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Serene is Equanimity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:23 am





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Equanimity just looks on and observes, while calmly settled in composed neutrality.
Equanimity is characterized as promoting the aspect of impartiality among beings.
Its function is to see the equality of all beings. It is manifested as the quieting of
both resentment and approval. Its proximate cause is seeing and comprehending
the ownership and efficacy of kamma thus: All beings are owners of their actions,
born, created and conditioned by the accumulated effect of their past intentions!
Whose, if not theirs, is the choice by which they have become happy, or unhappy,
or will break free from suffering, or have fallen down from their past good state?
Equanimity succeeds, when it makes both resentment and approval subside, and it
fails, when it instead produces a bored, indifferent, & careless state of negligence!
Vism I 318

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Comments:
Non-involved and even Equanimity is a subtle form of happiness... By stabilization
it perfects and consummates all the other six links to awakening: Awareness,
Investigation, Energy, Joy and Concentration. Equanimity is the proximate cause
for knowing and seeing it, as it really is. Equanimity quenches any upset agitation!
When seeing and noting: 'All this is constructed, conditioned, coarse and transient!
But this state of serene equanimity is indeed exquisitely peaceful...', then instantly
ceases any arisen agreeable or nasty feeling, when Equanimity takes its stance

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Power of Equanimity: Not much agitation, wavering or panic here!

Equanimity (Upekkha) is indeed a divine state and itself a link to Awakening!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

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Serene Equanimity...

Absence of Agitation means Zero Stress!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
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Floated by Joy :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:21 am





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The Joy Link to Awakening (Piti-sambojjhanga)
has the characteristic
of suffusing contentment, and the property of gladdening satisfaction.
This Joy Link to Awakening manifests as mental elation, which can reach
five successively increasing degrees of intensity:

1: Minor Joy, which can raise the hair on the body when thrilled.
2: Momentary Joy, which is flashing like lightning at various occasions.
3: Showering Joy, which breaks over the body repeatedly like sea-waves.
4: Uplifting Joy, which can be strong enough to even levitate the body.
5: Pervading Joy, which is like a heavy sponge all saturated with water.

Visuddhimagga IV 94-9

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The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (asava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful & rational attention
develops the Joy Link to Awakening based on seclusion, on disillusion,
on ceasing, & culminating in relinquishment, then neither can any mental
fermentation, nor any fever, or discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

In one who has aroused enthusiastic energy, there arises a joy not of
this world & the Joy Link to Awakening emerges there. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Any one convinced by understanding of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha,
gets an enthusiastic sense of the sublime good goal of Nibbana &
gains gladness connected, joined, and fused with this Dhamma...!
In any one gladdened, Joy is born. The body of the Joyous is calmed.
One of calm body experiences pleasure and happiness! The mind of
one who is happy becomes concentrated. The concentrated mind
sees and knows things as they really are. This brings disgust and
disillusion, which enables full direct experience of mental release.
It is in this way that Joy indeed is a factor leading to Awakening!
MN [i 37-8], AN [iii 21-3], DN [iii 21-3]

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Further inspirations on the elevating & ecstatic quality of Joy (Piti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm

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Joy is a link to Enlightenment!

Floated by Joy :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
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Friendly Kindness Beams, Blazes and Shines!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:50 pm





Metta is defined thus: Loving-Kindness has the mode of friendliness as characteristic.
Its natural function is to promote friendliness. It manifests as disappearance of ill-will.
Its source is seeing with kindness. When succeeding, then it eliminates all angry enmity.
When it fails, then it degenerates into egocentric lust and desire. It can be practiced
anywhere and at anytime, but ideally sitting cross-legged in a quiet secluded place and
then whole-heartedly wishing, first beaming it out in front, then to the right, then back,
then to the left and finally below and above in this very effective and exhaustive way:
May I be happy and free from suffering...
May I keep myself free from hostility, trouble and thereby live happily...
May I become happy in this way by repeated training of this excellent goodwill praxis...
Just as I want happiness, absence of pain, life and not death, so do all other beings!
Therefore: May all beings become thus happy...
May all breathing things become thus happy...
May all creatures become thus happy...
May all deities become thus happy...
May all human beings become thus happy...
May all who have form become thus happy...
May all the Noble and not Noble become thus happy...
May all those in the states of deprivation become thus happy...
By being freed from all enmity, distress & anxiety, may they thus guide themselves to bliss."

