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Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

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Feeling induces Latent Tendencies!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:54 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said: Bhikkhus, there are these three feelings:
Which three?

1: Pleasant Feeling,
2: Painful Feeling,
3: Neither-Painful-nor-Pleasant Feeling.


The latent tendency to lust induced by pleasant feeling should be left...
The latent tendency to aversion induced by painful feeling should be left...
The latent tendency to ignorance induced by neither-painful-nor-pleasant
feeling should also be abandoned. When one has abandoned all the latent
tendency to lust rooted in pleasant feeling, all latent tendency to aversion
rooted in painful feeling, and all the latent tendency to ignorance rooted
in neither-painful-nor-pleasant neutral feeling, then he is indeed called a
Bhikkhu freed of latent tendencies, one who sees & understands rightly!
He has thus stilled all craving, thus cut off the mental chains, and by also
breaking completely through the conceit: "I am", he has ended Suffering...
When one experiences pleasure, if one does not understand feeling, then
the tendency to lust is present in anyone not seeing the escape from it.
When one experiences pain, if one does not understand feeling, then the
tendency to aversion is present in any one not seeing the escape from it. T
he One of Vast Wisdom has taught that even if one seeks delight in this
peace of neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, then one is still not freed
from suffering! But a bhikkhu who is enthusiastic, who does not neglect
clear comprehension, such wise man fully understands feelings entirely.
Having fully understood feelings, he is in this very life freed of all mental
fermentation. Standing in this Dhamma, in this exquisite state, at body's
breakup, such a master cannot be reckoned, assessed or estimated...

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Take-home: Pleasant feeling produces greed! Painful feeling produces hate!
Neither-painful-nor-pleasant neutral feeling causes neglect and will thus
generate ignorance...


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

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [205-6]
36: feeling. Vedana. Focused on Pleasure. 3.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Feeling induces Latent Tendencies!

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The Worn-out Skin!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:40 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
He who can curb his anger as soon as it arises,
as a timely medicine will check the snake's venom
that so quickly spreads, such a monk gives up both
the here and the beyond, just as a snake sheds
its worn-out skin.


He who entirely cuts off his lust as when entering
a pond one uproots lotus plants such a monk gives
up both the here and the beyond, just as a snake
sheds its worn-out skin.


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He who entirely cuts off all craving by drying up
its fierce and rapid flow, such a monk gives up
both the here and the beyond, just as a snake
sheds its worn-out skin.


He who entirely blots out the conceit "I Am" as
the wind demolishes a fragile bamboo bridge,
such a monk gives up the here and the beyond,
just as a snake sheds its worn-out skin.


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He who does not find core or substance in any of
the realms of being, like flowers which are vainly
sought in the fig trees that bear no flowers,
such a monk gives up the here and the beyond,
just as a snake sheds its worn-out skin.


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

Source: Sutta-Nipata 1-5:
Reflections on the Uraga Sutta by Nyanaponika Thera.
Wheels 241/242 Kandy; Buddhist Publication Society:
http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh241-u.html

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Shed all that is Heavy & Unnecessary!

The Worn-out Skin!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The ... t_Skin.htm

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Make Yourself into an Island and Lamp!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:33 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Make an island of yourself,
Be lamp and light for yourself,
Make yourself your refuge:
There is no other refuge!


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Make the Dhamma your island,
Make the Dhamma your lamp & light,
Make Dhamma your refuge;
There is no other refuge!

Digha Nikaya 2.165

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No Other
By self alone, is harm done.
By self alone, does one suffer from own evil.
By self alone, is harm left undone.
By self alone, is one purified & thereby saved.
Both destruction and salvation is the work of yourself.
No-one can purify another...
Dhammapada 165

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Sole Saviour:
Self is indeed self's only saviour!
Who else can save you?
With oneself well tamed, one gains a saviour
otherwise hard to find.
Dhammapada 160

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Focused:
Neither giving up seclusion, nor neglecting meditation,
Constantly living according to the Dhamma, yet still amongst all
the flickering phenomena of this world, understanding the danger
inherent in this existence itself! One should wander solitary as
a rhinoceros horn. Sutta-Nipata I.3 verse 69

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More on Mental Purification (Visuddhi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mental_Purity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ab ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... ations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Imm ... egrity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The ... ndings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Th ... cation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... cation.htm

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Don't ever rely on any other than the Dhamma and yourself...

