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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

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The True Torch!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:42 pm




The Buddha-Dhamma is a Torch, since it guides beings through the Darkness!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Boat, since it brings beings across to the far Shore!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Mirror, since it shows beings, how they Actually are!
The Buddha-Dhamma is a Medicine, since it cures beings from deep Diseases!


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More on this genuine Law (Dhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dh ... lation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Supreme_Triumph.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_Core123.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Be_Good.htm

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The True Torch!

There is some light outside this cave...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_True_Torch.htm
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Enlightened without a Teacher!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:51 pm





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The muni Vedeha (Ananda) bowing his body, asked the Tathagata, who was
staying at Jetavana: PaccekaBuddhas exist, yet by what reasons do they
arise, 0h wise one? Then the best of the omniscient, the great wise one told
the following to Ananda in a sweet voice:

Those who paid honour to all former Buddhas, without attaining liberation
during the period in which their teaching was known, who are wise by means
of sense of urgency, whose intelligence is very sharp, also without the
instruction of Buddhas, these attain insight alone even by means of a tiny
limited object of meditation... And furthermore, in this whole world, there
is no one except me, equal to these PaccekaBuddhas. I shall clearly express
the following, only an short description, of the distinction of these great
heroic Munis (silenced ones)...

Listen, all of you, who wish for the highest medicine, your attention should
be very calm, always directed to their good words, which are sweet like
fine honey of those great wise men, who are fully & perfectly enlightened
all by themselves!

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These are the explanations of PaccekaBuddhas, who assembled on Mount
Gandhamadana, pronounced one after the other, about the sorrow of any
desire and the cause of the overcoming of all craving, & how they attained
their insight. Conscious of the absence of lust, while being in the midst of
the objects of lust, their minds are dispassionate in an infatuated world,
having dumped the proliferations, & subdued all obstructions, they all
attained insight thus:

Putting aside any violence to all beings, not hurting any of them, good and
compassionate, with a mind filled with friendliness, one should live, alone,
like the horn of a rhinoceros...

Their morality are pure, their wisdom purified, their minds are
concentrated, practicing watchfulness, reflecting, seeing the
characteristics of the dhamma, they understand it, having developed all the
elements of the Noble Way and the Links to Enlightenment...

Having perfected the fulfillment of merit, with the motive to become a
solitary conqueror, they become PaccekaBuddhas, self-existent,
independent, such is destination of the wise, who does not attain the state
of a disciple during the time in which, there still remains the knowledge of
the SammaSamBuddhas teaching...

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Their dhamma being great, being all sublime manifestations of the core
essential dhamma, powerful are their minds, having overcome the flood of
suffering, their minds are exalted, seeing the highest & deepest truth, they
are like lions, like the horn of a rhinoceros...

With serene senses, calm, concentrated, remembering all beings in remote
border districts, illuminating like lamps in the other world and in this world,
thus are these PaccekaBuddhas, always good...

Having destroyed all hindrances, these kings of men, illuminators of the
world, shining like pure solid gold, undoubtedly worthy of any gifts in this
world, are these PaccekaBuddhas, always good...

There are in this world together with the divine world, good teachings of
PaccekaBuddhas. Those fools, who after having heard these, do not act
accordingly, whirl round in suffering again and again...

Those who act accordingly, having heard the good words of
PaccekaBuddhas, which are like pure streaming honey of small delicate
bees, become seers of the truths, possessing Wisdom! Thus spoke the
Gotama Buddha about those solitary ones Awakened like a rhinoceros horn...

Source: The Canonical Apadana I 7-14

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More on these solitary and silenced Pacceka-Buddhas:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... s_Horn.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyekabuddha

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Enlightened without a Teacher!

Solitary and Silenced is the Pacceka-Buddhas!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/PACCEKABUDDHA.htm
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Infinite Pity!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:38 pm





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

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

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

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On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/R ... rgence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/S ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/V ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/U ... _Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... mes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7 ... kening.htm

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

Have a nice & noble day!

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Pity can open a mental infinitude of space!

