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Complete Mental Control = Neither Attracted nor Repelled!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:44 am





Buddha once asked: How, Bhikkhus and friends, is there full mental control?
When seeing a form with the eye, one becomes neither attracted by any pleasing form,
nor repelled by any displeasing form! When having heard a sound with the ear, one
becomes neither entranced by any charming sound, nor opposed by any horrid sound!
Having sniffed a smell with the nose, one becomes neither fascinated by any lovely smell,
nor held off by any detestable smell! Having tasted a flavour with the tongue, one becomes
neither captivated by any likeable taste, nor rejected by unlikable taste! When having felt
a touch with the body, one becomes neither allured by any pleasant touch, nor repelled by
any unpleasant touch! When having experienced whatever mental state with the mind,
one becomes neither obsessed by any agreeable mental phenomenon, nor rebuffed by
any disagreeable mental phenomenon whatsoever...
Thus does one live on, while having established Awareness of the Body, yet abiding within
an unlimited & infinite mind... Thus does a focused one come to understand, through direct
experience, that release of mind, that mental release through understanding, wherein alls
those evil disadvantageous mental states irreversibly cease without any remaining trace...
It is in exactly this way, that there is full mental control!

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Comments:
The infinite mind, counteracting hate & anger, is a mind made limitless by the praxis of the
4 sublime & divine dwellings (brahma-vihara), also called the 4 infinite states (appamañña),
which are:

Infinite Friendliness (Metta),
Endless Pity (Karuna),
Mutual Sympathy & Joy (Mudita), and
Imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkha).


For Awareness of the Body, which counteracts greed, lust & desire; see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/A ... s_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Me ... a-Sati.htm
Having counteracted both greed & lust, which pulls in the mind attracting it to objects,
and having counteracted both hate & anger, which push mind repulsing it from objects,
mind may stay stilled and ballanced in the middle, untouched and in control...

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [189-]
35: 6 Senses. Salayatana. States that entail Suffering. Dukkha-Dhamma 244.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Narcissistic Input Identification!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:12 am





The Buddha once explained the false conception of EGO like this:
Touched by contact, while blinded by ignorance, the unlearned and
untrained ordinary person conceives this false & fatal assumption:
'By my eye, ear, nose, tongue and body I clearly sense this & that!
Therefore "I am"! I perceive this & that: Therefore "Do I Exist"!
I feel this & that: Therefore "These feelings are me and all mine"!
I experience this & that: Therefore "These experiences 'I' have".

Then he proliferates this self-deception even further by breeding:
"I am this eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind!" right here & now.
"I always was & have been this eye, ear, nose, tongue, body & mind!"
"In the future, I will be this eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind!"
"I am this form, feeling, perception, construction, & consciousness!"
"I was this form, feeling, perception, construction, & consciousness!"
"I will be form, feeling, perception, construction, & consciousness!"
Thereby consolidating the false & constructed notion of a stable Ego!

Finally he externalizes this non-existent entity 'Me' by comparing it:
"I am equal to this and that...", and "I am better, than this and that...",
"I am worse, than this and that...", thereby creating first egoism, then
pride and arrogance, and moreover detrimental feeling of inferiority...

Clinging to this hypothetical 'I'-idea, which he mistakes for real, he
becomes desperate, when whatever it is, he identifies with, changes,
decays, becomes otherwise, fades away and finally disappears...
He is terrified by the thought: "It is 'I' & 'Me' who changes, decays,
becomes otherwise, fades away and finally disappears..." So big is the
power of this unnoticed idea, that it produces fear, anxiety & horror!!!

There arises no such great panic, when one understands it as it really is:
The six inputs by the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind are not 'mine',
this is not what 'I am', this neither is nor belongs to 'my' or any other self!
This form, feeling, perception, construction & consciousness is not mine,
this is not what I am, this neither is nor belongs to my or any other self!
All these are just passing, momentary, induced and selfless mental states!


The Buddha once noted: Every being loves themselves most!
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Narcissus & sister stares in the pond captivated by: 'My glorious Ego!'