Make Yourself into an Island and Lamp!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Island_and_Lamp.htm

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Avoid all internal Evil!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:10 pm





The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are these 4 best efforts, Bhikkhus and friends:
1: The effort to avoid and thus prevent all evil states not yet arisen.
2: The effort to overcome all wrong states that already has arisen.
3: The effort to develop all the good mental states that not yet has arisen.
4: The effort to maintain any advantageous state, that already has arisen.
What, Bhikkhus and friends, is the effort to avoid?
When experiencing a form with the eye, or a sound with the ear, or a smell
with the nose, or a taste with the tongue, or a touch with the body, or a
thought with the mind, then the Bhikkhu neither fixes his attention on the
whole appearance, nor on any of the object's specific tantalizing details…
He tries instead hard to dispel all the evil and disadvantageous states,
such as greed, lust & longing, that would arise if he left his senses unguarded.
He thus watches over his senses, control his senses, and restrains his senses.
This is called the effort to avoid and thereby prevent all evil mental states!

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

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

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Direct Experience!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:30 pm





Sariputta once said to the Buddha:
It is to be expected, Venerable Sir, that any Noble Disciple who has faith,
who has aroused energy & established awareness, and who is concentrated,
will understand reality thus: This Samsara is without discoverable beginning!
Any first point for beings roaming & wandering on, blinded by ignorance and
bound by craving cannot ever be seen! But what can indeed be experienced
is the traceless fading and ceasing of ignorance, this massive of darkness:
That is the peaceful state, that is the supreme state ... that is, the stilling of
all mental construction, the relinquishment of all acquisition, the elimination
of all craving, complete disenchanting disillusion, final ceasing, Nibbana!
That unique comprehension of his is rooted in his ability to understand Sir!
And, Venerable Sir, when he has strived again and again along this very way,
repeatedly recollected in that way, again & again concentrated his mind in
exactly this way, over and over again understood only this in this very way,
then that Noble Disciple gains complete faith thus: Regarding things that I
previously had only heard about, now I dwell having contacted them with my
body, and having perforated them by understanding; I now see and directly
experience! That conviction, Venerable Sir, is his ability of faith working...
Good, good. Sariputta! Noted the Buddha...

More on Direct Experience:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/4_Realizations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Escape.htm

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Venerable Sariputta

More on this mighty general of the Dhamma: Venerable Sariputta

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... iputta.htm

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Venerable Sariputta

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:226] section 48: The Abilities. 50: At Apana ...

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Some Kicks!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:42 pm




The man was much worried over having no shoes,
until he met the other guy without legs...!


The humanitarian needs an oppressed proletariat..
The professional saving angel lives of suffering...
The meek only shines, when abused by the angry!


They made a party inviting Charity as a guest of honour!
However, she had only rags of humility to wear, and was
dismissed, when she came bare footed to the entrance!
Nobody ever noticed she was not there...

Source of Inspiration:
A Thinkers Notebook. Ñanamoli Thera 1950.

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Bhikkhu Ñanamoli (1905-1960) at the island hermitage. Sri Lanka.

Have a nice thoughtful day!

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Calm and Content!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:05 pm





The blessed Buddha once said:
Contentment is the Highest Treasure!
Dhammapada 204

Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
Who understands & clearly sees the Dhamma.
Udana 10

What is the proximate cause of contentment?
Mutual joy with others success is the proximate cause of contentment...
If one is always glad at the success of others, one will always be content!!!
If one is never glad at the success of others, one will always be discontent!!!
Therefore is contentment caused by an altruistic mental state & not by external richness...
Example: Rich people possessing all the things they ever desired, can still be very discontent!
And vice versa: Poor people not having much, can still be very content and very much smiling!

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Contentment even with almost nothing!

