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Today is Navam Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:23 am





Navam Poya day is the full-moon of February. This holy day celebrates
the ordination of the Buddha Gotama's main disciples Sariputta and
MahaMoggallana. On this day Buddha also later decides his Parinibbana.

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The death moment of the Buddha, where he enters Nibbana (Sanskrit Nirvana)...!

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the
Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean
bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first
three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:

I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

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

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

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

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

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

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

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

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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Why and Why not?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:05 am





Sakka, the king of the 33 Gods once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, what is the cause & reason, why some beings here do not attain
Nibbana in this very life? And what is the cause and reason, why some beings
here do indeed attain Nibbana in this very life?
There are, King of the thirty-three Devas, forms experiencable by the eye, sounds
experiencable by the ear, smells experiencable by the nose, touches experiencable
by the body, and mental phenomena experiencable by the mind, that all are attractive,
charming, agreeable, pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing. If a bhikkhu hunts
for delight in them, welcomes them, & remains holding on to them, his mind becomes
addicted to them and clings to them. A bhikkhu with a mind dominated by clinging
cannot attain Nibbana! This is the cause & reason, King of the Devas, why many & most
beings here do not attain Nibbana in this very life...
There are, King of the Devas, forms experiencable by the eye, sounds experiencable
by the ear, smells experiencable by the nose, touches experiencable by the body,
and mental phenomena experiencable by the mind, that all are attractive, charming,
agreeable, pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing. If any bhikkhu avoids seeking
any delight in them, does not welcome them, and does not remain holding to them,
his mind does not become addicted to them, nor cling to them. A bhikkhu mentally freed
of clinging can indeed attain Nibbana! This is the cause and reason, King of the Devas,
why some beings here attain Nibbana sin this very life....

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Deva king Sakka and a few of his hundreds of dear nymphs...

More on the Deva King Sakka (Indra) of the 33 Gods (Tavatimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/sa/sakka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... atimsa.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indra

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 102
The 6 senses section 35. Thread on Sakka's Question: 118.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Why and Why not? :namaste: :thumbsup:
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Profound Peace!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:23 am





Venerable Mahakotthita once asked Venerable Sariputta:
Friend, what is the difference between a dead body & a Bhikkhu,
who has attained the state of cessation of perception & feeling?

Venerable Sariputta then answered:
Friend, in a dead body the bodily activity is stilled & has all ceased.
The verbal activity is stilled & has all ceased.
The mental activity is stilled & has all ceased.
The metabolic life activity is exhausted. The heat has dissipated,
and the mental abilities have all broken up & been destroyed.

In the bhikkhu, who has attained to the cessation of perception & feeling,
All bodily activity & breathing is stilled & has all ceased;
All verbal activity & all thinking is stilled & has ceased;
All mental activity & all sensing is stilled & has ceased;

But the metabolic life activity is not exhausted. The heat has not dissipated.
Furthermost: The mental abilities have then become exceptionally clear ... !!!
Friend, this is the difference between a dead body & a Bhikkhu, who has
attained to the meditative state of cessation of perception & feeling...

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More on the profound attainment of stilled Cessation (Nirodha-samapatti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Ceasing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/St ... t_Dead.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... sights.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... irodha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... apatti.htm

Source: MN 43 The Great Speech of Questions & Answers.
For definitions of the Terms: see: The Minor Speech of Questions & Answers. MN 44
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... mn044.html

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The 5 Minor Mental Chains!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:17 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Lower Mental Chains. What five?

1: The Mental Chain of belief in an own & same Identity (sakkaya-ditthi)...
2: The Mental Chain of Sceptical Uncertainty and Doubt (vicikiccha)...
3: The Mental Chain of Clinging to Rules & Rituals (silabbata-paramasa)…
4: The Mental Chain of Greed for Sensuality (kama-raga)…
5: The Mental Chain of Anger and Ill Will (vyapada)…

There exist these 5 Lower Mental Chains! The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed for the direct
experience of these five minor Mental Chains, for the full understanding and elimination of them,
and for their final overcoming, destruction & leaving all behind! This Noble 8-fold Way is developed
for the breaking asunder of these five minor Mental Chains!!!