More on Narcissism, Egoism, Identification, & Personality View (Sakkaya Ditthi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/First ... Enmity.htm

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An Ego tragicomically unreal, which is void and empty like a Doll!

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Narcissistic Input Identification! :jumping: :soap:
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Just a Flash of Delight => Another Addiction!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:07 am





Pleasures obtained by contact at the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind
all fade away and vanish instantly, when their contact ceases! They are all:
Like a drop of honey on the edge of a razor blade: Short joy, but much pain!
Like a show seen in a flash of lightening: Momentary & exceedingly brief!
Like a drink made thin & tasteless: Dissatisfying, frustrating & disappointing!
Like food all rotten inside or poisoned: Afflicting and causing problems later!
Like a baited hook: First juicy, later torturing & tormenting and finally Fatal!
Like an inner prison: Encaging, punishing, bonding, addicting and making mad!
Like sleeping in an enemy's village: Dangerous, hazardous, treacherous, & risky!
Like a burning hollow tree: Agitated inside, feverish, frantic, violently painful!
Like a chain of dry naked bare bones: Not healing any hunger, without nutrition!
Like many days of drinking only salt water: Worsening any thirst & dehydrating!
Please note the ceasing of sensation, whenever sensing & remember this danger!
This is the primary hindrance to break, the first flood to cross: Sense-Desire!

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Another Addict!

More on the folly vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.1-2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm

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Another Addiction!

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1

Have a nice passionless day!

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Beautiful is Good Friendship = Kalyanamittatta!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:44 am





The friend, who is a helpmate,
The friend in both happiness and woe,
The friend, who gives good counsel,
The friend, who sympathizes too --
These four as friends the wise behold
and cherish devotedly as does
a mother her own child.
Digha Nikaya 31

Who is hospitable, and friendly,
Tolerant, generous and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.
Digha Nikaya 31

One is not intelligent just
because one speaks much!
He who is peaceable,
friendly & fearless,
is called wise.
Dhammapada 258

If you find a wise and clever friend
who leads a good and pure noble life,
you should, overcoming all obstacles,
keep his company joyously and aware!
Dhammapada 328

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Next Buddha Metteyya = Best Friend!

More on the Genuine Good in 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

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Good Friendship is Universal!

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Radical Release!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:45 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, I will teach you the state of relinquishment... Pay attention & listen...
And what, bhikkhus, is the state of overcoming all by leaving behind all???
The eye, form, visual-consciousness, eye-contact, feeling raised from seeing,
pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, is to be relinquished & left.
The ear, sound, hearing-consciousness, ear-contact, feeling raised from hearing,
whether painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, are all to be relinquished & left.
The nose, smell, smelling-consciousness, nose-contact, feeling raised from smelling,
pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, all that also should be let go of.
The tongue, any flavour, tasting-consciousness, tongue-contact, feeling raised
from tongue-contact, pleasant, painful or neutral, that too is to be left behind.
The body, touch, tactile-consciousness, body-contact, any feeling arised from
body-contact, whether pleasant, painful or neutral, should also be relinquished.
The mind, any mental state & phenomenon, mental-consciousness, mental-contact,
and whatever feeling arises with mental-contact as origin, whether pleasant, painful
or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, that indeed also is to be relinquished & left behind...
This, bhikkhus, is the radically released state of overcoming by leaving behind all...

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Back-pack-burden of heavy dependencies all exploded!

Comments:
Logically can only relinquishment of all burdens & dependencies gain true freedom!
Only true freedom means absence of fear from any event and from any corner...
Only freedom from fear and anxiety can ever open up for ease, peace and bliss!

More on systematic relinquishment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... ything.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 15-6
The Salayatana section 35. Thread on Leaving: Pahana Sutta (23)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Only Relinquishment can ever gain Full Freedom!
Have a nice relinquishing day!