Infinite Pity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/S ... assion.htm
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Beyond Release!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:24 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
There is the satisfaction of the flesh.
There is a mental liberation not of this world.
There is an ultimate release far beyond even subtle unworldly liberation!
And what, Bhikkhus, is carnal satisfaction?
Satisfaction with whatever form, or sensation that is carnal satisfaction.
And what is the mental liberation, which is not of this world?
Liberation from any formless state is liberation, which is not of this world.
Finally, friends, what is the ultimate release beyond unworldly liberation?
When a Bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
stilled mind released from all lust, freed from all hatred, and completely
cleared from all confusion, then there occurs a transcendental deliverance.
This is called the release beyond that release, which is not of this world...

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More on Mental Release (Vimokkha, Vimutti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... rances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... imutti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... leases.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... mokkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fu ... Wisdom.htm

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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

Beyond Release!

Mental Liberation comes in grades...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Beyond_Release.htm
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The 10 Perfect Similes!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:42 pm





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The 10 Perfect Qualities (Dasa Parami) are:

1st Perfection: Generosity (Dana):
Just as a water pot turned upside down lets all its liquid run out, and takes
none of it back, so is the perfection of generosity not having the slightest
remorse over what has been given away, even when sacrificing everything!
2nd Perfection: Morality (Sila):
Just as a yak whose tail is caught in bush will rather die than to tear it off,
so consists the perfection of morality in being meticulously careful about
keeping all precepts and promises & not breaking them in any circumstance,
even if being threatened with death!
3rd Perfection: Withdrawal (Nekkhamma):
Just as one imprisoned in jail does not desire anything more intensely than
to get out of there, so the perfection of withdrawing renunciation consists
in the longing to get out of the prison of transitory existence & having only
this one wish: To spit out the impermanent, to be rid of it once and for all!
4th Perfection: Understanding (Pañña):
Just as a monk on alms-round neglects no house, but goes to all the families
without exception, so the perfection of understanding consists in leaving
no gaps, leaving nothing out, & of being ready to learn from all wise people,
who are more advanced, even though they may be younger than oneself.
5th Perfection: Energy (Viriya):
Just as a lion marshals his strength whether standing, going, or sitting even
so does the perfection of energetic & enthusiastic effort consist in keeping
on striving with initiative launching into action, that endures until fulfilment!
6th Perfection: Patience (Khanti):
Just as the great earth accepts even the most disgusting things thrown onto
it, so consists the perfection of patience in accepting slander, disgrace and
every disrespect without aversion, enduring them, while letting them pass.
7th Perfection: Honesty (Sacca):
Just as a star never strays from its fixed orbit, so consists the perfection
of honest truthfulness in not lying under any circumstances, not moving even
an inch from the actual and real truth for any trivial advantage whatsoever.
8th Perfection: Determination (Adhitthana):
Just as a mountain stands immoveable even in the strongest storm and is
incapable of being thrown over, so consists the perfection of determination
in remaining unshakeable in one's advantageous choices and not being able
to be distracted by anything when pursuing something good and beneficial.
9th Perfection: Friendliness (Metta):
Just as water refreshes and cleanses both just and unjust persons without
discrimination, so does the perfection of friendliness include both friends
and foes alike and doesn't display any distinction, favouritism, or partiality.
10th Perfection: Equanimity (Upekkha):
Just as the great earth remains unmoved and equanimous, avoiding like and
dislike whether one throws pure or impure things onto it, even so does the
perfection of equanimity consist in always remaining, calm and composed,
neither being repulsed nor attracted, whether by any pain or any pleasure.
Imperturbable even in strong conflicts as well as in the greatest success!

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Sujata perfecting generosity by giving The Buddha his last meal before Awakening!

More on these 10 Mental Perfections (Dasa Parami):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... aramii.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... lities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_1 ... ns_(parami)_in_three_levels.htm

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Source: Buddhavamsa II verses 117-166 (Edited Excerpt):
In: Similes of the Buddha: An introduction BP 427S by Hellmuth Hecker.
Tr. Ven. Khantipalo and Ven. Piyadhammo. Ed. Ven. Nyanatusita.
http://www.bps.lk
Have a nice & noble day!

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The 10 Perfect Similes!

Perfecting the Mind Perfects the World!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... lained.htm
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Some Sacred Sights :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:52 am

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Neither Restless, nor Lazy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:01 am





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

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

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

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Ballanced Energy...

