not Stealing:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm

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More on this Optimal Buddhist Behaviour of Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44

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Neither Lying, nor Deceiving, nor Pretending!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:53 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings high
reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness! And which are these 8
features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid lying & refrain from any falsehood. They speak only the factual &
actual truth, they are very devoted to valid accuracy, reliable, all honest, worthy of
trust & confidence, and never neither deceiving, nor pretending! May I also, this day
& night, avoid all lying & refrain from any fake falsehood... By that I will follow the
track & traits of these perfected Arahats! I shall then have observed the Uposatha
observance day perfectly. With this fourth praxis is the observance day enriched.
Observed in this very way, brings the observance day endowed with eight features
high - even divine - reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

Honest Facts:
There are those, who break the holy vows,
who speak false, deceive, and pretend,
who thus cannot hope for a good future,
There is no evil such ones cannot do ... !

Dhammapada 176

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Those who falsely declare: "That indeed happened",
about what did not happen or: "I did not do that",
about what they actually did, earn themselves
a hot ticket to a future in Hell...

Dhammapada 306

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One can only convince the liar with truth....
Dhammapada 223

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If one speaks only truth, one wins a divine future!
Dhammapada 224

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More on Neither Lying, nor Deceiving, nor Pretending:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm

More on this Optimal Buddhist Uposatha Day Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

Have a nice honest & straight day!

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Reuniting is Bak Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:25 am





The Bak Poya day is the full-moon of April. This holy day celebrates
that the Buddha visits Ceylon for the second time to reconcile two
local chiefs Mahodara and Culodara, uncle & nephew, who had fallen
into war threatening hostility about a jewel-beset throne...
The story shows the Buddha as fine diplomat & is given in full below!

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the
Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, white-clothed, clean bare feet,
one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first 3 times,
so that feet, hands, elbows, knees & head touch the floor. Then, with
joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines in a loud,
calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

I will hereby respect these Three Jewels for the rest of my life!

I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...

Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's
own eyes & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much
better than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to
this world! A journey towards the deathless Nibbana is thus started!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and fully
completed by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha Observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps also the Eight Precepts from sunrise until
next dawn. If any wish official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may easily forward the lines starting with "I hereby" signed by
name, date, town, & country to me or join here. A Public list of this
new quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
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May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !!
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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Reuniting those who are divided, by inducing harmony:
Now the most compassionate Teacher, the Conqueror, rejoicing in
the salvation of the whole world, when dwelling at Jetavana in the
fifth year of his Buddhahood, saw that war, caused by a gem beset
throne, was like to come to pass between the nagas Mahodara and
Culodara, uncle and nephew and their followers! The SamBuddha,
then on the Uposatha day of the dark half of the month Citta, in the
early morning, took his sacred alms bowl and his robes, and, out of
compassion for the nagas, sought the Nagadipa. At that time the
same naga Mahodara was then king, gifted with miraculous powers,
in a nagas kingdom in the ocean, that covered half a 1000 yojanas.
His younger sister had been given in marriage to the naga king on
the Kannavaddhamana mountain; her son was Culodara. His mother's
father had given to his mother a splendid throne of jewels, then the
naga had died and therefore was this war between nephew & uncle
threatening! The nagas of the mountains were also armed with many
miraculous powers. The deva Samiddhisumana took his rajayatana
tree standing in Jetavana, his own fair habitation, holding it like a
parasol over the Conqueror, he, with the Teacher's leave, attended
him to that spot, where he had formerly dwelt. That very deva had
been, in his latest birth, a man in Nagadipa. On the very spot where
thereafter the rajayatana tree stood, he had seen PaccekaBuddhas
taking their meal. And at the sight his heart was glad & he offered
branches to cleanse their alms bowls. Therefore he was reborn in
that very same tree in the pleasant Jetavana garden, outside of the
gate rampart. The God of all gods saw in this an advantage for that
deva, and, for the sake of the good, which should spring therefrom
for Ceylon, he brought him there together with his tree. Hovering
there in midair above the battlefield, the Master, who drives away
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spiritual darkness, called forth dreadful darkness over the nagas!
Then comforting those who were distressed by terror, he once again
spread light abroad. When they saw the Blessed One, they joyfully
did reverence to the Masters feet. Then the Vanquisher preached
to them the Dhamma that makes concord, & both nagas gladly gave
up the throne to the Sage. When the Master, having alighted on the
earth, had taken his place on a seat there, and had been refreshed
with divine food and drink served by the naga kings, he, the Lord,
established in the three refuges and in the 8 moral precepts eighty
kotis of snake-spirits, dwellers in the ocean and on the mainland.
The naga-king Maniakkhika of Kalyani, maternal uncle to this naga
Mahodara, who had come there to take part in the battle, and who
before, at the Buddhas first coming, having heard the true Dhamma
preached, had become established in the 3 refuges & in the moral
duties, prayed now to the Tathagata: Great is the compassion that
you have shown us here, Master! Had you not appeared we had all
been consumed to ashes. May your compassion yet settle also and
especially on me, you who are rich in friendly loving kindness, please
peerless one, come again back here to my home country. When the
Lord had consented by his silence to return, then he planted the
rajayatana tree on that very spot as a sacred memorial, & the Lord
of the Worlds gave over the rajayatana tree & the precious throne
seat to the naga kings to do homage thereto: In remembrance that
I have used these, do homage to them naga kings! This, well beloved,
will bring to pass many blessings & happiness for you for a long time!
When the Blessed One had uttered this and other exhortations to
the nagas, he, the compassionate saviour of all the worlds, returned
to the Jetavana monastery.

