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Gladness keeps away the Madness ;-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:02 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence on
feeding & cannot survive without food, even so are the 7 Links to Awakening
also sustained by feeding, they also can only exist in dependence on feeding
and they cannot survive without feeding... And what, bhikkhus, is the feeding
of the emergence of any yet unarisen joy and also feeding of the completion
by increase of any already arisen joy? There are mental states that are the
originator, maker, producer, root, basis & source for the awakening of joy!
Frequently giving careful & rational attention to them, is feeding the arising
and gradual fulfillment of joy... And what is the starving that obstructs the
emergence of any yet unarisen joy and which also hinders any already arisen
joy from reaching sweet fulfillment by development? There are states that
are the basis & source for the joy link to awakening! Not giving frequent
careful and rational attention to them; not considering them much & often;
is the starving that prevents any unarisen joy from arising and also blocks
any already arisen joy from reaching any complete fulfillment by mental
meditative training...

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Elated & ecstatic exultation is the characteristic of the Joy Link to Awakening
(Piti-sambojjhanga). Motivated intentness upon is the purpose of the quality of Joy.
Satisfaction lifting any depression is the manifestation of the Joy Link to Awakening.
Thinking of Joy makes this state return! This can be utilized by training it! Try now!
This reinforcement - in itself - has the capacity to gradually elevate and induce Joy!
Therefore is the state of gladness & Joy itself mainspring, basis & source of more Joy…
It is the deliberate directing attention to this, again & again, that can produce Joy!!!

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Further conditions helpful for arising of the Joy Link to Awakening are:
1: Recollection of the supreme and sublime uniqueness of the Buddha...
2: Recollection of the supreme and sublime uniqueness of the Dhamma...
3: Recollection of the supreme and sublime uniqueness of the Sangha...
4: Recollection of the supreme and sublime efficacy of pure Morality...
5: Recollection of the supreme and sublime efficacy of prior Generosity…
6: Recollection of the qualities that gave the devas their divinity...
7: Remembering the stilled silent state of blissful Peace...
8: Avoidance of primitive, violent, angry, rough, and coarse people.
9: Friendship with refined & kind people, who often smile in silent ease.
10: Reviewing by reading many inspiring dhamma discourses like this one.
11: Commitment & resolute determination to elevate the mind by Joy...

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There is joy joined with thinking and there is joy separated from thinking!
Both leads to enraptured advance towards many advantageous states.
Awakening is a veritable flood of bliss!


More on this delightful Joy (Piti), that is not of this world:
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
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm

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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

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Gladness keeps away the Madness ;-)

Feeding the Joy!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
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Calm is a soothing Balm!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 01, 2011 8:12 pm





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The Tranquillity Link to Awakening (passaddhi-sambojjhanga) has the
characteristic of peace, and the function of stilling, which manifests
as absence of restless trembling. Stillness of feeling, perception and
mental construction is the factor that induces bodily Tranquillity.
Stillness of consciousness itself induces mental Tranquillity.
The proximate cause of Tranquillity is the satisfaction within Joy!
The resulting effect of Tranquillity is the bliss within Happiness!

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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 Tranquillity Link to Awakening based on seclusion, based
on disillusion, based on ceasing, and culminating in cool relinquishment,
then neither can mental fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent
ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

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In one who is joyous, the body becomes calm & the mind becomes calm.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening emerges right there. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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CALMED
Calm is his thought, calm is his speech,
and calm is his deed, who, truly knowing,
is wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and wise.
Dhammapada 96

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CONTENT
The one who eliminates discontent, tearing it out
by the roots, utterly cuts it out, such one spontaneously
becomes absorbed in the calm of tranquillity both day & night.
Dhammapada 250

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COMPOSED
The one who is tranquil in movement, calmed in speech,
stilled in thought, collected & composed, who sees right
through & rejects all allurements of this world, such one
is truly a 'Peaceful One'.
Dhammapada 378

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Inspirations on the calming & soothing of serene Tranquillity (Passaddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm

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Inner Calm Soothes the Mind!

Tranquillity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
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Tranquillity can be Trained!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon May 02, 2011 10:32 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence
on feeding and cannot survive without food, exactly & even so are these 7
Links to Awakening also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in
dependence on feeding and they cannot survive without feeding...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the feeding the emergence of any yet unarisen
Tranquillity Link to Awakening & also feeding of already arisen & present
Tranquillity? Just this very notion: There are 2 kinds of Calm:

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There is Tranquillity of the Body (kaya-passaddhi) and there is Tranquillity
of the Mind (citta-passaddhi)!
Frequently giving careful & rational attention
to them both, is feeding the arising of any unarisen tranquillity and indeed
also feeding of the gradual fulfillment of any already arisen tranquillity...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the starving that obstructs all emergence of any yet
unarisen tranquillity and which also hinders any already arisen tranquillity
in reaching fulfillment by development?

