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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

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Hug the Cosmos!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:31 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said: Embrace the Cosmos!
Bhikkhus and Friends: There are these four infinite & divine mental states:
The Bhikkhu pervades all beings with all-embracing friendliness ...
The Bhikkhu encompass all beings with universal and endless pity ...
The Bhikkhu permeates all beings with infinite and mutual joy ...
The Bhikkhu suffuses all beings with unlimited equanimity ...
First in one direction, then the second, then the third, and to the fourth,
above, below, all around, in every location, uniting himself with all beings,
he pervades the entire universe with an all-embracing pure friendliness,
with all-embracing compassion and pity, with all-embracing mutual and
altruistic joy, with an all-embracing imperturbable equanimity, using a
refined mind, which is made great, vast, profound, infinite, immeasurable,
released from all hate, anger, irritation, opposition and stubbornness...
Source: DN33

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Because of hate, overwhelmed and obsessed by hate, one lives by doing evil
deeds, speaking evil words, and thinking evil thoughts... While doing this one
neither really understands one's own welfare, nor the welfare of others,
nor the welfare of both... If, however, this hate is overcome and subdued,
then one lives while doing good deeds, speaking kind words, and thinking
advantageous thoughts... Therefore while doing this good one really knows
what is for one's own present & future welfare, for the welfare of others,
and to the welfare of both oneself and all other beings...
Source: AN 3:55

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More on these 4 Infinite and Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .irel.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el007.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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Hug the Cosmos!

Infinite is All-Embracing Kindness!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
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Like Foam!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:02 am





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The Buddha once said about the fleeting aspects of reality:
Form is like a lump of foam, feeling is like a water bubble, perception is like
a mirage, constructions like a hollow tree, and consciousness like an illusion!
Just a coreless appearance! However one may reflect over it, and carefully
investigate it. When one views it cautiously: It appears but empty and void!
Pointing at this body The One of Broad Wisdom has taught that if only three
things are lacking, one will have to leave this fragile frame, ditched all behind:
If metabolism, heat and consciousness depart from this physical body, then it
lies there, cast away again: Unconscious food for others.. This illusion, beguiler
of vain fools. It is similar to a serial killer. Neither a substance, nor any safety.
A Bhikkhu with aroused enthusiasm looks upon these 5 clusters of clinging in
exactly this ultra-realistic way: Disgusted, both day & night! Ever aware, calmly
& clearly comprehending! He should eliminate all mental chains, thereby making
his own island! Thereby becoming his own protector, refuge, lamp and light!
Let him train as with his head ablaze with fire yearning only for the everlasting
deathless state!

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

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya III 142-3
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 Full Text:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... 2-095.html

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Like Foam!

Reality contains neither an 'ego', nor a 'substance'...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
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The Noble Fruit!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:40 pm





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Insight culminates in the moment of attaining the recluses sublime fruit:
A state tranquillizing all distress, its beauty from the Deathless draws...
Its calm from lack of fuzzy worldliness. Truly a sweet and clarified bliss!
It is a fountainhead, whose honey-sweet ambrosia emulates the deathless.
Any being refining understanding, will experience this pure peerless bliss,
which is the taste the noble fruit produces, right here in this very life!
The flavour of the Noble fruit is Happiness, a blessing of fulfilled insight!
Vism 702

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There are 4 types of increasingly Noble individuals (Ariya-Puggala):
1: The Stream-winner (Sotapanna),
2: The Once-Returner (Sakadagami),
3: The Non-Returner (Anagami),
4: The Awakened Holy One (Arahat).


