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Pali word of the day

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Re: Pali word of the day

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:25 pm

Vesàkha (also spelled Vesak or Wesak) is the second month of the Buddhist calendar and it is traditionally believed that Siddhattha Gotama was born, enlightened and passed away on the full moon eve of the month of Vesàkha, although this is not specifically stated in the Tipitaka.

In Buddhist countries, Vesàkha is a public holiday and on that day people flock to temples to hear sermons, practice meditation and honour the Buddha with various ceremonies.

It typically falls on the full moon day of May. The Mahayana celebrate the Buddha's birthday on the same date or more frequently on April 8.
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the name of a class of divine beings in the fine-material world
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Immediacy, is a name for that concentration of mind which is associated with the profound and shocking insight vipassanā that is present in any one of the 4 kinds of supra-mundane path consciousness see: ariya-puggala, and which therefore is the cause of the immediately following fruition phala consciousness. According to the Abhidhamma, this path-moment of the Stream-enterer sotapanna & the other Nobles is generated by the insight into the impermanence, misery and impersonality of all existence, reaching a certain threshold at that very moment and thus instantly transforming and ennobling the individual nature forever. It is mentioned under the name of ānantarika-samādhi in the Ratana Sutta Sn. v. 22 and in Pts.M. 1, Ñānakathā.
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'contemplation of feeling', is one of the 4 foundations of awareness or mindfulness. See also: Satipatthana, Four Foundations of Mindfulness
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Contemplation of no-self is one of the 18 chief kinds of insight.
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'contemplation of vanishing', is one of the 18 chief kinds of insight vipassana.
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Static imperturbability, denotes the mental state of being(s) in the formless sphere arūpāvacara avacara
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'determining', defining. In its application to insight meditation, this term occurred first in Pts.M. I, p. 53; but in a verbal form, as a past participle, already in M. 111: tyassa dhammā anupada-vavatthitā honti,these things the mental properties were determined by him i.e. Sāriputta successively; see: Abh. St., p. 54. In Vis.M XX, 130, it is said: 'The determining of the truth of suffering is effected with the determining of mind-and-body in the purification of view see: visuddhi III. The determining of the truth of origination is effected with the discerning of conditions in the purification by transcending doubt see: visuddhi IV. The determining of the truth of the path is effected by emphasis on the right path in the purification by knowledge and vision of what is path and not-path see: visuddhi. Thus the determining of the 3 truths suffering, origin, path has been first effected by means of mundane lokiya knowledge only.
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Contemplation of impermanence, is one of the 18 chief kinds of insight development.
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To join the palms in a reverential gesture of respect. A common greeting in Asian and Buddhist countries. (Japanese: Gassho) In yoga, Sanskrit, and Hindi it is known as Namaste ("I bow in respect to you") and is used among practitioners of yoga around the world.

The anjali greeting goes back to the time of the Buddha where it is mentioned that people put their hands together and made a bow with the head (paṇāma) and put the hands in a praying gesture (Digha Nikaya I 118; Majjhima Nikaya I 168).

In recent years, since the beginning of the twenty first century, the anjali gesture has become more popular around the world, even among those who are not Asian or Buddhist. This includes celebritites and politicians, who can be seen joining their hands in the anjali greeting, for example at the beginning or end of a speech or accepting an award.

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'highest knowledge', gnosis, refers to the perfect knowledge of the Arahant Saint; see: ariya-puggala. The following passage occurs frequently in the Suttas, when a Bhikkhu indicates his attainment of Nobility arahatta: He makes known the highest knowledge aññam vyākaroti, in exactly this way: 'Rebirth has ceased, fulfilled is this Noble life, done is what should be done, and there is no more of this to come.'
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The ability of one who knows
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The ability of highest knowledge
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'physical base', i.e. the 6 physical organs on which the mental process is based, are the 5 physical sense-organs and, according to the Com., the heart hadaya-vatthu, as the 6th. This 6th vatthu must not be confounded with the 6th Ayatana which is a collective name for all consciousness whatever.
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(the intermediate state) is rejected by the Abhidhamma, but in the Suttas there is the interpretation by some that there may be an intermediate state between lives in the rebirth process (Metta Sutta)
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(i) as a celestial musician, (ii) as a being to be born; one of the three conditions required for conception.

In the case of most animals, a newly embodied life begins at conception or soon afterwards. The Buddha said that for conception to take place three things must be present – the sexual union of the parents, their fertility and the presence of the gandhabba, ie. the consciousness of the being who is to be reborn (M.I,265). This consciousness absorbs itself in the fertilised egg and begins to animate it so that it grows into a fully formed being.

The lowest among devas of the Cātummahārājika are regarded as heavenly musicians. Used in the second definition of a being to be reborn, there is much debate in Buddhism as to if this implies an In between state.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:08 pm

: 1. 'round', 2. 'round of rebirths'.

1. With reference to the Dependent Origination paticcasamuppāda, Vis.M XVII speaks of 3 rounds: the kamma round kamma-vatta comprising the kammic-constructions and the kammaprocess 2nd and 10th links; the round of defilements kilesa-vatta comprising ignorance, craving and clinging 1st, 8th and 9th links; the round of results vipāka-vatta comprising consciousness, mind and materiality, 6 bases, contact, feeling 3rd-7th links. Cf. paticcasamuppāda diagram.

2. Round of rebirth = Samsara
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dedication of merits; rejoicing together; approval; encouragement
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pleasant, happiness; happiness, pleasure, joy, bliss. It is one of the three feelings see: vedanā and may be either bodily or mental. The texts distinguish between the happiness of the senses and the h. of renunciation A. II, worldly carnal;sāmisa and unworldly non-carnal; nirāmisa happiness M. 10. See A. II, ch. VIII. - Happiness is an indispensable condition for attaining concentration of mind samādhi, and therefore it is one of the 5 factors or constituents of the 1st absorption jhānanga see: jhāna and is present up to the 3rd absorption inclusively.;The mind of the happy one has concentration as its fruit and reward; A.X,1. -;In him who is filled with happiness, right concentration has found a foundation; A.X,3.

Sukha is a feeling of ease, well-being and satisfaction and can range from mild to intense and be either momentary or enduring. The Buddha distinguished between worldly happiness which is derived mainly from pleasure or material gain, and spiritual happiness which is derived from being virtuous and gradually freeing the mind. Some examples of worldly happiness which the Buddha says are legitimate and worthwhile are the happiness of ownership, of wealth and of freedom from debt (A.II, 68). The sense of achievement, from excelling in one’s chosen profession and making a good living out of it can make one very happy (D.I,51). On a higher level, some of the things conducive to spiritual happiness include practicing the Precepts (D.I,69), being just (A.I,294), calming the senses (D.I,69), thinking about and rejoicing in one's own good deeds (Dhp,16), taming the mind (Dhp.35), being able to love despite being surrounded by those who hate (Dhp.197) and being at peace (Dhp.202). The highest and most refined happiness comes from attaining enlightenment (Dhp.203). Concerning the two levels of happiness, the Buddha advises, ‘If by giving up worldly happiness one can attain the higher happiness the wise person should do so, seeing it as a more enriching happiness’ (Dhp.290).
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Re: Pali word of the day

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'mastery'. Vis.M IV speaks of 5 kinds of m., which anyone who wishes to develop the absorption Jhanas should acquire first of all, with regard to the 1st absorption, namely: mastery in adverting to it āvajjana-vasī in entering it samāpajjana-vasī in determining it adhitthāna-vasī in rising therefrom vutthāna-vasī in retrospection paccavekkhana-vasī.
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