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There are these 2 kinds of composed calm, which should be differentiated:
Tranquillity of the Body and Tranquillity of the Mind! Not giving frequent
careful and rational attention to them; not considering them much & often;
is the starving that prevents an unarisen tranquillity from arising and also
blocks any already arisen tranquillity from reaching complete fulfillment
by mental training and progressive development by meditation...

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Peace is the characteristic of
the Tranquillity Link to Awakening (Passaddhi-sambojjhanga). Stilling of all
bodily activity, feeling, perception, mental construction and consciousness
is the purpose of tranquillity. Settled, serene and solidified calm (samatha)
is the excessively pleasant manifestation of tranquillity. A smiling mountain!
When the mirror moves & vibrates, then one cannot see anything clearly in it.
So also with the mind: When stressed and agitated, then mind cannot figure
out what is good and what is bad on the long term. But when imperturbably
stilled, then mind can cut right through any distraction and attain absolute
certainty and understanding both spontaneously and instantaneously...

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Further conditions helpful for the emergence of the Tranquillity are:
1: Eating good and fine food...
2: Living in a pleasant climate...
3: Maintaining a comfortable posture without pain or distress...
4: Staying evenly ballanced in all situations and regarding all aspects...
5: Avoidance of restless, anxious, agitated, worried and stressed people...
6: Friendship with bodily and mentally calm people, who meditates much!
7: Commitment to calm down the mind by cultivating quiet and tranquillity!

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There is Tranquillity of the Body and there is Tranquillity of the Mind!
These mutually depend upon and enhance each other into deeper calmness.


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More on Tranquillity (Passaddhi) and Calm (Samatha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Br ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... amatha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... nsight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/forest_bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calm_Power.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Silenced.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calmed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm

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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Tranquillity can be Trained!

Feeding Tranquillity!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
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Absorption Unifies Mind...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 03, 2011 10:08 pm





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Fixed Focus is the characteristic of the Concentration Link to Awakening
(Samadhi-Sambojjhanga). Ceasing of distraction, disturbance, diversion,
agitation, mental instability and wavering is the purpose of the quality of
Concentration (Samadhi). Incisive certainty is the manifestation of the
concentration link to awakening. This stability enables breakthrough
to understanding! Some concentration is present in all consciousness.
Training that anchors attention on only 1 object condenses this focus.
The proximate cause of concentration is happiness!
The resulting effect of concentration is knowledge and vision!

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Concentration comes in increasing grades of intensity:
1: Momentary concentration with few seconds of one-pointedness.
2: Preparatory concentration of longer, yet still unstable quality.
3: Access concentration which approaches the 1st jhana absorption.
4: Absorption concentration with fixed and unified mental one-pointedness.

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Fourfold is the blessing of Concentration:
1: Sublime happiness here and now through the 4 absorptions.
2: Assured knowledge and true vision of things as they really are.
3: Awareness and clear comprehension of all transient phenomena.
4: Ceasing of all mental fermentation by absence of clinging. DN 33

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

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In one whose body is calm and who enjoys a pleasurable happiness the
mind becomes concentrated. The Concentration Link to Awakening
arises right there. He develops it, and for him repeatedly meditating
it goes gradually to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Further inspirations on the condensing quality of Concentration (Samadhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma-Samadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Art ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/En ... l_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... _Truth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... l_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm

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Absorption Unifies Mind...

Concentration = Samãdhi!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
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Steady Focus Fixes Attention...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 05, 2011 2:22 am



Feeding the Concentration Link to Awakening!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence
on feeding & cannot survive without food, so are the 7 Links to Awakening
also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in dependence on feeding
and they cannot remain without feeding... And what, bhikkhus, is the feeding
of the emergence of any yet unarisen concentration link to awakening and
also feeding of the completion by condensation of any arisen concentration
link to awakening? There are two signs: The sign of calm, serenity & silence
and the sign of non-distraction and non-scatter!
Frequently giving careful and rational attention to them, is feeding arising
of any yet unarisen concentration link to awakening & also feeding of the
gradual fulfillment of any already arisen concentration link to awakening...
And what, Bhikkhus, is the starving that obstructs all emergence of a yet
unarisen concentration link to awakening & which also hinders any already
arisen Concentration Link from reaching fulfillment by development?
The sign of calm serene silence & the sign of non-distraction & non-scatter!
Not giving frequent, careful and rational attention to them; not considering
them much and often; is the starving that prevents an unarisen concentration
link to awakening from arising & also blocks any already arisen concentration
link to awakening from reaching any complete fulfillment by mental training
and progressive development by meditation...

