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PostSubject: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!   Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:53 pm

Friends:

The 7 Links to Awakening Link & Lead to Awakening?

They lead to & produce enlightenment, in this way are they links to awakening:
They are themselves enlightened, in this way are they links to awakening.
They are enlightened, since they embrace the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they provide & equip the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they induce ripening of the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they promote distinction of the root cause of awakening.
They are enlightened, since they completely perfect the root cause of awakening.

How do the Seven Links to Awakening remain stably established & anchored in mind?
The Awareness link remains by arising of other states not being given attention.
The Awareness link remains by non-arising of attention being given to other states.
The Awareness link remains by no attention being given to occurrence of other states.
The Awareness link remains by attention being given to non-occurrence of other states.
The Awareness link remains by the sign not being adverted to nor being given attention.
The Awareness link remains by the sign-less state being given constant & steady attention.
The Awareness link remains by no attention being given to any kind of mental construction.
The Awareness link remains by full attention being given to ceasing of all kinds of craving.
The Awareness link to Awakening indeed remains fixed & anchored in mind in these 8 ways.
Exactly and similarly so with the other six links to Awakening.

How do the Seven Links to Awakening fade away, diminish and cease?
The Awareness link falls away, by arising of other states being given attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by non-arising of other states, not being given attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by occurrence of other states, being given attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by non-occurrence of other states, not being given attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by the sign-less state, not being given attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by the sign being given too much attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by ceasing not being given any attention.
The Awareness link falls away, by mental constructions being given attention.
The Awareness link to Awakening falls away in these eight aspects.
Exactly and similarly so with the other six links to Awakening.



Details on Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Sati_Studies.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Awareness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Analysis.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sati_a_la_Anuruddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Awareness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Four_Foundations_of_Awareness.htm



On the 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Sun.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Peak.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Clothes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rare_Emergence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sequential_Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Vast_Penetration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Fruits.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unsurpassable_Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/When_7_becomes_14.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7_Links_to_Awakening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leading_to_Enlightenment.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Cause_of_Knowledge_and_Vision.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Meaning_of_the-7_Links_to_Awakening.htm



Source (edited extract): Sariputta
Path of Discrimination: Patisambhidamagga.
Treatise on the Links to Awakening XIII.

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PostSubject: Valuable Post   Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:03 pm


Ven Bhikkhu Samahita,

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PostSubject: Appreciation of Welcome ;-)   Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:14 pm

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PostSubject: Focused and Fused!   Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:31 am

Friends:

These 7 States are Focused on one single object: Nibbâna!
The Awareness Link to Awakening is foremost, in the sense of rolling overall like a wheel.
The Investigation Link to Awakening is the chief, in the sense of greatness like an elephant.
The Energy Link to Awakening is the prime, in the sense of being swift & strong like a horse.
The Joy Link to Awakening is vital, in the sense of giving brilliant radiance like a jewel.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening, is primary in the sense of soothing like a mild woman.
The Concentration Link to Awakening, is best in the sense of giving wealth like a treasurer.
The Equanimity Link to Awakening is supreme, in the sense of ballance like a good advisor.
These seven links to awakening are thus like the 7 treasures of a wheel-turning monarch.
They awaken beings into the state of entering the stream leading to the deathless Nibbana.
They further awaken beings into the state of returning here as human only one more time.
They furthermore awaken beings into the state of never returning here as human again.
They finally fully awaken beings into the state of Arahatship by complete Enlightenment!
When these seven states coincide simultaneously; fused into the same assemblage; all being
joined focused on only one single and same object: Nibbana, then Awakening occurs...
This 7-fold supreme culmination is the final Enlightenment!!! Yeah...


Awakening is 7 mental qualities focused on 1 single object...

More On these 7 Links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Investigation_Vicaya.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Tranquillity_Passaddhi.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Concentration_Samadhi.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm


Awakening is a phase transition of consciousness...
Local to => Universal + Discrete to => Continuous!!!



Enlightenment transcends both time and space & is thus inexpressible!

Have a nice awakening day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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PostSubject: Confidence & Conviction!   Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:32 pm

Friends:

What is Unwavering Faith & assured Confidence?

The blessed Buddha once noted:
Knowing, Friends, evil covetousness and wicked greed to be mental pollutions,
the Bhikkhu leaves them, rejects them, eliminates them and eradicates them...
Knowing hating ill will to be a mental pollution, he leaves all hostile ill will.
Knowing aversive anger to be a mental pollution, he rejects all anger.
Knowing vicious revenge to be a mental pollution, he avoids revenge.
Knowing contempt to be a mental pollution, he releases contempt.
Knowing tyranny to be a mental pollution, he abandons tyranny.
Knowing green envy to be a mental pollution, he deserts envy.
Knowing self-conceit to be a mental pollution, he quits conceit.
Knowing hypocrisy to be a mental pollution, he dodges hypocrisy.
Knowing negligence to be a mental pollution, he stops negligence.
Knowing puffed pride to be a mental pollution, he cuts out pride.
Knowing jealousy to be a mental pollution, he withdraws jealousy.
Knowing obstinacy to be a mental pollution, he gives up obstinacy.
Knowing vain vanity to be a mental pollution, he relinquishes vanity.
Knowing cheating fraud to be a mental pollution, he eschews fraud.
Knowing arrogance to be a mental pollution, he renounces arrogance.