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The blessed Buddha often pointed out:
Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth one 16th part of the
release of mind by infinitely universal friendliness: In shining, beaming, glow & radiance the
release of mind by infinite, immeasurable and inexhaustible friendliness far excels them all!
Itivuttaka 27

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More on Loving-Kindness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.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/IV/Un ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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Source: BPS Wheel no 7:
The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta) as taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon.
Compiled and translated by Ñanamoli Thera:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el007.html

Have a nice ultra-friendly day!

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Friendly Kindness Beams, Blazes and Shines!

Infinite Loving-Kindness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
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Giving is Future Getting!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:07 pm





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The gods became gods as a result of their giving!

The young brahman Magha once asked the Blessed Buddha:
When giving food, where would this offering be most purified for the donor?
The Blessed One answered: If any open-handed householder, a lordly giver,
Magha, seeking merit, looking for merit, sacrifices, giving food and drink to
others, such one would achieve most merit, if the recipient is pure and Noble.
Such, who indeed wander unattached in the world, having & wanting nothing,
fully accomplished, in complete self-control, upon them, at the right time one
should bestow an offering. Those who have cut all mental bonds and fetters,
who are tamed, completely released, without affliction, without desire, upon
them, at the right time, should one bestow an offering. Upon these purified &
Noble Ones should any brahman, who is looking for merit, place his sacrifice!
Sutta-Nipata verses 488-491 Edited excerpt.

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Pure giving cut short: Give 2 those who don't want anything!

More on Giving (Dana) and Merit (Puñña), which is the main next life support:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/4_Goods.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /punna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/K ... remony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rev ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openh ... rosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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Giving is getting, since this kamma wealth, will be reflected back as a future echo :-)

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Giving is Future Getting!

Pure Merit!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pure_Merit.htm
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Cure the Catastrophic Cruelty!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:58 pm





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How to cure these evil derivatives of Cruelty:

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1: Review the Danger in Cruelty like this:
This can bring me to a bad destination, the downfall, to pain, even to hell!
This is a path of thorns, an evil way, a dark state, conflict, violence, pain!

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2: How does a friend dwell pervading all with his heart endued with pity?
Just as he would feel pity on seeing an unlucky, unfortunate person, so he
pervades all beings with infinite pity. Therefore first of all he imagines a
poor man, unlucky, unfortunate, in every way a fit object for pity, ugly,
reduced to utter misery, with hands and feet cut off, sitting in the shelter
for the helpless, with an empty pot in front of him, with maggots oozing
from sores on hands and legs, moaning, infinite pity should be felt for him
in this way: 'This being has been reduced to utter misery! If he just could
be freed from this misery...' Then later one can arouse the same pity and
compassion for a neutral person and later for even a wrong-doing person!
This is the complete mastery of pity: Compassion even with the Evil One!

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3: All wrong doing is caused by blindness: A real pity for the wrong-doers!
All wrong-doers will thus suffer immensely in the future. How sad for them!

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4: Begin and Cultivate meditation on Infinite pity:
Sit down a silent, empty place with closed eyes & beam this from the heart:
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating awareness of pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating examination of pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating energetic pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating joyous infinite pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating stilled infinite pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating concentrated pity.
May I & all beings be free from cruelty by cultivating imperturbable pity.
Beaming first out in front, then right, left, down below and also up above:
May all beings live happily and free from suffering, pain and frustration.
May all beings be free from hate, cruelty, mercilessness & revengefulness!

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One who is virtuous and wise
Shines like a blazing fire;
Like a bee collecting nectar
He acquires wealth by harming none!
Digha Nikaya III, 188

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May all breathing creatures, all living things,
All beings, every one without exception,
Experience good fortune only!
May they not fall into harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
Who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in the world
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

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JOY
Oh let us live happily! Freed from all cruelty!
Living even among those, who always flames by hate!
Among those dominated by anger, let us live free from anger!
Dhammapada 197

Regarding Pity and Compassion (Karuna) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl141.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Gr ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 5-161.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 6-013.html

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Mercy, Pity & Compassion Soften the Mind!


