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PostSubject: Pure Plain Truth!   Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:21 am

Friends:

Patience is not silence, but speaking & acting at the
right time with a calm mind, in an unharmful way.

Generosity is not giving everything you have or spending
all of your time for the benefit of others, but not keeping
your mind hanging onto what you have.

Compassion is not putting yourself into trouble,
but taking others out of trouble.



Rev. Thalawathugoda Chandawimala, Sri Lanka
Oxford International Meditation Centre

http://www.oxfordimc.com

Of related interest:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Patient_is_Tolerance.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Openhanded_Generosity.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm

Have a nice day!

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

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PostSubject: Actually So!   Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:12 am

Friends:

Actually, exactly so, invariable, & not otherwise!

The Blessed Buddha once said this:
Bhikkhus, there are these four things, that are actually so, invariable,
not otherwise... What four?
Suffering is actually so, invariable, not otherwise...
The Cause of Suffering is actually so, invariable, not otherwise...
The Ending of Suffering is actually so, invariable, and not otherwise...
The Way to End all Suffering is actually so, invariable, not otherwise...

These 4 Noble Truths are actually & exactly so, invariable, & not otherwise...
Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort should be dedicated now to really understand:
All this is Suffering! An effort should be made much of to truly comprehend:
Craving is the Cause of Suffering! An effort should be cultivated to realize:
No Craving is the End of Suffering! Effort should be made to break through,
reinforce, and develop: This Noble 8-fold Way, which ceases all Suffering...



More on these 4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/True_Wisdom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Clustered_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Ultimate_Fact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Simple_yet_Complex.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Noble_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_1st_Noble_Truth_on_Suffering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_2nd_Noble_Truth_on_The_Cause_of_Suffering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_3rd_Noble_Truth_on_The_Ceasing_of_Suffering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4th_Noble_Truth_on_The_Way_to_End_Suffering.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:430-1]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 19: Actually So...

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PostSubject: One idea: Fuel!   Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:53 am

Friends:

One single idea can Enlighten!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there is one particular idea, when a Bhikkhu
rightly disgusts this single scheme,
rightly detaches from this distinct concept,
rightly releases mentally from this sole dependence,
rightly sees the final end of this universal condition,
having rightly and thoroughly understood this unique idea,
then he is one who makes an end of suffering in this very life!
What is this one particular idea?
All Beings are sustained by Fuel!
When a Bhikkhu rightly disgusts, detaches, & releases from this reliance,
and rightly sees the end of this phenomenon by complete comprehension,
then he ends all suffering right there and then!



The 4 fold Fuel (Ahara) any process of being burns upon are:
1. Material Food (kabalinkarahara), which maintains the body.
2. Sense Contact (phassa), which feeds feeling and perception.
3. Intention (mano-sañcetana), which constructs kammic rebirth.
4. Consciousness (viññana), which sustains new consciousness.

This 'fire' of being, caused by these 5 clusters of clinging:
1: The Cluster of Clinging to Form...
2: The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling...
3: The Cluster of Clinging to Perception…
4: The Cluster of Clinging to Construction…
5: The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness…
is thereby kept burning, since it is sustained by this 4 fold flow of fuel...
Nibbana (Sanskrit: Nirvana), which literally means 'blown out' like a candle,
is only reached by extinguishing this fire of being by denying it new fuel...
When all fuel is burned up, any fire stops and becomes peacefully cool!

The Fire of becoming is Suffering!

Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya. [AN V:50-51]
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acquisition_of_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/ahara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/nibbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm

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

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PostSubject: Happy Knowing!   Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:17 am

Friends:

Feed-forward Mirror Effects!

Making others happy, makes oneself happy!
Making others unhappy, makes oneself unhappy!

When happy, one easily becomes concentrated...
When unhappy, one easily becomes distracted...

When concentrated, one sees & knows it as it really is!
When unconcentrated, one can neither see nor know reality!

Seeing & knowing reality makes exact navigation possible!
Neither seeing, nor knowing reality makes navigation impossible!