Here ends the explanation of the Visit to Nagadipa.

Source: Mahavamsa I:44. The Great Chronicle of Ceylon.
Translated. By Wilhelm Geiger 1912; reprinted in 1980.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130010I

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Re: Reuniting is Bak Poya Day!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:52 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Synthetic Serenity & Chemical Calm...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:32 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings high
reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness! And which are these eight
features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid all alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine, and liquor! May I also, this
day & night, avoid alcoholic & intoxicating drinks... By that I will follow the track and
traits of the perfected Arahats! I shall then have observed the Uposatha observance
day perfectly! With this fifth praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this
very way, the observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

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The innocent fluid down-the-drain-brain happy-maker: Alcohol!

Addiction to alcohol and drugs is often a need for tranquilization!
The side-effects are much worse than the restlessness they cure...
Drinking & drugging - though pleasant - leads to lazy carelessness...
This lax neglect of the real world problems are often catastrophic!
Bodily decay, social isolation and steady fall is inevitable, though
often violently denied or actively ignored by the addicted person...
Compared to the calm bliss of meditation is drugged sedation banal!
Many addicted persons may have experienced the serene bliss of
deep meditative states in an earlier life and is thus now prone to
search for, & become addicted to a similar chemical calm, which
however is a blurred haze lacking the cool clarity of meditation...


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Tobacco => Lung-cancer and Marijuana => lazy no-brain zombie!

More on this common self-destructive behaviour: Drinking & Drugging:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cu ... ziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... linded.htm

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Ecstacy and Cocaine: High Tempo, but No genuine Emotions...

More on this Optimal Buddhist Uposatha Day Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

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Pills: Chemical Calm Calamity!

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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Synthetic Serenity spells Death!

Neither Drinking nor Drugging!

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Sweet Serene Calm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:05 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Knowing that the other person is angry,
The one who remains aware and calm
acts in and for his own best interest,
and for the other's interest, too!
Samyutta Nikaya I, 162

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Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware,
the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful,
He has no sorrows!
Udana IV, 7

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Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the tranquillity;
So is the equanimity;
of one freed by the insight
of right understanding...
Dhammapada 96

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm

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4 x Ultra-Awareness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:48 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these 4 Foundations of Awareness.
What four? The ever calmly self reminding awareness of:

1: Body is just a mass of disgusting impurities...
2: Feelings are only a repeating emotional noise...
3: Mind is simply a conditioned set of weird moods...
4: Phenomena are mentally baked & faked appearances...


While always acutely alert and clearly comprehending, thereby removing all lust,
desire, envy, jealousy, frustration, & any kind of discontent rooted in this world...
When, Bhikkhus, these 4 Foundations of Awareness have been developed, trained
& well established, one of two fruits may be expected: Either Final Knowledge in
this very life, or if there is residual clinging, the exalted state of Non-Return...!

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Details On Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm

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Awareness is Always Advantageous!

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The 4 Great Frames of Reference!

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 181] 47. Foundations of Awareness: 36 Final Knowledge..

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Alert or Agitated?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:13 am





The Blessed Buddha once explained:
On any occasion, Bhikkhus, when mind is excited and high, then it is time
for training the Tranquillity Link to Awakening, the Concentration Link
to Awakening, and the Equanimity Link to Awakening. Why is it so?
Because when the mind is excited and high, Bhikkhus, then it is easy to
calm it down with exactly those mental states...
Imagine, Bhikkhus, a man wants to extinguish a great fire. If he throws
wet grass, wet cow-dung, wet timber into it, sprays it with water, and
scatters soil over it, would he be able to extinguish that great bonfire?
Yes, Venerable Sir.
Even so here, Bhikkhus, on any occasion when the mind is excited and high,
then it is convenient to train & develop the Tranquillity Link to Awakening,
the Concentration Link to Awakening, & the Equanimity Link to Awakening.
Why is it so? Because when the mind is excited and high, Bhikkhus, then it
is easy to calm it down & still it with the qualities of exactly those states!
Awareness, however, Bhikkhus, I tell you, is always useful & good to train!

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On the training of these condensing mental abilities:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm

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Sources (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 114-5] 46: Links. 53: Fire....

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