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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

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The Prison of Pride!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:24 pm





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All the egoism is born right when assuming the impersonal and transient
phenomena, such as body, feeling, perception, mental construction, and
consciousness to be "I-Me-Mine", thereby conceiving the idea: "I am"!
At once hereafter one falls desperately in love with this hypothetical
ego, exalts, gratifies and even worships it, as the most dear possession
of all... Pride is born right here! By comparing this non-existent entity:
"My Personal Identity" with external equally conceived perceptions, one
erroneously concludes: "I am better than ..." There arrogance is born...
Or one concludes equally erroneously: "I am worse than or equal to ..."
When there is pride, there is bound to be wounded pride! Because of that
"I-Me"-construing, ego-love and self-overestimation, one cannot respect
what should be respected. Feeling threatened by any realistic evaluation
of this adored "Ego", all potential "critics" or "competitors" are violently
repressed... By clinging to this cherished idea of "Myself", harming, hate,
ill-will, and violence thereby come into being. Even wars are initiated by
immature & infantile imagination of "Own Greatness" or "National Lead"!
Thus more than fatal is verily this cramped conceit: "I Am this and that"!
Serene Joy is however connected with open, and detached impersonality.
If there is no "I", no "Me", what then to be proud of, or violently defend?

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As the blessed Buddha said:
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desire.
More blissful is dwelling in complete harmlessness.
Even more blissful is solitude for one content and learned.
But highest is the bliss of uprooting this deepest conceit: "I am"!
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

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Frequent reflection on the impermanent and transient flux of all internal
and external phenomena, leads towards this counter-intuitive, yet crucial
comprehension of the fact of No-Self=Anatta. Absolutely freeing is that...

Sabbe Dhamma Anatta ...
All States are Selfless!!!

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

Have a nice, noble and humble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Reaching Peace!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:44 pm





A deity once spoke this verse to the Blessed One:
Life inevitably ceases, short is the span of life.
No safe shelter exists for one prone to ageing..
Seeing this danger of certain death, one should
do meritorious deeds, which brings happiness...

The Exalted Buddha responded:
Life inevitably ceases, short is the span of life.
No safe shelter exists for one prone to ageing..
Seeing this danger of certain Death, one should
drop the fleshy bait of this evanescent world!


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More on this uncreated peace - Nibbana (Sanskrit = Nirvana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_P ... _Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm

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Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I 2
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 and peaceful day!

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

Reaching Peace... :anjali:
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Rejoicing Joy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:17 am





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By seeing that:
If only happy at one's own success, such ego Joy is rare and limited!
If happy also at others success, the Joy is more frequent & even infinite!

By observing that:
It starts with basic sympathy, develops into acceptance, genuine approval
and appreciation. It culminates in rejoicing mutual joy by directing mind
to initiation, frequent cultivation and boundless expansion of Mutual Joy..

By knowing that:

Mutual Joy is the proximate cause of satisfied contentment!
Mutual Joy eliminates all acidic jealousy, grudge and green envy!
Mutual Joy is an infinite, truly divine, elevating and sublime mental state!

Buddha:
If it were impossible to cultivate this Good, I would not tell you to do so!

Buddhaghosa:

See how this good being is very Happy!
How fine! How excellent! How sweet!


Let there be Happiness. Let there be open Freedom.
Let there be Peace. Let there be Bliss from this.
Let there be Understanding of this Mutual Joy!


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Moreover:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

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Mudita: The Buddha's Teaching on Unselfish Joy: BPS Wheel Publication No. 170
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el170.html

Have a nice, noble and joyous day!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Rejoicing Joy! :twothumbsup:
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Pure as GOLD!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:02 am





The Buddha said about BLAME:
This, Atula, is an ancient saying, yet timeless and thus relevant even today:
They blame the one, who talks much. They blame the one, who says little.
They even blame the silent one... No one in this world is never blamed!