Cure your Cruelty!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm
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Outstanding is Faith!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:27 pm





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With the development of the Ability of Faith, Enthusiasm arises.
With the elimination of all Skeptical Doubt, Enthusiasm also arises,
With the fading of the frustration inherent in all Skeptical Doubt,
enthusiasm arises, with the eradication of all mental obstructions
linked with wrong view, enthusiasm arises, with the removal of the
gross mental obstructions, enthusiasm arises, with the dying out
of subtle mental obstructions, enthusiasm arises, with extinction
of all mental obstructions, enthusiasm arises as a Thunderbolt!!!
When via this hilarious and energetic Enthusiasm, gladness arises,
then the Ability of Faith is outstanding as Faith due to Gladness...
When through gladness, happiness arises, then the Ability of Faith
is outstanding as Faith due to Happiness...When through happiness,
tranquillity emerges, then the Ability of Faith is outstanding due to
calmed & stilled Tranquillity... When tranquil, sweet pleasure arises,
then the Faith Ability is quite outstanding as Faith due to Pleasure...
When through pleasure illumination arises, then the Ability of Faith
is outstanding as Faith due to Illumination... When through revealing
illumination a sense of urgency arises, then this single Faith Ability
is outstanding as Faith due to the acute and vivid Sense of Urgency...
When sensing urgency one concentrates the mind, then this Ability of
Faith is outstanding as Faith due to Concentration... When one now
thoroughly trains the mind thus concentrated, then this Ability of
Faith is outstanding as Faith due to Effort. When one looks on with
complete equanimity at mind thus wielded into solid focus, then the
Faith Ability is outstanding as Faith due to Equanimity. When as a
result of equanimity, mind is liberated from many kinds of mental
obstructions, then the Faith Ability is outstanding as Faith due to
Liberation. When mind is all liberated, this mentally unified state
come to have a single function and taste, then the Faith Ability is
outstanding as Faith due to development of single function & taste!
When mind is being cultivated and refined, it therefore turns away
to what is superior, namely towards Nibbana, then the Faith Ability
is outstanding as Faith due to Turning Away. Then, because of mind
remains turned away, one is now possessed of the Path! When one,
as a consequence, relinquishes both all mental obstructions and all
clusters of clinging, then the Faith Ability is outstanding as Faith
due to Relinquishment. When due to mental release, all the mental
obstructions and the clusters of clinging therefore cease with no
re-arising trace remaining, then the Ability of Faith is outstanding
as Faith due to Ceasing...

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For further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... _Faith.htm
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/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _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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Source: Sariputta - The General of the Dhamma -
The Canonical: Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga. IV.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

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Outstanding is Faith!

With the Ability of Faith, Enthusiasm arises :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... _Faith.htm
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Envy and Jealousy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:12 am





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How to cure these agonizing mental states of Envy & Jealousy:

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1: Review the Danger in Envy and Jealousy like this:
This Acid is eating up my mind from within! All joy & happiness is destroyed!

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2: Know that Envy arises because one wants something that others have!
The aversion towards these persons arise due to greed for a desired object.
Wanting=greed is craving towards an object, while aversion=hate is craving
away from an object. All forms of Craving causes Suffering! Know that Envy
and Jealousy is the proximate cause of Discontent and Dissatisfaction!

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3: Envy is cured by rejoicing in others success= Mutual Joy! (Mudita) like:
How good that this being, having done good in the past, now earns the well
deserved fruit!!! Thus one substitutes a disadvantageous mental state with
an advantageous mental state. Know that this subtle Mutual Joy! (Mudita) is
the proximate cause of Contentment! Contentment is the highest Treasure...

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4: Begin and Cultivate meditation on Infinite Mutual Joy:
Sit down a silent & empty place with closed eye and beam from the heart:
May I be successful, rich, beautiful, famous, intelligent, popular & praised!
May my friends be successful, rich, beautiful, famous, intelligent, & praised!
May my enemies be successful, rich, beautiful, famous, intelligent, & praised!
May all in this village be successful, beautiful, famous, intelligent, & praised!
May all in this country be successful, rich, beautiful, intelligent, & praised!
May all on this earth be successful, rich, beautiful, intelligent, and praised!
May all in this galaxy be successful, rich, beautiful, intelligent, and praised!
May all in the universe be successful, rich, beautiful, intelligent, and praised!
Beaming this tender sympathy out from the heart first out in front, the right,
left, back, above as below, so gradually expanding beyond the limitations of
space and into the infinitude! When a cause is infinite, so will be the effect!

