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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
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Free Choice of Emotional Response!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:47 am





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Bhikkhus, the concentration gained by Awareness by Breathing,
when developed and cultivated, is of great fruit & advantage.
And how, Bhikkhus, is concentration by Awareness by Breathing
developed & cultivated so that it is of great fruit & advantage?
Bhikkhus, when a Bhikkhu, who have gone to the forest, or to the
root of a tree, or to an empty hut, there he sits down cross-legged,
having straightened his body and back, & set up awareness around
the nostrils, then just plain aware of that itself he breathes in, and
then just solely aware of only that breathing itself he breathes out...
1: Breathing in long, he knows, notes & understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, he knows, notes & understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15)
16: He trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
He trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
It is, Bhikkhus, when Awareness by Breathing is trained, developed
& refined in exactly this way that it is of great fruit & advantage!
I too, Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while still a Bodhisatta,
generally dwelt in this dwelling. Then neither did my body, nor did
my eyes became tired & my mind, by not clinging, was freed from
the mental fermentations...
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu wishes: May neither my body
nor my eyes become tired & may my mind, by not clinging, become
freed from the mental fermentations, this same concentration
won by Awareness by Breathing should be closely attended to.
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu wishes: May all the memories
and motivations of the household life be left all behind by me,
then this same concentration by Awareness by Breathing should
be frequently trained and enthusiastically attended to.
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu should come to wish:
May I perceive only disgust in what is attractive & tempting... or
May I perceive only beauty in what is repulsive & disgusting... or
May I dwell unaffected in equanimity & quite aloof of both the
attractive & the repulsive, just aware & clearly comprehending...
then this same concentration by Awareness by Breathing should
be cultivated often and devoted much wholehearted attention!

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More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Aw ... athing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Man ... Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdf ... nasati.pdf

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:316-7]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!

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The Lamp!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
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Doubt Creates Hesitation!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:52 pm





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Noticing Doubt-&-Uncertainty (vicikiccha) emerge can make it fade away:
Herein, Bhikkhus, when Doubt-&-Uncertainty is present in him, the bhikkhu
notes & understands: "There is Doubt-&-Uncertainty in me", and when this
Doubt-&-Uncertainty is absent, he similarly notices and understands: "Now
no Doubt-&-Uncertainty is in me". He also fully understands how unarisen
Doubt-&-Uncertainty arises. He also understands how to leave behind any
arisen Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and he understands how left and eliminated
Doubt-&-Uncertainty will not arise again in the future. MN 10

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What is the feeding cause that makes Doubt-&-Uncertainty arise?
There are doubtful, unclear, indeterminable, and inconclusive ambiguities!
Often giving irrational and unwise attention to such matters, is the feeding
cause of the arising of yet absent Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and the feeding
cause of worsening and aggravation of Doubt-&-Uncertainty, that already
emerged. SN 46:51

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What is the starving cause that makes Doubt-&-Uncertainty cease?
There are advantageous & detrimental states, blameable and blameless,
average and excellent states, and dark and bright states, frequently giving
rational and wise attention to these, is the starving cause for prevention of
unarisen Doubt-&-Uncertainty, and the starving cause for the elimination
of Doubt-&-Uncertainty, that has already appeared. SN 46:51

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Some advantageous reflections regarding Doubt-&-Uncertainty:
There are these 6 things, which help to throw out doubt:
1: The state of being learned in the Buddha-Dhamma.
2: Examining the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
3: Understanding the advantageousness of Moral Discipline.
4: Being decided and convinced about the 3 Jewels.
5: Sympathetic, clever and helpful friends, who knows directly.
6: Explaining talk and teachings that can dispel doubt.

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Doubt-&-Uncertainty is like a Desert:
Doubt-&-Uncertainty is just as when a rich man travels through a desolate
desert where there is no food and much danger.
Freedom from Doubt-&-Uncertainty is like when he has crossed the desert,
and gradually reaches safety near a village, a secure place, free from danger.
There he is relieved. DN 2

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So is it when doubts about one of the 8 objects of doubt has arisen. See #
Doubting whether the Master really is a perfectly Enlightened One or not,
one cannot become assured of it with confidence. Unconvinced one remains
unable to attain to the paths and fruits of Nobility. Thus, as the traveller
in the desert is uncertain whether robbers are there or not, he produces in
his mind, again & again, a state of wavering & vacillation, a lack of decision,
a state of anxiety, and thus he creates in himself an obstacle for reaching
the safe ground of the Noble Ones (ariya-bhumi). In that way, is sceptical
doubt like travelling in a barren and dry desert!

#: They are, according to the Vibhanga: doubt in regard to the Buddha,
the Dhamma, the Sangha, the (threefold) training, the past, the future,
and the conditionality of dependently arisen phenomena.

