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The One & Only Way!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:16 am





Just after enlightenment the Blessed Buddha stayed under a great Banyan
tree at Uruvela on the bank of the river Neranjara. There he reflected:
There is this single, one and only direct way for the purification of beings,
for the relief from all sorrow & grief, for the fading away of all pain and
frustration, for achieving the right method, for the realization of Nibbana,
that is, these Four Foundations of Awareness. What four? When a Bhikkhu
lives & dwells, aware & clearly comprehending, while always contemplating &
reflecting upon:

1: The Body merely as a disgusting & fragile accumulation..
2: The Feelings just as instantly passing conditioned reactions..
3: The Mind only as a set of recurring, banal & habituated Moods..
4: Phenomena only as mentally manifested artificial Appearances..

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The 4 Great Frames of Reference...

He thereby removes any lust, urge, envy & frustration rooted in this world..
This is indeed verily the one & only direct way for the purification of beings,
for the relief from all sorrow & grief, for the fading away of all pain and
frustration, for achieving the right method, for the realization of Nibbana,
that is, these Four Foundations of Awareness... Then the Brahma Samapatti,
knowing this, instantly appeared before the Blessed One & having arranged
his upper robe over one shoulder, he raised his joined palms towards the
Blessed One, and said to him: So is it! Blessed One. So be it! Well-Gone One.
Venerable sir, this is the one & only direct way for purification of beings...

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The Great Seer of the Silencing of all Becoming,
Compassionate, understands this unique 1 Way:
By which they all in the past crossed the flood,
By which they all cross now in the present, and
By which they all will cross ever in any future...


Comment: The 'Flood' (Ogha) here means:

The Flood of sense-desire (kama-ogha)
The Flood of wanting to become (bhava-ogha)
The Flood of wrong views (dittha-ogha)
The Flood of ignorance (avijja-ogha)

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Details on the 4 Foundations of Awareness[i] (Sati): [/i]
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 167-8] 47 The Foundations of Awareness: 18 Brahma...

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What is Wrong?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:34 am




Is the world wrong? No the world is just as it is: Always a changing misery!
Are the other people wrong? No there is just greed, hate and ignorance...
Is the society wrong? No, the kammic cause and effect is perfectly just & fair!
Is you yourself wrong? No, since there are just passing mental & material states...

What then is Wrong?
The aversive mind opposing and rejecting some reals, while accepting others is wrong!
This stubbornly defying mind defends a rigid stand & fight against any present reality...
Why is this resisting combat mind wrong? Because however much it clashes with both
the internal and external faults, it cannot ever cure them... Rather they grow stronger!
Opposition simply does not help anything at all! Rather it aggravates the problems...

What then is the specific cure for such opposing, antagonistic, bothered & irritated mind?
Daily Meditation on Universal Friendliness softens up this tense & exasperated mind:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm
Cultivation of Boundless Pity equips the mind with tolerance, patience & forbearance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
Rejoicing in Mutual Joy elevates, exalts, and satisfies this frustrated & irked mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
Remaining unperturbed in well ballanced Equanimity enables first stability, then peace:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... nimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_ ... nimity.htm

Why do all the Buddhas always smile?
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They simply accept it all just as it really is!

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The 7 Sets!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:24 am





Before the Blessed Buddha Gotama (563-483 BC) was the good Buddha Kassapa, and
before him were the Buddhas: Konagamana & Kakusandha all in this universal eon!
Before them were there Buddhas: Vessabhu, Sikhi, Vipassi, Phussa, and Tissa,
Siddhattha, Dhammadassi, Atthadassi, Piyadassi, Sujata, and Sumedha,
Padumuttara, Narada, Paduma, Anomadassi, Sobhita, Revata, and Sumana,
Mangala, Kondañña, Dipankara, Saranankara, Medhankara & Tanhankara!
Even before them were an endless number of Buddhas, who all explained
these Seven Sets of Qualities Producing Enlightenment! What Seven?