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Focus is the characteristic of the concentration link to awakening
(Samadhi-Sambojjhanga). Ceasing of all distraction, disturbance, diversion,
agitation, mental instability and wavering is the purpose of the quality of
Concentration (Samadhi). Penetration is the manifestation of concentration.
This stability produces breakthrough to understanding! Some Concentration
is present in all consciousness. This focus can be trained by fixing attention.

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Further conditions helpful for the emergence of the concentration are:
1: Keeping own body, behaviour, belongings and surroundings fully clean...
2: Routine in recognizing the sign of calm and the sign of non-distraction...
3: Ballancing the abilities of energetic striving vs. concentration evenly...
4: Controlling, confining and restraining the mind, whenever necessary...
5: Pushing, prodding and exerting the mind, whenever needed...
6: Gladdening, encouraging and easing the mind, whenever suitable...
7: Looking on, just overseeing the mind in equanimity, when appropriate...
8: Avoiding unconcentrated, agitated, diffuse and scatter-minded people...
9: Friendship with concentrated people with experience in absorption...
10: Frequent reviewing of the absorptions (jhanas) and the liberations...
11: Commitment to focus mind into one-pointed absorbed concentration!
There is concentration while thinking and concentration without thinking!
Mental absorption (Jhana) is the higher being's exquisite state!

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On how to attain the Jhana absorptions:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Detai ... ptions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Requi ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Jh ... rption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Samma-Samadhi.htm

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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Steady Focus Fixes Attention...

Feeding Concentration!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... ration.htm
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Imperturbable is Equanimity...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 05, 2011 11:44 pm





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Even evaluation is characteristic of the Equanimity Link to Awakening.
(Upekkha-Sambojjhanga). Preventing both deficiency & excess and
securing impartiality is the function of Equanimity. Imperturbable
ballance is the manifestation of the Equanimity Link to Awakening.
Equanimity just looks on whenever new phenomena arises and ceases.
This stable yet plastic patience purifies all the other advantageous
mental states, which reach maximum, when joined with Equanimity...

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Equanimity (Upekkha) is a moderating mental construction.
Equanimity is also a mood of neither gladness nor sadness.
Equanimity is also a feeling of neither pain nor pleasure.
Equanimity is also the neutral ability to be indifferent.
Equanimity is also the 4th infinitely divine dwelling.
Equanimity is also a quite high form of happiness.
Equanimity is also a refined mental purification.
Equanimity is therefore a Link to Enlightenment...

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There is Equanimity both regarding live beings and dead things.
There is Equanimity both regarding all internal & external states.
There is Equanimity both regarding all past, present and future.
There is Equanimity both regarding all mentality & all materiality.

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

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When mind is concentrated one can observe all closely in equanimity.
The Equanimity Link to Awakening arises right there. He develops it,
and for him repeatedly meditating it goes gradually to the completion
of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

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Further inspirations on the imperturbable quality of Equanimity:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm

Imperturbable is Equanimity...

Equanimity = Upekkhaa!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
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Serene is Mental Ballance...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 06, 2011 11:56 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence on
feeding and cannot survive without food, so are the 7 Links to Awakening
also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in dependence on feeding
and they cannot remain without feeding... And what, bhikkhus, is the feeding
of the emergence of any yet unarisen equanimity and also feeding of the
completion by condensation of any arisen Equanimity?
There are states that are the basis & source Equanimity! Frequently pointing
careful and rational attention to them, is feeding the emergence of unarisen
equanimity & also feeding of the gradual fulfillment of any arisen Equanimity
Link to Awakening... And what, Bhikkhus, is the starving that obstructs all
emergence of a yet unarisen equanimity and which also hinders any already
arisen Equanimity Link from reaching complete fulfillment by development?
There are states that are the basis and source for the equanimity!
Not giving frequent, careful and rational attention to them; not considering
them much and often; is the starving that prevents an unarisen equanimity
from arising and also blocks any already arisen equanimity from reaching
any complete fulfillment through training in the form of frequent meditation!

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Comments from the classical commentaries:
Imperturbable onlooking ballance is characteristic of the equanimity.
(Upekkha-Sambojjhanga). Moderation, seeking the neutral middle, composure
and control is the purpose of the quality of Equanimity (Upekkha).
Imperturbability is the manifestation of the equanimity. This stable yet still
plastic patience purifies all the other advantageous mental states, which thus
reach their maximum, when joined with Equanimity...

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Further conditions helpful for the emergence of the equanimity are:
1: Impartiality regarding all living & sentient beings...
2: Indifference regarding all inanimate constructions...
3: Avoiding biased people who prefer favouritism & one-sided partiality...
4: Friendship with well ballanced people unmoved by both pleasure & pain...
5: Commitment to ballance the mind into even & imperturbable Equanimity!