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Radical Release! :twothumbsup: :D
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Like Foam and Bubbles!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:22 am





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

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

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

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Magnificent & Luminous is Mind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:05 am





The blessed Buddha once said:
Mind precedes & initiates all phenomena:
Mind is their chief, mind is their maker...
When one speaks or performs an action
with a mind, that is internally all pure,
then happiness & pleasure follows,
like a shadow that never departs...
Dhammapada 1

Difficult to detect and very subtle,
mind can seize & take up any object,
so let any wise being guard the mind,
for a guarded mind brings happiness...
Dhammapada 36

Neither mother, nor father, nor any other
family member can do greater good both
for oneself and for others as well, than
the well directed & controlled mind...
Dhammapada 43

What is Mind?
Mind is an ever repeating cycle sequence of:
Contact1 => Feeling => Perception => Intention => Attention =>
New Contact2 => new Feeling2 => new Perception2 => etc.
Stilling this cycle produces Peace & Bliss!
This serene Tranquillity is called Nibbana!

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More on the Magnificent Luminous Mind:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mind_Reading.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Luminous_is_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... uality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ma ... t_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/F ... tality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Om ... m_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Im ... e_Mind.htm

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Conceiving that "I Am"!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:14 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, when what exists, by clinging to what, by holding badly on to what,
do such thoughts occur: 'I am superior' or 'I am equal to' or 'I am inferior'?
Venerable Sir, our understanding are rooted in the Blessed One, guided by
the Blessed One, is initiated by the Blessed One. It would indeed be good if
the Blessed One would explain the meaning of this subtle question in detail.
Having heard this from the Buddha, the bhikkhus will remember & preserve it!
When there is the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body & the mind,
bhikkhus, by clinging to, by adhering to eye, ear, nose, tongue, body & the mind,
these thoughts occur: 'I am superior' and 'I am equal to' and 'I am inferior'!
What do you think, bhikkhus, is the eye permanent or impermanent?
Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the ear permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the nose permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the tongue permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the body permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the mind permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
But without clinging to what is impermanent, suffering, & subject to change,
could these thoughts occur: 'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am inferior???
No, Venerable Sir...
Understanding this, the intelligent noble disciple is disgusted with the eye, the
ear, the nose, the tongue, the body & the mind... Disgust produces disillusion...
This disillusion induces by detachment a mental release!!!
When detached the mind is unagitated! Being entirely imperturbable one attains
Awakening right there & instantly understands: This mind is eternally freed...!!!
Rebirth is ended, this Noble Life is concluded, done is what should be done,
there is no state beyond or exceeding this...

The blessed Buddha once said:
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desire.
Blissful is dwelling in complete harmlessness.
Blissful is solitude for one content & learned.
But highest is the bliss of uprooting the conceit 'I am'!
Udana – Inspiration: II – 1

More on this deepest self-deception: The conceit that "I Am!" (Asmi-mana):
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/II/No_Panic_Here.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Up ... Egoism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/En ... Itself.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/II/No ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cl ... n_I_Am.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 88
The 6 senses section 35. Thread on 'I Am Superior': Seyyo Sutta (108)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Re: Magnificent & Luminous is Mind!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:29 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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The 4 Steps to Stream-Entry!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:12 am





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

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

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

Source (edited extract):

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

More on the Noble Stream-Entry:

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

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Healthy Human Harmony!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:51 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
When this subtle Dhamma has been taught by me, in many various ways,
using different methods of explanation, then it is only to be expected
that those, who cannot agree, accept, allow, & approve of what really
is well stated and well spoken by others, that they will become angry,
quarrelsome and start disputes, where they will stab each other with
verbal daggers! Yet too, when this sublime Dhamma has been taught by
me, in many variable ways, using diverse methods of explanation, it is
also only to be expected, that those, who can agree, accept, allow, and
approve of what really is well formulated and well spoken of by others,
that they will live in harmony, in calm, friendly and mutual appreciation,
without arguments, blending like milk and water, regarding each other
with kind eyes. In this very way can they come to sleep with open doors
and dance with their children in their arms ...

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So we can sleep with open doors & dance with the children in our arms!