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Doubt and uncertainty can only be indecisive about which action to choose
and thus paralyzes the skeptic by hesitancy leaving the problem unsettled!
Doubt can only be eliminated by examining and scrutinizing the object much.

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Once elderly yet undecided brahman Dhotaka asked the Buddha:

I see here in the world of beings divine & human, good ones,
who lives simply by possessing nothing. I thus bow for you All-around Eye.
Please Sakyan, release me from my doubts!

The Buddha answered: No one in this world, Dhotaka, can I ever release
from doubting. But knowing the most excellent Dhamma, you will cross the
raving ocean of vacillating uncertainty.

Dhotaka now more confident: I admire, Great Seer, that peace supreme,
all stilled, knowing which, living aware and detached, I'll go beyond the
imprisoning entanglement of this world.

Then I will teach you that peace even right here, not just hearsay words,
understanding which, living aware and detached, you will go beyond the
incarcerating entanglement of this world.

Teach me as your friend, O best one, the Dhamma of detachment so that I
may know directly, so that I, as unaffected as space, may live right here,
at ease in peace, calmed, stilled and not dependent on anything...

Whatever you are aware of, Dhotaka, above, below, across, or in between;
know this as a chain to this world! Thus, do not create any craving for any
form of being in existence, any form of new becoming or any non-becoming!
Sutta Nipata V 6

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Entering the jungle of views and opinions, one will never reach certainty!

See also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Barren_Stagnation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Do ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... icchaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... _Doubt.htm

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Doubt and Uncertainty creates Hesitation!
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Certainty dispels doubt & indecisiveness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:00 am





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A Brahmin once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause of being unable to remember something
that has been memorized over a long period? The blessed Buddha answered:
Brahmin, when mind is perplexed by doubt & uncertainty, undecided, baffled
wavering and wobbling by doubt & uncertainty, and one does not understand
any actual safe escape from this arisen states mental doubt & uncertainty,
then one can neither see, nor ever understand any of what is advantageous,
neither for oneself, nor for others, nor for both oneself and others!
Then, consequently, what have been long memorized, cannot be remembered…
Why is this neglect & amnesia so? Imagine a bucket of water that is muddy,
unclear, cloudy, blurred and dark. If a man even with good eye-sight were
to inspect the reflection of his own face in it, he would neither see, nor ever
recognize it, as it really is! So too, brahmin, when mind is confused by doubt
& uncertainty, baffled, bewildered and hesitating by doubt & uncertainty,
on such occasion even things that have been long memorized, cannot recur
to the mind, not to speak of those texts, events and important information,
that have not been memorized at all…

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On how to prevent Skeptical Doubt & Uncertainty (Vicikiccha):
Systematic Attention to scrutinizing investigation, examination & probing:
1: What is advantageous and what is detrimental here?
2: What is blameable and what is blameless in this situation?
3: What is ordinary and what is excellent in this particular case?
4: What is on the bright side and what is on the dark side in this aspect?

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Doubt, Uncertainty, Hesitation & Vexation leads to Frustrating Perplexity!
Doubt stupefies action since decision to choose any alternative is blocked
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Medicine for Doubt and Uncertainty:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Barren_Stagnation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... _Doubt.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cu ... tainty.htm

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Vexation, Hesitation, Confusion and Painful Perplexity...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:123-4] section 46: The Links. 55: To Sangarava...

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Rich is Faith!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:35 am





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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 Supreme Buddha ... in the Perfect Dhamma ... and in the Noble Sangha....
He possesses the moral purity that is praised by the Noble Ones, unbroken ...
unspotted ... 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 and vast 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, and mind is the strap, Awareness is my ploughshare & goad!
Sn 77

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 Future...
Faith is the Real Wealth, since it produces the best 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 straight and clear!
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 safe 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! Nothing is sweeter than truth.
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 this existence crossed!
By effort is all suffering stilled! By wisdom one is finally purified!
Sn 182-184

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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

Rich is Faith!

Faith is mental wealth and the only real richness...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
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Mind has a great potential!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:16 pm





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The Blessed Buddha Once said:
Bhikkhus: There are eight deliverances. Which are these?

1: Experiencing forms on own body, one visualizes these internal objects,
as if they were external, outside of one, (e.g. an organ, bone, or tooth, etc).
This is the 1st deliverance.

2: Experiencing external objects one perfectly visualizes these outer forms,
as if they right in front of one's eyes. (e.g. a pond, a mountain, or a galaxy).
This is the 2nd deliverance.

3: Experiencing any form, one visualizes these as perfectly stable & fixed
images, and visually assured one thinks: Oohh This is exquisitely beautiful!
This is the 3rd deliverance.