1: The Four Foundations of Awareness
2: The Four Best Efforts
3: The Four Ways to Force
4: The Five mental Abilities
5: The Five mental Powers
6: The 7 Links to Awakening
7: The Noble 8-fold Way


All Buddhas in the future beginning with Metteyya will also explain these!
Those who stay here and pays attention will learn each single set of ability
to an extent he/she will not easily forget.. Thus is lasting progress ensured!!!
When the mirror is polished, then it produces an entirely perfect reflection
of the original supreme absolute...Therefore: Hang on here! Never Give Up!
May all sentient beings awaken into the ultimate peace, freedom & happiness!
Yeah!

The next Future Buddha
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Bodhisatta Ajita Metteyya

More on these 37 requisites for Enlightenment (bodhipakkhiya-dhamma):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... index.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... /wings.pdf

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What to do when Tempted?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:15 am





At Savatthi, the Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, when the perception of a human skeleton or a worm-infested,
bleeding or pus festering corpse, or a livid bluish black & rotting corpse,
or a cut up, gnawed and hacked corpse, or a bloated, inflated & swollen
corpse, is developed and cultivated, then it is of great fruit and benefit!
It leads to great good, it leads to great security from bondage, it leads
to a great sense of urgency, it leads to living in fearless ease & comfort!
How, Bhikkhus, is the perception of a skeleton developed & cultivated so
that it is of great fruit and benefit? Here, the Bhikkhu systematically
develops the:
Awareness Link to Awakening, joined with the experience of a skeleton.
Investigation of states Link to Awakening, while examining a cadaver.
Energy Link to Awakening, perceiving a worm-infested & rotting corpse.
Joy Link to Awakening, while laughing over a gnawed & hacked corpse!
Tranquillity Link to Awakening, accompanied by seeing a livid corpse...
Concentration Link to Awakening, focused on a bloated & swollen corpse.
Equanimity Link to Awakening, indifferent even near a hacked carcass...
Which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & maturing in release...
It is in this way that the perception of a skeleton or a disgusting corpse
is developed & cultivated, so that it is of great advantage, and benefit...
Bhikkhus, when the perception of a skeleton is developed and cultivated
in this way fused & enhanced with the seven Links to Awakening, one of
two fruits is to be expected: either final knowledge in this very life or,
if there is a remaining residue of clinging, the state of non-returning...

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Comments:
Meditating on disgusting signs is the only thing that can quell greed & lust!
For inspiration regarding such corpse-meditation see the corpse pics at:
http://picasaweb.google.com/bhikkhu0/As ... KkpQSf1MM#
Should only be viewed by adults : Strong Warning!!!

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This particular meditation on disgusting signs is especially well suited for:
Those characterized by greed, lust and desire as the dominant defilement:
Homosexual gays and lesbians, Pedophiles, Overweight Eaters, Porn-maniacs,
Bulimics, any compulsive mental disorder, anxiety, angst, worry, obsessions,
Phobias, and everybody in general overwhelmed by their yearning desires!
Whenever desire arises one can quell it by remembering a disgusting sign!

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For details on Meditation on the Body as a mere form (KayagataSati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... g_body.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_32_Parts.htm

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This eliminates fear of loosing body. Not afraid of loosing body means no
fear even of Death! When not afraid of Death, then one does not fear
anything at all in this world! Then one is relaxed by the gladness of ease!
When Death comes, one says: Come on in! Have a cup of tea before we go?

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:129-32] section 46: The Links. 57-61: The Skeleton...

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The Absent Agent!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:37 am





Question:
If there is neither any "I", nor Ego, nor separate identity, nor self , nor soul,
WHAT then thinks, reflects upon, & comes to understanding?
What is it that knows?

What reflects?
The impersonal process of reflection itself reflects...
There need be no 'wonderer' for the reflection activity to occur!

What understands?
The event, state and condition of understanding itself understands...!
There need not to be any one, who understands for understanding to emerge...

What knows?
The distinct impersonal phenomenon of knowledge itself knows...
There need not to be any 'knower' for the state of knowledge to occur!