More on the Contentment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Contentment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ca ... ntment.htm

How to cultivate mutual joy & thus increase contentment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoi ... Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/I ... usness.htm

Have a nice content day!

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Calm and Content!

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The Dhamma produces Prozac-Free Bliss!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:40 pm





Of all the Medicines in the world,
even and ever so numerous and different
none is comparable to this Dhamma.
Therefore, friends, take this Dhamma!


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Having swallowed and digested
this sublime Dhamma Medicine,
you will go beyond ageing and death.
You will be freed and cured of all Craving.


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Good and Bad Luck in life is actually obvious:
Those who respect the Dhamma flourish!
Those who despise the Dhamma deteriorate...


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Having been shown this straight Middle Way,
that thrust into Deathlessness.
You, through prudence and patience,
will reach it, touch it, and know it directly,
as the stream of the river Ganges,
always reaches the mighty ocean.
Only this Dhamma-Medicine cures Death...

Yeah!

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Exquisite Bliss!

More on Happiness, pleasure, bliss (Sukha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... /sukha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Un ... d_Yeah.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samana-Sukha.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Buddha_on_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Happy.htm

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Adapted from Gemstones of Good Dhamma
Wheel 342/344 Ven. S. Dhammika,
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el342.html
BPS Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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Prozac-Free Happiness!

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The Dhamma produces Prozac-Free Bliss!

Mental Medicine...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Me ... dicine.htm

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True Peace is Absolute & Everlasting!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:39 pm





The Buddha once said about Nibbana: The Uncreated Dimension:
That, truly, is peace, this is the absolute supreme, namely, the end of
every kammic formation, the final stilling of all mental construction,
the letting go and leaving behind of any substrate for rebirth and all
fuel for becoming, the fading away of all craving, & the relinquishing
of all forms of clinging, silencing, stilling, ceasing, Nibbana.... AN 3:32

Enraptured, ensnared and obsessed with greed, lust, urge & desire,
enraged with hate, fuming with anger, stirred by ill will & irritation,
blinded by ignorance, agitated by confusion, and fooled by delusion,
overwhelmed, with mind entangled, one aims at own ruin, at the ruin
of others, at the ruin of both, & one experiences frustration & pain!
But if lust, hate, and ignorance are eliminated, one aims neither at
own ruin, nor at the ruin of others, nor at the ruin of both, and one
experiences neither mental frustration, nor any pain, nor any grief!
Thus is Nibbana immediate, visible in this life, inviting, captivating,
fascinating & comprehensible to any intelligent & wise being. AN 3:55

The elimination of all Greed, the stilling of all Hate, the eradication
of all Confusion: This quenching, indeed, is the true Nibbana. SN 38:1

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FREED
For him, who has completed this journey.
For him, who is untouched by any pain or sorrow.
For him, who is in every-way wholly freed.
For him, who has broken all chains.
For such one, no Suffering is ever Possible!
Dhammapada 90

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More on this sublime Blissful State called Nibbana:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Reaching_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Nibbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Uncreated.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ed_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Wh ... ibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPP ... bbaana.htm

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True Peace is Absolute & Everlasting!

The Uncreated!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ni ... _Peace.htm

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Today is Nikini Full-Moon Poya Day!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:43 pm





Nikini Poya day is the full-moon of August. Bhikkhus who did not enter the yearly
rains retreat (Vas) early at Esala Poya day (peravas), are allowed to enter the
the rains retreat now in august (pasuvas). Nikini Poya day celebrates the first ever
Dhammasangayana - The First Buddhist Council where, what the Buddha said, was
agreed upon and recited. This took place at the Saptapanni Rock Cave in Rajagaha
(now Rajgir, India), under the patronage of Mahakassapa Thera and it went on for
seven long months. It established the original authentic Tipitaka: The 3 Baskets
of Sacred Text = The Pali Canon spoken by the historical Buddha and his disciples.

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One of the 7 Sattapanni Caves, where the First Buddhist Council was held ~ 483 BC.

On the first Buddhist Council:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Buddhist_Council

On such 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 and
head touch the floor. Then, with joined palms in front of the heart,
one recite 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 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.