Dhammapada 227

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FACT
There never was, nor will there ever be, nor does there exist one now,
who is only praised or only blamed ....

Dhammapada 228

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PRAISED
The one examined carefully by the wise, yet still praised as peerless,
wise, learned and genuinely good, like a ring of refined gold, who can
ever rightly blame such one? Even the divine and Brahma praise such one!

Dhammapada 229-30

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Comments: The Buddha once asked his students, "And what is right speech?
Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle
chatter: This is called right speech." -SN 45.8

He also taught: "Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken,
not ill-spoken. It is blameless & faultless by knowledgeable people. Which five?
It is spoken at the right time. It is truth. It is kind. It is advantageous. And it
is spoken with a mind of good-will." -AN 5.198

In addition to right speech, the Exalted Master taught us to develop other
skilful qualities of intention, thoughts, words, and actions, in order to become
peerless, wise, learned, good, blameless, and praised. These are right view,
right motivation, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness
and right concentration. Practicing in this way, we not only acquire peace for
ourselves, through admiration, we also improve society, and our reputation...

Other skilful qualities we can develop are present moment awareness,
conviction, persistence, understanding, and analysis as well as kind metta,
compassion, truly altruistic joy, equanimity, generosity, virtue, and patience.
The development, prolonging and maintenance of these skilful states of mind
not only benefit ourselves, they expand outward, like sweet rings in water!

When we meditate upon which of these qualities we need to develop and how
to go about increasing and sustaining them, we are rightly praised by all beings
EVEN THE DIVINE, and are able to gradually approach the pure, tranquil,
and entirely stilled state, NIBBANA! As pure as gold!

More on Right Speech (Samma-Vaca):

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/What_to_Say.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Splitting.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Scolding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Gossiping.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/O ... nce_IV.htm

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With Metta, Jonathan

Pure as GOLD! :anjali:
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Liberating Rescue!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:17 pm





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Venerable Sariputta once explained:
1: The experience of deep disgust.
2: The experience of death approaching.
3: The experience of disliking whatever food.
4: The experience of dispassion with the entire world.
5: The experience of the inevitable impermanence.
6: The experience of frustration inherent in decay.
7: The experience of the impersonality of existence.
8: The experience of letting go and leaving all behind.
9: The experience of disinterested, & detached disillusion.
10: The experience of calming, stilling, ceasing, and ending.


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These 10 perceptions are real, true, exactly so and not otherwise,
perfectly realized, comprehended and formulated by the Buddha!
They cool all craving, relinquish all clinging, and still all urge...
They are therefore to be remembered, recited and reflected over
repeatedly.. When made arise, they release mind into Bliss and Peace!

More on Liberation (Vimokkha) via directed Perception (Sañña):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Liberation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... iences.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... Danger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... isgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... easing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... nation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ssness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... ration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... g_Away.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... anence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... ntment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ex ... sience.htm

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Source: The Exhaustive Speeches of the Buddha. Digha Nikaya 34
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25103
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/digha/index.html

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Sekha » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:28 am

could you specify further ressources about:

The experience of death approaching.
The experience of disliking whatever food.
The experience of letting go and leaving all behind.

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thank you in advance, Bhante
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Hey Friend!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:51 pm



Every friend is an extension of me. Every friend has taught me what I am.
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who cared me, loved me,
and gave me a warm experience of the feeling of love?
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who made me feel that I am
so beautiful, and given me the feeling of being on the top of the world?
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who has given me the knowledge
and helped me to stand in front of the world with the feeling of security.
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who went away from me and
gave me the experience of detachment from loved ones and loneliness?
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who cheated me and thereby
gave me the experience of the feelings of hate and anger?
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who left me and found another
friend and thereby gave me experience of jealousy?
How can I not be thankful to those friends, who put me down and made me
inferior by showing my weakness, giving me the experience of deprivation?
How can I not be thankful to ALL those friends, who just made me think
that my mind is in the control of others and nothing is in my own control?
One day I sat in the corner of my room, thinking and thinking, looking here
and there, and then saw what: A glance at a book of Buddha!