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

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:00 am





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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
How is the release of mind by infinite mutual joy (Mudita) achieved?
What does this liberation have as its destination, what is its culmination,
what is its sweet fruit, and what is the ultimate goal of mental release
by universally mutual, unselfish, altruistic, appreciative & rejoicing joy?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant with a
mind imbued with infinite mutual joy, so the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quadrant.
As above, so below, across, and everywhere to all beings as for himself,
he dwells pervading the entire cosmos with a mind fully saturated with
unlimited mutual joy, immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility,
without any enmity, without any trace of ill will, of jealousy or of envy!
Thus prepared and mentally quite expanded, he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless mutual joy.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such mutual joy.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite mutual joy.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute mutual joy.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with noble mutual joy.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with mutual joy.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless mutual joy.

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

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If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing repulsion by any attractive & tempting object,
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes: May I
dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in any disgusting and repulsive object,
then he experiences pleasing beauty in whatever disgusting & ugly thing!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive & the unrepulsive, may I dwell
in equanimity, just aware & clearly comprehending, then he experiences
equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! When meditating he
can completely transcend the realm of infinitude of space, only aware
that consciousness is infinite, he can enter and dwell in the sphere of the
infinitude of consciousness.. I tell you Bhikkhus for a quite wise Bhikkhu
here, who has not yet penetrated to an even more superior mental release,
the mental release by infinite, altruistic and mutual joy has the sphere of
the infinitude of consciousness as its culmination!

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More on Mutual Joy (Mudita):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Wrong.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm

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Comments: Are you Discontent? Here is Why!
Mutual joy is the proximate cause of contentment.
Consequentially: Lack of mutual joy produces frustrated discontent!
Mutual joy also eliminates jealousy and envy! Absence of mutual joy
therefore induces the acid like mental pain called envy and jealousy!

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

Rejoice!

Mutual joy is the cause of contentment!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:18 pm





Medin Poya day is the full-moon of March. This holy day celebrates
that the Buddha visits his parental home after his supreme Enlightenment,
and ordains his son prince Rahula, & half brother Nanda. This day is
also called: The Sangha Day, since on this full-moon 1250 Arahats
spontaneously met & assembled around the Buddha without any call.
Buddha then spoke the famous Ovada Patimokkha core teaching!

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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, keep & 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 Lying & Cheating.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

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

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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! The journey towards Nibbana: The Deathless is hereby started!
This is the Noble Way to Absolute Peace, to Complete Freedom, to Ultimate
Happiness, initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps also 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 web Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

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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

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

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Buddha with his Rahula, who also awakened into enlightenment!

Have a nice observance day!

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Sangha Poya Day!
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The Chief Root Hero!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:43 am





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The Energy Link to Awakening (Viriya-sambojjhanga): Is basically the
same mental property (viriya-cetasika), as that which performs any
effort of action and which also is inherently included in the:
The Energy Feet of Force (viriyiddhipada)
The Ability of Energy (viriyindriya)
The Power of Energy (viriyabala)
The Right Effort Path Factor (samma-vayama-magganga)
When trained, developed and aroused energy is capable of enlightening!

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

In one who examines, finds out why, & comes to assured comprehension,
in him his energy link to awakening becomes aroused. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

The ability of energy is to initiate, launch into action and to complete any
undertaking using persistent endurance. When this ability becomes
unshakable and unfailing, it then becomes the mighty Power of Energy!

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The function of energy is this four-fold Right Effort of:
1: Eradicating evil & disadvantageous states that have arisen in the mind.
2: Preventing the arising of yet unarisen disadvantageous mental states.
3: Initiating and developing yet unarisen advantageous mental states.
4: Increasing, refining & completing already arisen advantageous states.
The characteristic of energy is readiness, willingness, enthusiastic ease,
eager and keen vigour. The manifestation of energy is action, exertion,
endeavour, industry, struggle, powerful striving and accomplishment!