A public list of this new Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!
The New Noble Community of 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 Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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Taking Refuge and Precepts defines the Buddhist!

True Buddhists Respect the Poya Days!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/N ... ya_Day.htm

Today is Nikini Full-Moon Poya Day!

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4 links 2 Entry!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:23 pm





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The blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and friends, these four things, when developed and cultivated,
lead to the realization of the fruit of Stream-entry. What four?

1: Association with excellent persons,
2: Hearing and learning true Dhamma,
3: Rational and careful attention,
4: Praxis in accordance with this Dhamma.


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These four things, when developed and cultivated,
lead to the realization of the fruit of Stream-entry ...
lead to the realization of the fruit of Once-returning ...
lead to the realization of the fruit of Non-returning ...
lead to the obtaining of understanding ...
lead to the growth of understanding ...
lead to the expansion of understanding ...
lead to great understanding ...
lead to extensive understanding ...
lead to vast understanding ...
lead to deep understanding ...
lead to matchless understanding ...
lead to wide understanding ...
lead to rich understanding ...
lead to quick understanding ...
lead to buoyant understanding ...
lead to joyous understanding .....
lead to swift understanding ...
lead to sharp understanding ...
lead to penetrative understanding ...
lead to transcendent understanding ...
lead to great wisdom ...!!!
What four?

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1: Association with excellent persons,
2: Hearing & learning true Dhamma,
3: Rational and careful attention,
4: Praxis in accordance with this Dhamma.


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These 4 things, when initiated & trained, lead to penetrative understanding...
These 4 things, when completed, lead to the very final fruit of Arahat-ship:
Awakening into Enlightenment, the very deathless dimension: Nibbana ...!!!


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More on the Noble Stream-Entry (Sotapatti):
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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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book V [411-2]
55: Stream Entry. Sotapatti. The fruits of Stream Entry. 55-63.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

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Only Stream-Entrance Can Make U Safe!

4 links 2 Entry!
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Avoiding the Extremes Produces Peace...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:59 pm





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The blessed Buddha once explained:
There are these two extremes, which should not be practiced by any one,
who has begun purification: The hunt for sensual pleasures, which is low,
vulgar, the common way of ordinary worldlings, ignoble, disadvantageous;
and any practice of self-torture, which is painful, ignoble, and also quite
disadvantageous! Without veering towards either of these extremes, the
well-come-well-gone-beyond Buddha has awakened to this Middle Way,
which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
to peace, to certain knowledge, to Enlightenment, to Nibbana...
And what is that Middle Way awakened to by the Buddha, which leads to
assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease, to peace, to all
certain knowledge, to Enlightenment, to Nibbana?
It is this very Noble 8-fold Way: That is

Right View
Right Motivation
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Awareness
Right Concentration


That is indeed the very Middle Way awakened to by the Blessed Buddha,
which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
to certain knowledge, to Peace, to Bliss, to Enlightenment, to Nibbana...

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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/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

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [330-1]
Section 42: On The 6 Senses. Rasiya: 12.
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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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Avoiding the Extremes Produces Peace...

The Golden Middle Way!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm

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Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Postby Vepacitta » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:10 am

Thank you Venerable for taking the time to post these dhamma lessons.


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Re: Mutual Appreciation

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Experience is a real film of an illusory world!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:19 pm