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More on mental Fruition (Phala):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /phala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Re ... itions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... nefits.htm

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The Noble Fruit!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Noble_Fruit.htm
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The Stream Supreme...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:32 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Here, householder, the Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence and
conviction in the Buddha in exactly his way: Worthy, honourable & perfectly
self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in knowledge and behaviour,
all transcended, expert in all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable
trainer of those who can be tamed, teacher & guide of both gods & humans,
blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened is the Buddha!
He possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma in exactly this way:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and 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...
He also possesses confirmed confidence in the Noble Sangha in this way:
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's disciples:
Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way!
Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs, deserve
both gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, hospitality & reverential salutation with
joined palms, since this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's disciples,
is an unsurpassable & forever unsurpassed Field of Merit, in this world, for
this world, to honour, protect, respect and support ...
He possesses the Pure Morality esteemed by the Noble ones:
Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, unmottled, freeing, praised by the wise,
natural, leading to mental concentration, to absorption...
These are the 4 factors of Stream-Entry that a Noble Disciple possess!

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The 4 steps to Stream-entry (sotapannassa angani) are therefore obtaining:
1: Unshakable faith in the fact of the perfect Enlightenment of the Buddha.
2: Unshakable faith in the perfect correctness of the true Dhamma.
3: Unshakable faith in the Noble part of the Sangha (monastic+lay).
4: Purified and perfectly unspotted Morality (Sila).
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ssa_an.htm
Canonical references: SN. LV.1; DN. 33; SN. XLVII.8

Not to confuse with the 4 helpers to Stream-entry (sotapattiyanga):
1: Companionship with great men,
2: Hearing the True Dhamma Law,
3: Wise reflection on Cause and Effect,
4: Living in conformity with the Dhamma.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... iyanga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
Canonical references: SN. LV.5; DN.33

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More on the Noble Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Li ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book II [69]
section 12:41 The five Fears ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

The Stream Supreme...

The 4 Steps to Stream-Entry!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
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What Causes Contentment?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:25 am





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The blessed Buddha once said:
Contentment is the highest Treasure!
Dhammapada 204

Please imagine a state, where one always is Content…
If always content, what would, one need, urge for or want? Nothing!

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What is the cause of contentment?
Mutual joy with others success is the proximate cause of contentment...
Lack of Mutual joy is therefore the cause of discontentment…

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A: When did you last rejoice happily in someone else’s success?
B: When did you last enjoy the calm peace of satisfied contentment?
State-A causes state-B. Therefore: Non-state-A causes non-state-B...!

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Mutual joy can be trained! Result => Calm Content!

How? Please see here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Contentment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ontent.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Enjoy Elevated Rejoice! It cures!
When providing the cause, one gains the effect…


What Causes Contentment?

How2 Get Calm Contentment?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ntment.htm
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Cause and Effect....

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:47 pm





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There are some fundamental tenets. One is the universal regime of cause
and effect. The second is the idea of interdependence of all phenomena.
The third is in understanding that there is a certain dependence in origination
itself, that is that which originates, changes, disappears and disintegrates.
This idea is inbuilt in origination. The 4th is the impermanence of conditioned
things and absence of inherent existence of the cognizer and the cognized.
The fifth is the suffering that follows from mistaken perceptions in the
permanence of reality. In our social as well as individual lives, we have to
encounter suffering caused by false apprehensions of reality and happiness.
Buddhism does not believe in mortifying the flesh; it does not believe in ignoring
the demands of life, or the potential for expanding knowledge about the universe;
it does not deny that knowledge can help to reduce suffering or improve
conditions of living. It has therefore no distaste for science or technology.
On the contrary, it believes that skillful use of science and technology can
improve the quality of our lives. But since technology involves the choice of
goals, nature of the goals, as well as the motivation that prompts the choice
and pursuit of goals become very important. If they ignore or violate any of
the beliefs that listed above, they are bound to increase individual and social
suffering, and not welfare. Hence what we believe will contribute to our pleasure
sometimes could turn out to be the cause of aggravated suffering.
To the Buddhist, ethics and morality are not extraneous to the realm of cause and
effect. They are not commandments of one who is the creator, and who functions
above the realm of cause and effect. Nor have their observance to be induced by
a system of reward and punishment.
The belief that actions take place in the realm of cause and effect has turned
Buddhism away from the need to look for an external source of authority or
reward and punishment administered by an external authority. Actions have
their inescapable consequences as they are guided by the law of cause & effect.
Thus my motivations and actions will have their effects on me and the social and
even natural environment in which I live. I cannot overlook this effect, and
therefore, the responsibility to see that my conduct to what creates a conducive
effect on me as well as my social and natural environment.
Advances in science and technology are not based on an analysis of motives,
or the impact and chain-reactions that these are likely to cause on the psyche
and environment. The negative consequences of this absence of mindfulness have
now been brought to our attention. What do we do?
Persist in the mindless pursuit of individual power and material possessions,
unconcerned with its consequences -- in other words running the risk of a
suicide of the species?
The answer lies within us, within our minds. To a believer in Buddha Dharma it is
this mindfulness which is the basis on which to choose the path that leads to
freedom and fulfillment. Among the most powerful enemies of mindfulness are
desire, greed and the ego, the desire to promote one's ego at the cost of others
or society or the environment. The answer that Buddha Dhamma clearly gives is
mindfulness even to protect mindfulness itself, and the ethics and morality that
mindfulness makes imperative in a world governed by cause and effect.
by Lama Doboom Tulku, Times of India, Dec 21, 2011