When the Bhikkhu has eliminated all these polluting mental defilements,
he then gains unwavering Faith, unshakable Confidence and absolutely
immovable and imperturbable Conviction in the blessed Buddha thus:

Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Fully consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended,
expert in all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer
of those who can be tamed, both teacher and guide of gods as well
as humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened is the Buddha!

He gains unwavering Faith, Confidence & Conviction in the Dhamma
thus:
Perfectly formulated is the Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here
and now, immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone
to come and see for themselves, inspect, examine and verify...
Leading each and everyone through progress towards perfection!
Directly observable, experiencable & realizable by each intelligence!

He gains unwavering Faith, Confidence and Conviction in the Sangha
thus:
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of Buddha's
Noble disciples: Training the right way, the true way, the good way,
the direct way! Therefore do these 8 kinds of individuals, these four
Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, hospitality
and reverential salutation even with joined palms, since this Noble
Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is indeed an
unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world,
for this world, to honour, support, award, respect, and protect!

When he has given up, left and eliminated these mental pollutions
he knows: I am convinced by steady unwavering Faith & Confidence
in the Buddha... in the Dhamma... in the Sangha... He therefore gains
enthusiasm for the goal, gains inspiration from the Dhamma, & gains
the gladness connected with this true Dhamma. When gladdened, a
rapturous joy is born in him; being joyous in mind, his body becomes
tranquil; his body being tranquil, he feels happiness; and the mind of
him, who is happy becomes concentrated into full intense absorption!




Faith is the seeding initiator of the Noble Way!

Source:
Majjhima Nikaya MN 7 Vatthupama Sutta: The Simile of the Cloth!
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.007.nypo.html

For further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Buddha_on_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Going_Forth_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unwavering_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruitful_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm


Passing it on to the next generation!

Confidence & Conviction!

Have a nice convinced day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net



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PostSubject: Fabulously Fine Faith!   Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:22 am

Friends:

How is the Faith leading to Going Forth?

Having heard the Buddha speak, a householder or a householder's
son or one born in some other family, hears that Buddha-Dhamma.
On hearing this sublime Dhamma, he acquires faith in the Tathagata.
Possessing that faith, he considers thus: Household life is crowded,
cramped and dusty! The Life gone forth is out in the wide open...
It is not easy, while living in a home, to live the Noble life utterly
perfect and pure, as a polished shell. Suppose I shave off my hair
and beard, put on the yellow robe, and go forth from the home life
into homelessness. On a later occasion, leaving behind any small or
large fortune, leaving behind a small or a large circle of relatives,
he shaves off his hair and beard, puts on the ochre robe, and goes
forth from the home life into free homelessness...
So is the faith of those, who after countless lives finally have
accumulated and now possesses the right and ripe conditions for
attaining the advantageous state of a Bhikkhu under a Buddha...
This is a quick step towards the Bliss of the deathless Nibbana!



Fabulously Fine Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Buddha_on_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Going_Forth_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unwavering_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruitful_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm





Source:
MN 27: Culahatthipadopama Sutta. The Short Elephant Footprint Simile
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.027.than.html

Have a nice faithful day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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PostSubject: Freeing & Fruitful is Faith!   Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:24 pm

Friends:

How is Faith & Confidence Advantageous?

Faith is the first of the 5 Elements of Effort (padhaniyanga):
1: Faith, 2: Health, 3: Sincerity, 4: Energy, and 5: Understanding.

Faith is main factor of the 4 Streams of Merit (puñña-dhara):
1: Unshakable faith in the Buddha,
2: Unshakable faith in the Dhamma,
3: Unshakable faith in the Sangha,
4: Quite Perfected Morality.


Faith is the first of the 7 Treasures (dhana):
1: Faith,
2: Morality,
3: Shame,
4: Fear of Wrongdoing,
5: Learning,
6: Generosity,
7: Understanding.


Faith is seed, the entrance, the initiator, the ticket, the beginning.
Understanding is the highest, the goal, the diamond-cutter, the end.
Both are Floods of Advantage, Fabulous Fruits, Leading to Happiness!



For Fabulously Fine Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Buddha_on_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Going_Forth_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unwavering_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruitful_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm

Have a nice confident day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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PostSubject: Rebirth-Linking Transmigration!   Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:03 pm

Friends:

What moves at death to the next life? Is it consciousness?

No! since consciousness arise & cease right here, it cannot move anywhere!
It is not continuous, but contiguous discrete mental states as pearls on a string.
The prior moment of consciousness contains the properties that conditions the
arising of the next moment of consciousness! These inherent properties are
mainly craving for (conscious) sensing and craving for becoming into new being.
If these cravings are present in the rebirth-linking moment of consciousness, then
the next moment of consciousness will arise immediately after the death moment,
but now in another location and body, which qualities (or lack of) indeed also are
conditioned by properties within the rebirth-linking moment of consciousness…

Example: If deluded ignorance is dominant in the rebirth-linking moment of consciousness,
then an animal rebirth is to be expected. If harmonious peace and well earned settled
mental calmness based on a long life of doing good are the dominant factors right in the
rebirth-linking moment of consciousness, then a divine deva rebirth is to be expected.
If anger, hostile enmity, envy and hate are dominant in the rebirth-linking moment of
consciousness, rebirth in hell is to be expected...
So what actually passes on is CAUSALITY: That is conditioning factors or forces!
Nothing more! No form, feeling, perception, construction, or consciousness passes on.
No "Self, I, Me, Body, Identity, or Ego" passes on, because they never really existed
in the first place, so how can they ever then pass on?!?