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There is Equanimity towards living beings and regarding material things!
There is Equanimity towards internal states & regarding external states!
There is Equanimity towards all past, present, and future times, and events!
There is Equanimity towards all mentality and regarding all materiality!

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On Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/H ... _Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ttataa.htm

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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group & Nutriments....

Have a nice & noble day!


Friendship is the Greatest!
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Serene is Mental Ballance...

Feeding Equanimity!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
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Awareness Awakens!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 08, 2011 2:28 am





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There are these 7 links leading to final Enlightenment...

1: Awareness is a link to Awakening.
2: Investigation of the states is a link to Awakening.
3: Energy is a link to Awakening.
4: Joy is a link to Awakening.
5: Tranquillity is a link to Awakening.
6: Concentration is a link to Awakening.
7: Equanimity is a link to Awakening.


They lead to and induce enlightenment! Thus are they links to awakening:
They are themselves enlightened, in this way are they links to awakening.
They are enlightened, since they embrace the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they provide & equip the cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they induce ripening of the cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they enhance the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they completely perfect the cause of awakening.

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How do the 7 Links to Awakening remain established and anchored in mind?
The Awareness link remains by no attention being given to other states.
The Awareness link remains by the sign of being directed to continuously.
The Awareness link remains by the sign-less state being given attention.
The Awareness link remains by no attention given to mental construction.
The Awareness link remains by attention being given to ceasing of craving.
The Awareness link to Awakening indeed remains fixed & anchored in mind
in these 5 ways. Exactly & similarly so with the other 6 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

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Source (edited extract): Sariputta
Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga. On the Links to Awakening XIII.

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What causes Enlightenment?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon May 09, 2011 2:54 am





Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
How, Ananda, are the Seven Links to Awakening trained and developed
so that they fulfill True Wisdom and Final Release?
When a Bhikkhu, Ananda, develops the Awareness Link to Awakening,
based upon seclusion, disillusion, & ceasing, then it matures into release!
When he develops the Investigation Link to Awakening, based upon total
seclusion, disillusion, & ceasing, then it culminates into mental release!
When he develops the Energy Link to Awakening, based upon seclusion,
disillusioned disgust, & ceasing of craving, then it blossoms into release!
When he develops the Joy Link to Awakening, based on solitary seclusion,
detached disgust, and ceasing of craving, then it progresses into release!
When he develops the Tranquillity Link to Awakening, based upon complete
isolation, disillusion, & ceasing, then it comes to a climax of final release!
When he develops the Concentration Link to Awakening, while alone and
reclusive, undeceived, & cooled, there is breakthrough of mental release!
When he develops the Equanimity Link to Awakening, based upon seclusion,
disillusioned disgust, & ceasing of craving, then it flourishes into release!
It is, Ananda, when the Seven Links to Awakening are trained & refined in
this way, that they fulfil the causes of True Wisdom and Final Release!

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More on these Seven Sublime Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /annaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Vicaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... amadhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... kening.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:333]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 13: Ananda

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Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 10, 2011 1:52 am





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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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Real are only Momentary Mental States…

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 10, 2011 11:38 pm





Question: What is a phenomenon?

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Answer:
A phenomenon is an experienced state! An appearance, an observed event, a conscious occasion!
Whether experienced as a mental object: Ex: An experienced thought, idea, feeling, mood etc.
or experienced as a physical object: Ex: An experienced sight, sound, smell, taste or touch;
the experience is just a mental ‘state’, which is what in Buddhism is called a ‘Dhamma’ , which
is a passing moment of conscious time… As such: Everything in any world is just a mental state!
No thing exists as an independent physical object, until it is observed by a mental experience…
Before and after this direct observation, this ‘thing’ remains just an ‘idea’ or ‘’imagination’ …
A mere potential possibility! Not quite as real anymore… Any phenomenon is an experienced
object, a neurally generated image, a mere representation, and not the object itself!
An image of an apple, is not the apple itself...

They once asked the Buddha:
What is the Cause of a Phenomenon?

He replied:
Attention (manasikara) is the cause of any phenomenon!
Why so?
When Attention is present, the Phenomenon appears...
When Attention is absent, the Phenomenon disappears!

and further later added:
This World both Begins and Ends within this 2 fathom frame of bones... SN I 62
The ALL is thereby actually just a sensed & experienced representation... SN IV 15

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Insisting on Real Direct Experience:
This ultra-realistic emphasis on direct experience is today called Radical Empiricism,
a pragmatic concept, which in our time philosophically was coined by William James.