More on High Harmony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Un ... armony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [225]
Section 36: On Feeling. The Carpenter. Pancakanga: 19.
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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Naturally Radiant!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:21 am





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

Sense-Desire,
Evil-Will,
Lethargy & Laziness,
Restlessness & Regret,
Doubt & Uncertainty...


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

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Mind is naturally radiant!

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but veiled by mental hindrance!

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

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

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

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No Nostalgic Nausea!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:19 am





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The melancholic longing for a Past, that never ever can
nor ever will return, is therefore just futile masochism!


The Buddha once noted:

They do not ever lament over the past,
They do neither yearn for what has yet to come,
They maintain themselves in the present here & now,
therefore is their appearance so calm and serene!
Samyutta Nikaya I, 5

Let go of the past, let go of the future,
let go of the present, and cross over to the
further shore of all becoming and existence.
With mind wholly liberated and fully released,
you shall never come back to birth and death!
Dhammapada 348

The past should not be followed longing after
and the future neither desired nor urged for!
What is past, not real anymore, is dead & gone,
and the future, not real now, have yet to come!
Majjhima Nikaya III, 131

Let the past be past, let it go, relinquish it fully.
Let the future come as it may come. Don't push it!
Remain mentally right here in the present: Aware!
Fully Comprehending what is Realistically Real!

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Nostalgia cannot ever get any past back into now!

On folly longing after a now unreal past, that has passed never ever to return:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No_Nostalgia.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/At_All_Times.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Seing_the_Past.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hidden_Horror.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... _Lives.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Su ... rce_IV.htm

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Yellow Shade of 'Mud Memory' Nostalgia Scenes!

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Lost desert of Past Plastic Nostalgia!

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Gain the Noble Aim!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:05 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, if those of other sects and of other beliefs should ask you this question:
Friends, for what purpose is the Noble Life lived under the ascetic Buddha Gotama?
When being asked that question, you should answer them in exactly this very way:

It is, friends:
For the fading away of greed, lust, and desire...
For the breaking out of the mental prison of addiction...
For the uprooting of the ingrown evil latent tendencies...
For the direct experience of the supremely good method...
For the destruction of the mental fermentations...
For the enjoying the fruit of certainty & total freedom...
For the sake of definite knowledge & penetrating vision...
For the sake of final Nibbana without trace of clinging...
that this Noble Life is lived under the Blessed Buddha!!!

Then, Bhikkhus, if those of other sects ask you: But what is the Method for attaining final
Nibbana without clinging? Being asked that, you should answer them thus: Friends, there is
indeed a Method; there is certainly a Way for reaching final Nibbana without any clinging:
It is indeed exactly this Noble 8-fold Way:

Right View (samma-ditthi)
Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
Right Speech (samma-vaca)
Right Action (samma-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
Right Effort (samma-vayama)
Right Awareness (samma-sati)
Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)


This is the method; this is the way for entering the dimension of final Nibbana without clinging.
When asked these questions, Bhikkhus, you should answer those of other beliefs in this way…

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Walking the Noble Way...

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fu ... First_.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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The Way: Wheel with 8 spokes=The Dhamma-Cakka

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:27-9] section 45: The Way. 41-42: Purpose ...
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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Sensing Blocks!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:09 am





At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, desire & lust for the ability* to see forms obstructs & corrupts the mind!
Desire and lust for the ability to hear sounds;
Desire and lust for the ability to smell smells;
Desire and lust for the ability to taste flavours;
are also obstructing corruptions of the mind...!!!
Bhikkhus, the desire and lust for the ability to speculation on mental objects is also
an obstructing corruption for the mind...!!! When a bhikkhu has overcome & all left
these obstructing mental corruptions, his mind inclines towards inward withdrawal!
A mind prepared by withdrawal becomes fit & open for those higher mental states,
that are to be realized by direct experience and immediate knowledge...

Note*:

This can & should be freely exchanged, expanded & enhanced by these objects:
Visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile & mental consciousness, contact,
feeling born of sense contact, perception born of contact, intention for, and
craving for whatever sensual object existing or even just imagined ...