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How can I not be thankful towards the Buddha who explained me compassion.
My dear friend, destroy these mental seeds of those feelings that control your mind.
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of hate?
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of anger?
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of jealousy?
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of greed?
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of laziness?
Why don’t you try to destroy these mental seeds of clinging?

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These emotions are very harmful to your mind…
Reform your mind my dear friend!
Dhamma will teach you, how to reform nothing other than your mind!

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Poem by: Deepali Nandeshwar [email protected]

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Wonderful it is to train the mind,
so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants.
Good is it to have a well-trained mind,
for a well-trained mind brings happiness.

Dhammapada 35

More on Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ge ... odwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.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/The_B ... enship.htm

Hey Friend!
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Devoured by Delight!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:32 pm





At Savatthi the Buddha once said: Friends, any who seeks delight in form
seeks delight in suffering. I tell you, anyone seeking delight in suffering,
is not freed from suffering. Anyone who seeks delight in feeling, or seeks
delight in perception, or seeks delight in mental constructions, or seeks
delight in consciousness, indeed thereby also seeks delight in suffering...
One who seeks delight in suffering cannot be liberated from suffering...!
Anyone who does not seek any delight, neither in form, nor in feeling, nor
in perception, nor in mental constructions, nor in consciousness, does not
seek delight in any suffering! Anyone who does not seek any delight in any
form of suffering, is therefore and thereby released from all suffering...!

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"Garden of Earthly Delight" by Hieronymus Bosch. (1450-1516)

Comments:
Delight is a mixed state of craving camouflaged by the joy of satisfaction.
However, in the end, all craving will create suffering either sooner or later.
Seeking delight is therefore - ultimately speaking - creating suffering...
All beings in the sense-world (kama-loka) are devoured by their own delight...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/De ... elight.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22(29) [III 31]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Seeking Delight! :anjali:
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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Sekha » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:06 pm

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Re: Devoured by Delight!

Postby Sekha » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:15 am

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Withdrawal Wins!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:11 am





Withdrawal is Removal of Misery
Withdrawal is Extraction of Disease.
Withdrawal is Pulling out the splinter of Pain.
Withdrawal is Retraction from Danger.
Withdrawal is Renunciation of Ill.
Withdrawal is Letting Go of what is Burning.
Withdrawal is Turning Away from what is Sorrow.
Withdrawal is Seclusion from what is Grief.
Withdrawal is Clearing of Captivating Illusions.
Withdrawal is Waking Up from Enthralling Trance.
Withdrawal is Freedom from Enslaving Addiction.
Withdrawal is Protection from what is Entrapping.
Withdrawal is Giving Up what is Detrimental.
Withdrawal is Discharge of what is Infested.
Withdrawal is Breaking out of the Prison.
Withdrawal is Release from all Suffering...


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"Back to Nature" by Robert Storm Petersen. (1882 – 1949)

The Withdrawn, as the man newly freed from prison
does not at all wish himself back in prison!
The Basket of Conduct, Cariyapitaka

Infatuated with lust, impassioned and obsessed,
they are caught in their own self-created net,
like a spider, which spins it's own web!
Cutting through, the Noble Friend withdraw and go free,
Without longing, without greed, leaving all misery behind.
Dhammapada 347

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The Bodhisatta as the King Culasutasoma gave up his whole kingdom.
Knowing withdrawal to be an advantageous victory, he remembered:
A mighty kingdom I possessed, as if it was dropped into my hands...
Yet all this tantalizing luxury, I let fall and go without any even slight
trace of longing or clinging. This was my perfection of Withdrawal...
Jataka no. 525