Exact navigation enables perfectly right behaviour...
Erroneous navigation disables perfectly right behaviour...

When acting only right, one makes no mistakes!
When acting only wrong, one makes many mistakes!

Making mistakes is painful, both now and later...
Making no mistakes is Happiness, both now and later...





Have a Happy day!

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

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PostSubject: Infinite Joy!   Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:20 am

Friends:

Brahmavihãra Meditation gives Infinite Joy!

Training Universal Friendliness induces unalloyed Joy!
Cultivating Boundless Pity enables tranquil Tolerance!
Developing Mutual Joy produces deep Contentment!
Refining Equanimity establishes calming Serenity!


The Blessed Buddha repeatedly explained:
May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience joy and good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm!
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72

With good will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate a limitless & infinite heart:
Above, as below, across & all around,
Unobstructed, without any hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8

Overcome the angry by friendliness;
Overcome the wicked by goodness;
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

Train yourself in doing only pure good...
That lasts and brings great happiness!
Cultivate generosity, a peaceful living,
and a mentality of infinite friendliness!
Itivuttaka 16



Joy creating is Meditation on the 4 infinite Brahmaviharas:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Higher_Release.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Goodwill_Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Released_by_GoodWill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unshakable_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Grace_of_Goodwill.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unsurpassable_Radiance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/All_Embracing_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Infinite_and_Divine_Classic.htm



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

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PostSubject: What is Consciousness?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:14 am

Friends:

What is Consciousness?

The Blessed Buddha has explained consciousness as:


A: Definitions:
What, now, is consciousness?
There are six kinds of consciousness (viññana-khandha):
1: Consciousness of form is visual consciousness,
2: Consciousness of sound is auditory consciousness,
3: Consciousness of smell is olfactory consciousness,
4: Consciousness of taste is gustatory consciousness,
5: Consciousness of touch is tactile consciousness,
6: Consciousness of thought is mental consciousness.

SN: 22:56



B: Causation by Dependent Origination:
The arising of consciousness is dependent upon specific conditions...
Without presence of these conditions, no consciousness will ever emerge...
Consciousness is named after the conditions upon which it is dependent!
Consciousness, whose arising depends on the encounter of eye & forms,
is called visual consciousness. Consciousness, whose arising depends on
the ear & sounds, is called auditory consciousness. Consciousness, whose
arising depends on the nose and smells, is called olfactory consciousness.
Consciousness, whose arising depends on the tongue and taste, is called
gustatory consciousness. Consciousness, whose arising depends on the
meeting of the body or skin and touch is called tactile consciousness.
Consciousness, whose arising depends on mind meeting a mental object,
state, idea or thought is called mental consciousness. MN 38



The central role of active Attention:
Even though the eye is intact, if external form does not fall within the
field of vision, then no attentive combination of eye & form takes place,
therefore there will not emerge any visual consciousness. Or even though
external form actually fall within the field of vision, yet if no attentive
combination of eye & form takes place, there will neither emerge any
visual consciousness. Only if, the eye is intact, external form fall within
the range of vision, & attentive combination of eye & form takes place,
then there arises the corresponding phenomenon of visual consciousness.
(Similarly so with the other 5 kinds of consciousness) MN 28



C: Dependency on the other four Clusters of Clinging:
It is impossible for anyone to explain the passing out of one existence,
and the entering into a new process of existence during transmigration,
or the initiation, growth, increase, and development of consciousness,
independently of form, feeling, perception, and mental construction...
SN 22: 53



D: Consciousness is constructed & causes a duality: Naming & Forming:
The Origin of Consciousness is the arising of Mental Construction...
The Ceasing of Mental Construction also ceases Consciousness...
The Origin of Name-&-Form is the arising of Consciousness...
The Ceasing of Consciousness also ceases Name-&-Form... MN 9
Only this absolute silencing is Peace, is Bliss, is Freedom…