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5: Keep on doing that 15-45 min every day. Note the difference in day joy!
May all beings rejoice in Mutual Joy celebrating all beings success & progress!

One should not despise any giving.
One should neither envy others.
One who envy others cannot attain absorption
and will never enter any concentrated trance.
Dhammapada 365

Neither nice speech, nor serene behaviour
Makes one accomplished, if one is still
Possessed of envy, miserliness or deceit.
Dhammapada 262

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Absorbed in distractions,
Not paying appropriate attention,
Giving up the goal, following after the pleasant,
One comes to envy those, who enjoy right effort!
Dhammapada 209

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How to cure envy and jealousy by substitution with the opposite see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Envy and Jealousy is a Mix of Greed and Hate!


Envy and Jealousy!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... alousy.htm
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Mutually Rejoicing Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:54 am





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By seeing that:
If only happy at one's own success, such egoistic Joy is rare and limited!
If happy at others success also, the Joy is more frequent & even infinite!

By observing that:
It starts with basic sympathy, develops into acceptance, genuine approval,
& appreciation. It culminates in rejoicing altruistic sympathy by directing
mind to initiation, much cultivation & boundless expansion of Mutual Joy!

By knowing that:
Mutual Joy is the proximate cause of sweet, fully satisfied contentment!
Lack of mutual joy is therefore the proximate cause of discontentment!
Mutual Joy instantly eliminates acidic jealousy, grudge and green envy!
Mutual Joy is an infinite, truly divine, elevating and sublime mental state!
Mutual Joy is 1 of the 4 mental states of the Brahma-devas (Brahmavihara)


The Blessed Buddha pointed out:
If it were impossible to cultivate this Good, I would not tell you to do so!

Buddhaghosa:
See how this worthy being is very Happy!
How fine! How excellent! How sweet!

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Let there be Happiness. Let there be open Freedom.
Let there be Peace. Let there be Bliss from cultivating this.
Let there be Understanding of this mental state of Mutual Joy!


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Cultivation of Mutual Joy is the specific medicine against Envy & Jealousy:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Mudita: The Buddha's Teaching on Unselfish Joy: BPS Wheel Publication No. 170
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el170.html

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Mutual Joy Rejoices in Other's Success...


Mutually Rejoicing Bliss!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
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Evaporate the inner Enemy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:55 pm





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Suppose an enemy has hurt you now, in what is his domain, his house etc...
Why try yourself additionally to hurt your mind? That is not his domain!
In tears you have left your family, though they had been both kind & nice.
So why not leave your 'enemy': The anger that brings you internal harm?
This anger that we harbour is gnawing at the very roots of all the qualities
and virtues, that we otherwise try to guard and protect! Anger is foolish!
Another behaves badly... Then stirred one becomes angry! But how is this?
Does one really want to copy the bad behaviour, that he just committed?
Suppose another, to annoy, provokes you with some offensive behaviour:
Why suffer then by letting anger spring up? One is certainly punished so...
If anger-blinded enemies plans conflict, getting angry one-self only grows
even more hostility. Therefore put this bitter anger down, since why should
one be harassed groundlessly? Since all states last only a moment's time,
this 'enemy' has already evaporated, when the sweet revenge is planned...
But why then attack an 'absence', that is only an image maintained inside?
The 'enemy' never really was there 'outside', but only became interpreted
so, by an inner mental pollution called hate, anger, aversion, irritation etc...

Source: The Path of Purification: (Visuddhimagga) 301
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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Universal friendliness which cures all anger is a divine state:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... lassic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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Evaporate the inner Enemy!

The danger is not outside, but... ;-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
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Clever Presence!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:28 pm





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Which Four Foundations?
1: Only if and when the Noble Friend resides regarding any Body -own or other-
simply as a heaped up group, just as a transient, compounded and complex form,
only as a fragile, accumulated and alien assemblage, while being alert, aware and
thereby clearly comprehending, then will he cause effective removal of all urge
and frustration rooted in this world…!!!

2: Only if and when a Noble Friend dwells observing any Feeling –from within or
from without– simply as an affective emotional reaction, as an assigned response,
only as a fleeting sensation, while being keen, fully conscious and continuously
attentive, then will he thereby consequently eliminate all desire and discontent
caused simply by being in and contacting this world…!!!