4: Through complete transcendence of experience of form, with the passing
away, and silencing of all sensory reaction, without giving attention to any
experience, any difference or any diversity whatsoever, entirely absorbed
on only the infinitude of space, one enters & dwells immersed in the subtle
sphere of infinite space... This is the 4th deliverance.

5: By transcending this infinitude of space, now singularly aware that also
consciousness is infinite, one enters and dwells immersed in that infinitude
of consciousness! This is the 5th deliverance.

6: By going beyond this infinitude of consciousness, now concentrating on
voidness, one enters and dwells immersed in this empty, vacant, absent void
of nothingness... This is the 6th deliverance.
7: By thoroughly leaving behind even this open vacuity of void nothingness,
one enters, and dwells immersed in the exceedingly subtle & stilled state of
neither-perception-nor-non-perception. This is the 7th deliverance.

8: By transcending even this subtle neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
one reaches the ultimate ceasing of sense experience, ending all perception
and ending all feeling! This is the final 8th deliverance...

These 8 states, Bhikkhus, are the 8 kinds of mental deliverance...

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Unfolding Progressively Subtle Deliverance!

More on these supremely sublime mental states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... nsions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... astery.htm

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Mind has a great potential!


The 8 Deliverances!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... rances.htm
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Being is caused by Clinging...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:07 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Clusters of Clinging. What five?

1: The Cluster of Clinging to Form...
2: The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling...
3: The Cluster of Clinging to Perception…
4: The Cluster of Clinging to Construction…
5: The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness…


These are the 5 Clusters of Clinging! The Noble 8-fold Way should indeed
be developed for the direct experience of these five Clusters of Clinging,
for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final
overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind…This Noble 8-fold Way is
developed for the uprooting of all these five Clusters of Clinging!

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Explanation:
The Cluster of Clinging to Form is internally to ‘own body’ and externally
to what is appearing as ‘my world’ and ‘others body’…
The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling is the obsession with pleasant feeling,
fear of painful feeling & obstinate indifference towards neutral feeling…
The Cluster of Clinging to Perception is the monomaniac fascination of the
manifold, diverse, and momentarily tantalizing objects of the six senses…
The Cluster of Clinging to Construction is fixated passion for intending,
planning, attending, thinking, hoping, wanting, willing and worrying…
The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness is the addiction to all that is seen,
heard, smelt, tasted, touched, and cognized…
Cluster of Clinging means an assemblage, bunch, clump, collection, group,
or knot of a tightly adhering collection of variegated attachment!
There is nothing here ‘outside’ or ‘apart’ from these clusters of clinging,
neither internally, nor externally! This 5-fold classification covers all...
The cause of clinging is craving. The effect of clinging is becoming.

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More on these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Finge ... f_Soil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acqui ... f_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... g_Five.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... handha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ung_to.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:60-1] section 45: The Way. 178: The 5 Cluster of Clinging...
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Being is caused by Clinging...

The 5 Clusters of Clinging...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
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Clinging is caused by Craving!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:34 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are these three kinds of craving. What three?

1: The Craving for Sensing...
2: The Craving for Becoming...
3: The Craving for Non-Becoming…


These are the three kinds of craving!
This Noble 8-fold Way is to be developed for the direct experience of
these three kinds of craving, for the full understanding of them, for their
complete elimination, and for their final overcoming, abandoning & leaving
all behind. The Noble 8-fold Way is developed for the ceasing of all craving!

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Comments: Any form of craving is a sign of an habitual addiction:
1: The first kind of sensual craving for sights, sounds, smells, flavours,
touches, thoughts and mental states is fairly obvious, yet still tenacious...
2: The second craving is for becoming things such as: Rich, famous, praised,
satisfied, beautiful, young, painless, healthy, strong, respected… etc…
3: The third kind of craving is for not becoming things such as: Sick, poor,
criticized, despised, weak, ugly, afflicted, lonely, unsuccessful, dead. etc…
The proximate Cause of all Suffering is this Craving, which have to be left!
This is the 2nd Noble Truth! Craving means: All kinds of lust, desire, hunger,
thirst, longing, urging, yearning for, attraction to, hankering, and hoping.
Ceasing of all Craving is ceasing of Suffering! This is the 3rd Noble Truth!
The proximate cause of craving is feeling. The effect of craving is clinging.
Clinging is thus caused by craving. When craving arises, clinging also arises!

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Whatever is delighted in creates craving, clinging and thus Suffering!

More on this thorny Craving (Tanha) causing all pain:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:58] section 45: The Way. 175: The 3 Cravings ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html.

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Any Craving creates Suffering!

Clinging is caused by Craving!