The classic example is the 2 candles:
Candle A is in flame. (=Dying individuality)
This is then used to light or ignite Candle B (=Reborn individuality).
By this very ignition the flame of Candle A is extinguished…
Only candle B is now burning: What was now passed on!?!
Is the flame of Candle B now the SAME, as the flame of Candle A?
Not so. Candle B burns by its own flame, but it was turned on by flame A!
Is the flame of Candle B now DIFFERENT from the flame of Candle A?
Not really so either. Since Candle B started burning from the flame A!

What is Reborn?: Neither the SAME nor ANOTHER!
What am ‘I’ & ‘Person’?: Neither the SAME nor ANOTHER!
Not a fixed entity, but a streaming process of ever renewed
arisings and ceasings of impersonal mental and physical states…
Just moments of name-&-form passes on!

In brevity:
Question: What passes on at death?
Answer: The forces or streams of: Ignorance, Greed, & Hate,
and derivatives thereof, passes on at death and also in every
moment of this life! One is reborn not only at death, but at
every conscious moment of life itself also...
Re-arising millions of times per second!
Neither as the same nor as another...



Regarding Buddhist Theory of Rebirth-Linking (patisandhi) see also:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/patisandhi.htm



Kamma and Rebirth: Nyanatiloka Thera:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanatiloka/wheel394.html#ch2



Enjoy further details on Rebirth here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Minor_Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Hell_Destiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Five_Destinations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_5_Destinations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Kamma_and_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Samsaric_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mad_Demon_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Being_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hungry_Ghost_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_passes_on_by_Rebirth-Linking.htm



Have a nice newly re-arised day!

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PostSubject: Reborn Again!   Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:25 pm

Friends:

How does Kamma cause Rebirth?

In Majjhima Nikaya 135 a brahman raises the problem:
There are found people who are short-lived, and those that are long-lived; there are found people
who are very sick, and those that are healthy; there are found people who are ugly, and also those
that are beautiful; there are found people who are powerless, and those that are powerful; there
are found people who are poor, and those that are rich; there are found people who are of low
family, and those that are of high family; there are found people who are stupid, and those that
are intelligent. What then, Master Gotama, is the reason for this diverse inferiority & superiority
among human beings?

The Blessed One replied:
Beings are owners of their kamma, inherit their kamma, kamma is their maker and creator,
they are born from and by their kamma, kamma is the womb from which they emerge,
they are linked and associated to their past kamma as their friend and refuge...
Therefore does kamma divide beings into the high and low, beautiful and ugly!

In Anguttara Nikaya III,40 it is said:

"Killing, stealing, adultery, lying, backbiting, harsh angry speech and empty prattling, practiced,
cultivated and frequently engaged in, will lead to hell, the animal world or the realm of ghosts."
Further: "Whoso kills and is cruel, will either go to hell, or if reborn as a human, will be short-lived.
Whosoever tortures other beings, will be afflicted with disease. The hater will be ugly & hideous,
the envious will be without influence, the stubborn will be of low rank, the indolent will be ignorant.
In the reverse case, a person will be reborn in a heavenly world; or, if reborn as a human being, and
will be endowed with health, beauty, influence, riches, noble rank and intelligence."

In the Milindapañha the King asks the Arahat Nagasena:
What is it, Venerable Sir, that will be reborn after death?
O King: A psycho-physical combination of mentality-&-materiality (name-and-form = nama-rupa).
But how? Is it the same psycho-physical name-and-form combination as this present one?
No, O King. But the present psycho-physical combination produces kammically advantageous and
disadvantageous intentional activities, and through such kamma a new psycho-physical combination
will be created, conditioned and born. Source: The Milindapañha

Buddhaghosa explains in his Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification):
Whosoever has no clear idea about death and does not know that death consists in the dissolution
of the five groups of existence (i.e. form, feeling, perception, mental formations, & consciousness),
he thinks that it is a person, or being, that dies and transmigrates to a new body in a new place.
And whosoever has no clear idea about rebirth, and does not know that rebirth consists in the
arising of the five groups of existence, he thinks that it is a person, or being, that is reborn, or
that the person reappears in a new body. And whosoever has no clear idea about Samsara, the
round of rebirths, he thinks that a real person wanders from this world to another world, comes
from that world to this world, etc. And whosoever has no clear idea about the phenomena of
existence, he thinks that the phenomena are his ego or something appertaining to the ego, or
something permanent, joyful, or pleasant. And whosoever has no clear idea about the conditional
arising of the phenomena of existence, and about the arising of kammic volitions conditioned
through ignorance, he thinks that it is the ego that understands or fails to understand, that acts
or causes to act, that enters into a new existence at rebirth. Or he thinks that the atoms or the
Creator, etc., with the help of the embryonic process, shape the body, provide it with various
faculties; that it is the ego that receives the sensuous impression, that feels, that desires, that
becomes attached, that enters into existence again in another world. Or he thinks that all beings
come to life through fate or chance. A mere phenomenon it is, a conditioned thing, that rises in the
following existence. But not from a previous life does it transmigrate there, and yet it cannot arise
without a previous cause. When this conditionally arisen bodily-mental phenomenon (the fetus) arises,
one says that it has entered into a next existence. However, no being (satta), or life-principle (jiva),
has transmigrated from the previous existence into this existence, and yet this embryo could not
have come into existence without a previous cause. Source: Visuddhimagga (Chap. XVII)

Everywhere, in all the realms of existence, the noble disciple sees only mental and material
phenomena kept going through the interlocking of causes and effects. No producer of the
intentional act or kamma does he see apart from the kamma activity itself, and no recipient
of the kamma-result apart from the result itself. And he is well aware that wise men are using
merely conventional language, when with regard to a kammical act, they speak of a doer, or an
agent, or with regard to a kamma-result, they speak of the recipient of the result. No doer of
the deeds is found, No one who ever reaps their fruits; Empty phenomena roll on: Conditioned
States: This only is the correct view. And while the deeds and their results roll on and on, all
being conditioned by other phenomena. In this infinite causal matrix, there is no first beginning
to be found, just as it is with seed and tree... No god, no Brahma, can be called The maker of this
wheel of life: Only Empty phenomena roll on, all dependent on their causal conditions.
Source: Visuddhimagga (Chap. XIX).