Comment:
Like space has no essence in itself beyond being 'spacious', but can
contain, accommodate, hold, & include all material phenomena, then
similarly has consciousness no essence in itself beyond being 'aware'
of all the mental phenomena it can manifest, display, show, exhibit,
expose, express, create and reveal. It defines & establishes being...
It is momentary and vanishes instantly after it has arisen. It is Not
an abiding presence, entity, soul, I, me, ego, core, nor any identity...
Apart from conditions, there is nothing arising as or in consciousness...
All forms of consciousness are impermanence, suffering, and no-self,
whether it is past, future or present, gross or subtle, arisen internally
in oneself or externally in others, inferior or exalted, remote or near...
Buddha likened consciousness to a deceiving trick: A made-up illusion...
Consciousness is like a burning pit of hot embers one should not enter!



For more on consciousness see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Origin.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/II/By_Nature.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Ego-Projection.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Without_Wavering.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Selfless_Camera.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Dependence_on_Contact.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_are_the_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm

Have a nice conscious day!

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

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PostSubject: Kamma is the Intention!   Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:27 am

Friends:

The Intention behind the Action is the Kamma!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
It is the intention behind the action, that defines the kamma!
Having wanted, wished, & willed, one acts by body, speech, and mind.
There are actions (kamma), which cause later effects to ripen in hell!
There are actions, which cause later effects to ripen as being animal!
There is kamma, which cause later effects to ripen as a hungry ghost!
There are actions, which cause later effects to ripen as human being!
There is kamma, which cause later effects to ripen in divine states!
The result of actions (vipaka) is of three kinds: Ripening here & now
in the present life, in immediate next life, or in future lives. AN 6:63



Ownership and inheritance of the delayed results of action:
All beings are the owners of their actions, inheritor of their deeds!
They are literally created by & born of their behaviour, they are tied
to their acts, & their undertakings determines their future destiny...
Whatever they do, good as bad, the delayed results of that action,
will be the theirs only... AN 10:206

Wherever beings spring into existence, there their actions will ripen!
Wherever the effects of their past actions matures, there, they will
earn the fruits of those deeds, be it in this life, or in the next life, or
in any other remote future life. AN 3:33


Kamma = karma is just cause and delayed inevitable effect!

Neither high up in the air or free space, nor deep down in the oceans,
Nor hidden inside any distant remote & secret mountain cleft or cave
Nowhere... is a place or location found in any universe, where one can
escape the inevitable later results of wrong, bad, & evil behaviour...
Dhammapada 127


Advantageous kamma and Detrimental kamma = action...

Comments: Cause & Effect. Everything arises from a reason or cause!
Doing Good gets Good! The result of advantageous action is pleasure!
Doing Bad begets Evil! The result of disadvantageous action is pain!
Suffering now is often the delayed result of own past bad behaviour!
Enjoying now is often the delayed result of own past good behaviour!
Not taking responsibility for one's own life is pathetic victimization;
"The others or the circumstances did it!" playing the blame game...


On intentional Action = Kamma & resulting effects (vipaka):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Unintentional_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_and_Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_is_improvable.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Inevitable_Consequences.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/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/Effect_of_Action_(kamma)_is_Delayed.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/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm

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

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PostSubject: Signless Sameness!   Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:44 am

Friends:

Real & Absolute, yet not to be Seen, Heard or Sensed!

The Buddha once said about the signless Nibbana:
There is that, which is unborn, uncreated, unformed & unconstructed!
If, Bhikkhus, there was not this unborn, uncreated, unformed and unconstructed,
no escape from what is born, created, formed & constructed could ever be realized...
But since there indeed exists that, which is utterly unborn, uncreated, unformed and
unconstructed, the escape from this born, created, formed & constructed state can
therefore indeed be realized, explained and made known right here and now!