All Craving Creates Suffering...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
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Feeling Causes Craving!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:57 pm





The blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and friends, there are these three feelings... What three?

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1: Pleasant feeling,
2: Painful feeling,
3: Neutral neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling.


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These are the three basic feelings! A disciple of the Buddha, aware,
focused, clearly comprehending, understands these three feelings.
And contact as the cause of any feeling. When contact ceases they
fade away & vanish. The Noble Way is leading to their elimination.
With the final quenching of feeling, one is freed of all yearning and
thus fully stilled...

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Whether feeling is pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant,
whether internal or external; whatever kind of feeling there is:
Knowing: This is Suffering, perishing, momentary, disintegrating...
Having been touched and contacted by them, noting their instant
ceasing, their transience, one gradually loses all passion for them...

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There are these three basic feelings. What three?
Pleasant feeling, painful feeling, and neutral feeling.
Pleasant feeling causes craving towards the felt object!
Painful feeling causes craving away from the felt object!
Neutral feeling causes craving for something else, than the object!
All mental states converges on this very felt quality of feeling...


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All converges on Feeling (Vedana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fe ... ffects.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... edanaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... elings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Em ... _Storm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Five_Feelings.htm

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From Sense Contact arises all Feeling!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book IV [204-5] 36: feeling. Vedana. Focused on Pleasure. 1-2.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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Feeling Causes Craving!

The 3 Basic Feelings...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.htm
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Feeling is caused by Contact...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:05 pm





The Blessed Buddha once explained this to some gravely sick Bhikkhus:
A Bhikkhu should spend his time acutely aware & clearly comprehending...
This is our instruction to you! While a Bhikkhu lives in this way, aware and
clearly comprehending, enthusiastic, keen, and determined, if there arises
in him a pleasant feeling, then he understands this: There has arisen in me
an event of pleasant feeling. Now that is dependent, it is not independent.
Dependent on what? Dependent on this sense-contact! But all contact is
impermanent, passing, conditioned, constructed and dependently arisen...
So when this pleasant feeling has arisen in dependence on sense-contact,
that indeed is impermanent, conditioned, dependently arisen, how could it
ever then itself be lasting and permanent? He dwells in this way always
contemplating this impermanence of contact and also of pleasant feeling,
and he considers the inevitable vanishing, fading away, and total ceasing,
that entails relinquishment of all constructions. While he reflects thus,
then the underlying tendency to lust for contact and pleasant feeling is
gradually reduced. This deep craving fades way and is finally eliminated...
He understands: With the breakup of this body, at the exhaustion of this
fragile life, whatever feeling, and all that is felt, whether pain or pleasure,
neither being hankered after, nor clung to, will cool down right there...

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Sense Organ + Sense Object + Sense Consciousness = Sense-Contact
Visibility of Eye + Visible Form + Visual Consciousness = Eye-Contact
Ear Sensitivity + Sound + Auditory Consciousness = Ear-Contact
Nose Sensitivity + Smell + Olfactory Consciousness = Nose-Contact
Tongue Sensitivity + Taste + Gustatory Consciousness = Tongue-Contact
Skin Sensitivity + Touch Object + Tactile Consciousness = Body-Contact
Mind Receptivity + Thought + Mental Consciousness = Mental-Contact


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Contact is not the outer physical impact, but an inner mental construction!

The Buddha on Contact (Phassa):
Dependent on the eye and the forms, eye-consciousness arises.
The coming-together of these three phenomena, is sense-contact. MN 18

For those overcome by contact, flowing along in the stream of becoming,
following a miserable path, the ending of fetters is quite far away.
While those, who comprehend contact, delighting in stilling through insight,
they, by breaking through contact, free from craving, are totally unbound!
Sn 736-7

Subduing desire for both the inner and the outer, comprehending contact,
with no greed. Doing nothing, which he himself would rebuke himself for,
the enlightened person doesn't cling to what is seen, or to what is heard!
Sn 778

Not attaching to the future, without sorrow over the past, he constructs
no wrong 'ego-self-I-me' view fancying mere contact as 'my' experience.
Sn 851

Pleasure, pain and indifference all have their source in sense-contact.
When this sense-contact is absent, these affective states are also absent.
The idea of appearing & disappearing, existence & non-existence, and any
event of becoming & non-becoming also emerges from this same contact!
Sn 870

What is the cause of sense-contact? From what arises so much clinging?
By the absence of what, is there no selfish possessiveness or attachment?
By the disappearance of what, does sense-contact, not make contact?
Sn 871

Sense-contact depends on mentality and materiality: Name-and-Form.
Clinging possessiveness has its source in longing for & wanting something!
When not longing for anything, then there is no egoistic possessiveness...
By the vanishing of formed objects, sense-contact cannot make contact!
Sn 872

When a Bhikkhu is touched by bodily painful contact, he does not bemoan.
He wouldn't long for coming into another state, or tremble at any terror!
Sn 923

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Pleasant Feeling induces Greed and Attraction...
Painful Feeling produces Hate and Aversion...
Neither-painful-nor-pleasant = Neutral Feeling,
causes neglect and generates Ignorance thereby!


