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Adhiṭṭhāna - what are you determined to achieve?

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Adhiṭṭhāna - what are you determined to achieve?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue May 03, 2011 11:29 am

Greetings,

Adhiṭṭhāna (Pali; from adhi meaning "higher" or "best" plus sthā meaning "standing") can be translated as "decision," "resolution," "self-determination," "will" and "resolute determination".

It is commonly known that if you state a resolution publicly, that very act of bringing it out into the open and sharing it with others means you are more likely to feel compelled to achieve it, maximizing your commitment and likelihood of success. Furthermore, aspirational resolutions may inspire others to do likewise, may inspire others to encourage you to success or to consider what they can do in their own lives for the betterment of themselves and others.

:anjali:

To get the ball rolling...

As of this week, I have resolved to make deliberate efforts to cultivate brahma-viharas (metta - lovingkindness, karuna - compassion, mudita - joy in the happiness of others, upekkha - equanimity) throughout the working week.

This is being done in order to improve my happiness, the happiness of others, and to bring joy to the mind, which will assist in making it calmer, more at ease, and more conducive to satipatthana meditation, which I intend to alternate/combine with the primary practice of metta cultivation.

Feel free to share your adhiṭṭhāna with us here!

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Postby BlackBird » Tue May 03, 2011 12:40 pm

I am determined to quit smoking and beat depression and my anxiety through meditation and counselling.
Good luck with your brahma-vihara bhavana Retro, and great idea for a thread.
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 03, 2011 2:24 pm

Anumodana to you both! My aditthana for the next week is to consciously cultivate dana parami through at least one act of material generosity per day. Today I gave to a homeless guy on the train on the way to my son's school in Brooklyn.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Postby beeblebrox » Tue May 03, 2011 4:03 pm

Best of luck to everyone. My adhitthana for this month is to study everything about metta, its practice(s), and then finding ways of incorporating more of it in my daily life.

:anjali:

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Postby kirk5a » Tue May 03, 2011 4:10 pm

The idea of achieving something makes me tired. Any suggestions?
"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Postby householder » Tue May 03, 2011 6:45 pm

More dana, more often, to those I know and those I don't, concerted and natural, now and forever.

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Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue May 03, 2011 7:29 pm

To meditate everyday for this month. I wish you the best with your resolutions. :smile:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 03, 2011 7:40 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Postby rowyourboat » Tue May 03, 2011 7:42 pm

My aditthana:

Is to develop adhi-citta

Incidentally,

Aïguttara Nikàya
2. Dukanipàta

12. Aayàcanàvaggo

131. Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu aspiring out of faith, should rightfully aspire, `May I be one like Sàriputta or Moggallàna. ' Bhikkhus, they are beyond compare in the midst of my disciple bhikkhus.

132. Bhikkhus, a bhikkhuni aspiring out of faith, should rightfully aspire, `May I be one like bhikkhuni Khema or bhikkhuni Uppalavaõõa. ' Bhikkhus, they are beyond compare in the midst of my disciple bhikkhunis.

133. Bhikkhus, a male lay disciple aspiring out of faith, should rightfully aspire, `May I be one like the householder Citta or the householder Hatthaka of Alavaka. ' Bhikkhus, they are beyond compare in the midst of my male lay disciples.

134. Bhikkhus, a female lay disciple aspiring out of faith, should rightfully aspire, `May I be one like Khujjuttara or Velukaõtaki Nandamata' Bhikkhus, they are beyond compare in the midst of my female lay disciples.


248. Bhikkhus out of my lay disciples the first to take the three refuges are Tapassu and Balluka, the tradesmen

249. Anàthapiõóika, that is the householder Sudatta is the foremost lay devotee.

250. Citta Macchikasandika the householder for explaining the Teaching.

251. Hatthaka Aalavaka to establish liberality, kind speech, leading an useful life and a

state of equality among the others.

258. Bhikkhus, out of my lay female disciples the first to take the three refuges is Sujàta the daughter of Seniya

259. Visakhà the mother of Migàra is the foremost female devotee.

260. Kujjuttarà the most learned.

261. Samawathie for developing loving kindness.

262. Uttaranandamàtà for jhanas.

263. Suppavàsa the daughter of the Koliyas the most pleasant devotee.

http://metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/ ... ali-e.html
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Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue May 03, 2011 8:07 pm

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Postby alan » Wed May 04, 2011 1:27 am

You're a mind reader Retro.
I intend to get back into a healthy sitting schedule. 3 times a day will be my new goal.
Also, I'm excited about adding Metta in my daily activities.
Thanks for bringing up this topic and teaching me a new word!

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Postby householder » Wed May 04, 2011 5:23 am

There's Meditation Timer for iOS - I use it a lot. Very good!

This thread is a good idea.

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Postby Rui Sousa » Wed May 04, 2011 10:37 am

I have been trying to keep my mind with enough energy, avoiding sloth and torpor.

But I have been having some trouble sleeping... Hum.. :thinking: I guess I should shut down the energy mode before going to bed :)
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Postby Sanjog » Thu May 26, 2011 4:48 am

I wish to meditate everyday in this thirty day period. I will update next month or the day I fail to meditate.

Metta.

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Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 26, 2011 5:30 am

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

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

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Postby Ben » Thu May 26, 2011 5:50 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
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Postby rowyourboat » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:31 pm

Hi Retro,

How about sharing with us any good tips you picked up while developing the brahma- viharas. It is part of my practice as well, but have made little progress in that front. :thinking:

Maybe a new thread?

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:38 pm

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

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

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Postby acinteyyo » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:50 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.


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