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Nothing Here Escapes Decay!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:29 am





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At Savatthi The Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, the eye is impermanent! What is impermanent is suffering!
What is suffering is no-self! What is no-self should be seen as it really is
with correct, true, relevant and realistic understanding thus:
This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self...
The ear is impermanent.... The nose is impermanent....
The tongue is impermanent.... The body is impermanent....
The mind is impermanent. What is impermanent is ultimately suffering...
What is suffering is no-self. What is no-self should be seen as it really is
with correct, true, relevant and realistic understanding thus:
This is neither me, nor mine, this I am not, this is not my self!
Seeing this, bhikkhus, any educated Noble Disciple is disgusted with
the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body, and with the mind...
The experience of this disgust, brings disillusion and disenchantment!
Through this disillusion, the mind is all released! When it is liberated,
then there appears this assurance: "This mind is irreversibly freed" and
one instantly understands: Rebirth is now ended, this Noble Life is fully
concluded, done is what should be done, there is no state beyond this...

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More on impermanence, inconstancy, & transience (Anicca)
Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada (Bhikkhu Ñanamoli)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el186.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. IV 1-2
The group on the 6 Senses 35:1 The Internal as Impermanent...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Nothing Here Escapes Decay!

Internal Transience!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
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What is your Mission here?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:22 pm





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The purpose of purification of Morality is purification of Mentality!
The purpose of purification of Mind is the purification of Understanding!
The purpose of purification of Understanding is the overcoming of Doubt!
The purpose of overcoming Doubt is knowing what to do & what not to do!
The purpose of knowing what to do & not do is purification of the Method!
The purpose of purification of the Method is purity of Knowledge & Vision!
The purpose of purification of Knowledge & Vision is Release of all clinging!
The purpose of Relinquishing all clinging is the only Supreme Bliss: Nibbana...


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More on Purification (Visuddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mental_Purity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Imm ... egrity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... suddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Level ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... cation.htm

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Source:
The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya. Sutta 24 Relays.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/ma ... index.html

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

What is your Mission here?

The Purpose of Purification is Happiness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... cation.htm
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Mind Misconstrues & Misconceives, and thus Misunderstands...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:24 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said: Bhikkhus, there are 3 mental fermentations.

What are these three mental concoctions?

1: The mental Fermentation joined with Sensuality..
2: The mental Fermentation linked with Becoming..
3: The mental Fermentation associated with Ignorance..


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

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Comments:
1: The mental fermentation (asava) linked with sensuality is the false assumption,
that sensing always brings pleasure, while actually sensing also is associated with
pain and also neutral feeling, which is far the most common!
2: The mental fermentation associated with becoming is like the banal yet common
wishing: May I become rich, beautiful, and famous, not noticing that any becoming
inevitably is associated with change, decay, death and thus suffering too!
3: The mental Fermentation associated with ignorance is the misconceptions we
make by inaccurate approximation, undue generalization and over-projection:
Ex: We make the observation: The horizon is linear. Then we assume, project and
simplify by conceptual generalization: 'The earth must be flat', which is a false
mentally ‘brewed=fermented’ misconception… For quite a while many would chop
off your head, if you suggested anything else, than that screaming error…
During biological fermentation sugar, water and yeast ferments into alcohol...
The alcohol was not there to begin with... It was made up by the fermentation!
During mental fermentation observations, mixed with ideas and assumptions
ferments into a misconception, that was not there in the raw observation data...
The misconception 'pancake earth' is not to be seen in an (almost) flat horizon!
This 'pancake round disc earth' concept is a false idea fermented and invented
by the mind desperately trying to predict the relations between what it sees...
Mind Misconstrues & Misconceives, and thus Misunderstands...

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

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:56] section 45: The Way. 163: The fermentations ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html.

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Mind Misconstrues & Misconceives, and thus Misunderstands...