All states converges on Feeling (Vedana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fe ... ffects.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... eeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... elings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Em ... _Storm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Five_Feelings.htm

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More on Contact (Phassa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Diver ... ntacts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... ontact.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [214]
section 36: Feeling. Vedana. The Sick-Ward. 8.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Feeling is caused by Contact...

Depending on Contact!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby john_landis » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:55 pm

How interesting! Very helpful...

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:07 pm

Hi Bhikku Samatha;

I made this suggestion to David in regards to his "Daily Pali Word" and I think you might find it interesting as well.

Have you thought about posting your daily drops of dhamma into a blog ( several free and cheap services available )? If you did, your content would automatically be put into an RSS feed. That would mean you could post once and people could receive your content in a multitude of places: their email, Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, their MSN homepage, their My Yahoo page, their Google Home page and possibly it could even be piped automatically into this forum.

Just a thought

Thanks for posting the interesting readings.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:14 pm





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The dear companion can be the proximate cause for Mutual Joy, where one
rejoices in another being's success... One thus rejoicing in others fortune
is called a 'boon companion', for he is constantly glad: He laughs first and
speaks afterward! So he should be the first to be pervaded with gladness.
Or on seeing a dear person being happy, cheerful and glad, mutual joy can
be aroused thus: 'See this being is indeed glad! How good, how excellent!'
Just as one would be glad at seeing a dear and beloved person very happy,
exactly so does one pervade all other beings in all directions with mutual joy...
Rejoicing mutual joy can also be aroused by remembering others happiness
in the past and recollecting the elated joy aspect in this way: 'In the past he
had great wealth, a great following and he was always glad'. Or mutual joy
can be aroused by apprehending the future glad aspect of his in this way:
'In the future he will again enjoy similar success and will go about in gold
palanquins, on the backs of elephants or on horseback'. Having thus aroused
mutual joy regarding a dear person, one can then direct the very same feeling
successively towards a neutral one, and gradually towards any hostile person.
Vbh 274, Vism I 316

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Comments:
Mutual joy causes Contentment! No mutual joy thus means Discontentment!
Therefore: If being generally dissatisfied, then be happy over others gains.
Secondly: Mutual joy causes all envy & jealousy to evaporate into equanimity!

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Mutual Joy (Mudita), which cures all envy and jealousy, is a divine state!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Capable is the Human State...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:17 am





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The 6 sense sources (Ayatana):
1. The ability to see via the eye (cakkhu)
2. The ability to hear via the ear (sota)
3. The ability to smell via the nose (ghana)
4. The ability to taste via the tongue (jivha)
5. The ability to touch via the body (kaya)
6. The ability to think & experience via the mind (mano)

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The 3 kinds of Becoming (Bhava):
7. The ability to be a woman = feminine (itthi)
8. The ability to be a man = masculine (purisa)
9. The ability to be alive = vitality (jivita)

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The 5 Feelings (Vedana):
10. The ability to feel bodily pleasant feeling (sukha)
11. The ability to feel bodily pain (dukkha)
12. The ability to feel mental gladness (somanassa)
13. The ability to feel mental sadness (domanassa)
14. The ability to feel neutral indifference (upekkha)

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The 5 Spiritual abilities (Bala):
15. The ability to have convinced faith (saddha)
16. The ability to harness energy (viriya)
17. The ability to be aware and mindful (sati)
18. The ability to concentrate mind (samadhi)
19. The ability to understand (pañña)

The 3 Supramundane abilities:
20. The ability to come to know the yet unknown (aññataññassamitindriya)
21. The ability of the highest knowledge (aññindriya)
22. The ability of him who knows the highest (aññatavindriya)

Comments:
Using these 22 tools beings can reach lasting happiness (Nibbana),
which is the sole purpose and final meaning of being in existence...

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More on the Abilities (indriya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ndriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/El ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... 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/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/An ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Do ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Or ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Up ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Well_Equipped.htm

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Capable is the Human State...


The 22 Abilities!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... lities.htm
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Choose Company Carefully!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:47 pm





There are these four kinds of trees:
One itself rotten & weak, but surrounded by strong hardwood ones...
One itself of strong hardwood, but surrounded by rotten & weak ones...
One itself rotten & weak, and also surrounded by rotten & weak ones...
One itself of strong hardwood, and also surrounded by strong hardwood ones...