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The need to control and master the senses is obvious, since it is this ability
to sense that enables both all pleasant & painful experiences of this world.
However, paradoxically, it is exactly this spontaneous and quite impulsive
rush after the immediate, but only short-lived satisfaction induced by any
pleasant sense reaction, that is both the seed and root of much suffering.
This other side of the coin is created by the delayed side-effects:
Thus do the urge after momentary pleasant feeling, create lust and greed.
Thus do the urge away from brief painful feeling, create hate and aversion.
Thus do the urge for absence of neutral feeling, create neglect & ignorance.
These 3 roots of Suffering are always lying hidden and latent within the
untrained mind: Ignorance is obscuring the true nature of things making
them only appear as lasting, agreeable and ownable. Hate induces hostile
aversion and opposition towards even very advantageous phenomena such
as learning, morality, meditation, and friendship just because these may
once have been associated with a brief unlikable painful feeling!
These instantaneous reactions overwhelm the untrained mind and make it
act contrary to its own and other's interest: It rushes ahead in the hunt
for instant gratification, oblivious of the fact, that the paradoxical fruit
of sense delight is this much delayed, yet inevitable misery, in the form of
infinitely repeated rebirth, ageing, sickness and death!
On a much deeper and more subtle level do the six sense sources create a
misapprehended pointing to an illusory reality, by mistaking a sensation for
a true reference to a world really existing "out there" independent of mind:
'I see the world therefore do it exist!', which is as absurd as postulating:
'I saw the phenomenon on a film therefore is this phenomena real' insofar
as any sensation only is a inner mentally created 'film' or 'representation'
of some form of contact between a 'sensor' (eye, ear, nose, tongue, mind)
and its 'sensitivity' for the object (form, sound, smell, taste, touch, idea).
In a similar way do the 5 clusters of clinging also induce a misunderstood
pointing, by mistaken reference to an assumed & constructed entity 'Ego',
'I' or 'me' "In here", while all there really is, is a five-fold flux of changing
properties, endlessly arising & ceasing right there, where they momentarily
arised! Right there does the untrained mind also create and reinforce the
basic root of this abysmal conceit: "I Am" or "I exists"!!!

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Only the Buddhas explain:

Sabbe Sankhara Anicca!
All constructions are impermanent!

Sabbe Sankhara Dukkha!
All constructions are suffering!

Sabbe Dhamma Anatta!
All states are self and core-less!


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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/IV/Anatta_No_Self.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/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

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Do these objects reside outside in the world, or inside the mind, or both?

Have a nice & noble day!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Experience is a real film of an illusory world!

Sensations are only Representations!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Mi ... erence.htm


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Moderation while Eating initiates Self-Control!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:30 pm

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The Buddha once explained
Bhikkhus by possessing three qualities, one lives in this very life full of ease,
pleasure & joy! Furthermore, one has thereby prepared the elimination of
the mental fermentations... What are these three advantageous qualities?

I: One guards the doors of the senses,
II: One is moderate in eating, and
III: One is devoted to wakefulness...


How is a Bhikkhu moderate in eating? While reflecting rationally, he eats
food neither for the sake of entertainment, nor of infatuation, nor wishing
for bodily beauty, but exclusively for the support and maintenance of this
body, for ending discomfort, and for assisting this Noble life, considering:
Thus will I now end this old feeling, yet without arousing any new feeling!
Thus will I remain healthy, blameless & in comfort... Exactly as one treats
an open wound, only for the purpose healing it, or just as one greases an
axle only for the sake of easy transport of a heavy load, so does a Bhikkhu,
who is moderated in eating, while always reflecting rationally, eat food ...

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More on Moderate Eating:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Oozing_Out.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... Flesch.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [176-7]
Section 35: The 6 Senses. Salayatana. The Horse-Wagon. Rato 239.
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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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Moderation while Eating initiates Self-Control!

Moderate Eating...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mo ... Eating.htm

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No Panic!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:28 am