The 3 Mental Fermentations...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
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There is a Good Way :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:38 pm





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A certain Bhikkhu once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, the Noble Life, the Noble Life, is it often said…
What, Sir, is this Noble Life? And what is the final goal of this Noble Life?
This Noble 8-fold Way, Bhikkhu, is the Noble Life; namely:

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)


The destruction of Greed, the destruction of Hate, and the destruction
of Ignorance: This is the final goal of the Noble Life…

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Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fu ... First_.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.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 [7-8] section 45:6 A certain Bhikkhu ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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There is a Good Way :-)

The Noble Life!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
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Just Transient Formations...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:35 am





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The blessed Buddha once asked:
What do you think, Bhikkhus & friends, is form, feeling, perception
mental constructions, and consciousness permanent or impermanent?
Impermanent, Venerable Sir.
Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness? Suffering, Venerable Sir..
Is what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change fit to be regarded
thus: "This is mine, this I am, this is my self"? No, Venerable Sir...!
Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, any kind of form whatsoever, any kind of
feeling whatsoever, any kind of perception whatsoever, any kind of mental
constructions whatsoever, & any kind of consciousness whatsoever, whether
past, future, or present, internal or external, gross or fine, high or low, far or
near, all this should be seen as it really is with true understanding thus:
This is not mine, this is not me, this I am not, this is not my or any self...
Seeing thus, bhikkhus & friends, the learned Noble Disciple experiences
revulsion towards any form, towards any feeling, towards any perception,
revulsion towards all mental constructions, revulsion towards all consciousness.
While experiencing this revulsion, he becomes disillusioned and detached.
Through this detaching disillusion his mind is released. When it is released
there emerges this assurance: This mind is irreversibly released.
He then understands: Destroyed is any new rebirth, this Noble life has been
fully completed, what had to be done is done, there is no state beyond this...

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More on impermanence, inconstancy, & transience (Anicca)
Anicca (Impermanence) According to Theravada (Bhikkhu Ñanamoli):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el186.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pe ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 24:71 III 223
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Just Transient Formations...

Never returning all states pass!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Tr ... ations.htm
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Today is Poson Poya day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:56 am





Poya is the full-moon of Poson (June), which is specially noteworthy to the Sri Lankan
Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka's son, the Arahat Mahinda, officially
introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C. Accordingly, in addition to
the normal ritualistic observances undertaken on a Poya day, on Poson day devotees
flock to Mihintale & Anuradhapura, the ancient holy capital city of the country, for
it was there that Arahat Mahinda converted the then ruler, King Devanampiya Tissa,
and his court to Buddhism, thereby setting in motion a series of events that finally
made Sri Lanka the stronghold home of Theravada Buddhism.

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Arahat Mahinda arrives

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and tests the king's intelligence.

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Mihintale, Sri Lanka.

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Mahinda Thera's cave there.

Essays about the significance of Poson Poya Days in Theravada Buddhism:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... ya_Day.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... tikel1.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... tikel2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... tikel3.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... tikel4.htm

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

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.

I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.

I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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

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

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

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Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's own
eyes & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much better
than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to this world!
This is the very start on the path towards Nibbana -the Deathless Element-
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Bliss, initiated by Morality,
developed further by Dhamma-Study and fulfilled by training of Meditation...

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

The New Noble Community of Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Join Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

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

May your journey hereby be eased, light, swift and sweet. Never give up!

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Mihintale, Sri Lanka, where the Arahat Mahinda, arrived in 3rd century B.C.

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Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Arahat Mahinda arrives at Mihintale!

Today is Poson Poya day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... ya_Day.htm
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A Same 'I'-dentical Self is Not...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:28 pm





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At the time of Buddha Gotama Ven. Khemaka spoke thus:
I do not regard any form as 'This I Am' or 'I am' as if 'inside' any form, nor
do I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any form or as if 'outside' any form!
I do not regard any feeling, perception or mental construction as 'This I Am'
or 'I am' as if 'inside' any feeling, perception or mental construction, nor do
I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any feeling, perception or mentally made
construction or as if 'outside' any feeling, perception or mental construction!
I do not regard any consciousness as 'This I Am' or 'I am' as if 'inside' any
consciousness, nor do I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any consciousness
or as if 'outside' any consciousness ... !!!

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Yet, although this notion, this conception, this assuming, this conceiving, this
imagination, this mental fermentation, this false reference 'I Am' has not yet
vanished in me, still I do not consider anything neither internal, nor external,
neither among these five clusters, nor apart from the five clusters as: "Mine",
nor as "This I Am", nor as "This is My Self"... !!!