The Blessed Buddha Said:
Sabbe Dhamma Anatta! All states are Impersonal!
There is no Agent, neither behind, nor within, nor without any Appearance...
This realization leads to the exquisite void mental release!!! (Suññata-vimokkha)!

Image Please let me out of this prison of assumed personality!
It is neither 'I', 'Me', 'Mine', nor 'Belonging to Me', nor 'What I Am'...!


Image Atta = Self; Anatta = No-Self!

Anatta: There is no separate or core self. What appears separate, solid & enduring,
turns out to be changeable and "composite." What we experience as 'identity' turns
out to be a changing constellation of varying momentary influences and activities...
Which all are selfless, ownerless, egoless, & soulless passing momentary mental states!
& Paradoxically: Never the Same... If what we assume to be 'self' is never the 'same'
is this assumed 'self' then not the 'same', but always changed into something 'other'!
How can something 'other-than-the-same-self' ever be a real identical 'self'???


IMPERSONALITY!
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Identical 'Identity' is not found inside,
but is just an external labelled badge!
A designed designation splashed on...


More on this enigmatic selflessness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm

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Smoky, deceptive, and illusive is the Ego...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:10 am





The idea or concept of 'Self' inherently assumes that a 'Same Constant Self':
'Self' is the 'Same' from one moment to the next. Belief in ‘self’ therefore
assumes that something is: ‘identical’ and there thus defines a core ‘identity’...
This is a hidden unseen form of Eternalism to believe that something remains
the 'Same' and 'Identical' from one moment to the next! This inherently hidden
Eternalism, the 'personalists=egoists=puggalavadins' often both overlook &/or deny!

Universal Impermanence: However, the invariably observable & undeniable fact is:
Nothing whatsoever remains the same from one moment to the next moment:
Form changes, whether own or other;
Feeling changes, whether internal or external;
Perception changes, whether experienced by eye, ear, nose, mouth, body or mind;
Mental Construction changes, whether it is intention, planning, wanting or wishing;
Consciousness changes, whether visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile or mental;
In short all name-&-form, whether internal or external changes momentarily…

There exists thus NOTHING unchanging whatsoever!
Neither within nor apart from The 5 clusters of clinging,
Neither within nor apart from the duality: Name-&-Form,
that ever could possibly qualify as an unchanging, same, constant & identical self…
Since both the 5 clusters of clinging and Name-&-Form notify ALL phenomena,
internal as external, there cannot truly be said to exist any self anywhere at all…

Ego-Adornment = Self-Aggrandizement is rooted in the deep desire to exist:
The ‘self’, ‘ego’, ‘I’, ‘me’ we cherish so much and love so deeply thus appears to ‘exist’
only in the conventional sense as an ‘idea’, as a mental construction: A ‘concept’…
This central notion nevertheless is the core of all ‘egoism’ and possess therefore
the power to drag beings into repeated birth, death, possessiveness, conflict & war…
Nothing is thus more Dangerous than the idea of a ‘Self’… A master serial killer!!!
The EGO-concept - though immaterial, false and unreal - is the very core of evil...

Self as linguistic invention... A pointer without any reference; pointing nowhere!
It is pragmatically practical in daily life to operate with notions of ‘I’, ‘Me’, ‘You’,
‘They’ etc. as if these existed as lasting entities, yet this is only a FEATURE of the
conventional structure of LANGUAGE & not a part of the factual & actual REALITY!
In the ultimate & absolute sense, however, there exist only ever-changing discrete
states of mentality and materiality, arising and ceasing every moment…
Just a blinking flux…As ephemeral as smoke… Or stroboscopic light…
Ceasing in the same moment as it arised! Right there & then!