Explanation:
The Mental Chain of belief in "My" Identity is construing an internal fake ‘entity’, which remains ‘same’…
The Mental Chain of Sceptical Doubt is disbelief in the fact of the Buddha’s Perfect Self-Enlightenment…
The Mental Chain of Clinging to Rules & Rituals is blind superstition projecting efficacy into folly rituals…
The Mental Chain of Lust for Sensing is addiction to all seen, heard, smelt, tasted, touched, & cognized…
The Mental Chain of Evil Will is all hate & derivatives such as anger, aversion, irritation, & stubbornness...
These Chains bind beings to birth in the 6 lower worlds, where all beings are dominated by sense-desire!

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Mental Chains are not visible, yet quite real, and harder than any steel!

How to Cut these 2 sets of Five Mental Chains or Fetters (Samyojana) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Nibba ... return.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Chains.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... yojana.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:61] section 45: The Way. 179: The 5 Lower Mental Chains...

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The 7 Latent Tendencies!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:30 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these seven kinds of Latent Tendency. What seven?

1: The Latent Tendency to Sensual-Pleasure...
2: The Latent Tendency to Aversion & Ill-Will...
3: The Latent Tendency to Speculative Views…
4: The Latent Tendency to Skeptical Doubt…
5: The Latent Tendency to Conceiving “I Am”…
6: The Latent Tendency to Wanting to Become…
7: The Latent Tendency to Ignorance…


These are the seven kinds of Latent Tendency! The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed for the direct
experience of these seven kinds of Latent Tendency, for the full understanding and elimination of them,
and for their final overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind…This Noble 8-fold Way is developed for
the sake of the uprooting of all detrimental Latent Mental Tendency!

Explanation:
Latent Tendency towards Pleasurable sights, sounds, smells, flavours, touches, & thoughts is fairly obvious…
Latent Tendency to Aversion is all hate, anger, irritation, opposition, resistance, rigidity and stubbornness…
Latent Tendency to Speculative Views is believing that action has no future effects & rituals are purifying…
Latent Tendency to Skeptical Doubt is the lack of Faith and conviction in the Buddha’s Enlightenment…
Latent Tendency to Conceiving “I Am” is assuming the hidden existence of a constant core identity: ‘I-Me’…
Latent Tendency to Lust for Becoming is the hoping for a future existence as this or that kind of being…
Latent Tendency to Ignorance is not seeing, not understanding, and not knowing the Four Noble Truths…
Latent Tendency means lurking liability, hidden inclination, underlying readiness, a recurring dormant drive!

Buddha once emphasized a crucial Impossibility:
That a person, without eliminating the latent tendency to lust for any pleasant feeling,
without abolishing the latent tendency to aversion towards any painful feeling,
without uprooting the latent tendency to neglect and ignorance accompanying any neutral feeling,
without extirpating ignorance & developing clear & complete understanding, should ever, here & now,
in this very life, be able to cease all suffering & awaken by enlightenment, that is indeed impossible…
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/su ... mn148.html

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More on the Latent Tendencies (Anusaya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Latent_Feeling.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... nusaya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_L ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... encies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bo ... eeling.htm

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Any Latent Tendency is always ready to Raise, Bite & Kill!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:60] section 45: The Way. 175: The 7 Latent Tendencies ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What IS this ALL actually?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:38 am





At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha pointed out a most Radical Empiricism:
Bhikkhus, I will teach you the ALL. Listen to that... And what, Bhikkhus, is this ALL?

The Eye and the Forms;
The Ear and the Sounds;
The Nose and the Smells;
The Tongue and the Tastes;
The Body and the Touches;
The Mind and the Mental States.


This is defines and establish this ALL... If anyone, Bhikkhus, should ever postulate this:
'Having denied this all, I will define & point another all ...!!!', that would be empty babble!
If he were questioned, he would not be able to reply & he would become quite perplexed.
Why? Because, Bhikkhus, that would be far out of his mental range!
(since)
This World both Begins and Ends within this 2 fathom frame of bones... SN I 62

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Looks initially quite far & remotely 'out there'...