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When a Noble Disciple keeps contemplating the momentary arising & ceasing,
the change, the becoming otherwise, the decay, fading & vanishing, and the
conditioned & dependent emergence of these five clusters of clinging, then
the subtle residual desire for 'identification', the remaining 'Ego'-conceit, &
the lingering & latent tendency to suppose 'I Am', not yet eliminated comes to
be uprooted! Thereby do the toxic traces of destructive Egoism all evaporate..
This - in itself - is release, is relinquishment, is liberation, is final freedom!

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More on Anti-Egoism:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/So ... eption.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm

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Khemaka Thera: An Arahat. Once, when he lay very ill at the Badarikarama,
near Kosambi, some monks, staying at the Ghositarama, sent Dasaka, with a
message to Khemaka, inquiring whether he managed to bear his pains.
Dasaka returned with the reply that he did not; he was sent again to ask if
Khemaka had seen the self in the five khandhas; when Dasaka returned with
the answer that he had not, he was sent a third time to ask whether Khemaka
was an arahant. "No," came the answer, and Dasaka had to visit him a fourth
time with the inquiry, What did Khemaka mean by self?
In exasperation Khemaka came himself to Ghositarama and explained how,
even when the Noble Disciple has put away the five lower fetters, there still
clings to him a subtle remnant of the "I" conceit. As a result of this radical
sermon Khemaka himself and sixty others became Arahats right on the spot...!

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Source of inspiration:
This Elder Lion Ven. Khemaka thereby Awakened 60 Theras & himself!
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 127-32
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 Complete Free Text here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 2-089.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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A Same 'I'-dentical Self is Not...

Uprooting Egoism!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm
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Contact Causes Craving!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:09 am





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The blessed Buddha once defined sense Contact (phassa) like this:
In dependence the eye and forms, visual consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is eye contact.
In dependence the ear and sounds, auditory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is ear contact.
In dependence the nose and odours, olfactory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is nose contact.
In dependence the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is tongue contact.
In dependence the body and touches, tactile consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is body contact.
In dependence the mind and thoughts, mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena is mind contact.
Conditioned by Contact, feeling comes into being.
Conditioned by feeling, craving arises.
Conditioned by craving, clinging emerges.
Conditioned by clinging, becoming appears.
Conditioned by becoming, rebirth happens.
Conditioned by birth, ageing, sickness and death arrive!
Such is this conditioned origin of that whole accumulation of suffering...!
Conditioned by Contact, feeling arises. But by the complete stilling, fading
all away and ceasing of that very same craving, comes the instantaneous
cessation of clinging! The ending of clinging ceases becoming.
The ending of becoming ceases any future rebirth.
The ending of birth ceases ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, pain and panic!
That is the conditioned ceasing of this entire massive bulk of suffering...!

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On Contact (Phassa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/De ... ontact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... phassa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Diver ... ntacts.htm

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Source (edited excerpt):
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

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Contact Causes Craving!

What is Contact?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ontact.htm
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What is Nibbãna?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:10 pm





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A wandering friend once asked the Great Disciple:
Friend Sariputta, Nibbana, Nibbana is it said! What is this Nibbana?
The destruction of Greed, the destruction of Hate, and the destruction of
Ignorance! This, friend, is called Nibbana …
But, friend, is there a method, is there a way to reach this Nibbana?
There is indeed a method, friend, there is indeed a way to reach Nibbana!
What, friend, is then this method, what is then that way to reach Nibbana?
It is, friend, simply the completion of this Noble 8-fold Way, namely:

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 is undeniably the very method, friend, the only way to reach Nibbana!
Oh excellent is this unique method, exquisite is this way to reach Nibbana!
This –in itself- is enough for me, friend Sariputta, to begin the endeavour!

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More on Nibbana: A Quenched State of Maximum Peace, Freedom, and Bliss:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... _State.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [251]
section 38:1 Questions on Nibbana ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What is Nibbãna?