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Lazy:
The one, who does not rise, when it is time to rise.
Who though young and strong, is weak in mind,
soft in will, and lazy by nature, such slow one
does never find the way to Nibbana.
Dhammapada 280

Get up! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams?
How can you sleep, when sick,
stabbed by the arrow of craving...
Sutta Nipata 331

Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching sole peace!
Do not let the king of death see you sloppy and
thus delude and dominate you like a toy doll...
Sutta Nipata 332

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Feeding the Energy:
And what, friends, is feeding the Energy Link to Enlightenment, that
has not yet arised, and food too for boosting of any present Energy?
1: The element of mental initiative,
2: The element of launching into action,
3: The element of enduring persistence.

Systematic attention to these, is feeding any yet unarisen Energy
Link to Awakening, and food too for boosting any present Energy.
Samyutta Nikaya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta

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Fivefold final Energy:

Following the Buddha the energy in the disciple culminates, when he
finally thinks: Let just this blood and flesh dry up & wither away so only
skin, sinews and bones remain, I will not give up my quest and stray from
this Noble 8-fold Path before having reached Enlightenment...!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Energy.htm

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The Chief Root Hero!

Energy is the Chief Root Hero of all Success!!!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
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Sweet Serenity :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:03 pm





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

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

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

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

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

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

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... saddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... illity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... il_One.htm

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Inner Calm Soothes the Mind!

Tranquillity!
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Openhanded is Generosity :-)

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:44 pm





Generosity means willingness to give and share whatever.
Generosity means magnanimous and open-handed liberality.
Generosity means freedom from small and stingy pettiness.
Generosity means practicing charity for the poor and unfortunate.
Generosity means kind bigheartedness towards those worthy of it.
Generosity means warmhearted and altruistic unselfishness.
Generosity provides the kammic cause for later wealth..
Giving causes Getting... No Giving causes future Poverty!


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The Blessed Buddha explained the treasure of generosity like this:
When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose mind and
mentality is all cleared of disgracing miserliness,
living at home, is freely generous and open-handed,
delighting in being magnanimous,
responsive to every request and,
is enjoying the giving of any alms.
Such is this treasure called generosity.
AN VII 6

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Just as a filled pot, which is overturned,
pours out all its water, leaving nothing back,
even and exactly so should one give to those in need.
whether low, middle or high, like the overturned pot,
holding nothing back…!!!
Jataka Nidana [128-129]

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The Generosity of Giving,
The Kindness in Speech,
The Benefit of Service,
The Impartiality of treating all Alike,
These 4 threads of Sympathy
upholds this world, like the axle do the cart!
AN II 32

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Giving food, one gives and later gets strength
Giving clothes, one gives and later gets beauty
Giving light, one gives and later gets vision
Giving transportation, one gives and later gets ease.
Giving shelter one gives all,
Yet one who instructs in the True Dhamma
- The supreme Teaching of the Buddhas -
Such one gives the quite divine ambrosia!
SN I 32

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These are these five rewards of generosity:
One is liked and charming to people at large,
One is admired and respected by wise people,
One's good reputation is spread wide about,
One does not neglect a householder's true duty,
and with the break-up of the body - at the moment
of death - one reappears in a happy destination,
in the plane of the divine worlds!
AN V.35

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There are these two kinds of gifts:
material gifts and gifts of Dhamma.
The supreme gift is that of Dhamma.
There are these two kinds of sharing:
material sharing and sharing of Dhamma.
The supreme sharing is that of Dhamma.
There are these two kinds of help:
Material help and help with the Dhamma.
This is the supreme of the two:
help with this subtle Dhamma …
It 98

The gift of Dhamma exceeds all other gifts.
Dhammapada 354

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The Bodhisatta once as king Sivi gave
both his eyes to a beggar who was Sakka the
king deity in disguise, who desired to test him.
He remembered "While I was wishing to give,
while I was giving and after this giving there
was neither contrariety, nor opposition in my mind
since it was for the purpose of awakening itself!
Neither were these eyes, nor the rest of myself
disagreeable to me. Omniscience was dear to me,
therefore I gave both my eyes."
The Basket of Conduct
Cariyapitaka I-8
Full story: Sivi Jataka no. 499


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The Bodhisatta once as the Wise Hare gave his roasted body
as alms to a beggar by jumping into a fire:
He remembered: "There came a beggar and asked for food.
Myself I gave so that he might eat. In alms-giving there was
none equal to me. In alms I had thereby reached the absolute
ultimate perfection." From then and the rest of this world-cycle
the moon will display a characteristic 'hare-in-the-moon' sign!
Sasa-Jataka no. 316

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Giving of things, treasures, external possessions, job,
position, wife, and child is the first perfection of giving.
Giving the offer of one's organs, limbs, and senses is
the second higher perfection of giving.
Giving the sacrifice of one's life is the ultimate
perfection of giving.
The clarifier of sweet meaning 89
(Commentary on Buddhavamsa)
Madhuratthavilasini [59]
Venerable Buddhadatta: 5th century.