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Schiele: Four Trees

There are four types of persons similar to these four classes of trees:
A person himself rotten & weak, but yet surrounded by the strong & good!
A person himself strong & good, but yet surrounded by the rotten & weak!
A person himself rotten & weak, and also surrounded by the rotten & weak!
A person himself strong & good, and also surrounded by the strong & good!

How is the one himself is rotten & weak, but yet surrounded by the strong & good?
Here one is immoral, and wicked, while his friends are moral men of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who himself is rotten & weak, surrounded by the strong & good,
just in the same way as a rotten & weak tree is surrounded by strong & good ones...

How is a person who himself is strong & good, yet surrounded by the rotten & weak?
Here one is moral, of lovely nature, but he has friends, who are immoral, & wicked...
Thus is a person, who is strong & good surrounded by the rotten & weak, just in the
same way as a strong & good tree, is surrounded by many rotten & weak ones...

How is a person who is rotten & weak, and also surrounded by the rotten & weak?
Here one is immoral, wicked & evil, who has friends who are immoral, wicked & evil!
Thus is a person, who is rotten & weak, and also surrounded by those rotten & weak,
just in the same way as a rotten & weak tree, is surrounded by rotten & weak ones...

Finally: How is a person who is strong & good surrounded by the strong & good?
Here one is moral of lovely nature, who has similar moral friends of lovely nature...
Thus is a person, who is strong & good surrounded by the strong & good, just in the
same way as a strong & good tree, is surrounded by strong & good hardcore ones...

These are the four persons comparable to trees existing in this world...

Comment:
Discrimination of good & bad groups is a signature sign of Genuine Understanding!

Source:
The 4th Higher Science Abhidhamma Book: The Personality Concept: Puggala-Paññatti.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130096

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Monet: Four Trees

More on Buddhist Personality Analysis:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fo ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... lained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm

Have a nice discriminating day!

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Choose Company Carefully!

The Four Trees...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Th ... _Trees.htm
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Refuge is Rescue!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:37 pm





The Venerable Mahamoggallana once told a large group of young devas:
Advantageous indeed is taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma & the Sangha…
Because of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha some beings here,
at the break-up of the body, right after death, are reborn in a divine destination,
in a heavenly world! There they surpass the other devas in ten respects: In life span,
in divine beauty, in divine happiness, in divine fame, in divine power, and in enjoying
divine forms, sounds, odours, tastes, and touchable objects… Advantageous indeed
is therefore this taking refuge in the 3 Jewels: The Buddha, the Dhamma & the Sangha…

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The 3 jewels: Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha

Comments:
Good to know for all beings, who do neither know from where they came, nor what
brought them there, and who do neither know, where they are going after death,
nor what causes, will bring them there! There are 31 levels of existence. Take care!

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The Dhammacakka: The Wheel of the Law!

For taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha see here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refu ... ecepts.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book IV [256] section 40:10 On Sakka ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Refuge is Rescue!

Taking Refuge is the Winner move for Blinded Beings!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Divine_Refuge.htm
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Fine Friendship never Fails!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:42 am





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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Who is welcoming and friendly,
Generous, open and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such one will gain much honour!
Digha Nikaya 31

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The friend who is a helping companion,
The friend both in happiness and misery,
The friend who gives good & sound advice,
The friend who really cares & understands...
These four, the clever knows as good Friends!
These 4 heroes, one should cherish devotedly,
as a mother nurses her own only child.
Digha Nikaya 31

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If one finds a wise and intelligent friend,
who lives a good, correct & fully pure life,
Then, overcoming all obstacles, one should
always keep his joyous and alert company...
Dhammapada 328

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More on the good in beautiful Friendship (Kalyanamittata):
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/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/Go ... ndship.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 Good Friend!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
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Consciousness Causes Creative Collapse!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:58 pm





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Point 1: The fact of dependency of all phenomena and their spatial inseparability:
The arising of all entities is dependent on other entities! This is the core concept
in Buddhism of co-dependent co-arising (Paticca Samuppada) which may just be an
expression of quantum entanglement of all mental objects, all mental forms of energy.
On the illusion of space and the impossibility of causal separability please enjoy this video:


Point 2: Observation itself = mind creates/conditions the observed object in each moment!
All entities = forms of energy have TWO complementary (N. Bohr) characteristics:
1: They are particulate = local = have a definable position in space and time.
2: They are wavelike = non-local = everywhere present = no defined position in space.

Observation = mind causes the wavelike aspects to collapse into particulate existence.
Enjoy this Double Slit Experiment. Note the end difference of observation itself!

Consciousness causes the collapse of the probability wave function into manifested reality!