Absolute Peace, Ultimate Freedom, and Supreme Bliss!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
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What is Progress?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:11 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, growing in five areas of progress, the Noble Disciple attains a
Noble growth, and acquires the essence, acquires the best, one possibly can
in this bodily existence! What are these 5 areas:

1: One grows in Faith,
2: One grows in Morality,
3: One grows in Learning,
4: One grows in Generosity,
5: One grows in Understanding.


Developing in these five areas of progress, a noble disciple grows with a Noble
Progress, and acquires the very core essence, acquires the optimal advantage,
of this bodily existence. When one grows here in Faith and Morality, in Wisdom,
Liberality, and Learning, the virtuous lay disciple acquires right here the very
quintessence of all what is advantageous!

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More on Purification (Visuddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mental_Purity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Imm ... egrity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... suddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Level ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... cation.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [250]
section 37:34 On growth ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What is Progress?

Real Progress is more Mental Freedom!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ogress.htm
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What is Sexual Abuse?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:47 am





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The 3rd Precept: One accepts the training rule of avoiding All Sexual Abuse.
One should cause No Pain to others or oneself in one's search for pleasure!
Avoiding sexual abuse is thus an essential core component of harmlessness!

Specifically:
One should not mate sexually with another's partner.
One should not mate sexually with anyone engaged or married to another.
One should not mate sexually with minors < 16-18 years of age.
One should not mate sexually with those imprisoned, forced or under the law.
One should not mate sexually with those protected by family or teachers.


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kamesu-micchacara: lit. 'wrong or evil conduct with regard to sensual things';
Unlawful sexual contact refers to adultery, and to intercourse with minors
or other persons under guardianship. The abstaining from this unlawful act is
one of the 5 moral training rules (sikkhapada) binding upon all Buddhists.
Any sexual act transgressing this rule will inevitably cause suffering later...
The monk, however, has to observe perfect chastity by living fully celibate
even without any masturbation. In many Suttas (e.g. A.X., 176) we find the
following explanation:
He avoids unlawful sexual intercourse, abstains from it. He has no intercourse
with girls who are still under the protection of father or mother, brother,
sister or relatives, nor with married women, nor female convicts, nor, lastly,
with betrothed girls. Source: the Buddhist Dictionary:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Bud ... ict.n2.htm

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"Illicit sexual behavior, when indulged in, developed, & pursued, is something
that leads to hell, leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to the realm of
the hungry ghosts. The slightest of all the results coming from illicit sexual
behavior is future rivalry and revenge, when one becomes a human being.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 8-040.html

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"Furthermore, abandoning illicit sex, the disciple of the noble ones abstains
from illicit sex. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, from animosity,
freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom
from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless
numbers of beings, he gains a fair share of limitless freedom from danger,
freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the 3rd gift!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 8-039.html

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Furthermore: Ignoring, hiding or not informing about own STD:
Knowingly engaging in a sexual contact that puts another being in danger
of getting a sexually transmitted disease, which later may make this being
suffer and maybe even be potentially lethal (HIV/AIDS) is also not only sexual
abuse in the Buddhist sense, but also illegal and forbidden by law and thus
legally punishable in most countries today.

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More on The 5 Basic Precepts: The 5 Training rules (Sikkhapada).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Might ... rality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/sangha/Refu ... ecepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... a_pada.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bu ... _Law_3.htm

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Be harmless also when seeking pleasure!

What is Sexual Abuse?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... aviour.htm
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What is Suffering?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:11 pm





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At Savatthi. While seated, the Venerable Radha asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, one says: Mara, Mara! What, Venerable Sir, is Mara?
Form, Radha, is suffering, feeling is suffering, perception is suffering,
mental constructions are suffering, consciousness is suffering... !
Radha, you should abandon desire, you should abandon lust, you should cease
all desire and all lust, for whatever is a state of Mara ...
for whatever is impermanent ... for whatever is of an impermanent nature ...
for whatever is suffering ... for whatever is of a painful nature ...
for whatever is non-self ... for whatever is of a selfless nature ...
for whatever is a state of destruction ... for whatever is a state of vanishing ...
for what-ever is a state of arising ... for whatever is of a nature to cease!
And what, Radha, is of a nature to cease?
All form is of a nature to cease...
All feeling is of a nature to cease...
All perception is of a nature to cease...
All mental constructions are of a nature to cease...
All consciousness is of a nature to cease...