The Excerpts here are from: Kamma and Rebirth by Nyanatiloka MahaThera:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanatiloka/wheel394.html#ch2


Reborn again!

Further Info on rebirth linking:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebirth_(Buddhism)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rebirth.htm
http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rare_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Animal_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Endless_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Samsaric_Dread.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Minor_Hells.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/One_BIG_Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Hell_Destiny.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Five_Destinations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_5_Destinations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Kamma_and_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Samsaric_Round.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mad_Demon_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Being_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hungry_Ghost_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_passes_on_by_Rebirth-Linking.htm


Kammic rebirth information entropy crystallizes in new location!

About intentional Action = Kamma & resulting effects (vipaka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_and_Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/karma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/u_v/vipaaka.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_dilutes_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Effect_of_Action_(kamma)_is_Delayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Health_&_Sickness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Low_or_High_Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Wealth_or_Poverty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Beauty_&_Ugliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Evil_Kamma_enhances_other_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm

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PostSubject: The 4 Inviolable Laws!   Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:20 am

Friends:

Invariable Nature Laws: Transience & Reaction!

The Blessed Buddha once spoke on these 4 invariable & fixed laws:
There are 4 things, Bhikkhus & Friends, which nobody can change,
neither recluse, nor priest, nor god, nor devil, nor anyone at all
in this or any other universe. What are these 4 things?
1: That what is subject to decay may not decay...
2: That what is subject to sickness may not fall sick...
3: That what is subject to death may not die... &
4: That those evil, immoral, impure, terrible, and pain-producing
actions, which ever and again lead to rebirth, ageing, & death,
may not bring results, may not produce their inviolable effects...
These four things, Bhikkhus & Friends, neither recluse, priest,
divine being, neither god, nor devil, nor anyone in this or any
other multiverse can stop...


Impermanence makes all vanish...

More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Transient_formations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Perceiving_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Impermanence_Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Internal_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_External_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Impermanence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Universal_Transience.htm


Transient & ephemeral are all constructions...

Source:
Anguttara Nikaya. Numerical Sayings: AN 4:182
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm

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PostSubject: Not Who, but What?   Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:56 pm

Friends:

A friend asked: Who is it that lives these many lives?

Answer:
It is not any Who… !!!
Since selfless is this flux of renewed becoming!
The Question should therefore be reformulated as:

Question: What is it, that lives these many lives?
Answer: It is an accumulated and ever changing group of:
1: Momentary clinging to form;
2: Momentary clinging to feeling;
3: Momentary clinging to perception;
4: Momentary clinging to mental construction;
5: Momentary clinging to consciousness...
That blinded by ignorance and obsessed by craving,
tumbles through these many, many, painful lives & deaths!
It is not an "I", "Me", "Self", "Soul", "Person", or "Identity"!!!


A Cluster Clinging to itself!

These 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha) are the 5 types of Being!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fingernail_of_Soil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acquisition_of_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Clustered_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Burning_Five.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stilling_of_Clinging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Not_Who_but_What.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/khandha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Things_that_can_be_clung_to.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_are_the_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm

As the blessed Buddha pointed out:
Sabbe Dhamma Anatta
All States are Not-Self!


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PostSubject: Impossible!   Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:01 pm

Friends:

Ceasing of Kamma comes only by Exhaustion of Effect!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
I tell you, Bhikkhus and Friends, that it is absolutely impossible, that willed,
intended, performed, & accumulated actions (kamma) will cease to be effective
as long as one has not yet experienced their results, be it in this life,
or in the next life, or in even further future lives!
And it is equally impossible, that without having experienced these results of
one's accumulated, intended, & performed past actions, that one will be able
to put an end to Suffering. May this hereby be well known!



For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Action see:
http://www.mahindarama.com/e-library/whatkammais.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_dilutes_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Effect_of_Action_(kamma)_is_Delayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Health_&_Sickness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Low_or_High_Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Wealth_or_Poverty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Beauty_&_Ugliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Evil_Kamma_enhances_other_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm


Disadvantageous Action (Kamma) has painful effects!

Source:
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:208
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm


Advantageous is respecting bhikkhus, parents, elders & teachers.

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PostSubject: Intelligent Invitation!   Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:51 pm

Friends:

Realizable here and now in each & every Moment!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Overwhelmed & obsessed by desire, anger, & confusion, one aims at one's own ruin,
others' ruin, at the ruin of both, and one suffers much mental pain & frustration...
If, however, desire, anger, & confusion are eliminated, then one aims neither at one's
own ruin, nor at others' ruin, nor at the ruining of both, and one suffers neither any
mental pain nor any frustration at all! Hence is Nibbana realizable right here & now
in this very lifetime, immediate, inviting, intriguing, & intelligible to each intelligence!
Exactly in so far as anyone has made real the complete ceasing of all greed, hate,
and confusion, just in so far - to exactly that very degree -is Nibbana realizable
right here & now in this very life, immediate, inviting, instant, interesting, & intelligible
to each and every intelligent being...