Lust, I say, is a great flood, a whirlpool sucking one down,
a constant yearning, seeking a hold, continually active, and
difficult to cross is such morass of sense and sensual desire...
A sage does not deviate from the good, but remains steady!
A recluse stands on firm ground, when solitarily secluded:
When withdrawn from all, truly he is calmed and silenced!
Having directly touched the Dhamma, he is independent!
He behaves right and does not envy anyone anywhere...
He who has left behind all pleasure arised from sensing,
an attachment difficult to cut, is freed of both depression and
longing, since he has cut across this great flood, and is released.
Sutta Nipata IV.15

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Any being, that cools down all desires and greedy lusts,
by being alert and ever aware of the inherent danger,
by directing attention only to the disgusting aspects of
all phenomena, such one withdraw from all craving and
thereby wears down and breaks the bars of the inner prison.
Dhammapada 350

If one gains an infinite ease by leaving a minor pleasure,
the clever one would swap the luminous for what is a trifling
sense delight, by withdrawing from this trivial banal boredom.
Dhammapada 290

The one who has reached the sublime end all perfected,
is fearless, freed of craving, desireless and detached..
Such one has broken the chains of being and is certainly
withdrawing into the final phase, wearing his last frame...
Dhammapada 351

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Prince Siddhattha Gotama reflected thus:
"Why do I, being subject to birth, decay, disease, death, sorrow and
defilement, thus search after things of the same nature. What if I,
who am subject to things of such nature, realize their disadvantages
and seek the unattained and unsurpassed, perfect security: Nibbana!"

"Cramped and confined is the household life, a den of dust, but the life
of the homeless is in the free open air of heaven! Hard is it for him who
abides at home to live the Holy Life as it should be lived, in all its true
perfection, and in all its purity."
"The household life is a cramped way, choked with dust. To leave it, is
like coming out into the free space of open air! It is not easy for one,
who lives at home, to live the Noble life completely perfect and pure,
bright as mother-of-pearl. Surely I will now shave off my hair and go
forth into homelessness."

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Only Misery Arises.
Only Misery Ceases.
Nothing good is thus lost
by withdrawing from it all...

Nothing is Worth Clinging to!

More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis) and Withdrawal (Nekkhamma)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctions.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Level ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... lished.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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Withdrawal Wins!
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Friendship is the Greatest!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:12 pm





The Blessed Buddha said of this beautiful Friendship (Kalyanamittata):
By this following method, Ananda, it may be understood how the entire
Holy & Noble Life is sole good friendship, good companionship, and good
comradeship: By relying upon me as a good friend, Ananda, beings subject
to birth are freed from birth, ageing beings are freed from their ageing,
beings subject to disease are freed from illness, beings subject to death
are freed from death, beings subject to sorrow, lamentation, pain, and
desperate despair are freed from this grief, pain, frustration and misery!
Therefore, Ananda it may be emphasized, how this entire Noble Life is all
based on good friendship, beautiful amity, and benevolent harmony...

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Comments:
Selfless friendship is the most deep, genuine, sincere and sweet!
Why so? It is not limited or tainted by any egoistic self-interest,
which otherwise interferes, as soon as an assumed 'self' suspects
even minor overstepping of it's perceived territorial 'my' domain..
If there is no self present, how can it ever be possessive? ")

The Blessed Buddha often emphasized: Sabbe Dhamma Anatta...
All states are selfless, egoless, ownerless, & void of any core "I"-dentity!

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More on this very best good within beautiful friendship (Kalyanamittata):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_B ... enship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfl ... eetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... ndness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Go ... _Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... ndship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Frien ... _Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 3(18): [I 88]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice, noble & friendly day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The 3 Absolute Facts!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:03 am





All form is unstable, falling apart, transient and inevitably vanishing!
Therefore is all form fragile, frustrating, and ultimately disappointing!
Therefore is all form ownerless, neither what I am, nor mine or self!

All feeling is unsteady, disintegrating, temporary and just fading away!
Therefore is all feeling feeble, annoying, and really a painful suffering!
Therefore is all feeling unkeepable, alien, not-me-nor-mine-nor-any-self!