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Causes, good as bad, inevitably spread as effects, like rings in water!

More on Causality:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Boundn_to_be.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pr ... Causes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dep ... sation.htm

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Cause and Effect....

Mental Causation inevitably entails Resultants!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cau ... Effect.htm
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Serene Ease...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:25 pm





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When one has understood constructions by seeing the three characteristics in
them and their voidness, then one can leave both terror & delight by becoming
indifferent and neutral to all states, taking them neither to be 'I' nor 'mine'!
One becomes like a man who has recently divorced his wife: The man who were
married to a lovely, gorgeous, & charming wife & so deeply in love with her as to
be unable to bear separation from her for a moment. He would be disturbed &
displeased to see her standing, talking & laughing with another man, and would
be very unhappy, but later, when he had found out that woman's faults, and he
had divorced her, he would no more take her as 'mine'; and thereafter, even
though he saw her doing whatever it might be, with whomsoever it might be,
he would neither be disturbed, nor displeased, but only neutral & indifferent!
So too with the meditating disciple who wants to get free from all phenomena,
he recognizes all constructions as impermanent, and void of pleasure and self,
thus seeing that nothing is possible to take as 'I' or 'mine', he abandons both
terror and delight, and becomes indifferent & neutral towards all phenomena...
Vism 656

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Divorced from Possessiveness, Egoism, Clinging and Frustration!

More On Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Se ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Im ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/E ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ser ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

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Equanimity describes the unattached awareness of one's experience as a result
of perceiving the impermanence of momentary reality. It is a peace of mind and
dwelling in even calmness that cannot be shaken by any grade of both fortunate
and unfortunate circumstance. It is a concept promoted by several religions...!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity

Have a nice divorced day!

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Serene Ease...

Aloof is Equanimity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
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The Mind is Naturally Radiant!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:17 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are five impurities of gold impaired by which it becomes neither pliant
nor wieldy, it lacks radiance, is weak & easily broken and cannot be formed...
What are these five impurities? They are: Iron, copper, tin, lead and silver.
But if the gold has been purified from these five impurities, then it will indeed
be pliant and wieldy, radiant and firm, and can be formed well. Whatever kind
of jewellery one wishes to make from it, be it a diadem, earrings, a necklace or
a golden chain, it will easily serve that purpose well.
Similarly, there are five impurities of the mind impaired by which the mind is
neither pliant nor wieldy, it lacks radiant lucidity and stability, and cannot
concentrate well upon the eradication of the mental fermentations (asava).
What are these five impurities? They are:

1: Sense-Desire,
2: Evil-Will,
3: Lethargy and Laziness,
4: Restlessness and Regret,
5: Doubt and Uncertainty...