Follow this Golden Middle Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Golden_Middle_Way.htm



Source:
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 3:55
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm

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PostSubject: Blazing & Bright Release!   Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:22 pm

Friends:

Release of Mind by All Embracing Kindness!

This was spoken by the Blessed Buddha, the Perfectly Holy One...
Thus have I heard him saying it:
Whatever, Bhikkhus and Friends, there are here of worldly things
& merit making, all these are not worth 1/16 of the mental release
& liberation of the mind reached through All-Embracing Kindness...
The release of mind & the liberation of the heart by all-embracing
kindness radiates, emanates and shines, far surpassing it all...
Just as the light from all the stars is not 1/16th of the moonlight,
but the luminous light of the moon, radiating, beaming and shining,
surpasses them all, even & exactly so; whatever there are of simple
worldly and meritorious things, all these are not worth one 1/16th
of the mental deliverance of the heart by All-Embracing Kindness...
The release of mind by all-embracing kindness radiates, beams,
sparkles and shines, far surpassing it all... Just as in autumn, in the
last month of the rainy season, on a clear, cloudless day the sun rises
on the horizon & dispels all darkness of the entire surrounding space,
bright and brilliant, even & exactly so: Whatever there are of worldly,
meritorious, admirable, & attractive things, all these summed up are not
worth even one 1/16 of the release of mind by All-Embracing Kindness!
The release of mind, liberating the heart, by All-Embracing Kindness
radiates, dazzles and shines, far surpassing them all...


Gotama Buddha gives the teaching on Universal All-Embracing Kindness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm PS: Note the Buddha's radiance!

More Friendliness (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/One_BIG_Family.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Good_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_Friendliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfless_Friendship_is_Sweetest.htm




All-Embracing, Universal & Infinite Kindness dazzles & shines...!

Source Text: The Itivuttaka 27: Thus what it Said:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404214
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.1.024-027.irel.html

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PostSubject: The 5 Abilities!   Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:11 am

Friends:

What are the Five Mental Abilities making one Safe?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these five abilities. What five?

The ability of Faith (saddha)
The ability of Energy (viriya)
The ability of Awareness (sati)
The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
The ability of Understanding (pañña)


When, Bhikkhus, a Noble Disciple understands as they really
are the gratification, the danger, and the escape regarding
these five abilities, then he is called a Noble Disciple, who is a
stream-enterer, no longer bound to the lower worlds, fixed in
destiny, with enlightenment as his assured future destination!



On these 5 Mental Abilities (indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Final_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Origin_of_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Finding_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruits_of_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_the_Abilities.htm

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 193] 48 The Mental Abilities: 2 Stream-Enterer..

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PostSubject: Final Wisdom!   Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:03 pm

Friends:

What are the 3 Supramundane Mental Abilities?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these three supramundane abilities. What three?
1: The ability of coming to know, what one did not yet know...
2: The ability of gradually achieving the highest & final wisdom...
3: The ability of one, who dwells in the highest and final wisdom...
These are the three supreme supramundane abilities. (añña-indriya)



For Details on the general Abilities (indriya) & Final Knowledge (añña) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Five_Abilities_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/annaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Final_Knowledge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Final_Knowledge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Final_Freedom.htm



Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 204] 48 The Mental Abilities: 23 Final Wisdom..



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PostSubject: Faith is the Seed!   Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:35 am

Friends:

What did Buddha said about Faith (Saddha)?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
And even though a disciple of the Noble Ones lives off lumps of alms food and
wears rag-robes, still, because he is endowed with four qualities, then he is freed
from hell, freed from the animal womb, freed from the realm of hungry ghosts,
freed from all the planes of pain & deprivation, the bad and low destinations.

And what are the four? There is the case where the disciple of the Noble Ones is
endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Awakened Buddha like
this: Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Fully
consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all these
dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,
both teacher and guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened
and enlightened is the Buddha!!!

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Dhamma like
this: Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to come and see for
themselves, inspect, examine and verify. Leading each and everyone through
progress towards perfection. Directly observable, experiencable and realizable
by each intelligence...

He/she is endowed with verified faith, confidence & conviction in the Noble Sangha
like this: Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble
disciples: Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way!
Therefore do these 8 kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts,
grants sacrifice, offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation even with joined
palms, since this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an
unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world,
to honour, respect, support, give to and protect.

He/she is endowed with long-term clean morality, which are dear to the Noble Ones:
Moral purity that is untorn, unbroken, unspotted, and impeccable, liberating, praised
by the wise, immaculate, and leading to concentration. SN 55.1
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn55/sn55.001.than.html

For a lay person, there are these five rewards of faith, confidence & conviction
Which five?
1: When truly good people in the world show compassion, they will first show true
compassion to people of faith, confidence & conviction, and not to people lacking
in faith, confidence & conviction...
2: When visiting, they visit people of faith, confidence & conviction, and not people
without faith, confidence & conviction...
3: When accepting gifts, they first accept gifts from people with faith, confidence
& conviction, & not from people lacking faith, confidence & conviction.
4: When teaching the Dhamma, they first teach those with faith, confidence and
conviction, & not those without faith, confidence & conviction .
5: A person of faith, confidence & conviction, on the break-up of the body, right
after death, will arise in a good destination, the heavenly world. For a lay person,
these are the five certain rewards of faith, confidence & conviction. AN 5:38
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.038.than.html