See also the ALL as the Sensed Source:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Out_in.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... of_All.htm

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Yet IT IS actually rather close up, as inherently sensed 'in here'...

OUT = IN Wholeness:
Inseparable are the internal and the external...
Inseparable are the mental and the physical...
Inseparable are the experience and experienced...
Inseparable are the subject and the object...
Inseparable are the naming and the forming...
Inseparable are the mirror and the representation…
The ‘Real’ World is a perceived Representation…
Of what we will never know, since IT IS just & only that...
A never-ending FILM in dire need of a Scissor!


Insisting on Direct Experience never fails!

Source (edited extract):

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

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Sensors also means Sensing Suffering!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:14 am





At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, the arising, emergence, maintenance, creation, & manifestation of the Eye
the Ear, the Nose, the Tongue, and the Body is also the arising of much Suffering,
the continuation of disease, the very manifestation of ageing, decay & Death itself!
The ceasing, all subsiding, and complete passing away of the Eye, the Ear, the Nose,
the Tongue, and the Body is also the Final Ending of all Suffering, the abating of all
disease, and the complete passing away of all ageing, decay and even the death itself!
Bhikkhus, the arising, emergence, maintenance, creation, & manifestation of the Mind
is also the arising of Suffering, the long continuation of disease, the very manifestation
of ageing, decay and Death itself! Therefore is the ceasing, subsiding, silencing and thus
the complete passing away of the Mind consequently also the Final Ending of all Suffering,
the abating of all disease, and the complete passing away of all ageing, decay, sickness,
suffering, pain and even the fact of death itself! Only this - itself - is the End of Pain!

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 26:1 III 228-9
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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What is the Final Goal?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:45 am





The ascetic wanderer Nandiya once asked the Blessed One:
Which things, Master Gotama, when developed and refined, lead to Nibbana,
have Nibbana as their end destination, have Nibbana as their final goal?
These eight things, Nandiya, when developed and refined lead to Nibbana, have
Nibbana as their last destination, have Nibbana as their final goal. Which 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 eight things, Nandiya, when developed and refined, lead to Nibbana,
have Nibbana as their target, have Nibbana as their final aim!
When this was thus spoken, the wanderer Nandiya said to the Blessed One:
Magnificent, Master Gotama! Marvellous, Master Gotama! Let the Master
Gotama remember me as one, who has taken refuge in the Buddha for life…

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The 8 spokes symbolizes the 8 Steps of the Noble Way!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:11-2] section 45:10 Nandiya ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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/Fruit ... le_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... fering.htm

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Hooked Hedonism!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:40 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, imagine a fisherman, who have thrown a baited hook into a deep lake,
and then an yearning fish, hungry for food, would swallow it at first sight...
That fish, having swallowed the fisherman's hook, would indeed meet with much
pain, disaster and tragedy, since the fisherman would do with it as he wishes...
So too, Bhikkhus, there are these six hooks in the world for the pain, disaster and
tragedy of beings, for the slaughter of living beings: Forms experienceable by the
eye, sounds experiencable by the ear, smells experienceable by the nose, tastes
experienceable by the tongue, touches experienceable by the body, & mental states
experienceable by the mind, that all are seductive, gorgeous, alluring, agreeable,
pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing. If a bhikkhu search for delight in them,
welcomes them, and thus remains clinging to them, he is called a Bhikkhu, who has
swallowed Mara's hook!!! He has met with pain, disaster & tragedy, & the Evil One
can do with him, as he wishes. However, one who does neither hunt for delight in them,
nor does he welcome them, nor does he remain clinging to them, such is a Bhikkhu,
who has resisted Mara's hook, who has broken, destroyed, and defeated this Hook!
He he will neither gather nor meet any pain, disaster nor tragedy, and this Evil One
cannot do with him, as he wishes... He has gained true self-control and integrity!