But if the mind is freed of these five mental hindrances, then it will be plastic,
flexible, and wieldy, will be of radiant lucidity and firm calm stability, and will
concentrate well upon the elimination of the mental fermentations. Whatever
supra-human state realizable by these higher mental abilities one may pursue,
one will in each case be able to directly experience it, as an eye-witness...

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Buddha said: The mind is naturally radiant, but veiled by mental hindrance!

More on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fe ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/St ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ome_10.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Canal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Na ... adiant.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... ziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Do ... tainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... orance.htm

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Comments:
The 4 mental fermentations are wrong, false & hidden assumptions associated with:
1: Sense-desire (kamasava). Ex: "Sensing is only & always pleasant. Pain exists not!"
2: Desiring becoming into new existence ([i]bhavasava): Ex: "All life is good, Death exists not!"
3: Wrong views (ditthasava): [/i]Ex: "I am better, know better & what I think is thus never wrong!"
4: Ignorance (avijjasava): Ex: "Suffering, craving, ending craving & the Noble Way exists not!"

For Details on the 3 Mental Fermentations (asava) please see:
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/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... tation.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Fives 23: Four deeds of Merit... [III: 16-7]

The Mind is Naturally Radiant!

But veiled by alien mental hindrances!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Na ... adiant.htm
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What causes ignorance?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:02 pm





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A prince named fearless once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, what is the conditioning cause for lack of vision & wisdom?
Prince, when mind is obsessed, overwhelmed, & dominated by sense-desire,
or when mind is beset by evil-will, plagued, enraged & conquered by anger,
or when mind is retarded, dimmed, detained & diluted by lethargic laziness,
or when mind is agitated, troubled & tyrannized by restlessness & regret,
or when mind is perplexed, confused & bewildered by doubt & uncertainty,
and one does not understand any safe escape from any of these present
mental hindrances, at that moment, one can neither see, nor understand
anything of what is advantageous, neither for oneself, nor for others,
nor both for oneself & others! These mental hindrances are therefore
the conditioning causes for lack of vision and wisdom! It is in exactly
this way, that ignorance arises from a cause, and not without a cause...
What is this Dhamma explanation called, Sir?
These are called the mental hindrances, prince.
Surely and unquestionably they are mental hindrances. Blessed One!
One overcome by even a single mental hindrance would not know and see
things as they really are, not to speak of one overcome by all these
5 mental hindrances...

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More on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fe ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/St ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... ziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Re ... Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Do ... tainty.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:127] section 46: The Links. 56: To Abhaya...

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What causes ignorance?

The 5 mental hindrances causes ignorance!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... orance.htm
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Instant Karma!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:48 am





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Doing evil, bad or wrong actions, returns in resultant pain, while doing good,
right and kind actions echoes back as pleasure. Usually there is a long delay
between action and resultant karmic effect. Though in rare & strong cases
the effect returns immediately. This 'behavioural echo' may be designated:
Instant karma. Some illustrative examples are given below:

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Folly parents made him do this.
Cat does not resist since it knows and likes the boy. Therefore it stays dry!
Kamma in action!

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This cat also likes the boy, but teaches him a lesson about not to let own anger
drip on others... Kamma in action!

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This foolish woman is using a far too large gun: A Desert Eagle using .50
Action Express bullets, which can kill an elephant or rhino in one shot,
but has a forceful recoil. Her intention with the gun is motivated by hate.
She experiences that! Kamma in action!

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This cat has killed too many mice, being greedy and eaten far too much,
gotten fat, and thus totally misses an otherwise easy jump. Kamma in action!

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This guy was a human thief in his prior life.
Note how he also now approaches slowly, looks around, and retires quickly.
He knows what he is doing from earlier, since seagulls cannot be trained!
Next rebirth destination for him: Stealing insect or lower. Kamma in action!

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This boy does good and gets fun!

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This boy also does good and also gets fun!

More on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action (Sanskrit=Karma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

Instant Karma!