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Generosity is the first mental perfection (parami):
Clinging and egoism creates internal panic and social tension.
Giving and sharing creates internal elation and external harmony...
What is gladly given, returns more than thousandfold!
Giving requires Relinquishing! Giving is Anti-Clinging!
Giving is the opposite mental state of Greed...


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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_1 ... ns_(parami)_in_three_levels.htm

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... lation.htm

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Friendship can cross any Border!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:58 pm





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If friendship between animal beings can cross even remote species borders,
so can and should we humans also make our kind friendship extend beyond
any national, religious, cultural, gender, educational, job, and age border!
Only in this very good way, can we establish a society, where we can sleep
with the doors open, and dance with the children in our arms. So be it :-)

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May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

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With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart & mind:
Beaming above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without trace of hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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For one who deliberately & aware
develops Universal Friendliness
Seeing the fading away of clinging,
All chains are worn down & broken.
Itivuttaka 27

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Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

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I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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As I am, so are others...
As others are, so am I...
Having thus identified self and others,
Never Harm anyone, nor have any abused.
Sutta Nipata 3.710

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Among tigers, lions, leopards & bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540

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Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of infinite universal love.
Itivuttaka 22

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The 9th mental Perfection is Friendliness (Metta):
Just as water refreshes and cleanses both just and unjust persons without
discrimination, so does the perfection of friendliness include both friends
and foes alike, and doesn't enact any distinction, favouritism, or partiality.

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More on this fabulously fine Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sy ... mpathy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ntages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Eva ... _Enemy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm

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Goodwill Blazes Beyond... :-)

Friendship can cross any Border!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm
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Pure Buddhist Praxis.

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:15 am





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings
high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness. And which are
these eight features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself:
Throughout their life the Arahats avoid all stealing of others' property and
abstain from any cheating. Always waiting till whatever thing is freely and
only openly given, free from any thievish intent, they remain intact and pure
both in mind & moral! May also I, this day and night, avoid all stealing & not
cheat anyone. By that I will follow the traits of these perfected Arahats!
I shall then have observed the Uposatha observance day perfectly. With this
second praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this very way,
the observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

The one, who never takes, what is not freely & openly given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite or ordinary,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 409

Behaviour that counts as ways of stealing:
Cheating with values, documents, weights or measures, embezzlement, corruption,
fraud, misappropriation, robbery, theft, swindling, trickery, forgery, counterfeit,
extortion, bribing, blackmail, tax-evasion, false accounting, double book-keeping,
over-prizing, pirating, deliberate false valuation of assets, and insurance fraud...!


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More on Not Stealing:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hu ... ebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/T ... Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm

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More on this Optimal Buddhist Behaviour of Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullm ... ce_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

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Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44

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Relinquishing all Resentment!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:12 am





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When one's resentment towards any hostile person has been allayed, then
one can deliberately turn mind with loving-kindness towards any person:
Both the very dear friend, the neutral person and the hostile opponent!
By repeated praxis of meditation on infinite friendliness one gradually
breaks down the mental barrier of evil opposition thereby accomplishing
mental impartiality towards the 4 persons: oneself, the very dear person,
the neutral person and the hostile person. Suppose a trainee is sitting in
a place with a dear, a neutral, and a hostile person, himself being the 4th.
Then bandits come to him and say, 'Venerable friend, give us a person so
that we may kill him and use the blood of his throat as an offering'...!
When one does not see a single one among these four people suitable to
be given to the bandits and one directs mind impartially towards oneself
and towards those three people, then one has broken down the barriers...