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The inevitable boomerang retribution of urge for Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... al_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Co ... _Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... Desire.htm

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

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Source (extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [157-8]
Section 35 Salayatana: On The 6 Senses. The Fisherman Simile: Balisiko 230.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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The 4 Formless Fruits!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:10 am





The Blessed Buddha once pointed out some fine future fruits:
The release of mind by universal friendliness, if developed in association with the
7 links to Enlightenment, has the Beautiful Liberation as culmination...
The release of mind by compassionate pity, if developed fully joined with the
7 links to Enlightenment, has the 1st formless absorption: The infinitude of space,
as final culmination...
The release of mind by altruistic & mutual joy, if developed fully linked with the
7 links to Enlightenment, has the 2nd formless absorption: The infinitude of consciousness,
as ultimate culmination...
The release of mind by imperturbable equanimity, if developed in combination with the
7 links to Enlightenment, has the 3rd formless absorption: The sphere of nothingness,
as absolute culmination...
So do these 4 divine & infinite states of friendliness, pity, mutual joy & equanimity,
when cultivated together with the 7 links to Enlightenment: Awareness, Investigation,
Energy, Joy, Tranquillity, Concentration and Equanimity, lead to entry & absorption
into these 4 sublime formless mental spheres of supra-mundane consciousness...

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Final Entry...

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From Delight in Diversity to Unification in Oneness...

More on the infinitely divine states (Brahma-Viharas):

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/In ... liness.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/E ... pekkha.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book V 115-21
Section 46: On The Enlightenment Factors. Linked with Friendliness: 54.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Sweet Speech!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:35 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Cunda, is purity of verbal action fourfold?
1:
Herein, one avoids lying, abstains from false. He speaks the truth,
is devoted to the truth, reliable, trustable, never deceiving anyone.
Being at a meeting, among family, in society, or in the court called
upon and asked as witness to tell what he knows, he answers, if he
knows nothing: I know nothing; & if he knows, he answers: I know!
If he has seen nothing, he answers: I have seen nothing & if he has
seen something, he answers: I have seen this and that. Thus he never
deliberately speaks a lie, neither for his own advantage, nor for the
advantage of others, nor for the sake of any trivial gain whatsoever.
2:
He avoids divisive speech, spreading rumours, tale bearing, & gossip.
What he has heard here, he does not repeat there wishing to cause
dissension there by splitting those united. What he has heard there,
he does not tell here so to cause conflict by splitting friends here..
Rather he unites those who are divided; and those who are united
he encourages. Harmony, peace, agreement & concord gladdens him.
He delights and rejoices in Harmony. He spreads & grows Harmony!
3:
He avoids harsh & aggressive language, he abstains from all scolding.
He speaks such words that are gentle, soothing to the ear, pleasing,
heart-touching, polite, dear, considerate, interesting & agreeable..
4:
He avoids vain talk, empty & small talk, void speech and idle prattle!
He abstains from all babble, chitchat, tittle-tattle and evil hearsay.
He speaks at the right time, in accordance with facts, speaks what
is useful, speaks about the Dhamma and the Discipline; his speech is
like a precious treasure, well timed, always reasoned by arguments,
moderated, well formulated & full of sound reason & common sense.
In this -for all- very good way, is purity of verbal action fourfold!

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Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:176
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta ... erical.htm

More on Right Speech (Samma Vaca):
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
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_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Gossiping.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_ ... Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fo ... Speech.htm

and Animal-like Talk:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... kathaa.htm

Have a nice kind talking day!

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The Mirror!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:48 am





By Helping others, one thereby helps oneself!
By Harming others, one also harms oneself!
By Supporting others, one supports oneself!
By Cheating others, one also cheats oneself!
By Giving to others, one also gives to oneself!
By Stealing from others, one steals from oneself!

Guarding oneself, one therefore protects others...
Protecting others, one therefore guards oneself...


To avoid all Killing.
To avoid all Stealing.
To avoid all Abuse.
To avoid all Lying.
To avoid all Alcohol.
Is thus to this world
the Highest Offer!

Avoiding all Evil...
Doing only Good!!!
& Purifying the Mind:
That all Buddhas Teach!


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The mirror reflects, yet is itself empty!