There is No Agent, but there is Activity:
There is really the event of action, but no real actor; No one who acts!
The occasion of feeling exists, but no feeler exists; No one who feels!
The input of perception occurs, but there is no perceiver; No one who perceives!
The experienced phenomena IS, but no experiencer is; No one who experiences!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... _Agent.htm

The Automatic Egoless Camera:
There is a camera filming, but no one who is 'behind' the camera...
There is a film projected up upon a screen, but no one who is 'inside' the cinema...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Camera.htm

The invisible prison = EGO!
Those who are afraid of Nibbana, since it seems the be a loss of ‘Self’may be relieved
by understanding that one cannot loose something that never was there, that never
really existed in the first place…Nibbana is real and exists, but no self enters it…
The Noble path is real and liberating, but no self completes it…
If one does not wish to die – again and again – one must penetrate, comprehend and
relinquish this false conceptualization of ‘Self=Me=I’ ... Purging the Ego-Concept!

This No-self = Anatta Doctrine:
It is the core doctrine of Buddhism & the door to stream-entry!
It is particular to Buddhas and never revealed by any other!
It is liberating beyond any measure and imagination!
Keep digging. There is nothing down or in here!
One has to see that for ‘one-self’! Hehehe… ;-)

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned & who see the True Dhamma.
Blissful is harmlessness towards all beings without exception.
Blissful is freedom from any sensual urge whatsoever.
Yet, the supreme bliss, is the elimination of the abysmal conceit “I am”!’
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

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Self-Aggrandizing puffed up Ego-Assuming!

See: The Conventional Concept: A Person = puggala:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... uggala.htm

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Ego is an essence-empty inflatable void!

About No-Self = Anatta in general:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Sandcastles.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Double_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Empty_of_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... g_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... y_View.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/First ... Enmity.htm

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Sweet is Muni Silence!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:24 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Kayamunim vacamunim,
manomunimanasavam,
munim moneyyasampannam.
Ahu ninhatapapakam.


Silent in body, silent in speech,
silent in mind, without agitation,
blessed with silence is the sage.
Such One is truly washed of evil.

Itivuttaka 3.67

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SILENCED
If silent as a broken bell,
such one is close to Nibbana,
and far away from arrogance.
Dhammapada 134

More on this sweetly silenced Tranquillity (Passaddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Silenced.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm

Sweet is Muni Silence: Agitation never helps!
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The 10 future Buddhas!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:33 am





The next one is the last in this Universe! His name is Metteyya – The Friendly One!
see: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... tteyya.htm and
indeed http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Met ... imet00.htm and
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ho ... tteyya.htm

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The Bodhisatta (Lit: Being who will Awaken) Metteyya in Tusita Heaven.

Then follows a Universal Cycle (=Aeon=kappa=kalpa) empty of Buddhas!
In that aeon humans will act like animals or worse. Incest & cannibalism will
be the rule of the day. Terror, wars, torture & agony! So make effort NOW!

Then in the next eon 2 Buddhas will emerge: First Rama and later Dhammaraja
Buddha Dhammaraja was king Pasenadi of Kosala at Gotama Buddha’s time.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... senadi.htm

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Then in the next eon 1 Buddha Abhibhu will appear. He is now a king of devas. (4th from right above w. halo)

Then will come another empty eon.

Then will come an eon with 2 Buddhas: Dighasoni and Canki.

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/c/cankii.htm
They will be called: Buddha Narada and Buddha Ramsimuni.

Then will come an eon with 2 Buddhas: Subha and Todeyya.
They will be called: Buddha Devadeva and Buddha Narasiha
Then will come another empty eon.

Then will come an eon with 2 Buddhas: Tissa and Sumangala.
Buddha Tissa was the elephant Nalagiri at Gotamas time. (see the 2 elephants left above)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aagiri.htm
Buddha Sumangala was the elephant Parileyya at Gotamas time. (see the 2 elephants top below)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ileyya.htm

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Source: Details on the 10 future Buddhas:

Dasabodhisattuppattikatha (English & Pali)
The Birth Stories of the Ten Bodhisattas. Ed. & Tr. Ven. H. Saddhatissa.
Sacred Books of the Buddhists Vol. XXIX. Pali Text Society.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130894

See also the explanation of the future:

Anagatavamsa Desana. The sermon of the Chronicle to be.
Tr. Udaya Meddegama; Ed. John Clifford Holt. 1993
Buddhist Tradition Series. Vol. 21. Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi.