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Point 3: There is something real apart from and outside of the dimensions of space and time:
Time & space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think... Albert Einstein.
Time & space are not objective things, but mentally imposed orders of things... Leibniz
Enjoy this illustration of how we might be imprisoned in too few or too many dimensions:

Regarding the everywhere presence of consciousness humans are as naive as 2D Flatlanders!

Point 4: There is not an external reality independent of the observing mind:
Phenomena comes into being when an observer intentionally observes it!

Nibbana is not a place. It is unchanging = without time. Yet it is real!

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As the Buddha Gotama said:
Nibbanam paranam sukham...
Nibbana is the Highest Bliss!
Dhammapada 203-4

Some further clues:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Some_Clues.htm

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Consciousness Causes Creative Collapse!

Quantum Physics agrees with Buddhism!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Qua ... ements.htm
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The 4 Truths have to be fully understood...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:01 am





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1: This is Suffering!
Suffering is of three kinds:
a: Obvious suffering, which is any bodily pain and any mental sadness.
b: Suffering due to change includes also pleasant feeling as this indeed also
becomes quite disappointing, when it inevitably changes, fades, and vanishes.
c: Suffering due to construction is all that is conditioned, since all this thus
later inevitably will fall apart. This also includes any object which induces a
neutral feeling. This 1st Noble Truth, that points out that all worldly indeed
ultimately speaking is Suffering, has to be fully understood in all aspects...


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2: Craving is the Cause of Suffering!
a: Craving for sensing forms, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, & mental states.
b: Craving for becoming. (ex: May I become rich, forever young, famous...)
c: Craving for non-becoming (ex: May I not become sick, nor old, nor dead!)
This Second Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering has to be eliminated...

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3: Absence of Craving is the End of Suffering!
a: Not craving any sense stimuli of any kind...
b: Not craving for any kind of becoming this or that in the future...
c: Not craving any non-becoming, but accepting all the ills that will come...
This 3rd Noble Truth on the End of Suffering has to be accomplished!

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4: The Noble 8-Fold Way is the Method to End Suffering!
Which Noble 8-fold Way has to be developed in order to end all suffering?
Right View (samma-ditthi)
Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
Right Speech (samma-vaca)
Right Action (samma-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
Right Effort (samma-vayama)
Right Awareness (samma-sati)
Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)
This Fourth Noble Truth on the Way to End Suffering has to be completed.

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More on these quintessential Four Noble Truths (Ariya-Sacca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Actually_So.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Indeed_True.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_but_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_16_Aspects.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Focused_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Abs ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sacca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... omplex.htm
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This and Such is Suffering...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:07 pm





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The blessed Buddha once said:
One should dwell reflecting on all phenomena as mental states in the light
of these Four Noble Truths. How does one do so? One sees, understands,
and knows it as it verily is:
All this and such is suffering! Craving is the cause & origin of all suffering!
The total absence of all craving is the ceasing of all suffering!
This Noble 8-fold Way is the only method to eliminate all suffering!
And what, Bhikkhus, is this 1st Noble Truth of Suffering?
Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering, decay is suffering, death is suffering.
Sorrow, lamentation, pain, sadness, & discontent are suffering. Being joined
with any disliked is suffering. Being separated from any liked is suffering.
Not getting what one wants is suffering. Getting what one does not want is
suffering. In short, the five clusters of clinging are suffering.
And what, Bhikkhus, is birth?
In whatever being & group of individuality, there is birth, coming into being,
emergence, appearance, manifestation of the 5 clusters clusters of clinging,
development of the ability to sense, that, Bhikkhus, is called birth...
And what, Bhikkhus, is ageing?
In whatever being & group of individuality, there is ageing, decaying, broken
teeth, grey hair, wrinkled skin, shrinking & fading away, weakening of the
ability to sense, that, Bhikkhus, is called ageing...
And what, Bhikkhus, is death?
In whatever being & group of individuality, there is a passing away, cut off,
disappearance, death, dying, an ending, a breaking-up of the clusters, a loss
of the body, a loss of the mind, that, Bhikkhus, is called death...
And what, Bhikkhus, is sorrow?
Whenever, by any kind of tragedy, one is feeling pain, sorrow, frustration,
distress, internal misery, or internal sadness, that Bhikkhus, is called sorrow.
And what, Bhikkhus, is lamentation?
Whenever, by any kind of misfortune, anyone is affected by something sad
and there is crying out, grieving, moaning, wailing & weeping, that is called
lamentation...
And what is pain?
Whatever bodily painful feeling, bodily unpleasant feeling, whatever painful
or unpleasant feeling resulting from bodily contact, that is called pain...
And what, Bhikkhus, is sadness?
Whatever mental painful feeling, mental unpleasant feeling, all frustration
resulting from mental contact, that, Bhikkhus, is called sadness...
And what, Bhikkhus, is discontent?
Whenever, by any kind of anguish, one is disappointed, dissatisfied, feeling
discomfort, dismay, uneasiness, frustration, that is called discontent...
And what Bhikkhus, is being joined with the disliked?
Here whoever has unwanted, undesirable and disliked sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, touches or mental states, or whoever are forced into association, &
dependence to enemies, that is called being joined with the disliked...
And what is being separated from the liked?
Here whoever has what is wanted, liked, and pleasant sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, touches, mental states, or whoever enjoys company of well-wishers,
mother or father, brother or sister, younger or elders, friends or colleagues,
and then is loosing this company, connection, or union, that is called being
separated from the liked...
And what is not getting what one wants and getting what one not wants?
In beings subject to birth, ageing, decay, sickness & death, this wish arises:
"Oh may we not meet any birth, ageing, decay, sickness & death." But such
freedom cannot be gained by naive wishing. In all beings prone to sorrow,
lamentation, pain, sadness, stress & frustration this childish wish arises:
"Oh may we not be afflicted by any sorrow, lamentation, pain, or sadness",
despite none such freedom ever can be won by mere wishing.
That is not getting what one wants, while getting what one not wants...
And what, Bhikkhus, are the five clusters of clusters of clinging?
The five clusters of clusters of clinging are as follows:
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of form,
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of feeling,
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of perception,
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of mental constructions,
The cluster of clinging to kinds of consciousness.
These are the five clusters of clusters of clinging, that all are suffering.
And that, Bhikkhus, is called the 1st Noble Truth of Suffering...