Doing Good gets pleasure. Doing evil gets Pain!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Instant_Karma.htm
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Flash in, splash out...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:55 am





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Life, person, pleasure, pain, just these join in a conscious moment that flicks by.
Even gods, that live for 84.000 aeons, are not the same even for 2 such moments!
Ceased aggregates of those dead & alive are all alike, gone for never to return...
And those states and accumulations that break up meanwhile, and in any future,
have no traits different from those ceased before. All states are equally brief!
No world is born if consciousness is not produced! When consciousness is present,
then the world appears as living! When consciousness dissolves, the world is dead!
This is the highest sense, this concept of ever blinking re-becoming, can justify...
No store of broken states exist anywhere, & no future stock of states to come!
Those phenomena that are momentarily born balance like seeds on a needle point.
Fall and breakup of all states is surely foredoomed, even at their fleeting birth...
Those present states decay now, unmingled with those past states, just gone by.
They come from nowhere, break up, & back to nowhere they inevitably then go...
Reality flash in & then flash out, as a lightning in the sky... Not ever to be kept!!!
Even for a single moment! Vism 625, Nd I 42

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Momentary states flashes in and then immediately flashes out!

More on this transience and Impermanence (Anicca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rise_and_Fall.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... reakup.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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Have a nice passing day!

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Flash in, splash out...

Momentary are all states, whether physical or mental!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Fla ... sh_Out.htm
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Entering the Stream Supreme!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:19 am





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The Blessed Buddha once explained how to Enter the Stream to Nibbana:
Bhikkhus & friends, these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads
to the realization of the fruit of Stream-entry (sotapatti-phala)!
Which four?
1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on Great Men...
2: Hearing and studying the true Dhamma Doctrine...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine Dhamma...
4: Rational and careful Attention to cause and effect...

These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads to the fruition of
Once-returning (sakadagami-phala) or further to Non-return (anagami-phala).
These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads finally to the fruition
of Arahat-ship, the Awakening that is Enlightenment (arahatta-phala)!
Bhikkhus these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads directly to
the reaching, attaining & realizing of genuine and liberating Understanding;
To the state of Awakening of Understanding;
To the state of Wealth of Understanding;
To the state of Great Understanding;
To the state of Open Understanding;
To the state of Wide Understanding;
To the state of Profound Understanding;
To the state of Deep Understanding;
To the state of Unequalled Understanding;
To the state of Universal Understanding;
To the state of Extensive Understanding;
To the state of Quick Understanding;
To the state of Instant Understanding;
To the state of Light Understanding;
To the state of Laughing Understanding;
To the state of Acute Understanding;
To the state of Penetrative Understanding!
To the state of Ultimate and Absolute Understanding!
What four?
1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on great men...
2: Hearing and reading the true Doctrine of the Dhamma...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine & righteous Dhamma Law...
4: Careful and rational Attention to what is cause and what is effect...


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More on gaining a surely safe future: Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Internal_Bath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... trance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/St ... _Tools.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/As ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Li ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fr ... eagues.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enter ... upreme.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... -Entry.htm

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Source: The Path of Discrimination XXI The canonical Patisambhidamagga [ii 189]
The Essay on Great Understanding. By Venerable Sariputta.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

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Entering the Stream Supreme!

What makes one enter the stream to Nibbana?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/He ... _Entry.htm
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Wicked is Wrong View...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:54 am





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Once a certain Bhikkhu approached the Blessed One and asked him:
Venerable Sir, how should one know & see, for leaving any wrong view,
for eliminating any belief in an ego, for overcoming all 'self'-making?
Bhikkhu, when one knows and sees any eye, form, eye-consciousness,
eye-contact, & feeling arised caused by eye-contact as impermanent,
when one sees this is not mine, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any ear, sound, ear-consciousness,
ear-contact, & any feeling arised caused by ear-contact as transient,
when one sees this is not "I", that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any nose, smell, nose-consciousness,
nose-contact, & any feeling arised caused by nose-contact as temporary,
when one sees this is not me, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any tongue, taste, tongue-consciousness,
tongue-contact, & feeling arised caused by tongue-contact as short-lived,
when one sees this is not mine, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any body, touch, body-consciousness,
body-contact, & feeling arised caused by body-contact as ephemeral,
when one sees this is not my self, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any mind, thought, mind-consciousness,
mental-contact, & feeling arised caused by mind-contact as momentary,
when one sees this is not 'my self', that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a soul, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...