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The Power of Presence!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:21 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five mental abilities (indriya). What five?

The ability of Faith (saddha)
The ability of Energy (viriya)
The ability of Awareness (sati)
The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
The ability of Understanding (pañña)


But what is the mental ability of Awareness (Sati)?
That which is Awareness, constant attention, recollection,
mental presence, mindfulness, remembering, bearing in mind,
alertness, watchful consciousness, non-neglect, non-oblivious,
non-forgetfulness, non-carelessness, and non-superficiality.
This is called the ability of Awareness, the Power of Awareness,
Right Awareness, and the Awareness link to Awakening!

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But what is the Awareness link to Awakening?
Herein a Bhikkhu is mindful, furnished with excellent Awareness,
recollection, he remembers, remembers constantly, what has long
been done & long been said concerning release even very long ago.
This is called the Awareness link to Awakening...
There is Awareness of internal states and there is Awareness of
external states. Both Awareness of internal states & Awareness
of external states is an Awareness link to Awakening leading to
full knowledge, Enlightenment, & to complete emancipating release!

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The Power of Presence!

Source: The Book of Analysis: Vibhanga 124 + 228
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130304

On the illuminating presence of Awareness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm

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The 4 Fine Foundations of Awareness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:08 pm





Buddha once asked: What, friends, are the Four Foundations of Awareness?

1: Body as foul frame:
While always acutely alert & clearly comprehending, thus removing
any lust, urge, envy, frustration & discontent rooted in this world,
the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Body as an alien frame of filthy & foul form... As something bound
to emerge, decay and vanish... Neither as mine, nor belonging to me,
nor as 'what I am', nor as a manifested representation of 'myself'!
Neither as lasting, stable safety! Nor as pleasant beauty and pride!

2: Feeling as annoying reaction:
The intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Feeling as a remote ever recurring reactivity... As something bound
to arise, decay & fade away! Not as mine, felt by me, nor belonging
to me, nor as what 'I am', nor as something felt by my very self!
Neither as lasting, stable & safe! Nor as ever pleasure & only bliss!

3: Mind as passing moods:
The intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Mind as a habituated set of bizarre mentalities of a weird nature,
that appears, dwindles, flutters & flickers... Neither as something
that 'I am', nor as a part of 'me', nor making up my ego or my self!
Neither as lasting, stable or same! Not as fascinating! Not as soul!

4: Phenomena as momentary appearances:
The intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Phenomena as mentally constructed appearances of momentary
manifestation always ending right where they arised. Not as mine,
belonging to me or any self! Not as something lasting, stable or real!
Not as existent, enduring, substantial, material, absolute or authentic!

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This is the fourfold Foundation of Awareness...!!! This - only this -
is the sole way to the purification of beings!!! Why is it actually so?
It is an indispensable support for a presence, that has to stand near!
It has to be made manifest, to be of service as a guarding activity!
It has to be established, as a continuous dominance of comprehension!
It is essential & absolutely necessary for optimizing any behaviour!
It is a crucially needed key, imperative for preventing all mistakes!
It is a vitally fundamental prerequisite for guidance & self-control!
It is the only thing that can overcome relapses of careless neglect!
When not aware of what one is doing, serious mistakes is inevitable!

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The 4 Great Frames of Reference!

Details On Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... litude.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear ... ension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... ly_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... alysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sa ... ruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... reness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... ension.htm

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Noting the Posture!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:59 pm





The Blessed Buddha said regarding noting The Four Postures:
Again, friends, when walking, a Bhikkhu notes and understands:
This body is walking; when standing, he notes and understands:
This body is standing; when sitting, he notes and understands:
This body is sitting; when lying down, he notes and understands:
This body is lying down or he notes and understands the attitude,
position and location of whatever way the body frame is positioned.
In this way he lives considering the body as internal, as external
as both something internal and external. And he lives therefore
dwelling independent, freed, not clinging to anything in this world...
He knows and understands that it is no real 'person', no real 'being',
not an 'I', 'me' or ego that goes, sits, stands and lies down, but that
it is only the 5 clusters of clinging & the 4 great elements of solidity,
fluidity, heat & motion, which arising & ceasing in adjacent locations
appears to be going, sitting, standing, and lying down, yet all these
elements naturally and instantly cease right wherever they arised!