Details on the causal mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bu ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... g_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... _Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... overty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... liness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ef ... ion_(kamma)_is_Delayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... espect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ev ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Go ... _Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... igence.htm

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May all Beings be Happy!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:19 am



The Blessed Buddha once said:
Sabbe satta, sabbe pana,
sabbe bhuta ca kevala,
sabbe bhadrani passantu.
Ma kañci papamagama.


May all creatures, all living things,
all beings without any exception,
experience good happiness only!
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67

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Solitude is happiness for one, who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in this world:
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10

More on Harmlessness (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bl ... _Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patie ... erance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bo ... olence.htm

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http://groups.google.com/group/Buddha-Direct
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Sensing can never be Satiated!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:05 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
The eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body & the mind, Bhikkhus,
is an ocean of attractive stimuli for any uninstructed ordinary person...
It's stream of water consists of forms, sounds, smells, tastes, touches,
and mental states, that all are seductive, gorgeous, alluring, agreeable,
pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing.... Here this entire world and
it's devas, it's maras, and brahmas, this generation with it's recluses &
priests, it's kings and normal people, almost all are submerged, being like
an entangled & knotted coil of thread, like intertwined weeds, who all are
unable to pass beyond this dimension of misery, these painful destinations,
these lower worlds, this ocean of Suffering by death again, this Samsara...!
One who withstands that mighty and strapping current consisting of forms,
sounds, smells, tastes, touches, and mental states is said to have crossed
this sensual ocean of the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body and
the mind, with it's great waves, whirlpools, terrifying sharks, and demons!
Crossed over, gone all beyond, such a Hero now stands safe on high ground...
Having extinguished all attraction, aversion & blind ignorance, one has crossed
this ocean so hard to cross with dangers of terrifying sharks, scary whirlpools,
waves & creepy demons... Such a chain-breaker and death-forsaker, elevated
without accumulations, has eliminated all Suffering by leaving all behind any
renewed existence... Transcended, he cannot ever be measured or recognized!!!
I tell you, Bhikkhus: He has confused even the King of Death...

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The Ocean of Sense Stimuli overcomes and drowns any sentient being!

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

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

Source (extract):

The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [157-8]
Section 35 Salayatana: On The 6 Senses. The Ocean: Samudda 228-9.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice noting the sense objects day!

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Without Worry!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:49 pm





The young deity Subrahma once asked the Buddha:
Always frightened is this Mind!
Always agitated is this Mind!
About present problems.
About future problems.
If there is a release from this worry & anxiety,
please then now kindly explain it to me...

Whereupon the Blessed Buddha declared:
I see no other real safety for any living being,
except from control of the senses,
except from the relinquishment of all,
except from awakening into Enlightenment!

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More on systematic relinquishment:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... ything.htm

Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya I 54
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Original deposited here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm

Have a nice relinquishing day Without Worry!


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The Other Side...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:39 am





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, these 8 things, when cultivated and refined, lead to going beyond
from this near shore, right here, to the far shore beyond all... 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, when cultivated and refined, lead to going beyond from this near
shore, right here, to the far shore beyond. This is what the Blessed Buddha said.
The Well-Gone-One, this supreme Teacher, then added this:

Few humans cross to that sublime far shore beyond all being.
Mostly, people just run up & down along this barren bank!
Those whose praxis is like this even and exact Dhamma,
Will pass beyond the State of Death in quiet harmony!
Having left all the dark and evil doing, any intelligence
Seeks the luminous bright light by leaving this turmoil,
and by going forth into solitary & silent homelessness.
Secluded from lust, he experiences an unworldly bliss!
Owing nothing, the wise & clever man thereby cleans
himself of all these mental pollutions and defilements...
Mentally well evolved by the 7 links to enlightenment,
Delighting in non-clinging and relinquishment of all,
Such luminous ones having quenched fermentation,
Are fully released even right here in this world.


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Crossing...

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To the Other Side...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:24] section 45: The Way. 34: Gone to the other side ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Curable or Incurable?