All perception is fickle, collapsing, transitory and quickly disappearing!
Therefore is all perception frail, bothering, and never quite enough!
Therefore is all perception foreign, strange, not-me-nor-mine-nor-self!

All construction is insecure, subsiding, ephemeral and always leaving!
Therefore is all construction brittle, irksome, and invariably inadequate!
Therefore is all construction impersonal and not-me-nor-mine-nor-self!

All consciousness is momentary, fleeting, passing, evanescent and lost!
Therefore is all consciousness insubstantial, tedious, and quite miserable!
Therefore is all consciousness egoless, alien and neither-me-nor-I-nor-self!

Thus seeing, thus knowing, thus assured, and clearly comprehending, but
shattered, and disgusted, yet still calm, cool and collected, one gradually
stops taking up and accumulating these things, since only fools pick up pain!
One instead Relinquishes! This -only and exactly this release by letting go-
is the liberating escape from all suffering, be it past, future or present!

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The Blessed Buddha said:

Whether Perfect Ones appear in the world, or whether Perfect Ones do not
appear in the world, this still remains the same condition, an immutable fact,
and a fixed regular nature-law: That all constructions are impermanent, that
all constructions are subject to suffering, that everything is without a self...

Anguttara Nikaya III 134

Constructions are all impermanent:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is ill,
Then that is the path to mental purity.
Constructions are all suffering:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is sick,
Then this is the path to mental purity.
All states are all without a same self:
When he sees thus with understanding
And turns away from what is illusory,
This is verily the path to mental purity.

Dhammapada 277-79

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Regarding these 3 general characteristics or signs (Ti-lakkhana) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_3 ... istics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kkhana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Any ... soever.htm

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The 3 Signs...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:41 pm





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Q: Is the body and all external form, lasting or transient? A: Transient
Q: Is feeling, pleasant or not, lasting or transient? A: Transient!
Q: Is experienced perceptions lasting or transient? A: Transient!
Q: Is the mental constructions lasting or transient? A: Transient!
Q: Is naked awareness = consciousness lasting or transient? A: Transient!
Q: Is the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind, lasting or transient?
Q: Is form, sound, smell, taste, touch and thought, lasting or transient?
Q: Is solidity, fluidity, heat, motion, and space, lasting or transient?
Answer: All these are Transient!, Impermanent!, Temporary!, Fleeting!

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Q: Is what is transient, happiness or suffering? A: Decay is Suffering!
Q: Is what is transient, ever changing and therefore frustrating pain
suitable to be regarded as: "This is Mine, This I Am, This is Me"
"This I can Keep, This I can control, This I Posses, This is my Self" ... ???
Answer: No certainly Not ...!!!, since what is self must be keepable, same,
constant, controllable, under one's own full power, and thus pleasant...
As all these phenomena are none of this, they cannot ever be self!

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Seeing this, understanding this, comprehending this, the Noble Learner is
disgusted by all form, disgusted by all sensing, by all physical, by all mental.
Being thus disgusted, one experiences an opening disillusion... The veil is off.
Without illusions, the mind is fully released and one immediately knows:
This mental liberation is final and irreversible. This - exactly this state -
is called Nibbana, experienced is this very life ...

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Regarding these 3 general characteristics or signs (Ti-lakkhana) see also:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPP ... kkhana.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Any ... soever.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_3 ... _Facts.htm

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Life always involves Suffering and is inevitably Sorrowful!

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 244-5
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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The 5 Clusters!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:41 pm





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I: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Material Form (Rupa):
Form or materiality is composed of these 4 Primary Elements:
1: Solidity based microscopically on the force of extension.
2: Fluidity based microscopically on the force of cohesion.
3: Heat based microscopically on the property of vibration.
4: Motion based microscopically on the property of energy.
From these 4 can be derived all other formed phenomena...
Form (Rupa) in Buddhism is a quality, but not a substance...
Whatever there are of formed things, whether past, present
or future, internal or external, fine or gross, high or low,
far or near, all these belong to this form group. Desire, lust
craving and clinging to that, is the cluster of clinging to form!