And how is the individual who is released through faith, confidence & conviction?
There is the case where a certain individual does not dwell immersed in those
peaceful states that has transcended all form, but having understood the Dhamma,
some of his mental fermentations are ended, and his faith, confidence & conviction
in the Tathagata is settled, well rooted, and established. This is called an individual,
who is released through faith, confidence & conviction. Regarding this monk, I say
that he has still a task to do. Why is that? Perhaps this Venerable, when staying at
suitable places, associating with admirable friends, while balancing all his mental
abilities, will reach & dwell in the supreme goal of the Noble life for which good men
rightly go forth from home into homelessness, directly realizing it for himself right
here & now. Envisioning this fruit of further effort for this monk, I say that he
still has a task to complete. MN 70
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.070.than.html

Any female disciple of the Noble Ones who grows by these 5 types of growth grows
a Noble growth, and thereby get a handle on what is essential, and what is excellent.
Which five?
She grows in terms of Faith...
She grows in terms of Morality...
She grows in terms of Learning...
She grows in terms of Generosity...
She grows in terms of Understanding....
Growing by these five types of growth, any female disciple of the Noble Ones grows
a Noble growth, and thereby gets hold on what is really essential, and what indeed is
quite and truly excellent. Growing in faith, morality, learning, generosity, and finally
understanding, a virtuous female lay disciple, such as this, establishes real essence
within herself. SN 37.34
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm



For finding fine further Faith (Saddha) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Going_Forth_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Unwavering_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Highest_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruitful_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Leaping_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Mutual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Rich_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm



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PostSubject: The 3 Golden Gifts!   Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:42 pm

Friends:

What are the 3 kinds of Buddhist Gifts?

Three kinds of gift are mentioned in Buddhism, namely:
1: Amisa dana: The gift of material things,
2: Abhaya dana: The fearless gift of life,
3: Dhamma dana: The gift of real Truth...

Amisa dana: – or the gift of material things is practised by people
of all religions and is very common. Food, clothes and houses are
given to people of little means or to refugees through various
religious and social organizations. It is, no doubt, a good thing to
satisfy the hunger of the starved & the yearning of the thirsty.
This type of donations is highly recommended in Buddhism and
is called the Amisa dana. (The donations of material things).

Next comes the Abhaya dana: - or giving life to those who are in
danger of life caused by fire, water or enemies. Sometimes we
hear of people, who are about to die due to lack of blood.
To donate blood and save another humans life is indeed a great
thing. Donation of eyes and kidneys is also highly appreciated
and they come under Abhaya dana – fearless donation of life.

The last one: Dhamma dana: - or the gift of Truth of the Doctrine
is said to be the highest of all donations on earth. Why so?
Because it opens the Door to the Deathless Dimension!
This no other giving is even remotely capable of...


Openhanded Giving is the 1st Mental Perfection...

Sabba danam Dhamma danam jinati
Sabbam rasam Dhamma raso jinati
Sabbam ratim Dhamma rati jinati
Tanhakkayo sabba dukkham jinati


The gift of Dhamma excels all other Gifts.
The flavour of Dhamma excels all other flavours.
The pleasure in Dhamma excels all other pleasures.
He who has destroyed craving overcomes all sorrow!
Dhammapada 354


Most Gods actually became Divine Beings as a result of Giving!

More on Generosity (Dana) = The 1st mental perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_3_Gifts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kathina_Ceremony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/caaga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/daana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openhanded_Generosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Generosity_Contemplation.htm


Sumedha - the young millionaire - gives away all his property!

Source:
Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha Thero http://www.buddhist-book.com Singapore

Have a nice generous day!

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PostSubject: Nice Gear!   Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:39 am

Friends:

How is one well equipped with the Five Mental Abilities?

A certain, not very well known Bhikkhu once asked Blessed Buddha,
Venerable Sir, it is said: One well equipped with the mental abilities!
In what way, Venerable Sir, is one well equipped with these abilities?
When, Bhikkhu, a Bhikkhu thoroughly trains and fully develops:
The Ability of Faith, which leads to stilling, which leads to enlightenment..
The Ability of Energy, which leads to peace, which leads to awakening..
The Ability of Awareness, which leads to harmony, which leads to safety..
The Ability of Concentration, which leads to rest, which leads to ending..
The Ability of Understanding, which leads to ease, which leads to bliss..
Then he becomes one, who is well equipped with the 5 mental abilities!



On The Five Mental Abilities (indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Final_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Origin_of_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Finding_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Five_Abilities_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruits_of_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_the_Abilities.htm


Stretch your mental Abilities by Training them!

Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 203] 48 The Mental Abilities: 19 Equipped..

Have a nice able day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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PostSubject: Whenever and Wherever!   Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:16 pm

Friends:

Some Sequential and Consequential Facts!

Whenever and wherever there is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths;
There is also Greed, Voracity, Lust, Desire, Craving and Longing!

Whenever and wherever there is Greed, Lust, Desire, and Craving;
There is also the Hate of Envy & of Jealousy, and Fear of Loosing!

Whenever and wherever there is Hate, Envy, Jealousy and Anger;
There is also Conflict, Clash, Opposition, Hostility & raging Violence!

Whenever and wherever there is Conflict, Hostility and Violence;
There is neither Peace, nor Harmony, nor any Relaxed Contentment!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Peace, nor any Harmony;
There is neither Gladness, nor Joy, nor Bliss, nor any Happiness!