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More about Wrong View (Miccha Ditthi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Not_Involved.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Without_Views.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ditthi.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [147-148]
Section 35: On The 6 Senses. The Overcoming of Wrong View!: 165-167.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Wicked is Wrong View...

Mistaking Opinion for Knowledge is more than Fatal!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... g_View.htm
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Alleviating Anger!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:13 pm





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Evil and ill-will is the mental hindrance, which is resisting against and
opposing phenomena. It can be quite violent when manifesting as quarrels,
conflict, hate, hostility and war. Aversion instantly destroys all harmony
and peace and thus any potential for happiness. It can only be cured by
meditation on the four infinitely divine states (Brahma-viharas).


First priority: Noticing evil Ill-Will arise -in itself- makes it fade away:
The Buddha said: When ill-will is present in him then he understands:
"There is ill-will in me now" and when ill-will is absent, he also notices:
"There is no ill-will in me now". He understands how unarisen ill-will arises.
He understands how to leave behind any arisen ill-will, and he understands
how left ill-will will not ever arise again in the future. MN 10

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What is the feeding cause that makes ill-will arise?
There are displeasing and repulsive features and aspects of any object,
frequently giving irrational & unwise attention to them, this is the feeding
cause of the arising of unarisen ill-will, and the feeding cause of the very
increase and expansion of ill-will that already has arisen. SN 46:51

The 3 paranoid thoughts that induces resentment:
1: He or she has done, is doing or will in the future do me some wrong!
2: He or she has done, is doing or will do those I like some wrong!
3: He or she has done, is doing or will do those I dislike some good!

What is the starving cause that makes ill-will cease?
There is the release of mind through Universal Good-Will and Friendliness,
frequently giving rational and wise attention to this is the starving cause
of the non-arising of unarisen ill-will, and the starving cause of decrease
and shrinking of ill-will that already has arisen. SN 46:51

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Which medicine cures ill-will, so that it does not re-arise ever again?
One should cultivate the meditation on Universal Friendliness (Metta)!
For the meditation on universal friendliness gradually evaporates ill-will.
One should cultivate the meditation on All-embracing Pity (Karuna)!
Meditation on embracing pity, makes cruel harming violence fade away.
One should cultivate the meditation on Sympathetic Mutual Joy (Mudita)!
Meditation on mutual joy eliminates discontent, green envy and jealousy.
One should cultivate the meditation on composed Equanimity (Upekkha)!
Meditation on imperturbable equanimity can make anger & aversion cease.
MN 62

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Some advantageous reflections to return to:
Remember the Simile of the Saw... The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, even if bandits were to cut you up, savagely, limb by limb, with a
two-handled saw, you should not be angry with them but do my bidding:
Remain pervading them with a friendly mentality imbued only with an all
embracing good will, kind, rich, expansive, and immeasurable. Free from
hostility, free from ill will. Always remembering this Simile of the Saw
is indeed how you should train yourselves... MN 21

Being OWNER of ANGER is Pain: Know that everyone is the owner of the
consequences of all their actions (Kamma), whether good or bad...