II: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Feeling (Vedana):
There are these five kinds of Feeling:
1: Bodily pleasant feeling and 2: Bodily painful feeling.
3: Mentally glad feeling and 4: Mentally sad feeling. And finally:
5: Indifferent feeling = Neither painful, pleasant, sad, nor glad.
Feeling is born as effect of eye contact, or ear contact, or nose
contact, or tongue contact, or body contact, or mental contact...
Whatever there is of feeling, whether past, present or future,
internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all
that belongs to this feeling group. Desire, lust, craving for, and
clinging to these reactions, is the cluster of clinging to feeling!

III: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Perception (Sañña):
There are these six kinds of Perception:
1: Visual perception of form and color. 2: Auditory perception of sound.
3: Olfactory perception of smell. 4: Gustatory perception of taste.
5: Tactile perception of touch. 6: Mental perception of ideas and states.
Whatever there is of perception, whether past, present or future,
internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all that
belongs to this perception group. Desire, lust, craving for and clinging to
these perceived experiences, is the cluster of clinging to perception!

IV: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Mental Construction (Sankhara):
There are six kinds of mental construction dealing with visual objects,
or hearable objects, or smellable, or tastable, or touchable objects, or
thinkable objects. Whatever there is of mental construction, whether past,
present or future, internal or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or
near, all that belongs to this mental construction group. Desire, craving for
and clinging to these objectives, is the cluster of clinging to construction!
Wanting to see some special form is the mental construction of intention...

V: There is the Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness (Viññana):
There are six kinds of consciousness:
1: The Visual Consciousness of seeing. 2: The Auditory Consciousness of hearing.
3: Olfactory Consciousness of smelling. 4: Gustatory Consciousness of tasting.
5: Tactile Consciousness of touching. 6: The Mental Consciousness of thinking.
Whatever there is of consciousness, whether past, present or future, internal
or external, fine or gross, high or low, far or near, all that belongs to this very
consciousness group. Desire, craving for and clinging to this aware recognition,
is the cluster of clinging to consciousness!

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The Blessed Buddha said:
Recluses and priests, who knows the causation, the ceasing, and the way leading
to the ceasing of these five clusters of clinging, who are practicing for disgust
towards these, for their fading away and dissolution, they are practicing well!
They are later released and well liberated through this very non-clinging...
Those who are well liberated are consummate ones, completed ones...
There is no way of describing such utterly perfected ones...

There is nothing in this or any Universe apart from these 5 Clusters of Clinging...

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

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If Clinging: How can one ever be Free?
If Not Free: How can one ever be Happy?


Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya XXII (56); [III 59-61]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 A Vast Ocean of True Dhamma Teaching!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... ml#Khandha On these Clusters!

Have a nice, noble and relinquished day!

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Chained!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:46 pm





The Blessed Buddha once explained mental imprisonment like this:
Imagine, friends, a dog tied with a strap bound to a strong post: It would
remain running and circling around that very same post... So indeed too, the
unlearned ordinary person, who regards form as self, who regards feeling
as self, who regards perception as self, who regards constructions as self,
who regards consciousness as self... He keeps whirling and spinning around
those 5 clusters of clinging!!! Furthermore: If that dog walks, or stands,
or sits down, or lies down, it does all that always quite close to that very
same post... Exactly so too does an untrained ordinary person, who regards
form thus: "This is mine, this I am, this is my self". And who regards feeling,
perception, constructions, and consciousness thus: "This is mine, this I am,
this is my self." If he walks, he walks quite close to those very same five
clusters of clinging! If he stands, or if he sits down, or lies down, he always
does that, as if locked and chained to those same five clusters of clinging!
As bound, he keeps running and circling around form, around feeling, and
around perception, around constructions, and around consciousness...
Since he keeps on rotating and spiraling around them, he is neither freed
from form, nor from feeling, nor from perception, nor from constructions,
nor is he freed from consciousness. I tell you, it is therefore, that neither
is he freed from birth, aging, decay, nor death! Neither is he freed from
sorrow, pain, lamentation, frustration, not all forms of desperate despair!
Neither is he freed from this entire mass of Suffering ...!!!