Whenever and wherever there is neither Gladness, nor Happiness;
There is Suffering, Frustration, Misery, Distress and Discomfort!

Whenever and wherever there is Suffering, Frustration, & Misery;
There is no Concentration, nor any Mental Absorption of Mind!

Whenever and wherever there is no Well Focused Concentration;
There is no penetration into the real & true Nature of Phenomena!

Whenever and wherever there is no penetration into the Realities;
There is Ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths, Confusion and Doubt...

Friends, I tell you: It is in this way, that Ignorance grows Ignorance!







http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Ignorance.htm

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PostSubject: Best Buddhist Behaviour: Never Killing!   Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:06 pm

Friends:

What are the 8 Training Rules (Precepts), which brings Divinity?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features
brings high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness.
And which are these eight features? Here, any Noble Disciple considers
within himself: Throughout their life the Arahats avoid the killing of any
living being, they do not hurt any of them. Without stick or any weapon,
tender-hearted, gentle, caring, & mild they think only of the welfare of
all living beings! So will also I, this day and night, avoid the killing and
hurting of all living and breathing beings. Without any cudgel or weapon,
tender-hearted, full of kindness, I will think only on the joyous welfare
of all living beings and creatures. In this regard I will follow the Arahats,
& I shall observe this observance day praxis perfectly! With this first
praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this very way, the
observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

All sentient beings feel pain from violence...
All sentient beings fear death in panic!
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...
Dhammapada 129



Whoever never injures, neither with weapon nor stick,
beings searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such gentle one always gains it!
Dhammapada 132


Harmlessness protects Everyone!

The one who has left all violence,
who never harms any being at all,
whether they are moving or still,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 405

More on Harmlessness and Non-Violence (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Harmlessness_and_Tolerance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Threefold_Right_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Five_Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm

More on this Optimal Buddhist Behaviour of Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullmoon_Observance_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44

Have a nice harmless day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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PostSubject: Pure Praxis: No Theft!   Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:26 am

Friends:

What are the 8 Training Rules (Precepts), which brings Divinity?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings
high reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness. And which are
these eight features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself:
Throughout their life the Arahats avoid all stealing of others' property and
abstain from any cheating. Always waiting till whatever thing is freely and
only openly given, free from any thievish intent, they remain intact and pure
both in mind & moral! May also I, this day and night, avoid all stealing & not
cheat anyone. By that I will follow the traits of these perfected Arahats!
I shall then have observed the Uposatha observance day perfectly. With this
second praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this very way,
the observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

The one, who never takes, what is not freely & openly given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite or ordinary,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada 409

Behaviour that counts as ways of stealing:
Cheating with values, documents, weights or measures, embezzlement, corruption,
fraud, misappropriation, robbery, theft, swindling, trickery, forgery, counterfeit,
extortion, bribing, blackmail, tax-evasion, false accounting, double book-keeping,
over-prizing, pirating, deliberate false valuation of assets, and insurance fraud...!




More on Not Stealing:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Threefold_Right_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hungry_Ghost_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Five_Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Virtue.htm



More on this Optimal Buddhist Behaviour of Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullmoon_Observance_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44

Have a nice & $honest day!

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PostSubject: Neither Lying, nor Deceiving, nor Pretending!   Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:01 am

Friends:

What are the 8 Training Rules (Precepts), which brings Divinity?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings high
reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness! And which are these 8
features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid lying & refrain from any falsehood. They speak only the factual &
actual truth, they are very devoted to valid accuracy, reliable, all honest, worthy of
trust & confidence, and never neither deceiving, nor pretending! May I also, this day
& night, avoid all lying & refrain from any fake falsehood... By that I will follow the
track & traits of these perfected Arahats! I shall then have observed the Uposatha
observance day perfectly. With this fourth praxis is the observance day enriched.
Observed in this very way, brings the observance day endowed with eight features
high - even divine - reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...

Honest Facts:
There are those, who break the holy vows,
who speak false, deceive, and pretend,
who thus cannot hope for a good future,
There is no evil such ones cannot do ... !

Dhammapada 176



Those who falsely declare: "That indeed happened",
about what did not happen or: "I did not do that",
about what they actually did, earn themselves
a hot ticket to a future in Hell...

Dhammapada 306



One can only convince the liar with truth....
Dhammapada 223



If one speaks only truth, one wins a divine future!
Dhammapada 224



More on Neither Lying, nor Deceiving, nor Pretending:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/samma-vaca.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Truth_Triumphs.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Deceiving.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Speech.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Fourfold_Right_Speech.htm

More on this Optimal Buddhist Uposatha Day Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullmoon_Observance_Day.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm

Have a nice honest & straight day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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PostSubject: Reuniting is Bak Poya Day!   Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:51 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

The Bak Poya day is the full-moon of April. This holy day celebrates
that the Buddha visits Ceylon for the second time to reconcile two
local chiefs Mahodara and Culodara, uncle & nephew, who had fallen
into war threatening hostility about a jewel-beset throne...
The story shows the Buddha as fine diplomat & is given in full below!

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, white-clothed, clean bare feet,
one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first 3 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 for 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! A journey towards the deathless Nibbana is thus started!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and fully
completed by training of Meditation...