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The 11 advantages won by cultivating Universal Friendliness (Metta):
1: One sleeps happy!
2: One wakes happy!
3: One dreams no evil dreams!
4: One is liked and loved by all human beings!
5: One is liked and loved by all non-human beings too!
6: One is guarded and protected by the divine devas!
7: One cannot be harmed by fire, poison or weapons!
8: One swiftly attains the concentration of absorption!
9: Ones appearance becomes serene, calm and composed!
10: One dies without confusion, bewilderment or panic!
11: One reappears after death on the Brahma level if gone no higher!
AN V342

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More on Anger, Irritation & Stubbornness as dilutions of Hate (Dosa):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Break_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Revenge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/An ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... l_Will.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_E ... _Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... tation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ho ... ulness.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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Alleviating Anger!
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Joys beyond this World!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:07 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
And what, Bhikkhus, is the Joy not of this world? Aloof and above any lust,
quite secluded from any sense desire, protected from any disadvantageous
mental state, one enters & dwells in the 1st jhana mental absorption; full of
joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with directed & sustained thought...
With the stilling of directed & sustained thought, one later enters & dwells
in the 2nd jhana of calmed assurance & unification of mind devoid of any
thought & thinking, joined with joy & pleasure now born of concentration!
These are called the joys not of this world!
And what, Bhikkhus, is the joy beyond that joy, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
mind liberated from lust, freed from hatred, and released from confusion,
there arises a transcendental joy. This is called Joy quite beyond that joy,
that is not of this world...

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More on quite rapturous Joy (piti) here hihihi ;-):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ed_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sup ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sup ... elight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm

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Regarding Joys of this World: Balance - Sara Tavares seems infectious!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C9mWN8vKHQ

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling: Vedana. Joys beyond this world ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Joys beyond this World!

Have a nice, noble, and joyous day!

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There is a Supra-Human kind of Delight!


Joys beyond this World!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... _World.htm
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Setting out on the Way!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:39 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, those who have neglected to begin this Noble 8-fold Way,
have failed to develop the Noble Method, which destroys Suffering!
While those who having indeed begun this Noble 8-fold Way, have
indeed also initiated the Noble Method, which destroys all Suffering!
And what, Bhikkhus, is this Noble 8-fold Way? It is simply this:

1: Right View (samma-ditthi)
2: Right Motivation  (samma-sankappa)
3: Right Speech  (samma-vaca)
4: Right Action  (samma-kammanta)
5: Right Livelihood  (samma-ajiva)
6: Right Effort  (samma-vayama)
7: Right Awareness  (samma-sati)
8: Right Concentration  (samma-samadhi)


Bhikkhus, those who have failed even to start on this Noble 8-fold Way,
have failed to cultivate that Noble Method, which destroys all Suffering!
While those, who have really started on this Noble 8-fold Way, have
indeed also made the first move capable of destroying all Suffering!

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Walking the Noble 8-fold Way!

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
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/III/G ... le_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:23-4] section 45:33 Failed ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Setting out on the Way!

The Noble 8-fold Way ends in the Deathless Nibbãna!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm
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Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:51 pm





Durutu Poya day is the full-moon of January. This holy day celebrates
the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. The Buddha visited the very
place, where the present magnificent Mahiyangana Stupa was built to
enshrine the Buddha's hair relics and the collar bone. For Details see:
http://www.buddhanet.net/sacred-island/mahiyangana.html and
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... angana.htm

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Mahiyangana Stupa

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya 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 & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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


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

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


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

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

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm

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

Bhikkhu Samahita: [email protected]

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

Have a nice observance day!

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

How to be a Real Buddhist by Observance?

Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/D ... ya_Day.htm
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When Not Knowing...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:34 pm





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Once the wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Blessed One & greeted him.
Having concluded their compliments, he sat down & asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause, condition & reason why all these various
speculative views arise in the world:
This Universe is eternal, or This Universe is not eternal. &;
This Universe is finite, or This Universe is infinite. &;
Vitality & the body are the same, or vitality is one thing, the body is another. &;
A Tathagata exists after death, or a Tathagata does not exist after death.
Or; The Tathagata both exists and does not exist after death. Or;
The Tathagata does neither exist, nor does not exist after death?
The Blessed Buddha then replied:
It is, Vaccha, because of neither knowing form, nor the cause of emergence of
form (rupa), nor the cause of the ceasing of form, nor the Way to cease form,
that those various speculative views, such as: "This Universe is eternal etc..."
arise in the world...!!! This ignorance, this not seeing, this not understanding,
Vaccha, is the cause, & reason, why those various speculative views keep arising
in this world...!!!