Understanding this, Bhikkhu, a well instructed Noble Disciple experiences
disgust towards form, disgust towards feeling, disgust towards perception,
disgust towards mental construction, & disgust towards consciousness itself!
Experiencing disgust, he becomes disillusioned! Through disillusion his mind
is released. When it is released, he instantly knows: This mind is liberated,
and he understands: Extinguished is rebirth, this Noble Life is all completed,
done is what should be done, there is no state of being beyond this...
SN 23 24-34 III 199

See also how Buddha explains Radha how to smash, scatter, & demolish being:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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More on Suffering = Dukkha
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Source_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Co ... ring_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Gaining one more womb, stranded on yet another placental afterbirth is no victory!

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 23:24-34 III 199
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Du = Bad, Kha = State, Duk+kha = Literally "Bad State"!

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What is Suffering?

Whatever is of an impermanent nature!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... fering.htm
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Without Agitation…

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:42 am





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At Savatthi The Buddha once said:
All form is transient, all feeling is transient, all perception is transient,
all mental constructions are transient, all consciousness is transient...
This transience is suffering! What is suffering is no-self! What is no-self
should be seen as it really is with correct understanding in this very way:
'All this is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self!'...
When one sees and understands this thus, as it really is with correct and
penetrating understanding, then one maintains no views on what is past.
When one maintains no more views regarding the past, then one neither
maintains any views about the future. When one has relinquished all views
about the future, then one is not being possessed by stubborn clinging...
Having no trace of immovable clinging left, the mind becomes disillusioned
regarding all form, all feeling, all perception, all mental constructions, and
all consciousness. By that it is released from the 3 mental fermentations
through detached non-clinging... By being released, the mind is all silenced!
By being thus stilled, the mind becomes content... Being content, it is not
agitated anymore... Being thus unagitated, one indeed attains Nibbana!
Right there and then, one instantly understands: Ended is this process of
rebirth, this Noble Life has been lived, done is all what had to be done,
there is no state beyond this...

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More on this nicely ballanced Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Exq ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... 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/drops/IV/Un ... 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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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 55-58
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Tranquillity ballances out the extreme states...


Not Agitated…
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
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Cosmic Goodness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:17 pm





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Train yourself in doing only pure good,
Since that lasts & brings great happiness!
Cultivate generosity, peaceful simple living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness... _/\_

Itivuttaka 16

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Who is hospitable, open, straight & friendly,
Generous, gentle and always unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a true leader,
Such one may great honour gain...

Digha Nikaya 31

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For one who deliberately and fully attentive,
Develops and expands Universal Friendliness
Experiencing the fading away of clinging,
All his chains are worn down thereby!

Itivuttaka 27

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With good-will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate a limitless heart and mind:
Beaming above, below, and all around,
Unobstructed, without trace of hostility.

Sutta Nipata I, 8

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May all creatures, all breathing & living things,
All beings, one and all, without any exception,
Experience the good fortune of Happiness!
May they not fall into any harm...

Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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More on this Infinite, Elevating and Protecting Goodwill:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... odWill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... diance.htm

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What is Virtue?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:11 pm





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Bodily Morality is:
Not Killing…
Not Stealing…
Not Abusing the Senses =
No Adultery!
No Alcohol!
No Drugs!
No Overeating!
No Porn!


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Verbal Morality:
Not Lying…
Not Scolding…
Not Slandering…
Not Gossiping…


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Mental Morality:
Not Wanting…
Not Hating…
Not maintaining any Wrong Views…


These are the causes of Future Good, Pleasure, Happiness and Success…

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More on this basic first cause of all Good: Morality (Sila)!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sila_1_to_5.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happy_Habit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... ection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Best_ ... Praxis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Si ... lation.htm

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Source: The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga.
Written by 'the great explainer' Ven. Buddhaghosa in 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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What is Virtue?