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Mental chains are much stronger than steel!

Commentary:
The foolish ordinary person is like the dog, his view is like the leash, his
artificial and imagined "I"-dentity (egoism) is like the post. Like the dog's
running around the post, is the ordinary person's running around his dearly
yet assumed personal identity, bound to it by craving, clinging and views!

More on Narcissism, Egoism, and Personality View (Sakkaya Ditthi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Input_"I"-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/First ... Enmity.htm

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The prison is not "out there" but "in here" within mind!

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

Source: The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya XXII (99-100); [III 149-152]
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507 An Ocean of Dhamma Teaching!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... ml#Khandha On Clusters

Have a nice & noble day!


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Causality!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:59 pm





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Buddha once explained the entire chain of causes leading to Nibbana:
Ignorance is the proximate cause of mental construction.
Mental construction is the proximate cause of consciousness.
Consciousness is the proximate cause of name-&-form.
Name-&-form is the proximate cause of the 6 senses.
The 6 senses is the proximate cause of contact.
Contact is the proximate cause of feeling.
Feeling is the proximate cause of craving.
Craving is the proximate cause of clinging.
Clinging is the proximate cause of becoming.
Becoming is the proximate cause of birth.
Birth is the proximate cause of ageing, decay and death.
Ageing, decay and death is the proximate cause suffering.
Suffering is the proximate cause of faith.
Faith is the proximate cause of elation.
Elation is the proximate cause of joy.
Joy is the proximate cause of calmness.
Calmness is the proximate cause of happiness.
Happiness is the proximate cause of concentration.
Concentration is the proximate cause of seeing and knowing reality.
Seeing and knowing reality is the proximate cause of disgust.
Disgust is the proximate cause of disillusion.
Disillusion is the proximate cause of mental release.
Mental release is the proximate cause of ending all mental fermentation
linked with ignorance, associated with becoming, and caused by sensing.
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Freedom..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Peace..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Bliss..
This - only this - is Nibbana ...

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The Butterfly Effect => A Storm! 1 Cause => Many Effects!

More on this uncreated state - Nibbana (Sanskrit = Nirvana):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm

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Multi-factorial are Phenomena: Caused by many factors...

On Causality as general principle:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causality
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Caused_by_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... rgence.htm

Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 29-32
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Cut down by Name and Fame!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:53 am





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At Savatthi the blessed Buddha said: Friends, horrible are gain, honour,
fame, name and praise! As if they cut through the outer skin, then through
the inner skin, then through the flesh, then through the sinews, then right
through to the bone! Having cut through the bone, they reach the marrow
itself. So terrible indeed friends, are gain, honour, fame, name and praise...
They are as if splattering pig bile over a mad dogs nose, bitter, vile, wicked,
tricky, obstructive to achieving this incomparable security from domination!
Friends, I have known of a certain person here whose mind I penetrated with
my own mind and have thereby realized: This venerable one would not tell a
deliberate lie even for the sake of his own life! Yet, sometime later, I see him
telling a deliberate lie, because his mind was overwhelmed & obsessed by gain,
honour, fame, name & praise... So destructive, friends, are gain, honour, fame,
name and praise, so bitter, so vile and blocking any achievement of matchless
security from bondage. Therefore, friends, you should train yourselves thus:
"We will leave behind any arisen gain, honour, fame, name & praise and we will
not let the arisen gain, honour, fame, name and praise remain obsessing or
consuming our minds Thus should you train yourselves...!!!"

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 238
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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