An unconditioned, unborn, and uncreated ultimate Absolute:
That which is born, that which has become into being,
that which is conditioned, that which is dependent,
that which is co-arisen, that which is created,
that which is unstable, unsafe & prone to decay,
that which is the bridge between birth and death,
this seat of disease, with nutriment & birth as its cause,
will all perish...! It is not worth clinging to or rejoice in...
The escape from this, is calm, beyond the sphere of logic,
being that which is safe and stable, that which is unborn,
that which is not dependent, but sorrow-free, and stainless,
this realm is the final ceasing of all states involving any pain,
this stilling of all construction, is absolute Bliss, and ultimate Peace...
Udana – Inspiration: VIII - 3

The Signless Sameness of Nibbana:
There is that state, where there is neither earth, water, fire nor any air,
where there is neither trace of solidity, nor fluidity, nor heat, nor motion,
where there is neither infinity of space, nor of consciousness, nor nothingness,
where even no subtle state of neither-perception-nor-non-perception remains,
where there is neither any ‘here’, nor any ‘there’ of this or any other world,
where there is neither any sun, nor moon, nor planet, nor any universe at all,
There, Bhikkhus, one cannot designate neither any coming, nor any going,
nor any remaining, nor duration, nor any beginning, & much less any ending...
Neither is there any activity, nor any movement, nor any fixed stability,
nor any ground, basis or source for any conditioning medium whatsoever...
This unity, this singularity, this signless sameness is the End of Suffering!
Udana – Inspiration: VIII - 1

Non-spatial, Non-Temporal, Invariable and Non-Reactive is Nibbana:
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 & pain and gone all beyond…
Udana – Inspiration: I – 10



Comments: There are 2 kinds of Consciousness:
1: Mundane (Of this world) and 2: Supramundane (Above and beyond this world, transcendent):

1: Sense Consciousness, that always has an object (a form, sound, smell, taste, touch, or an idea)
This is a discrete moment of awareness, that arise & cease momentarily with its object:
Like this: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

2: Signless Consciousness (animitta viññana)
, which is continuous and functions as
that which ‘experiences’ the bliss of Nibbana as an unbroken signless sameness:
Like this: ___________________ Continuous, same, still, unbroken, imperturbable Bliss!
It has no (sensed or felt) object, except or apart from that stilled free peace in itself…


The Buddha Gotama entering Nibbana 80 years old ~ 483 BC.

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/The_Stilled_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Nibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stilling_of_Clinging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Worthy_Arahat.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Nibbana_True_Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/nibbaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Imperturbable_Equanimity.htm

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PostSubject: Aware and Composed...   Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:17 am

Friends:

Aware and Composed Dwelling:

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Monks, a Noble should dwell Aware and Composed…
This is our instruction to you!

And how does a monk dwell Aware?
Herein a friend dwells contemplating any body as a void frame only;
as a transient, painful and impersonal neither-me-nor-mine appearance,
while alert, ballanced and deliberately aware, thereby overcoming
any mental dejection of reality, arised from coveting this world…
Exactly so does he dwell with regard to any feeling..
with regard to any mentality..
with regard to any phenomenon..
Only precisely so is this Noble One Acutely Aware!



And how does a monk dwell Composed?
Herein a friend dwells fully aware of all feelings, that arise..
fully aware of all feelings, that settles..
fully aware of all feelings, that ceases..
Such Noble One dwells fully aware of all thoughts, that arise..
fully aware of all thoughts, that remains..
fully aware of all thoughts, that stops..
Such clever one dwells fully aware of all perceptions, that arise..
fully aware of all perceptions, that persists..
fully aware of all perceptions, that ends..
Just so is this Noble One Calm, Cool and Composed!





Any disciple should dwell Aware and Composed.
This is our instruction to you…

More Awareness (Sati):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Awareness_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Awareness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Seeing_the_Possible.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Crucial_Foundation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Winning_Awareness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Sati_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sati_Acute.htm

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Friendship is the Greatest!
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PostSubject: Blocked and Blinded!   Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:29 am

Friends:

The 5 Mental Hindrances Causes Ignorance!



On the vulture’s peak hill, prince Abhaya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Sir, what is the Causes of not seeing, not knowing, & not Understanding?