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Breaking the Barrier to: Impartiality

Therefore the Ancient Nobles said:
When he does not discriminates between the 4 persons:
That is: Himself, the dear, the neutral, and the hostile one,
Then "Skilled" is not the name he gets, nor "Most Friendly",
But only "Kind towards all beings". Now when a bhikkhu's
barriers towards all the 4 persons have been broken down,
Then he treats with equal amity all beings in the whole world;
Exalted and distinguished is he, who knows no barriers...
Vism 307

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Universal friendliness, which cures all resentment, is a divine state:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ve_Saw.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Al ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... lassic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm

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Entangled by the bonds of hate, one who seeks his own happiness, by inflicting
pain on others, is never ever delivered from neither pain, nor hatred.
Dhammapada 291

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Breaking down the Barriers!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rel ... ntment.htm
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Rational Attention!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:59 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
When attending rationally sense-desire neither arises, nor expand.
When attending rationally evil-will neither arises, nor later expand.
When attending rationally lethargy & laziness does neither emerge nor grow.
When attending rationally restlessness & regret cannot arise or amplify.
When attending rationally doubt & uncertainty do not begin or blow up.
Furthermore, when attending carefully & rationally to cause and effect:
The awareness link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The investigation link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The energy link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The joy link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The tranquillity link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The concentration link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed.
The equanimity link to awakening arises, and is gradually developed!

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More on Attention: (Manasikara):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... ikaara.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:93-4] section 46: The Links. 35: Careful Attention...

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Causal Attention!
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Cutting all Craving Ends all Suffering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:17 pm





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At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus: Whatever desire & lust there is for form, feeling, perception,
mental construction and consciousness, whatever greed, urge and craving,
whatever engagement, entanglement and clinging, any habitual addiction,
obsession, and underlying tendency there is for form, feeling, perception,
mental construction and consciousness, overcome, cut and eliminate it all!
Then all form, feeling, perception, mental construction and consciousness
will be overcome & conquered, cut off at the root, made like a palm stump,
completely destroyed, so that it is unable to ever re-arise again...
This - only this - is the End of all Suffering...!

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Craving => Clinging => Fear => Panic => Suffering!

More on this thorny Craving causing all pain:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Or ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ce ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... raving.htm

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Craving can be cut due to the neuro-plasticity of learning.