How to Make a Good Future!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
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Ballanced Energy...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:53 pm





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Laziness overcomes one strong in concentration and weak in energy,
since concentration favours idle inaction...
Agitation and restlessness overpowers one strong in energy and weak
in concentration, because energy stimulate agitation...
But concentration coupled & ballanced with energy cannot lapse into laziness,
& energy coupled & ballanced with concentration cannot provoke restlessness...
Therefore should these two abilities be ballanced, since excellence of effort
and mental absorption arises out of the even ballancing of the mental abilities.

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For a full Study on Energy (Viriya): The root Hero of all Success:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthu ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/P ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... f_Hero.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Energy.htm  

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Source:
The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga by Buddhaghosa 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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Ballanced Energy...

Ballanced Energy is neither Lazy, nor Restless!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... Energy.htm
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With neither Debt, nor Regret...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:21 pm





By Prof. Lily de Silva, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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Life in the modern age has become particularly trying and problematic.
Though it remains a fact that the standard of living has generally improved,
man is still suffering immensely under the weight of present-day living.
The physical condition of man has been reduced to such a pathetic level that
he succumbs to untimely death by killer diseases such as cancer, heart failure,
diabetes, etc. to an unprecedented degree. Mentally, he is so tension-ridden
that he has forgotten the art of relaxing, and he cannot even enjoy sound
sleep without the aid of tranquilizers. In this set up interpersonal relations
have become so brittle and vulnerable that the divorce rate has indeed become
alarmingly high, thus letting loose a whole series of other social problems such
as uncared-for children, juvenile delinquency, suicide, etc. Thus life has become
a problematic burden and a solution to make life more tolerable and enjoyable
is a great and pressing need.

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As the word of the Buddha is of everlasting value and universal applicability,
and as the Buddha preached not only to monks and nuns but also to the lay
public as well, it is useful to find a teaching of the Buddha which is relevant
to our present-day problems:
In the Pattakammavagga of the Anguttara Nikaya (A II, 69) the Buddha
preached a sutta to Anathapindika on the fourfold pleasures of a layman.
It is our considered opinion that this sutta offers adequate insight to meet
the demands of the present-day problems as well. The four types of pleasure
listed there are:
1: Atthisukha, the pleasure of having material wealth;
2: Bhogasukha, the pleasure of enjoying material wealth;
3: Ananasukha, the pleasure of being debtless; and
4: Anavajjaskha, the pleasure of being blameless.
Let us take these for discussion one by one and see how these four sources
of pleasure can be harnessed for living a happy life in the present-day world.

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Atthisukha — Man should not only have a righteous means of living, avoiding
blameworthy trades such as dealing in meat, liquor, poison, firearms & slavery,
he should also entertain a wholesome attitude towards his right occupation.
For instance, if a doctor welcomes epidemics in the locality in order to make
much money, or a trader hopes for natural calamities to send market prices up,
the money earned by such unscrupulous individuals is not righteous money as
their intentions are impure and foul. Also one should not deceive or exploit
others in carrying out one's occupation. Exerting oneself with great energy,
one should earn one's living, and such hard-earned wealth is called righteous
wealth (dhammika dhammaladdha). Again one could have great wealth, but if
one does not experience a sense of contentment with what one has, one cannot
really enjoy atthisukha or the pleasure of having. The amassing of wealth of
such a person is like trying to fill a bottomless vessel. This is one of the widely
spread maladies we see in the present-day society. Inordinate expansion of
wealth becomes a source not of happiness, but of greed, anxiety, and envy.
Such wealth exposes the possessor to the jealousies and manoeuvres of other
unscrupulous individuals, hence the occurrence of blackmailing and kidnapping
from time to time. But if one does have a correct means of earning one's living
and the correct attitude to wealth, one can escape many of the hazards which
money brings in its wake to modern man...