3: Only if and when a Noble Friend abides viewing any Mood –present or remote-
simply as a fancy temper, just as a made up mentality, only as a conscious moment,
while being ready, actively investigating and deliberately discriminating, then will
he thereby naturally eradicate all longing and sadness inherent in this world…!!!

4: Only if and when a Friend lives interpreting any Phenomenon –internal or external –
simply as a passing mental state, just as a mentally created and conditioned construct,
only as an experienced appearance, merely as a created imaginary reflected imprint,
while being acutely awake, mindful and carefully understanding, then will he thereby
overcome all attraction and repulsion entrenched and ingrained in this world…!!!

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Without any even single exception:
Whoever in the distant and ancient past has Awakened to full Enlightenment;
Whoever in the present, right now is Awakening to complete Enlightenment;
Whoever in the near and far future will Awaken to perfect Enlightenment;
All those have been freed, is being freed, and will be freed only through and by:
Initiating, Cultivating & Establishing these unique 4 Foundations of Awareness!
The single and sole cause of really Being Mentally Present…!!!

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Check it Out: It pays off inestimably!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... dation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm

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Clever Presence!

The 4 Foundations of Awareness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... esence.htm
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What is the worst idea ever fancied?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:18 am





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The Blessed Buddha once noted:
It is by clinging, friends, that the notion: 'I am' occurs, not without clinging!
And by clinging to what does the notion: 'I am' occur, not without clinging?
It is by clinging to form, to feeling, to perception, to mental constructions, &
to consciousness that the notion: 'I am' occurs, and not without this clinging!
Suppose, friends, a young woman, or a young man, fond of fashion & jewelry,
would examine her own facial image in a mirror or in a bowl filled with pure,
clear, clean water: She would look at it with clinging, not without clinging...
Even and exactly so too, it is by clinging to form, to feeling, to perception,
to mental constructions, & to consciousness that the notion: 'I am' occurs!
It is not without this subconscious, quite detrimental, deep and rigid clinging!
Clinging to what is impermanent, transient and prone to decay is very painful..
What is changing & painful cannot be 'Mine', nor 'What I Am', nor 'My Self'!
Understanding this, the intelligent Noble disciple is disgusted with all forms,
all feelings, all perceptions, all mental constructions, and every consciousness.
Being disgusted induces disillusion. This disillusion launches into mental release!
When released, then mind becomes unagitated! By being entirely imperturbable
one attains Awakening right there and then, and one instantly understands:
This mind is irreversibly freed! Rebirth is ended, this Noble Life is concluded,
done is what should be done, there is no state of being after or beyond this...

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Comments:
Let's take a closer look at the seemingly self-evident statement "I Am"...
There are two components: An "I" and an "Am"... Which is the wrong here?
The "Am" part designating existence cannot be denied. This "existence"
is however neither static, nor being of an entity, nor presence of an "I"...!
What is it then that "Ams"=IS? It is just these 5 dynamic & ever-changing
processes (& not entities!): Of form, feeling, perception, construction and
consciousness, that arise and cease according to their conditioned causes!
What is it then, that have a form, a body to be seen there in the mirror?
It is the process of form itself, that has this frame of appearance...
What is it then, that feels pleasure, pain and neutral feeling?
It is the process of feeling itself, that feels pleasure, pain and neither!
What is it then, that perceives, that experiences, if it is not "Me"?
It is the process of perception itself, that perceives various 'objects'!
What is it then, that constructs, intends, plans, & hopes, if it is not "I"?
It is the process of mental construction itself, that creates tendencies!
What is it then, that is conscious, if it is not "myself", "my ego or soul"?
It is the process of consciousness itself, that arises & ceases ever again...
Nothing else......, than these ownerless conditions, these selfless states,
these coreless phenomena without independent substance, is ever there!

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On clinging to 'personality' view (Sakkaya Ditthi) and selflessness (Anatta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ju ... ubbles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:83 III 105
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
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What is the worst idea ever fancied?