For further on Phenomena as mere mental states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... States.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_ALL.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Out_in.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Empiricism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenomenon

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The Phenomenon ‘Match’
Occurring only momentarily by experienced observation!
Not ‘out there’ as a ‘substance’, but 'in here' in mind,
as just a passing mental state…


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Representations...
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Dependence rules the World...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu May 12, 2011 11:07 pm





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This have I heard. At this time the Blessed One was living in a Brick-House.
Then while being all alone, the Blessed Buddha spoke this deep Dhamma:
In dependence on the eye and the forms, visual consciousness arises...
In dependence on the ear and the sounds, auditory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the nose and the odours, olfactory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the body and the touches, tactile consciousness arises...
In dependence on the mind and the thoughts, mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is Contact (phassa)...
Conditioned by this contact, then feeling comes into being.
Conditioned by this feeling, then craving arises.
Conditioned by this craving, then clinging emerges.
Conditioned by this clinging, the process of becoming is initiated.
Conditioned by becoming, rebirth of the next moment & a next life happens.
Conditioned by this recurring birth, ageing, decay, sickness, & death arrive!
Such is the cause of this conditioned origin of an accumulation of suffering!
In dependence on the eye and forms, then visual consciousness arises...
In dependence on the ear and sounds, then auditory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the nose and odours, then olfactory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the body and touches, then tactile consciousness arises...
In dependence on the mind and thoughts, then mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is Contact (phassa)...
Conditioned by contact feeling arises. But by the complete stilling, & ceasing
of that same craving, thereby comes the instantaneous cessation of clinging!
The ending of clinging ceases becoming. The ending of becoming ceases birth.
The ending of birth ceases ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, pain & much panic!
That is the cause of the conditioned ceasing of this entire mass of suffering!
Now a certain Bhikkhu was then standing listening to the Blessed One.
The Blessed One saw him standing there listening and said to him: Did you hear
that Dhamma explanation, Bhikkhu? Yes, Sir! Learn that Dhamma exposition,
Bhikkhu, remember it, make it as if your own, master it, since that Dhamma
is advantageous, fundamental and essential to all of the Noble life...!

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More on Contact (Phassa)...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Diver ... ntacts.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book II 74-5
The section on Causation 12. Thread on Natika: 45.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Dependence rules the World...

Contact Causes Craving!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/In ... ontact.htm
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Everything Converges on Feeling!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat May 14, 2011 4:09 am





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Definitions:
There is Pleasant Feelings = mental gladness and bodily pleasure.
There is Painful Feelings = mental sadness and bodily pain.
There is neither Pleasant nor Painful Feeling = Neutral indifference.

Dynamics:
Pleasant Feeling is agreeable when arising, yet disagreeable when ceasing!
Painful Feeling is disagreeable when arising, yet agreeable when ceasing!
Neutral Feeling is quite agreeable, when one is aware of its presence,
yet quite dull and disagreeable, when one is unaware of its presence!

Deleterious Side-Effects:
If Unaware, Pleasant Feeling will inevitably cause the arising of Desire...
If Aware, Pleasant Feeling will not cause the arising of this Desire!
If Unaware, Painful Feeling will inevitably cause the arising of Aversion...
If Aware, Painful Feeling will not cause the arising of this Aversion!
If Unaware, Neutral Feeling will inevitably cause the arising of Ignorance.
If Aware, Neutral Feeling will not cause arising of this Ignorance!

Near Causes:
The Cause of Feeling is Contact: Eye-contact, Ear-contact, Nose-contact,
Tongue-contact, Body-contact or Mental-contact. At the moment this
contact ceases, the associated feeling also instantly ceases...

Effects:
The Effect of the phenomena Feeling is -in the case- of Unawareness:
Craving towards the object = Attraction, when the feeling is pleasant.
Craving away from the object = Repulsion, when the feeling is painful.
Craving towards 'other' than object = neglect, when the feeling is neutral.

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Characteristics:
Feeling is - as everything else - that is conditioned and constructed:
1: Transient, impermanent, passing, unkeepable, and unmaintainable!
2: Dissatisfying, disappointing, frustrating, painful, and miserable!
3: Impersonal, selfless, ownerless, and not-Me-nor-Mine-nor-Self!

Paradox:
There is this changing phenomena Feeling, yet there is no Feeler...

Buddha once said:
Everything, every mental state, converges on Feeling...

Comments:
We run after pleasant feeling and away from painful feeling, even without
knowing it or being aware of it! Feeling is thus the property our autopilot
mind is controlled by. Unaware of that we become blind slaves of feeling!
Such robot-maniac run after the objects, which when contacted gives rise
to pleasant feeling such as: Porn, drugs, booze, sex, entertainment, food!
Pleasant feeling is thus the proximate cause of any destructive addiction!