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Bhogasukha — Wealth has only instrumental value and the proper enjoyment
of wealth is an art which is worth carefully cultivating. Buddhism deplores both
extravagance and miserly hoarding. One must maintain a healthy balanced
standard of living according to one's means. If, in the enjoyment of wealth,
one overindulges in sense pleasures, one is bound to run into health hazards in
a very short time. If, for instance, one overindulges in food just because one
can afford it, one will soon be overcome by diseases such as heart failure, high
blood pressure and diabetes. Such a one will be faced with the situation of
"cutting his neck with his own tongue." Moderation in food is a virtue praised
in Buddhism and it is a health-promoting habit. Often in the name of enjoying
wealth, man cultivates unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking.
It is paradoxical that man, who actually loves himself most, should act as if
he were his own worst enemy by indulging in habits which ultimately reduce
him to a physical wreck. It is medically established that smoking causes the
highest percentage of lung cancer, and that drinking causes irreparable damage
to vital organs of the body including brain and liver. If only one pauses to just
ponder over one's own welfare, and if only one entertains at least some degree
of compassion towards oneself, one would not get into the clutches of these
vicious habits. Wealthy men often end up in the pitiful plight of the ant fallen
in the pot of honey. Such men did not know the art of enjoying bhogasukha.
The regard the body as an instrument for pleasure, and they wear out and
debilitate the body's capacity for enjoyment in double quick time, long before
the natural process of wear and tear sets in. If we love ourselves, we have to
treat our bodies with proper care without taxing it with overindulgence and
deprivation. It is with the body that we can enjoy not only the pleasures of
the senses, but even the spiritual bliss of Nibbana. Another aspect of the joy
of wealth is the art of sharing. Without being an Adinnapubbaka, a miserly
"never-giver," if one learns to share one's riches with those worthy, the less
fortunate and have-nots, one will have the noble experience of rejoicing at
the joy of another. At the same time one will learn the love and good will of
others, instead of becoming the target of envy, jealousy and intrigue.

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Ananasukha — The pleasure of being debtless is the third quality discussed
in our sutta. Economically if one can be completely free of debt, one is indeed
a very fortunate person. To be really debtless in society one has to discharge
one's obligations scrupulously. As a wage earner one has to discharge one's
duties for which one is paid, otherwise one can be indebted to the employer.
As a parent one has to fulfill one's obligations to one's children. In our society
children are taught to worship and look after their parents, and it is well to
bear in mind that parents too have to qualify themselves for the honour they
receive by being dutiful parents. It should be emphasized that fathers who
neglect their families as a result of their addiction to vices such as drinking
and gambling fall far short of the ideal of debtlessness. One can have the
satisfaction of being debtless only if one has fulfilled one's obligations in all
social roles one has to perform.

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Anavajjasukha — The satisfaction of leading a blameless life is the highest
form of satisfaction that a layman can have. Every society has a code of
ethics to be followed by its members. According to Buddhism the minimum
code of ethics regulating the life of its adherent disciples is the pañcasila:
the Five Precepts. If one practices these virtues, one can have the satisfaction
of leading a righteous life to a great extent. Refraining from doing to others
what one does not like others to do to oneself, is the basic inviolable principle
underlying these virtues. Buddhism speaks of hiri and ottappa, the sense of
shame and the fear of doing wrong, as deva dhamma or celestial qualities.
These are the basic qualities which separate man from the animal kingdom.
Unlike the animals man has a conscience, which makes him squeamish about
doing wrong... Buddhism recognizes blameless mental activity as well.
Mental activities which arise from greed, hatred & ignorance are detrimental
and thus blameworthy. Let us see how such mental behaviour causes unhappiness.
Take for instance the case of a person who is angry. What are the symptoms
of anger? Hard breathing, accelerated heart beat, faster circulation of blood,
feeling hot, sweating, trepidation, restlessness, etc. — these are the physical
manifestations of anger. These are certainly not pleasant physical experiences.
Each time the cause of anger is remembered, even though the rage of physical
manifestations of anger may not be that marked, one feels quite restless and
mentally ill at ease. We use expressions such as "boiling with anger," "I got the
devil on to me," etc. to mean getting angry, and these sayings are literally
expressive of the situation. It is impossible for one to be angry and happy at
the same time. An irritable person is truly a very sad person, and what is worse
he infects others around him too with the same sadness. The cultivation of
sublime modes of behaviour such as loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic
joy and equanimity are truly conducive to happy living. Those who live with
such attitudes habitually are pleasant and amicable people, who can be happy
when all alone, as well as in any company.

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If we truly understand the sound significance of these 4 kinds of happiness
elucidated in our sutta, and translate them into action, then our life will be
much more pleasant, easy and happy even in this modern age.