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Sense desire is variegated and always wants & seeks new ways!

More on the folly vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/C ... s_Pain.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.1-2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... rophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/W ... ageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Jo ... Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ha ... Beyond.htm

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Any kind of greed, desire, & lust has obvious painful side effects!

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!

Udana II, 1

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya SN 27(1+2) III 232
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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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:goodpost: :thumbsup:
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Solitary and Silenced are the Pacceka-Buddhas!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:25 am





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!

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...

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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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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Any Pride produces Arrogance!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:56 am





COOLED
One whose senses have been guarded & calmed,
like horses well tamed by the trainer, whose pride,
conceit & mental fermentation are all uprooted,
Even the Divine loves such one.
Dhammapada 94

CURED
The one who has shredded both lust, hate &
folly pride as the fallen seed, which never again
returns to the straw, such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 407

STILLED
One should cool any anger,
let go of any stiff pride &
relinquish any rigid attachment.
Such cooled one, not clinging neither
to identity, body, form nor any world
cannot ever suffer any pain...
Dhammapada 221

MY BODY
It is a bag held up by bones, plastered with flesh,
blood and skin. In it lives aging, sickness, death,
puffed pride & sleek self-deceit...
Dhammapada 150

TRANSMISSION
If a Bhikkhu masters his speech.
If he speaks exact, clever & wise.
If he is not of puffed up by pride.
If he expound both text, meaning & spirit.
Then exceedingly sweet will be his talks.
Dhammapada 363

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Just these 8 steps!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:13 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and friends, these 8 things, purified, cleansed, immaculate,
free from distortion, elegant and sophisticated, if not arisen do not
arise at all exept from the appearance of a Tathagata, an Arahat, a
Perfectly Enlightened One, or outside a Well-Gone-One’s Discipline!
What eight?

Right View (samma-ditthi)
Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
Right Speech (samma-vaca)
Right Action (samma-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)
Right Effort (samma-vayama)
Right Awareness (samma-sati)
Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)


These 8 things, purified, cleared, faultless, unaltered and not decayed,
advanced and refined, if not emerged do not appear, except when a
Thus-Come-Thus-Gone One, a Worthy One, a Perfectly Self-Awakened One
arise, except for when the Method of Training of a Well-Gone One is well
established…Just these 8 immaculate things…

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Rare is emergence of this fine path & method!

Further study on this unique & fine Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fu ... First_.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Bssuddha-Said.net/drops/IV/ ... ld_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fa ... eglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_N ... ld_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/G ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:14-5] section 45:14-7 Purified Emergence ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Neither a Cause nor an Effect!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:45 am





Which are the mental states, that are results?
The results of good and bad mental states, which make effects in the worlds
of sense desire, in the planes of fine material form, in the formless realms,
and in the supra-mundane states: That is the cluster of feelings, perceptions,
mental constructions & the cluster of the various types of consciousness...
These are the phenomena, which are results!
Comment: All mental states are conditioned by & results of past mentality!

Which are the mental states, that cause results?
Good and bad states, belonging to the worlds of sense desire, to the planes of
fine material form, to the formless realms, and to the supra-mundane states:
That is the cluster of feelings, perceptions, mental constructions and the
cluster of the manifold and variable kinds of consciousness...
These are the phenomena, which cause results!
Comment: Present mental states conditions & influences all future mentality!

Which are the states, that neither are results nor cause result?
Those mental states governing action, which are neither good nor bad!,
nor the results of other prior action, and moreover all form, and finally
the unconditioned element of Nibbana... These are the three phenomena,
which neither are results themselves, nor cause any other results!
Comment: Material form, Nibbana and inoperative neutral (Kiriya) action
causes no future effects to arise anywhere nor at any time...

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About the cause and effect of intentional states:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Wh ... eutral.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Cr ... Future.htm

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Source: The 1st canonical Abhidhamma Book: Dhammasanghani: pp 991-993
The Classification of States. The Enumeration of Ultimate Realities.
Tr. by U Kyaw Khine. 1999. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi.

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