Comment:
When experiencing the body as a remote, alien, and ownerless form,
an accumulated material circumstance, neither I-me-mine, nor what
'I am', nor what belongs to me, nor as safe, lasting or as something
that can be kept, then there is fearlessness of death, since fear
of death is closely related to fear of loosing the body...
Fearlessness elevates mind into an imperturbable bliss!

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Source Text: Majjhima Nikaya 119: Kayagata-Sati Sutta
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm

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Focused on Feeling!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:21 pm





The Blessed Buddha once explained Contemplation of Feeling thus:
How, Bhikkhus & Friends, does one reflect on feelings as reactions?
When feeling a pleasant feeling, one notes and clearly understands:
I feel a pleasant feeling! When feeling a painful feeling, one notes &
understands: I feel a painful feeling. When feeling a quite neutral &
neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, one notes and understands: I
feel a neutral neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling. When feeling a
worldly pleasant feeling, one notes and understands: I feel a worldly
pleasant feeling. When feeling a pleasant feeling not of this world,
one notes & understands: I feel a pleasant feeling not of this world.
When feeling a worldly painful feeling, one notes and understands:
I feel a worldly painful feeling. When feeling a painful feeling not
of this world, one notes and understands: I feel a painful feeling
not of this world . When feeling a worldly neutral feeling, which is
neither-painful-nor-pleasant, one notes and understands: I feel a
worldly neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling. When feeling a neutral
feeling not of this world, one understands: I feel a neutral feeling
not of this world. This is how a Bhikkhu abides reflecting on feelings
just as responses or reactions to various forms of sense contact...

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Feeling is pleasant, painful or neutral!

Comments:

Worldly feeling arises from sense contact with this world...
Unworldly Feeling arises from meditative withdrawal from the world...
The cause of the emergence of momentary feeling is sense contact!
The cause of the ceasing of this feeling is the ceasing of that contact!
Contact is the meeting of 3: Object, sense-organ and consciousness!

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Contact causes Feeling!

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

Source Text: Majjhima Nikaya 10: Satipatthana Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nysa.html

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Mind = Mentality = Moods!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:53 am





The Blessed Buddha said regarding Contemplation of Mind:
How, Bhikkhus & Friends, does one reflect on Mind just as Moods?
Herein one notes when the mind is greedy or not greedy, angry or
not angry, confused or unconfused, cramped or scattered, exalted
or unexalted, surpassable or unsurpassable, concentrated or not
concentrated, & one knows when mind is released or not released!
Thus one lives while internally observing one's own mind, or externally
the mind of others, or the minds of both. One notices how any new
mood and mentality arises, and how it passes away. Or one is simply
aware: Mind is now in this or that mood; just enough for mindful and
clear comprehension of the present actual mental state. Caused by
this mindful mental presence and acute ultra clear comprehension of
the flow of momentary mental states, one comes to live independent,
unattached, not clinging to anything in this world whatsoever....
Thus does one dwell immersed in contemplation of the mind!

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What is the Fuel on which any momentary event of Mind burns?
The proximate causes of arising of any mood and mentality are:
Presence of 1: Ignorance, 2: Craving, 3: Kamma, & 4: Name-&-Form..
The proximate causes of ceasing of any mood and mentality are:
Absence of: Ignorance, Craving, Kamma, & Name-&-Form..

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Prerequisite understanding:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... orance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.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/Th ... uality.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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Source Text: Majjhima Nikaya 10: Satipatthana Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nysa.html

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Phenomena are Mental States!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:42 pm





The Blessed Buddha said about Contemplation of Mental Objects:
How does one reflect on Phenomena just as Mental States?