Kindly shared by Ven. Vicittalankara, Mumbai, India.

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Full Source text: AN 4.62 PTS: A ii 69 Anana Sutta: Debtless
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

More on this Happiness, pleasure, bliss (Sukha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Happy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samana-Sukha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Buddha_on_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Me ... dicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... d_Yeah.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sukha.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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

With neither Debt, nor Regret...

The Layman's Happiness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... piness.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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The Beautiful Release!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:00 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal friendliness
achieved? What does this liberation have as its destination, what is
its culmination, what is its sweet fruit, what is the final goal of such
mental release by universal friendliness?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite friendliness, so the second quarter,
the third quarter, and the fourth quarter. Thus above, below, across,
and everywhere, and to all beings as to himself, he dwells pervading
the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited friendliness,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without enmity,
without any ill will! Thus prepared and expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless friendliness.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such friendliness.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite friendliness.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute friendliness.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with open friendliness.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with friendliness.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless friendliness.

Based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.

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If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the unrepulsive & tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing the repulsive therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing the unrepulsive in whatever disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
dwell in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else
he enters and dwells in the mental deliverance by the beautiful...
I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise Bhikkhu here who has not penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by pure
infinite friendliness has the beautiful deliverance as its culmination!

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More on the 7 links to Awakening (bojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... Vicaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.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/E ... pekkha.htm

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...

Deliverance can be induced by friendliness :-)

The Beautiful Release!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/B ... elease.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Infinite Pity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:22 am





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is the mental release by universal pity achieved?
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, and what is the goal of release by universal pity?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite pity, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter. As above,
so below, across, and everywhere! To all beings and to himself, he dwells
pervading the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited pity,
immense, exalted, vast, measureless, without hostility, without enmity,
without any trace of ill will! Thus prepared & expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with this limitless pity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such vast pity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with this infinite pity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with this absolute pity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with this spacious pity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with this great pity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with this endless pity.

While based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & culminating in release.
If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in the unrepulsive and tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing the repulsive therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in the disgusting and repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he then wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive and repulsive, he experiences only excessive beauty in it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware & clearly comprehending, then he dwells in this
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending. Or else, by completely
transcending of all experience of form, fully stilling any perception of all
sense-reaction, non attending to any experience of diversity, only aware
that space is infinite, he enters and dwells in the infinitude of space...
I tell you Bhikkhus, for a wise Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated
to an even more superior mental release, this release of mind by infinite
pity has the sublime sphere of the infinitude of space as its culmination!

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On this infinite Pity (maha-karuna):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Com ... e_Pity.htm

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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

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Pity can open a mental infinitude of space!

Infinite Pity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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What Causes Emergence?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:10 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said: I will teach you the origination and passing
away of the reference objects of the Four Foundations of Awareness.
Listen to that:

Appearance of Nutriment produces the emergence of the Body.
Disappearance of Nutriment produces the passing away of the Body.

Appearance of Contact produces the emergence of Feeling.
Disappearance of Contact produces the passing away of Feeling.

Appearance of Name-&-Form produces the emergence of Mind.
Disappearance of Name-&-Form produces the passing away of Mind.

Appearance of Attention produces the emergence of Phenomena.
Disappearance of Attention produces the passing away of Phenomena.


Therefore: Considering, contemplating, analyzing, and always recollecting:
Body merely as transient forms grown on and out of Food;
Feeling only as passing emotions arised from Contact;
Mind just as changing moods emerged from Naming-and-Forming;
Phenomena only as momentary mental states created by Attention...
repeatedly, thoroughly, and completely, is called initiating & developing the
Four Foundations of Awareness, which - in itself - is the mental treasure
par excellence, leading steadily and straight to the Deathless Element...
Deep, deep, subtle and somewhat enigmatic is this profound classification!

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Details On 4 Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm

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Everything has a Cause: Conditioned Origination and Cessation:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/ontology.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Pro ... sality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Cohes ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Colla ... sation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... nation.htm

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Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 184-5] 47 The Foundations of Awareness: 42 Origination..

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Everything has a Cause!

Emergence and Cessation!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
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Theravada Forest Tradition.


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