Clinging to the Concept "I Am"!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.htm
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How to become One who Shines?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:46 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Just as dawn is the forerunner and the precursor of the rising of the Sun,
exactly so is good and Noble friendship for any disciple the forerunner and
the precursor of the mental emergence of the Seven Links to Awakening!
When a Bhikkhu has a good and Noble friend, it is to be expected that he will
develop and cultivate these 7 Links to Awakening. And how does a Bhikkhu who
has a good & Noble friend develop & cultivate these 7 Links to Awakening?
Here, friends, this Bhikkhu trains, develops, deepens, reinforces and refines:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening: sati-sambojjhanga.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening: dhammavicaya-sambojjhanga.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening: viriya-sambojjhanga.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening:piti-sambojjhanga.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening: passaddhi-sambojjhanga.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening: samadhi-sambojjhanga.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening: upekkha-sambojjhanga.

based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing of craving, and culminating in release!
It is in exactly in this way that any Bhikkhu, who has a good and Noble Friend,
truly trains, grows, intensifies, reinforces & refines the 7 Links to Awakening...

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/L ... enment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Vision.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

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Source edited extract:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 101] section 46: The Links. 48: The Sun....

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The Sun!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
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The inevitable Problem...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:51 pm





All health ends in sickness, all youth ends in ageing, all life ends in assured death!
All world existence begins with birth, is haunted by ageing, surprised by sickness,
and struck down by death, often in a state of desperate panic and frantic fear...
As though if huge mountains made of rock so vast that they reach up into the sky,
were to attack from every side, grinding & crunching beneath them all that lives,
so indeed do Ageing and Death roll over all beings, whether gods, kings, warriors,
priests, merchants, craftsmen, poor, or animals, crushing all beings, sparing none!
And neither armies, nor guards, nor medicines, nor spells, or riches, can even delay
them by a single second! (SN I 102). Death should thus be remembered as the ruin
of success by seeing it as death's final & unavoidable wrecking any life's success!
Vism I 232

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More on these inevitable Facts: Ageing - Sickness - Decay - and Death (Marana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Game_Over.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/End_Making.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... he_End.htm

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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Ageing and Death!

The inevitable Problem...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Age ... _Death.htm
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The Boat...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:50 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once explained the means and method to escape pain:
One should respect an intelligent one, from whom one can learn the Dhamma,
just as the deities respect & honour their divine god Indra. Then with clear
and elevated mind, he will reveal the Dhamma to one, when he is respected!
If anyone cultivates such a great man carefully, making it his aim to listen
and learn attentively, entering upon the Dhamma, and upon what conforms
with the Dhamma, then his understanding will become intelligent and subtle!
However, if one associates with the petty & envious fool, who has no direct
experience of the aim, then one will die still pestered by perplexing doubts!
Since how can a man, who has been dragged down into a swift-flowing river,
who is been carried along with the current, ever help any others to cross?
Similarly, how can one who has not learned the Dhamma, & has not listened
to the explanations given by the learned ones, who is ignorant of it himself,
and has not overcome doubt, help others to realize the stainless certainty?
Just as one embarking upon a strong boat, with well build oars and rudder,
could bring many others across there, being clever, considerate, knowing
well how to do it. In exactly the same way can one, who is self-developed,
who understands, who is learned and imperturbable make others realize it,
if they have got the capacity to understand, and the willingness to listen...
Therefore should one cultivate only a good man, who is clever and learned!
Understanding the meaning, walking the Way by knowing the true Dhamma,
one will thereby plunge into happiness... Sn 316-323

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The Boat of Dhamma ferries beings across suffering to Happiness!

One this Dhamma as Teaching, Tool, Bridge and Vehicle:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm

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The Boat...

What brings beings over the Sea of Suffering?
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Boat.htm
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The True Torch!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:09 am




The Buddha-Dhamma is a Torch, since it guides beings through the Darkness!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Boat, since it brings beings across to the far Shore!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Mirror, since it shows beings, how they Actually are!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Medicine, since it cures beings from deep Diseases!


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More on this genuine Law (Dhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm

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Few are Fine!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:14 pm