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:22 am





The Blessed Buddha once noted:
There are these three kinds of bodily sick people:
One will recover by himself, even without any doctor or any medicine..
One will never recover, even if treated by the best doctor & best medicine..
One will only recover if treated by right medicine and a good doctors advice..
It is for the sake of this last person, that doctors work and medicine is made!

Similarly with those mentally infected by illness of greed, hate & ignorance!
There are these three kinds of mentally sick people:
One will cure & free himself, even without meeting this Buddha-Dhamma...
One will never be cured, even if taught this Dhamma by the Buddha himself...
One will be cured & freed, if & only if, taught & learning this Buddha-Dhamma...
It is for the sake of this last type of person, that this Dhamma should be shared!

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The Best Doctor treating one of his disciples for a physical illness.

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Mental Dis-Ease is found in almost all beings!

The Kammic Causes of Disease:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ka ... ckness.htm

Source (abbreviated excerpt):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya. Sutta III:22 The sick [I:120] Gilana
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=132552
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/an ... index.html

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The 3 Doors!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:15 am





Friends, there are these three purities:

Purity of Mental Action!
Purity of Verbal Action!
Purity of Bodily Action!


Herein, what is purity of bodily action?
It is the complete abstention from killing any breathing being, avoidance of taking
whatever is not freely given, & refraining from any misbehavior in sensual desires...

Herein, what is purity of verbal action?
It is abstention from any false lies, avoidance of all aggressive speech, abstention
from divisive slandering speech, & refraining from all idle & empty hear-say gossip...

Herein, what is purity of mental action?
It is non-envious non-greediness, kind & gentle non-ill-will, and noble right view...

These 3 behavioral purities are:
Like the earth are they in properties; a firm footing to those, who desire Freedom..
Like water are they, for they wash away all the spots of the mental defilement..
Like fire are they, for they burn the whole forest of the mental obstructions..
Like wind are they, for they blow away all the dust of mental obscuration..
Like a ship are they, for they ferry those, who desire Peace across this Samsara..
Like a shelter, for they restore Faith in those, who are frightened by Ageing & Death..
Like a guide are they, leading any, who wish Ease out of the jungle of wrong views..
Like a mirror are they, making any who want Bliss to see the Clusters of Clinging..
Like an umbrella, warding off the incessant scorching of Greed, Hate & Ignorance..
Like the sun are they, for they dispel the darkness & gloom of Deluded Confusion..

Who fully guards his speech, is well controlled in mind,
Who does nothing disadvantageous through the body's door,
Who purifies this simple triple course of any acted behaviour,
Will win both the path & the fruit, all the Seers have enjoyed!


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Guard any action coming out of the 3 Doors!

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Searching 4 Something Else!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:58 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these three ever ongoing searches.
What 3?

1: The Search for Pleasure,
2: The Search for Becoming,
3: The Search for the Noble Life.


These are the three searches… The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed:
For the direct experience of these three searches…
For the complete understanding of these three searches…
For the utter destruction of these three searches…
For the overcoming and leaving all behind of these three searches…
And how does a Bhikkhu do so? Here, friends, the Bhikkhu develops:
Right View, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
Right Motivation, which has the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance as its final goal.
Right Speech, which has the deathless as its base, as its destination, as its last resort.
Right Action, which flows, falls into and inclines towards Nibbana, the Highest Bliss!
Right Livelihood, which is based upon solitude, disenchantment, terminating in relinquishment.
Right Effort, which has the immortal as its source, as its journey's end, as its last refuge.
Right Awareness, which has the removal of Lust, Anger and Confusion as its ultimate aim.
Right Concentration, which runs, descends and slopes into Nibbana, the Highest Happiness!
It is in this way, friends, that a Bhikkhu, comes to directly experience, fully understand,
utterly destroy, completely overcome and leave all behind these three perpetual searches…

Comment:
Search for pleasure is like wishing: Could I have some more sex, food, music, porn, drugs etc...
Search for becoming is like wishing: May I become rich, praised, famous, beautiful, successful etc…
Search for the Noble Life is like wishing: There must be something else and higher than this...

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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/Fruit ... le_Way.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:54-5] section 45: The Way. 161: The Searches ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Have a nice finding day!

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