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More on Ignorance (Avijja):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... vijjaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... nowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... erever.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... mining.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... orance.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book III 257-8
The Vacchagotta section 33. Thread on Not Knowing: Aññana Sutta (1)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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When Not Knowing...

Not Knowing Causes Speculation!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Be ... nowing.htm
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All of Reality is just Name-and-Form...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:39 pm





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Nama-Rupa = Name-and-Form, Naming-and-Forming!

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The mind is that, which knows the object! The object is that, which is known!
These two processes always arise and cease together simultaneously...
Neither inside, within, nor apart from, outside these two is any observer agent,
person, I, Me, or other assumed entity as a hidden variable, ever involved!
The mind is immaterial, formless and invisible. The object may be designated
or named 'material', 'physical', 'formed' and even 'visible' only and exactly
to the extent and in so far as it is experienceable by the mind!
No same, constant, lasting 'real', 'actual' or 'substantial substance' has ever
existed 'out there' independently or separable from the mind, that right then
momentarily perceived and thereby apprehended, displayed, manifested and
designated it! This core dual pair of mentality (nama) and materiality (rupa),
is thus one united yet dual continuum, like the two ends of the same stick!
They do never emerge, nor do they ever exist, nor can they ever be observed
separately, in and of themselves, but they can only arise in mutual dependence,
like two thin creepers can only arise & stand up if intertwined with each other.
Mentality & materiality thus arise and cease simultaneously in each moment!
They are thus the most basic, fundamental and primary pair on the bottom of
the dynamic ever-changing process of any being in any existence...
What is called 'matter' is delimited, defined, characterized, conceptualized,
compartmentalized and even named by mind! Therefore can matter never be
separated from mind, like if one tries to break the dual-ended stick in order
to separate the ends, then one always gets two sticks, still each with 2 ends!
Therefore one unambiguously always ends up with observing a pair-wise new
event of mentality & materiality! The basic founding, yet often unnoticed,
unspoken and maybe even sometimes actively denied assumption underlying
all Western science that: The naked, inert, objective observation is possible!
'Matter can be observed and analyzed objectively, independently of mind!'
is therefore utterly false, futile and even somewhat childish... No observation
can ever be independent of mind! Why not? What is observing IS the mind!
The naive physicist who postulates: 'Independently of Mind, "I!" will observe,
describe and evaluate matter!' extending out of his range of understanding,
thus speaks folly false and is thereby later ultimately enforced to introduce
'mysti-phystical' entities as 'hidden variables' into his explanations, in order
to reach completeness, coherence and internal consistence...
He seems to be in complete oblivion of the dry fact, that even before one even
thinks of, even speaks of, or experiment with any 'matter', mind have indeed
been long and hard at work! The basic hidden, yet always present, factor in
any observation, is naturally mind itself!
However, this factor is not so hidden, that it cannot be observed & analyzed
and that even without any laboratory or even a single 'instrument' apart from
a pillow to sit on!
Everyone, without even a single exception, who sits down with closed eyes, will
instantly be overwhelmed by a veritable storm of mentally created distractions:
This is the Mind! This is mental activity knocking your door... Undeniably real!
When this dynamic self-sustaining duality of mentality-materiality, this self-
sustaining perpetum mobile, cease to evolve, consciousness thereby ceases to
establish itself on an object! This - only this, in and of itself - is the very final
End of all Suffering...

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On this Mind-&-Matter Duality, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... _Twins.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... _ruupa.htm

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More on the Mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ma ... t_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm

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Have a nice & noble day!

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

Mentality and Materiality is Naming and Forming!

Nâma-Rûpa = The Core Duality!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... uality.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.


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