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The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus & friends, see this little dust, I have taken up upon the nail of
my little-finger, what do you think is most: This tiny dust or this great
planet Earth? The Bhikkhus then responded:
Venerable Sir, this great planet Earth is much more, incomparable more...
The minute speck of dust is trifling, microscopic, negligible in comparison.
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then succinctly and importantly pointed out:
Similarly and exactly so too, Bhikkhus & friends, those beings are few and
quite rare, who are reborn among humans or devas! Beings who are reborn
elsewhere, lower, as non-humans, in the screaming hell, as scared animals,
as hungry ghosts, or as angry demons are much more numerous and common...
Why is it so? Because:
Few are those beings who avoid destruction of life, who avoid all killing...
Few are those beings who avoid mutilating, murder, robbery, and violence...
Few are those beings who avoid taking what is not given by not stealing...
Few are those beings who avoid using false weights, cheating with papers...
Few are those beings who avoid being crooked by bribery, deceit, & fraud...
Few are those beings who avoid sexual misconduct and all forms of abuse...
Few are those beings who avoid booze and drugs making careless & negligent...
Few are those beings who avoid false lying, pretending and double-dealing...
Few are those beings who avoid divisive speech, slandering and defamation...
Few are those beings who avoid harsh and aggressive scolding and blaming...
Few are those beings who avoid idle chatter, gossiping, and empty hear-say...
Few are those beings who avoid damaging the nature, seeds and plant life...
Few are those beings who respect father, mother, elders, and recluses...
Few are those beings who possess the Noble Eye of Dhamma-Understanding!

But those beings, who are immersed in ignorance, are much more numerous!
Why is it so? Because, Bhikkhus, they have not yet seen the 4 Noble Truths!
What four? This is Suffering; Craving is the Cause of all this Suffering;
No Craving is the End of Suffering; The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, exertion should be made Now to understand:
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 effort to fathom these 4 Noble Truths be made now!

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On Kamma (In Sanskrit=Karma=intentional action) and it's result (vipaka)
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/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/Ef ... ion_(kamma)_is_Delayed.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/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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Further Literature on the efficacy of Kamma = Karma:
Karma and Rebirth, by Nyanatiloka (WHEEL 9);
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh394.pdf
Survival & Karma in Buddhist Perspective, by K.N. Jayatilleke (WHEEL 141/143);
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh141.pdf
Kamma and its Fruit (WHEEL 221/224).
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Wheels/wh221.pdf

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:467-70]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 63-78: Killing living beings & etc...

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Few are Fine!

Cause & Effect. Seed & Fruit. Kamma & Vipaka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Few_are_Fine.htm
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The Visuddhimagga: The Path of Purification is online

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:34 am




The Classic Manual of Buddhist Doctrine and Meditation, translated from
the Pali by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli is now fully online here free of charge.
A deep bow of gratitude to the many ATI & BPS volunteers! _/\_
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdf ... on2011.pdf

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The Visuddhimagga: The Path of Purification is now On-line free!
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The Simile of the Saw!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:08 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
If, Bhikkhus and friends, evil robbers should cut off your limbs with a
double-handled saw, whoever gives way to anger would not be acting
on my advice. For thus should you train yourselves: Unperturbed shall
our minds remain, no evil words shall escape our lips, friendly and full
of sympathy shall we remain, with heart full of goodwill, without any
hidden ill will, will we pervade all beings with only friendly thoughts,
intense, vast, deep, infinite, freed from all hate, anger and irritation!
MN 21

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If, Bhikkhus, this sublime mental release by all-embracing friendliness
has been much trained and developed, made one's vehicle & foundation,
if it is firmly established, brought to greatness and full perfection,
one may expect these eleven blessings:
1: One sleeps peacefully! 2: One Awakes peacefully 3: No evil dreams!
4: One is liked by all humans & 5: non-humans 6: The Devas protect one!
7: Fire, poison, & weapons cannot touch one 8: Quick is concentration!
9: One's features brighten up! 10: No panic at death! 11: One is reborn
in the fine-material Brahma-world or even higher...
AN 11:16

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More on these 4 Infinite and Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el007.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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The Simile of the Saw!

Turning the Cheek 7.0 :-) Goodwill is much stronger than Revenge...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
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Aware and Settled!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:22 pm





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Once the Blessed One was staying at Vesali in Ambapali's grove.
There and then, he taught the Bhikkhus in this very way:
Bhikkhus a Noble Friend should remain: Aware and Settled!

And how does a Noble remain Aware?
In this: Such Noble Friend sees any Body as just a frame of materiality
- a mere transient physical form - thereby keeping any lust and rejection
arisen for and of this world under firm control. Aroused, composed, & alert.
Such Noble Friend sees any Feeling as just a reaction to sense contact
- a mere short-lived mental response - thereby keeping any desire & aversion
arisen for this world under firm control. Just eager, calm and clear.
Such Noble Friend sees any Mentality as just a passing set of moods
- a mere ever-changing complex habitual mental formation - thereby keeping
any craving and anger arisen from this world under firm control, by being
keen, balanced and attentive.
Such Noble Friend sees any phenomenon as just a fleeting experience
- a mere blinking appearance of a momentary mental state - thereby keeping
any attraction and repulsion arisen from this world under firm control by
remaining aloof, above, at ease while acutely aware. Thus is a Noble Aware...