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:112 III 162
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Cut all Catastrophic Craving!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Cut_Craving.htm
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Everything Converges on Feeling!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:25 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said: Bhikkhus, the uninstructed ordinary person
feels pleasant feelings, painful feelings, and neither-painful-nor-pleasant
feelings... Such does the instructed Noble Disciple also feel. What then is
the difference, the variation, and the distinction between the instructed
Noble Disciple and the uninstructed ordinary person? Bhikkhus, when the
uninstructed ordinary person is being touched by a painful feeling, then he
cries, grieves, moans, weeps, beats his breast and becomes bewildered!
He feels actually two feelings: A bodily pain and a mental sadness...!!!
Imagine they hit a man with a dart, and then they pricked him immediately
after with another dart, then that man would indeed feel two feelings
caused by both the two darts. Similarly is it in this case where this poor
uninstructed ordinary person touched by a painful feeling, actually feels
two feelings: A bodily pain and another mental frustration over that pain.
Whenever touched by pain, he responds with aversion towards that painful
feeling, then the latent tendency to aversion towards painful feeling grows
even deeper. When touched by painful feeling, he seeks for sense pleasure!
Why? Because the uninstructed ordinary person does not know any other
escape from painful feeling than seeking to relief by new sense pleasure.
When he seeks towards delight by sensual pleasure, the latent tendency
to lust for pleasant feeling grows even deeper. He does not at all really
understand as it really is neither the cause, nor the fading away, nor the
satisfaction, nor the danger, nor the escape regarding these feelings!#
Not understanding any of these things, then when touched by a neutral
neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling the latent tendency to ignorance also
grows deeper. When feeling a pleasant feeling, he feels it as if attached
to it, and as the owner ("my feeling") being involved in it. When feeling a
painful feeling, he also feels this as if attached to it and involved in it. If
he feels a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, he feels it as if attached
to it and involved in it... This, bhikkhus, is called an uninstructed ordinary
person, who is attached & clings desperately to birth, aging, death, sorrow,
pain, discontent, and despair. I tell you: What he clings to is Suffering ...!
Bhikkhus, when the instructed Noble Disciple is being touched by a painful
feeling, he neither cries, nor grieves, nor moans, nor weeps, nor beats his
breast, nor does he become bewildered! He feels actually only one feeling:
Bodily pain, yet no mental sadness or frustration! Imagine they hit a man
with only one single dart, and not any other dart, then that man would feel
a single feeling caused by only one single dart. So too, when the instructed
Noble Disciple is contacted by a painful feeling, then he feels one feeling:
A bodily pain, but not any mental sadness or frustration. Touched by that
painful feeling, he neither develops nor reinforces any aversion towards it!
Because he develops no aversion towards this painful feeling, the latent
tendency to aversion towards painful feeling does not grow deeper!
When touched by painful feeling, he does not wish for sense pleasure.
For what reason? Because the instructed Noble Disciple knows another
escape from painful feeling other than sensual pleasure! Since he does not
seek delight in sensual pleasure, the latent tendency to lust for pleasant
feeling does not grow deeper in him. He indeed understands as it really is,
the cause, the fading away, the satisfaction, the danger, and the escape
in the case of feelings. Since he understands all these things, the latent
tendency to ignorance, when touched by a neither-painful-nor-pleasant
feeling, does not grow deeper in him. When feeling a pleasant feeling, he
feels it as if detached from it, as something remote, irrelevant and alien.
When feeling a painful feeling, he also feels this as if detached from it,
as if remote and alien. If he feels a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling,
he feels even that neutrality as if disconnected from it, remote and alien.
This, Bhikkhus, is called a Noble Disciple, who is released from birth, aging,
and death! Who is separated from sorrow, lamentation, pain, discontent,
and desperate despair... I tell you, such one is separated from Suffering.
This, is the difference, variation, and distinction, between the learned
Noble Disciple and an uninstructed ordinary person! The wise, clever and
learned one does not feel the adjoined pleasant & painful mental feeling!
This is the great difference between the wise and learned one and the
ordinary person. For the learned one, who has comprehended the Dhamma,
who clearly sees this world and the next, the desirable things do neither
incite, nor stir up, nor stimulate his mind...Towards whatever disgusting,
he has no aversion. All mental attraction and repulsion has ceased in him...
Both have been extinguished, brought to silence. Having known this stain
and sorrow-less state, such transcender of existence rightly understands:

Pleasant feeling induces greed...
Painful feeling produces hate...
Neither-painful-nor-pleasant neutral feeling
causes neglect and therefore generates ignorance...


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Note #:
The cause of feeling is contact bye the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind.
The fading away of feeling occurs right when this contact ceases.
The satisfaction in feeling is the delight one can take in it.
The danger of feeling is the impermanence of it. Instantly it goes away!
The escape from feeling is Nibbana by completing the Noble 8-fold Way!

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All converges on Feeling (Vedana):
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

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [208-10]
section 36: Feeling. Vedana. The Dart. Sallatena. 6.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Have a nice & noble day!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Everything Converges on Feeling!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net /drops/II/Bodily_and_Mental_Feeling.htm
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What is Ignorance?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:48 pm





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Once a certain not very well-known Bhikkhu asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, ignorance, ignorance, is it said! What is ignorance?
Venerable Sir, in what way is one wrapped up in ignorance?
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then pointed out:
Not Knowing Suffering is ignorance;
Not Knowing The Cause of Suffering is ignorance;
Not Knowing The End of Suffering is ignorance;
Not Knowing The Way to end Suffering is ignorance...
All this absence of understanding is ignorance and it is by that blindness,
that dark state of blocked insight, that one is wrapped up in ignorance!
Therefore, Bhikkhu, an effort should be made much of to understand:
This is Suffering; an effort should be made much of to comprehend:
Such is the Cause of Suffering; an effort should be made so to realize:
That is the End of Suffering; An effort should be made to penetrate,
recognize, and develop, The Noble Way leading to the End of all Suffering...

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More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cl ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... e_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/So ... ources.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

What is Ignorance? A Blinded Mind!

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:429]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 17: Ignorance...

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What is Ignorance?

When is one wrapped up in blinding ignorance?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
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Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.


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