The 5 Hindrances:

One notes & knows when mind is dominated by sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty!
One notes & knows when mind is released from sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty!
One understands how there is emergence of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.
One understands how there is overcoming of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.
One understands how there is elimination of sense-desire, anger,
lethargy & laziness, restlessness & regret, & doubt and uncertainty.

The 5 Clusters of Clinging:

One understands such is form, feeling, perception, construction,
and consciousness. One understands such is the causes of origin
of form, feeling, perception, construction, and consciousness.
One understands such is the causes of ceasing of form, feeling,
perception, construction, and consciousness....

The 6 Sense Sources:
One notes & understands such is the eye and the forms and the
consequent obsessive sense-addiction arising dependent on both.
One notes & understands such is the ear and the sounds, the nose
and the smells, the tongue and the flavours, the body and touches,
the mind & the thoughts & the consequent obsessive & compulsive
sense-addiction there arises dependent on both.

The 7 Links to Awakening:
One notes & knows when mind contains awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One notes & knows when mind is without awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One understands how there is arising of awareness, investigation,
energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration and equanimity.
One understands how there is complete fulfilment of awareness,
investigation, energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration & equanimity.

The 4 Noble Truths:

One notes, understands and knows as it actually is:
This is Suffering! This is the Cause of Suffering!
This is the End of Suffering! This is the Way to End Suffering!

Thus lives one while considering own internal mental states, or the
external mental states of others, or the mental states of both...
One notices how any new mental state arises, & how it passes away.
Or one is simply aware: There is this mental state now; just enough
for mindful and clear comprehension of the present mental state.
Caused by this acute aware presence and clear comprehension of
any current momentary mental state, one comes to live independent,
unattached, by not clinging to anything in this world whatsoever....
Thus does one dwell immersed in contemplation of the mental states!

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Remembered easily after memorizing this Key: 5-5-6-7-4

On the 5 Hindrances:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... rances.htm

On the 5 Clusters of Clinging:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... inging.htm

On the 6 Sense Sources:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... of_All.htm

On the 7 Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm

One the 4 Noble Truths:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm

On the nature of Phenomena:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... omenon.htm

Source Text (extract): Majjhima Nikaya 10: Satipatthana Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nysa.html

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Understand the 3 Basics!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri May 01, 2009 11:07 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
It is impossible, Bhikkhus and Friends, and cannot ever happen,
that one possessed of right understanding should ever regard
any phenomenon as really permanent ... or
any phenomenon as lasting happiness ... or
any state as an identical, same, and own self...
But it is quite possible, that the ordinary worldling may indeed
have, entertain and act upon such naive and distorted beliefs...!

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More on this supreme Ability to Understand:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... pannaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Under ... _Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... anding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... bility.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... anding.htm

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Source:

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 15:1-3
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby BlackBird » Sat May 02, 2009 12:06 am

Thank you Venerable Sir, for all your effort.

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Divine Guiding!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 03, 2009 12:08 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often
practised and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple, who by progress have understood the Dhamma,
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that unique contemplation?
The Noble Disciple contemplates on the divine beings: There are the
divine beings on the plane of the Four Great Kings, the divine beings
of the World of the Thirty-three, Yama World, the Content Devas,
those enjoying own creation, those with power over others creations,
those of the Brahma world, and those still far above them...
Now, such faith, morality, knowledge, generosity, concentration &
understanding, which these divine beings acted upon & which made
them re-appear on a divine plane after leaving this world, such good
qualities as these, are also found in me! When a fine Noble Disciple
reflects thus, his mind is neither obsessed by any greed, nor by any
hate, nor by any confusion! Uplifted and elated is his mind, and this
makes the Noble Disciple gain further deeper understanding of the
Dhamma, and thus makes the Noble Disciple delight in the Dhamma!
Being delighted, there arises rapturous joy in him. Being filled with
rapture and joy, he is inwardly satisfied and he becomes quite calm.
Being calmed makes him enjoy bliss & happiness and the mind of the
Happy One becomes collected, condensed and concentrated...
Of this Noble Disciple, friends, it is said that among many misguided
humans, among suffering humankind, he lives freed from suffering!
And as one who has entered the stream to Nibbana, he cultivates
his contemplation. When, friends, a Noble Disciple has reached the
fruit of understanding the Dhamma, he dwells often in this state!
Source: AN 6:10

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Sakka - king of the 33 devas - hovering about with his nymphs.