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On this occasion Ven. Sariputta & Ven. Upasena were staying at Rajagaha
in the Cool Grove, in the Snake's Hood Grotto. There a young viper fell on
the Venerable Upasena's back & bite him badly. Then Ven. Upasena calmly
said to the bhikkhus: Come, friends, lift this body of mine up on a bed and
carry it outside before it is scattered right here like a handful of chaff...
Venerable Sariputta then said to Ven. Upasena: We do not see agitation in
Ven. Upasena's body nor any change in his abilities! Yet Ven. Upasena says:
Come, friends, lift this body of mine up on a bed & carry it outside before
it is scattered right here like a handful of chaff...
Friend Sariputta, for one who thinks: 'I am this eye', or 'This eye is mine',
or 'I am this ear', or 'This ear is mine', or 'I am this nose', or 'This nose is
mine', or 'I am this tongue', or 'This tongue is mine', or 'I am this body',
or 'This body is mine', or 'I am this mind', or finally 'This mind is mine,'
there might very well be an agitated change of the body or a change of the
abilities. But, friend Sariputta, it does neither occur to me: 'I am this eye',
nor 'This eye is mine', nor 'I am this ear', nor 'This ear is mine', nor 'I am
this nose', nor 'This nose is mine', nor 'I am this tongue', nor 'This tongue
is mine', nor 'I am this body', nor 'This body is mine', nor 'I am this mind',
nor 'This mind is mine', so why should there be any variation or agitation
in my body or any sudden change in my abilities?
It must indeed be because all I-making, and all mine-making, & any latent
tendency to the conceit: 'I Am...' have been all uprooted in the Venerable
Upasena for a very long time, that it does not occur to him: 'I am this eye',
or 'This eye is mine', or 'I am this ear', or 'This ear is mine', or 'I am this
nose', or 'This nose is mine', or 'I am this tongue', or 'This tongue is mine',
or 'I am this body', or 'This body is mine', or 'I am this mind', or 'This mind
is mine'... Then those bhikkhus lifted Ven. Upasena's body up on a bed and
carried it outside. Then Ven. Upasena's body was scattered right there,
just like a handful of chaff!

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Upasena was the younger brother of Ven. Sariputta.
For his 'personal' details see: Upasena Vangantaputta:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/u/upasena.htm

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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/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

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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 40-1
The 6 senses section 35. Thread on Upasena: Upasena Sutta (69)
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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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

No Identification = No Agitation = No Panic!

This is neither me, nor mine! This I am not...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No_Panic_Here.htm

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No perceived Substance is independent of the perceiving Mind

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:17 pm





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The Blessed Buddha once said:
In the seen is merely the process of seeing...
In the heard is merely the process of hearing...
In the sensed is merely the process of sensing...
In the thought is merely the process of thinking...
So knowing, you will not be connected 'with that'...
So disconnected you will not be absorbed 'into that'...
So neither 'with that', nor 'within that' you are not 'by that' sensation!
When there is no 'You' inferred or conjectured by that very sensation,
then 'You' are neither 'here', 'there', 'both', 'beyond', nor 'in between'.

On realizing the importance of this incident the Blessed One exclaimed:
Where neither solidity, fluidity, heat nor motion find any footing,
there no sun, moon nor star ever shines. There is neither any light,
yet nor is there any darkness! When the Noble, through stilling of
all construction, through quieting of all mental formation, directly
experiences this, then is he freed from both form & formlessness,
then is he released from both pleasure and pain ...

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Comments:
There is no-one 'who' senses, nor is there any 'substance' that is sensed,
even though the process of sensing occurs! Seeing is just a selfless event
of contact between the eye, the object & visual consciousness. Neither is
any 'person', nor any 'observer' involved nor inferred just by this seeing!
No subject or 'I' is thereby created, just because there is an object, or
just because there occurs the impersonal, automatic process of sensing...
Sensing itself, thus neither create any object, nor any subject, just as a
camera - though making an image - neither creates the object, nor does
the camera create the photographer! Thus can neither any 'substance',
nor 'reality out there' per se be ascribed to neither object, nor subject:
Just because there is a picture, one cannot by that in itself infer or even
ascribe any existence to neither the object, nor the picture-maker! Both
may actually be artificial, or of past existence and not real anymore ...
The fact that there is an image projected, does not per se imply, in or by
itself, that any-one actually is 'looking in' or 'is behind' the camera …
'By that' perception no 'perceiver' is thereby instrumentally present or
created... So the 'personal entity' we assume, suppose, deduce, expect &
believe to enjoy our experience, is merely a mental construct, a habitual
idea, a concept, & not a reality... The passive impersonal process of sensing,
perceiving and experiencing cannot thereby be 'instrumental' for neither
creating, nor inferring any 'being in existence'. The fact of this enigmatic
yet fundamental 'selflessness' is far the most essential core of the unique
Buddha-Dhamma... Outmost important to grasp, yet subtle, counterintuitive
and thereby difficult & somewhat 'nasty' to comprehend. Please keep on
trying, since this central Anatta doctrine is the opener, releaser & freer
of any mind. No-one is 'inside' the conditions that arise, cease & pass by!
Being hopelessly in love with an imagined idea of 'I=EGO' & 'World=Real'
is both fatal, tragic and sardonically comic... Hehehe ;-)