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ssages.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Long Speeches of the Buddha. Digha Nikaya. Book II [308-]
Thread: The Foundations of Awareness. Mahasatipatthana Sutta 22.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=251033
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

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This and Such is Suffering...

The 1st Noble Truth!
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Longing leads to misery...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:38 pm





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The blessed Buddha once said:
One should dwell reflecting on all phenomena as mental states in the light
of these 4 Noble Truths. How does one do so? Here, one sees, understands,
and knows this, as it verily is:

All this and all such is suffering!
Craving is the cause and origin of all that suffering!
Absence of craving is the complete ceasing of all suffering!
The Noble 8-fold Way is the method to eradicate all suffering!


And what, monks, is the 2nd Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering?
It is that Craving, which gives rise to rebirth, drenched with lust and greed,
finding fresh attraction first here, then there: that is to say sensual craving,
craving for becoming into existence, & craving for no-becoming of any being.
And where does this craving arise and manifest itself?
Wherever in the world there is anything attractive and pleasant, it is right
there & then, on the very spot, that this craving arises and manifests itself...
And what is there, in this world, that are attractive and pleasant?
The eye, in this world, are attractive and pleasant, the ear, nose, the tongue,
the body, the mind are attractive and pleasant, and there this craving arises
& puts down its roots. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, & mental states
are attractive and amusing, and there craving emerges & establishes itself.
Visual consciousness, auditory consciousness, olfactory consciousness, taste
consciousness, body consciousness, and mental consciousness in this world are
attractive & alluring, and there this craving come up and implants itself.
Eye-contact, ear-contact, nose-contact, tongue-contact, body-contact,
mental-contact in this world are attractive and tempting, & here this craving
begins and reveals itself. Any feeling born of eye-contact, ear-contact,
nose-contact, tongue- contact, body-contact, mind-contact in the world are
appealing & fascinating, and right there this craving occurs & installs itself.
The perception and experience of any sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles,
& thoughts are quite interesting and captivating, and there this craving arises
& imbibes itself. Intention, wishing, wanting and hoping for certain sights,
sounds, smells, tastes, touches, thoughts, and mental ideas are enthralling &
intriguing, and there this craving arises and substantiates itself.
The craving itself, the drive, the push & rush for various sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, tangibles, and many mental-objects in this world is attractive and
seductive, and there this craving also arises and consolidates itself.
Thinking of any sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles, and mental-objects
in this world are attractive & tantalizing, & craving arises & manifests itself.
Prolonged pondering on certain sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles and
the manifold diversity of mental objects in this world are indeed attractive
and enticing, and therefore this craving also arises, manifests, establishes
enhances, habituates, ingraves and reinforces itself...
And all that, is called the 2nd Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering...

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More on the 2nd Noble Truth: Craving of the Cause of Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... _Greed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Long Speeches of the Buddha. Digha Nikaya. Book II [306-314]
Thread: The Foundations of Awareness. Mahasatipatthana Sutta 22.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=251033
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
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Longing leads to misery...

Craving Causes Suffering!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
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