More on the many various types of gods (Devas=shining ones):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... f/deva.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ajikaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... atimsa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/y/yaamaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/t/tusita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... narati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... avatti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... maloka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yatana.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el414.html

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Game Over Ever Again!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun May 03, 2009 10:37 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Just as the mighty Himalayan mountains
Are high, all-expansive, & weighing heavily;
Just so do ageing & death suppress & defeat
All living beings in this world, whether divine,
rich, warrior, priest, trader, slave, or sweeper!
Not sparing anyone whatsoever,
Crushing anybody that is found!
Source: SN 3:25

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The Most Precious Altar of our Temple:
Soon this fragile body will fall to the ground,
lifeless, cast aside, without any consciousness,
stiff, cold & useless like a rotten log of wood ...
Dhammapada 41

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Momentary
Whosoever knows this body
to be as temporary as a bubble,
as insubstantial as a mirror image,
May break Mara's honey tipped arrows and
Can thus not be seen by this evil King of Death ...
Dhammapada 46

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Big Surprise!
Death carries off the folly man while distracted
by gathering various flowers of sensual pleasure,
even & exactly so as the huge tsunami wave runs
all over and carries away the sleeping village.
Dhammapada 47

In the ultimate sense, beings have only a very short moment to live:
Only as long as one single moment of consciousness lasts!
Just as the cart wheel, in rolling forward as in standing still,
every time rests merely on one point of its rim: just so does any life
of any being last only as long as a single moment of consciousness lasts!
As soon as this moment is gone, that momentary being is also all gone...
One is therefore reborn millions of times in each second!
For as it was said by the ancient elders:
All life and all existence here is blinking & momentary,
All life's engaged involvement, its joy and all its pain,
Depends all only on one single discrete state of mind,
And quickly that moment passes by, for never to return...
Source: Visuddhimagga VIII,1

More on the inevitable fact of Death:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Game_Over.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Deathless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /amata.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/D ... thless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm

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The Highest Happiness!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 05, 2009 12:12 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation, which when often
practised and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress have understood the Dhamma
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of ultimate Peace like this:
This is peaceful, this is sublime, namely, the stilling of all kammic
construction, the leaving all behind of all substrata of any being,
the complete vanishing of all sorts of craving, ceasing, Nibbana...
Whatever, Bhikkhus & friends, there are of both conditioned &
unconditioned things, dependent & independent constructions,
detachment is considered the highest of them, that is, the final
destruction of ego-belief, the overcoming of all desire & thirst,
the rooting out of clinging, the breaking out of this long round
of rebirths, the vanishing of craving, absolute release, Nibbana...

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The Buddha emphasized:
Nibbana is the Highest Happiness!
Source: AN 1:16.10 + 10:60 + 4.34

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More on the Deathless Dimension; Nibbana:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ension.htm

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Avoid all Evil!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue May 05, 2009 10:58 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are these four efforts, Bhikkhus and friends:
1: The effort to avoid all evil,
2: The effort to overcome wrong,
3: The effort to develop the good,
4: The effort to maintain any advantage...

What, Bhikkhus and friends, is the effort to avoid?
When experiencing a form with the eye, a sound with the ear,
a smell with the nose, a taste with the tongue, a touch with the body,
or a thought with the mind, the Bhikkhu neither fixes his attention on the
whole appearance, nor on any specific detail. He instead tries hard to dispel
all these evil and disadvantageous states, such as greed, lust and longing,
that would arise if he remained with his senses unguarded. He therefore
watches over his senses, control his senses, and restrains his senses.
This is called the effort to avoid evil.

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Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 4:14
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

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More on the Avoiding Effort!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... Effort.htm

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Avoid all Evil!

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