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And how does a Noble remain Settled?
In this: When going out, & when returning such Friend is continuously
settled in awareness of exactly that relocation…
When looking forward, & when gazing backward such Noble Friend is
continuously settled in awareness of just exactly that seeing…
When bending a leg, & when stretching an arm such Noble Friend is
continuously settled in awareness of only exactly that movement…
When wearing a robe, & when bearing a bowl such Noble Friend is
continuously settled in awareness of exactly that presence...
When eating, when drinking, when chewing, when tasting, and
when swallowing such Noble Friend is continuously settled in
awareness of exactly that eating process…
When using the toilet, when walking, standing, sitting, lying, sleeping,
waking up, speaking, and when keeping silent such Noble Friend is
continuously settled in awareness of exactly that activity...
Thus is a Noble Settled...
A Bhikkhu should remain Aware and Settled, Bhikkhus.
This is our instruction to you.

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Comments.
Unfailing Continuity of clear Awareness is the crucial issue here!
That settled unfailing Awareness of all moments as they pass by mind
flickering in time, can disable and eliminate the otherwise domineering
autopilot and always pleasure-seeking monkey-mind!
Black-hole non-awareness should noted in these common daily situations:
"Oops where is my keys?", "Ach, I forgot my umbrella there... again!"

Illustrative Story:
A Zen monk once sought a teacher living in the mountains. When he
reached his hut, he quickly entered after leaving his sandals outside.
After his reverential bowing, but before he could make any request,
this teacher asked him:
"To which side of the door did you put your sandals outside?"
Stunned by the fact that he could not remember this trivial fact,
he realized just there on the very spot, that establishing unfailing
continuous awareness was an essential requirement, he yet had to
fulfill... He stayed therefore for years on this mountain with that
well seeing teacher to do exactly that!

Source:
Samyutta Nikaya - Kindred Sayings V
On the four foundations of Awareness.

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The Awareness Ability:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... antage.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Aw ... mposed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... dation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wi ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... esence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sati_Acute.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Aware and Settled!

Oops where did I put my keys?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Aw ... ettled.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.

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Today is Nikini Poya Day.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:32 pm





Nikini Poya day is the full-moon of August. Bhikkhus who did not enter the yearly
rains retreat (Vas) early at Esala Poya day (peravas), are allowed to enter the
the rains retreat now in August (pasuvas). Nikini Poya day celebrates the first ever
Dhammasangayana - The First Buddhist Council where, what the Buddha said, was
agreed upon and recited. This took place at the Saptapanni Rock Cave in Rajagaha
(now Rajgir, India), under the patronage of Mahakassapa Thera and it went on for
seven long months. It established the original authentic Tipitaka: The 3 Baskets
of Sacred Text = The Pali Canon spoken by the historical Buddha and his disciples.

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One of the 7 Sattapanni Caves, where the First Buddhist Council was held ~ 483 BC.

On this first Buddhist Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Buddhist_Council

On such Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes
the Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed,
with clean bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue,
and bows first three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees and
head touch the floor. Then, with joined palms in front of the heart,
one recite 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 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! So is the start towards Nibbana: the Deathless Element!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps the Eight Precepts from sunrise until the
next dawn... If any wish an official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may simply forward the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed with
name, date, town & country to me or join here:

A public list of this new Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!
The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

And can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
May your journey hereby be light, swift and sweet. Never give up !!
Bhikkhu Samahita: [email protected]

For Details on Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

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This huge cave hall was built to house the Sixth Buddhist Council convened in 1955
to recite the Pali Tipitaka and authenticate the texts. On the 2,500th Anniversary
of the Buddha’s final passing away (Parinibbana), 2,500 monks assembled from the
Theravada Buddhist countries. Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw performed the central
role as Chief Questioner (Pucchaka), which was fulfilled by Venerable Mahakassapa
in the First Council, held three months after the Buddha’s passing away. To house
this great hall, an artificial hill was constructed by voluntary workers at Kaba-Aye
in Rangoon. This great hall is still used to hold the examinations in the Tipitaka.

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Today is Nikini Poya Day.

True Buddhists Respect the Poya Days!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.


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