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More on Feeling (Vedana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... eeling.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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The Scream for Cream...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat May 14, 2011 9:08 pm





There is the element of eye-sensitivity, the element of visual form, these induce
the element of visual consciousness. The coincidence of these three, is eye Contact...
In dependence on this element of visual-sensitivity, there arises eye-contact.
In dependence on eye-contact, there arises a feeling, born of eye-contact.
In dependence on feeling born of eye-contact, there arises instant craving...
In dependence on the element of visual form, there arises perception.
In dependence on this visual experience, tendency towards a form arises.
In dependence on this inclination, desire for particular visible forms arises.
In dependence on this specific desire, a fever for these specific forms arises.
In dependence on this fever for form, search after these certain forms arises.
In dependence on this search for form, reaching out, acquisition & panic clinging
to a manifold of forms, comes into being... Such is the arising of this entire
mass of ever frustrated suffering...

Similarly with the pairs of ear & sound, nose & smell, tongue & taste, body & touch,
mind & mental states and their respective specific kinds of consciousness.

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This search, this urge, this compulsive drive, is caused by that craving !
Craving that was born from feeling, which was arised from contact…
Any Craving causes Suffering...
Right here and now, later and much later...
Right there at greeting Contact, is this Suffering therefore born...
Right there at avoiding Contact, is this Suffering therefore left...

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice-Cream...
(Jim Jarmusch in the film: Down by Law)

Source:
The Grouped Sayings on the Elements by the Buddha. Dhatu-Samyutta Nikaya XIV
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Clinging is Solidified Craving...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 15, 2011 10:23 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:

Bhikkhus: There are these four kinds of Clinging. What four?
1: Clinging to Sense-Pleasures...
2: Clinging to Various Views...
3: Clinging to Rituals and Superstition…
4: Clinging to an an Ego-Concept…

These are the four kinds of Clinging!
This Noble 8-fold Way is to be developed for the direct experience of the
four kinds of clinging, for the full understanding of these clingings,
for their complete elimination, and for their final overcoming, abandoning
and leaving all behind…
The Noble 8-fold Way is developed for the ceasing of all clinging!

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Comments:
1: The 1st kind of clinging to sights, sounds, smells, flavours, touches, and
thoughts is fairly obvious, yet still long habituated and thus tenacious...
2: Clinging is to Views is thinking: Doing good deeds are completely useless.
Doing evil have no consequences! No action has any effect on my future!
3: Clinging to rituals & superstition is like thinking that fire, bathing, and
various empty rituals, like wearing funny hats & praying, can purify mind…
3: Clinging to an Ego-concept, personality-belief, & a 'self' is the assuming
an unchanging internal entity ‘I-Me', which however is non-existent...
The proximate cause of all clinging is Craving, which have to be left!
This is the 2nd Noble Truth! Clinging means: adherence, attachment, grip,
clasping, clutching, grasping, stubbornly and tenaciously sticking to.
The word pali word the Buddha used ‘Upadana’ literally means ‘taking up’
indicating that as soon as one takes up the object, then clinging occurs!

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Sariputta once said:
When, friends, a Noble Disciple understands clinging, the cause of clinging,
the ceasing of clinging, and the way leading to the ceasing of clinging, in
that way he is one of right view, whose view is straight, who has perfect
confidence in the Dhamma, and has arrived at this true Dhamma...
And what is clinging, what is the cause of clinging, what is the ceasing of
clinging, what is the way to the cease clinging?
Friends: There are these 4 kinds of clinging: clinging to sense-pleasures,
clinging to views, clinging to rituals & superstition, and the subtle clinging
to the ego-concept of an assumed inner self. With the arising of craving,
clinging also arises. With the ceasing of craving, clinging thus ceases too!
The way leading to the ceasing of clinging is just this Noble 8-fold Way:
Right View, Right, Motivation, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood,
Right Effort, Right Awareness, and Right Concentration…

Source: Majjhima Nikaya 9. Sammaditthi Sutta: Discourse on Right View
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 9-nb0.html

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More on Clinging (Upadana): An intensified quite painful form of craving.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cool_Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Quenched.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sha ... f_Evil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Wit ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Wit ... ssions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _Being.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... adaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.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:59] section 45: The Way. 173: The 4 Clingings ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html.