Today indeed is Pooya or Uposatha Observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps also the Eight Precepts from sunrise until
next dawn. If any wish official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may easily forward the lines starting with "I hereby" signed by
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: 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: what.buddha.said@gmail.com
For Details on Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Reuniting those who are divided, by inducing harmony:
Now the most compassionate Teacher, the Conqueror, rejoicing in
the salvation of the whole world, when dwelling at Jetavana in the
fifth year of his Buddhahood, saw that war, caused by a gem beset
throne, was like to come to pass between the nagas Mahodara and
Culodara, uncle and nephew and their followers! The SamBuddha,
then on the Uposatha day of the dark half of the month Citta, in the
early morning, took his sacred alms bowl and his robes, and, out of
compassion for the nagas, sought the Nagadipa. At that time the
same naga Mahodara was then king, gifted with miraculous powers,
in a nagas kingdom in the ocean, that covered half a 1000 yojanas.
His younger sister had been given in marriage to the naga king on
the Kannavaddhamana mountain; her son was Culodara. His mother's
father had given to his mother a splendid throne of jewels, then the
naga had died and therefore was this war between nephew & uncle
threatening! The nagas of the mountains were also armed with many
miraculous powers. The deva Samiddhisumana took his rajayatana
tree standing in Jetavana, his own fair habitation, holding it like a
parasol over the Conqueror, he, with the Teacher's leave, attended
him to that spot, where he had formerly dwelt. That very deva had
been, in his latest birth, a man in Nagadipa. On the very spot where
thereafter the rajayatana tree stood, he had seen PaccekaBuddhas
taking their meal. And at the sight his heart was glad & he offered
branches to cleanse their alms bowls. Therefore he was reborn in
that very same tree in the pleasant Jetavana garden, outside of the
gate rampart. The God of all gods saw in this an advantage for that
deva, and, for the sake of the good, which should spring therefrom
for Ceylon, he brought him there together with his tree. Hovering
there in midair above the battlefield, the Master, who drives away

spiritual darkness, called forth dreadful darkness over the nagas!
Then comforting those who were distressed by terror, he once again
spread light abroad. When they saw the Blessed One, they joyfully
did reverence to the Masters feet. Then the Vanquisher preached
to them the Dhamma that makes concord, & both nagas gladly gave
up the throne to the Sage. When the Master, having alighted on the
earth, had taken his place on a seat there, and had been refreshed
with divine food and drink served by the naga kings, he, the Lord,
established in the three refuges and in the 8 moral precepts eighty
kotis of snake-spirits, dwellers in the ocean and on the mainland.
The naga-king Maniakkhika of Kalyani, maternal uncle to this naga
Mahodara, who had come there to take part in the battle, and who
before, at the Buddhas first coming, having heard the true Dhamma
preached, had become established in the 3 refuges & in the moral
duties, prayed now to the Tathagata: Great is the compassion that
you have shown us here, Master! Had you not appeared we had all
been consumed to ashes. May your compassion yet settle also and
especially on me, you who are rich in friendly loving kindness, please
peerless one, come again back here to my home country. When the
Lord had consented by his silence to return, then he planted the
rajayatana tree on that very spot as a sacred memorial, & the Lord
of the Worlds gave over the rajayatana tree & the precious throne
seat to the naga kings to do homage thereto: In remembrance that
I have used these, do homage to them naga kings! This, well beloved,
will bring to pass many blessings & happiness for you for a long time!
When the Blessed One had uttered this and other exhortations to
the nagas, he, the compassionate saviour of all the worlds, returned
to the Jetavana monastery.

Here ends the explanation of the Visit to Nagadipa.

Source: Mahavamsa I:44. The Great Chronicle of Ceylon.
Translated. By Wilhelm Geiger 1912; reprinted in 1980.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130010I

Have a nice harmonious reuniting day!

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

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PostSubject: Synthetic Serenity & Chemical Calm...   Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:32 pm

Friends:

What are the 8 Precepts, which brings Divinity?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight features brings high
reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness! And which are these eight
features? In this, any Noble Disciple considers within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid all alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine, and liquor! May I also, this
day & night, avoid alcoholic & intoxicating drinks... By that I will follow the track and
traits of the perfected Arahats! I shall then have observed the Uposatha observance
day perfectly! With this fifth praxis is the observance day enriched. Observed in this
very way, the observance day endowed with eight features brings high - even divine -
reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity and immense greatness...




The innocent fluid down-the-drain-brain happy-maker: Alcohol!

Addiction to alcohol and drugs is often a need for tranquilization!
The side-effects are much worse than the restlessness they cure...
Drinking & drugging - though pleasant - leads to lazy carelessness...
This lax neglect of the real world problems are often catastrophic!
Bodily decay, social isolation and steady fall is inevitable, though
often violently denied or actively ignored by the addicted person...
Compared to the calm bliss of meditation is drugged sedation banal!
Many addicted persons may have experienced the serene bliss of
deep meditative states in an earlier life and is thus now prone to
search for, & become addicted to a similar chemical calm, which
however is a blurred haze lacking the cool clarity of meditation...




Tobacco => Lung-cancer and Marijuana => lazy no-brain zombie!

More on this common self-destructive behaviour: Drinking & Drugging:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Curing_Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Blurred_and_Blinded.htm



Ecstacy and Cocaine: High Tempo, but No genuine Emotions...

More on this Optimal Buddhist Uposatha Day Observance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullmoon_Observance_Day.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Five_Basics.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/atthasila.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html


Pills: Chemical Calm Calamity!

Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 8:44
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm


Synthetic Serenity spells Death!

Neither Drinking nor Drugging!

Have a nice clean day!

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