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Source: The Udana – Inspirations by the Buddha: I - 10
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/kh ... index.html

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More on No-Self (Anatta) = ego-susbstance-lessness, no entity/identity:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ne ... _Actor.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/No-Ag ... ndence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... rmless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Th ... ctrine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No ... Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_ ... Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dee ... t_Doer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Div ... reedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Se ... Anatta.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

No External Substance is independent of the internal Mind!

No Substance exists 'Out There'!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/No ... There'.htm

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Taming the Monkey-Robot-Mind!

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:38 am





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The Buddha once asked: How, Bhikkhus and friends, is there non-control?
Seeing a form with the eye, one becomes attracted by the pleasing form,
while repelled by the displeasing form. Having heard a sound with the ear,
one becomes attracted by the charming sound, while repulsed by a horrid
sound. Having sniffed a smell with the nose, one becomes attracted by the
lovely smell, while repelled by a detestable smell. Having tasted a flavour
with the tongue, one becomes attracted by the liked taste, while repelled
by a disliked taste. Feeling a touch with the body, one becomes attracted
by the pleasant touch, while repelled by any unpleasant touch. When one
experiences a mental phenomenon with the mind, one becomes attracted
by the agreeable mental phenomenon, while repelled by any disagreeable
mental phenomenon. In this uncontrolled way does such mind live without
having established Awareness of the body, & confined by a limited mind!
Therefore does such one neither understand, nor experience that release
of mind, that mental liberation through understanding, wherein those evil
detrimental states cease without remaining trace. In exactly this way
is there non-control!

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Comments:
The limited & finite mind is a mind not made infinite by the praxis of the
4 sublime or 'divine abodes' (brahma-vihara), also called the four infinite
mental states (appamañña), which are:

1: Universal Friendliness (Metta),
2: Universal Pity (Karuna),
3: Universal Sympathy (Mudita), and
4: Universal Equanimity (Upekkha).


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More on this crucial Mind-Control:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bl ... Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ma ... t_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Hi ... ibbana.htm

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Please UPDATE your mental SOFTWARE before social CRASH!

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

Have a nice, noble and controlled day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Non-Control makes U into a Monkey-Robot!

Taming the Monkey-Robot-Mind!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm

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Relinquishing the Pain...

Postby Bhikkhu_Samahita » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:12 am





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The Blessed Buddha once said to some deadly sick bhikkhus:
Any Bhikkhu should await his time aware and clearly comprehending...
This is our instruction to you! While a bhikkhu lives in this way, aware and
clearly comprehending, enthusiastic, keen, and determined, if there arises
in him a painful feeling, then he understands this: "There has arisen in me
this painful feeling. Now that is dependent, not independent! Dependent on
what? Dependent on just this contact! But this contact is impermanent,
conditioned, and dependently arisen... So when a painful feeling has arisen
in dependence on a contact that is impermanent, conditioned, & dependently
arisen, how could it ever then itself be permanent?" He dwells in this way
always contemplating the impermanence of any contact and the transience
of any painful feeling, and he considers thus the inevitable vanishing, fading
away, ceasing, & the therefore necessary relinquishment of all conditioned
constructions! In this very way is his latent tendency to aversion towards
any painful contact & instinctive repulsion of any painful feeling gradually
eliminated. He therefore then understands: With the breakup of this body,
at the exhaustion of this fragile life, any feeling, all that is felt, neither
being opposed, nor clung to, will cool down right there...

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More on systematic relinquishment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Le ... Behind.htm

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [214]
section 36: feeling. Vedana. The Sick-Ward. 8.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sa ... index.html

Imperturbable is one not Opposing any Pain!

Relinquishing the Pain...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/No ... ything.htm

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