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The 4 Clingings!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Th ... inging.htm
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Happy Vesak to All Beings!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 17, 2011 12:21 am





2010 May 27 Vesak Day celebrates birth, Enlightenment, and passing away
of the Buddha Gotama. Rejoice! Keep clean, calm, cool, clever, and caring...
About this Buddhist Vesak Festival: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesak
This May full moon also celebrates the Buddha's third visit to Sri Lanka in
the eighth year after his Enlightenment where he journeyed to Kelaniya on
the invitation of the Naga King Maniakkhika (Mahavamsa i,72ff.).
The day also celebrates the crowning of king Devanampiyatissa (Mhv.Xi.42),
and the laying of the foundation stone of the Maha Stupa (Mhv.Xxix.1)

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Please Remember:
At this very May full moon in year 528 BC the Blessed Buddha awakened
by completely perfect and utterly unsurpassable self-Enlightenment!
At that time a girl named Sujata Senani lived in Uruvela. When adult she
prayed before a certain Banyan tree, that she might get a good husband
equal to herself in caste & that her firstborn may be a son. Her prayer was
successful. Since indeed it did happen. At the full moon day of the Wesak
month, she rose at early dawn and milked the cows. As soon as new buckets
were placed under the cows, the milk poured spontaneously in streams all by
itself! Seeing this miracle, she knew something special was happening!
That same night the Future Buddha dreamt 5 dreams making him conclude:
"Surely, truly, without any doubt, today I will reach perfect Enlightenment!"
His 5 colored radiance illuminated the whole tree. Then Sujata came and
offered the cooked milk rice into the hands of this Great Being.

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Later a local grass-cutter came going with a bundle of grass just harvested
from nearby. He offered the Great Being 8 handfuls of Kusa grass, when he
saw that this Sage was a Holy Man. The Future Buddha accepted the grass
and proceeded to the foot of the Bodhi-tree. Reaching the imperturbable
Eastern side, where all the Buddhas take their seat, he sat down saying to
himself: This is the immovable spot, where all the prior supreme Buddhas
have planted themselves! This is the place for destroying this net of desire!
Then the Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and thus faced east.
Right there, he then resolutely settled on this mighty decision:

Let just blood and flesh of this body dry up & let skin and sinews fall from
the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained the absolute and
Supreme Self-Enlightenment!


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So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat, from which
not a 100 lightning strikes could make him waver from. At this very moment
the rebel deity Mara -The Evil One- raised exclaiming: Prince Siddhattha will
pass beyond my power, but I will never allow it! And sounding the Mara's war
shout, he summoned his mighty army for battle. Then Mara warned his evil
militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana, is far greater than any other
man, so we will never succeed to fight him up front. We must thus attack
him from the rear. Frustrated, being unable even to touch this big wielder
of power also with 9 mighty hurricanes of wind, rain, rocks, weapons, red
coals, hot ashes, sand, mud, and darkness Mara somewhat in panic shouted
at his army: "Why do you all stand still? Seize, kill & drive away this prince!"

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Mara then yelled: "Siddhattha, leave this seat. It is not yours, but mine!"
Hearing this, the Well-gone One replied: Mara, neither have you fulfilled the
10 perfections to the third degree, nor have you given the 5 great donations.
Neither have you striven for insight, nor for the welfare of all the world,
nor for supreme self-enlightenment! Therefore does this very seat surely
not belong to you, but truly indeed only to me. Suddenly overpowered by fear
Mara's followers fled helter-skelter in all directions. Not two went in the
same direction, but leaving their weapons in a chaos, they all fled terrified
by metaphysical panic. Seeing them flee thus, the great assembly of deities
triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated. Prince Siddhattha has won! Let us
celebrate this truly sublime, wonderful and unique victory! It was before
the sun had set that the Tathagata conquered Mara and defeated his army.
That same night, after having bathed, while the Bo tree rained red sprigs onto
his robe, The Consummate One gained knowledge of his prior lives during the
1st watch of the night: "With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
unified, focused, tractable, compliant, steady & imperturbable, I directed
mind to remembrance of my past lives. I recollected many past lives, i.e., one
re-birth, two...five, ten... 50, a hundred, a thousand, 100 thousand, many eons
of cosmic contraction, & many eons of cosmic expansion: There I had such
a name, belonged to such a clan & species, had such a body. Such was my food,
such my life of pleasures and pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away
from that state, I re-arose there. There I had such name, belonged to such
a sort & family, had such a form. Such was my food, such my experience of
pleasures & pains. Such was the end of my life. Passing away from that state,
I re-arose here. Thus I remembered my various past lives in all their various
modes and manifold details. This was the first knowledge I attained in the
first watch of the night. Ignorance was destroyed; the knowledge arose;
darkness was destroyed; light arose as happens in one who is alert, aware,
and determined. But the very pleasant feeling that arose by this did neither
invade my mind, nor remain. With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright,
intact, pliant, malleable, steady, and totally imperturbable, I directed it to
the knowledge of the passing away and reappearance of beings. I saw by
means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human eye! I saw beings
passing away & re-appearing, and I realized how & why they are high or low,
beautiful or ugly, fortunate and unfortunate all in exact accordance with
the intentions of their prior actions: These beings who were endowed with
bad behaviour of body, speech, and mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held
wrong views & acted under the influence of wrong views, with the break-up
of the body, after death, have re-appeared in the plane of misery, the bad
painful destination, the lower realms, even in hell. But the beings who were
gifted with good behaviour of body, speech and mind, who did not revile the
Noble Ones, who held right views and acted under the influence of right
views after the break-up of the body, after the death, have re-appeared in
happy destinations, even in a divine world! Thus by means of the divine eye,
purified and surpassing the human I saw beings passing away & re-appearing,
all in accordance with their particular mixture of good and bad kamma...
But the satisfaction that arose here did neither invade my mind, nor remain.
With the mind thus concentrated and completely absorbed, I then directed
it towards understanding the ending of mental fermentation. I realized how
it actually comes to be, that:

This is Suffering...
Such is the Cause of Suffering...
Such is the End of Suffering...
Such is the Way to End Suffering...


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Such was the mental fermentations...
Such is the Cause of mental fermentation...
Such is the End of mental fermentation...
Such is the Way leading to the end of mental fermentation.


When my mind saw that, it was instantly freed of the fermentation of all
sense-desire, it was released from the fermentation of becoming, and it
became fully uncovered from the fermentation of ignorance. Thus fully and
perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha - perceiving this immense glory, spoke
these 2 solemn verses, which never has been omitted by any of countless
billions of prior Buddhas:

Through this round of countless existences have I searched, but yet failed
to find "the Creator", who framed this construction: What Suffering indeed
is such endless birth, ageing, decay, sickness and ever repeated death!
Now I see that "the Constructor" of this structure is Craving...!!! Never shall
this construction be built again, since all the rafters are shattered and the
main beam is busted and completely broken... At this calming of all Craving,
the mind was finally, irreversibly and ultimately stilled…
Then, friends, this revelation of certainty arose in me: This release is indeed
immutable, this is the very last rebirth, this endless reappearance has finally
come to a happy end... Nibbana is verily the Highest Bliss!

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About Absolute Awakening!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/g/gotama.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/s/sujaataa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... isatta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irukka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... imanda.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mbodhi.htm

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Source:
The Jataka Nidana. The story of Gotama Buddha.
Tr. by N.A. Jayawickrama, Pali Text Society 1990.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132935

Happy Vesak to All Beings!
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.

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Entrance is the 3 Jewels!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 17, 2011 10:59 pm





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Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in
all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who
can be tamed, both teacher & guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed,
exalted, awakened and enlightened is the Buddha!
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see
for themselves, inspect, examine and verify! Leading each and everyone
through progress towards perfection. Directly observable, experiencable
and realizable by each intelligence...
Perfectly training is the Noble Sangha community of Buddha's disciples.
Training the right way, the true way, the good way, and the direct way!
Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, the 4 Noble pairs, deserve
both gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation
with joined palms, since this Noble Sangha community of Noble disciples,
is an unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed field of merit, in and for this
world, to support, worship, respect, protect, give to and gain from ...

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Therefore:
Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhammam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami

I take refuge in the Buddha!
I take refuge in the Dhamma!
I take refuge in the Sangha!


Thereby Honouring:
The Torch-bearer of Mankind!

On How to become a real true Buddhist:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refuge_(Buddhism)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refu ... ecepts.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

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

Honouring the 3 Jewels is the Entrance!


The 3 Jewels: Tiratana!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Jewels.htm
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Freeing and Fruitful is Faith!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed May 18, 2011 9:36 pm





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Faith is the first of the 5 Elements of Effort (padhaniyanga):
1: Faith, 2: Health, 3: Sincerity, 4: Energy, and 5: Understanding.

Faith is main factor of the 4 Streams of Merit (puñña-dhara):
1: Unshakable faith in the Buddha,
2: Unshakable faith in the Dhamma,
3: Unshakable faith in the Sangha,
4: Quite Perfected Morality.


Faith is the first of the 7 Treasures (dhana):
1: Faith,
2: Morality,
3: Shame,
4: Fear of Wrongdoing,
5: Learning,
6: Generosity,
7: Understanding.


Faith is seed, the entrance, the initiator, the ticket, the beginning.
Understanding is the highest, the goal, the diamond-cutter, the end!
Both are Floods of Advantage, Fabulous Fruits, Leading to Happiness!

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Yeah! So it is Really and not otherwise!

For Fabulously Fine 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

Have a nice confident day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Freeing and Fruitful is Faith!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... _Faith.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.

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Hello everyone

I'm new and its my first time to join a forum. I have been very interested in Buddhism and appreciate that I can learn from the previous posts.
I wish to learn more.

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