The All-Seeing Blessed One responded:
At such time, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
sensual desire, and one does not know any way to escape this sensual lust, that has
arisen - this condition itself, prince, is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by an essential prerequisite. [Such as desire for sensing]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
ill will, and does not know any way to escape or still this anger, that has arisen,
then this exact condition itself is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by a necessary requirement. [Such as hate, ill will, anger, and irritation]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
lethargy and laziness, and does not know any way to escape such apathy & dullness,
then this exact condition itself is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is created
by an indispensable requirement. [Such as lethargy & laziness]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
restlessness and regret, and does not know any way to escape this restlessness and
anxious remorse, then this exact condition itself, is the cause of not seeing, and of
not knowing. Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have indeed a cause, & is conditioned
by a specific crucial necessity. [Such as restlessness and regret]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
uncertainty, doubt and confusion and does not know any way to escape this doubt,
uncertainty, and confusion, then this very condition, is the cause of not seeing, and
of not knowing.Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have a cause, and is created by a
causal requirement... [Such as uncertainty and skeptical doubt]

What, Sir, is this method of teaching called?
These, prince, are called: The Hindrances...!

Comment:
Ignorance is not seeing and not knowing the 4 Noble Truths!



More on the Mental Hindrances (Nivarana) and How to Escape them:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Starving_the_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_5_Become_10.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.html



Source: Samyutta Nikaya – The Grouped Sayings V, Mahavagga.

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PostSubject: Blocked and Blinded!   Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:30 am

Friends:

The 5 Mental Hindrances Causes Ignorance!



On the vulture’s peak hill, prince Abhaya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Sir, what is the Causes of not seeing, not knowing, & not Understanding?



The All-Seeing Blessed One responded:
At such time, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
sensual desire, and one does not know any way to escape this sensual lust, that has
arisen - this condition itself, prince, is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by an essential prerequisite. [Such as desire for sensing]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
ill will, and does not know any way to escape or still this anger, that has arisen,
then this exact condition itself is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is indeed
conditioned by a necessary requirement. [Such as hate, ill will, anger, and irritation]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
lethargy and laziness, and does not know any way to escape such apathy & dullness,
then this exact condition itself is the cause of not seeing, and of not knowing.
Therefore, not seeing, and not knowing have indeed a specific cause, and is created
by an indispensable requirement. [Such as lethargy & laziness]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
restlessness and regret, and does not know any way to escape this restlessness and
anxious remorse, then this exact condition itself, is the cause of not seeing, and of
not knowing. Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have indeed a cause, & is conditioned
by a specific crucial necessity. [Such as restlessness and regret]

Then again, prince, when one remains with a mind possessed and overwhelmed by
uncertainty, doubt and confusion and does not know any way to escape this doubt,
uncertainty, and confusion, then this very condition, is the cause of not seeing, and
of not knowing.Therefore, not seeing, not knowing have a cause, and is created by a
causal requirement... [Such as uncertainty and skeptical doubt]

What, Sir, is this method of teaching called?
These, prince, are called: The Hindrances...!

Comment:
Ignorance is not seeing and not knowing the 4 Noble Truths!



More on the Mental Hindrances (Nivarana) and How to Escape them:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Starving_the_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_5_Become_10.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.html



Source: Samyutta Nikaya – The Grouped Sayings V, Mahavagga.

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PostSubject: Magnificent Mind!   Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:09 am

Friends:

The Non-Locally Stilled Meditating Mind is Omniscient:

The Meditating Mind is like a turned on computer, where the keyboard is untouched and there is
no reading of inputs neither from the DVD/CD, Floppy/Hard drive, network, or any other source!
No background tasks are running. Such computer update its system state according to the speed
of its processor e.g. ~ 1 GHz. So it is very ready even though no job is active! Exactly so with the
meditating mind! It is ultra aware though ideally empty of objects & processes. Equanimity may
be likened to a computer, where whatever button is pressed on the keyboard, whatever CD or
floppy is inserted in their drives, whatever information is downloaded from the net, locally or
globally, there will be absolute no reaction on the screen! It is not a ‘frozen’, but wide open state!
Still the stream of discrete subconscious states (Bhavanga = mental moments) are running on, yet
void of any object. This very basic stream of underlying naked consciousness, may be likened to
the electrical current in the computer. The current is 'inside' the computer and makes it work,
but is not a product of the computer! Consciousness is 'inside' the brain and makes it work, but
is not made de-novo by the brain as assumed! Like the beer is inside the bottle, but not produced
by the bottle... Electricity is 'global' as it is the same current that are all-over the same town.
This current is shifting phase continuously (50 Hz). Consciousness is also 'global', since it can be
trained to perceive all possible events in any given universe, whether past, present, or far future!
This phenomenon is called 'Omniscience' & is a feature only of perfectly self enlightened beings.
However, the mind is much faster than any computer, since it change and update its system state
17 times more quickly, than any state of matter any computer possibly ever can be made of...
Basically this may very well be the bottom cause, why mind stands over and dominates matter and
not the other way around, as assumed in our present times of naive mechano-materialistic beliefs!
The intentionally choosing & determining mind directly creates, produces and manifests the world
that will appear among many closely related potential or probable paired mental & material states…
Mind makes everywhere present probability waves collapse into locally manifesting matter states!
So far does contemporary orthodox quantum-mechanics agree…Mind creates matter by intending!


Is the Brain a Computer, Creator, Container, or an Antenna?

The Blessed Buddha once revealed:

ORIGIN
Mind always comes first,
Mind is of all states the primer,
By mind are all phenomena initiated,
By thought of mind are all things formed!

Dhammapada 1

For contemporary orthodox quantum-mechanics & mind by Lawrence Berkeley Lab. professor:
Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Henry P. Stapp
http://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Universe-Mechanics-Participating-Collection/dp/3540724133/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199188748&sr=8-1

More on Perfect Self-Enlightenment and Imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm

More on this Magnificent Mind:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Non-Control.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mind_Reading.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Core_Duality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Magnificent_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Highway_to_Nibbana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Focusing_on_Mentality.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Immersing_the_Body_in_the_Mind.htm

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PostSubject: Social Symbiosis!   Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:29 am

Friends:

Unique Unity:

Friendship is really the GREATEST!
Friendship motivates the entire Noble Life!
Friendship is a Synergistic Social Symbiosis:




Buddha once said:
Follow only the Good and Pure Ones,
Associate only with the Clever Ones,
To learn the Truth from these Nobles
gives an advantage like nothing else!

To follow the fools and thereby
copy & choose the wrong ways,
to not know any Good Friends,
is causing only sad Misery!

As if one strings rotten fish on a grass straw,
this very same grass will soon smell putrid too...
Exactly so with anyone, who follows a fool!

Or as if one wraps up perfume in a common leaf,
this same simple leaf will soon smell sweet too!
Exactly so with anybody, who follows a Noble...




More on the good in beautiful Friendship (Kalyanamittata):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Buddha_on_Noble_Frienship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Selfless_Friendship_is_Sweetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/All_Embracing_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Infinite_Friendliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_Friendliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/United_in_Harmony.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Good_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Goodwill_Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Good-Will_Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bon_Benevolence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Friendship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

Adapted from Gemstones of Good Dhamma:
Wheel 342/344 by Ven. S. Dhammika,
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/dhammika/wheel342.html
BPS Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Have a nicely symbiotic day!

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PostSubject: Comic Convergent Consistency!   Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:59 am

Friends:

Going in Ring: Comic Convergent Consistency!

Buddhism and Modern Cosmology:
Modern cosmology have recently found out, that the universe is not in a steady state,
but undergoes periodic expansions (big bang) and contractions. The Buddha Gotama
also told exactly so, but more than 2500 years ago, by explaining an awakened memory:
"He recalls to mind his various temporary states in days gone by - one life, two lives or
three or four or 5 rebirths, 10 or 20, 30 or fifty, a 100 or a 1000 or a 100.000 rebirths,
through many aeons of cosmic contraction and many aeons of cosmic expansion...
Now there comes a time, friends, when, sooner or later, after the lapse of a long, long
period of contraction, this world-system implodes away. And when this happens beings
have mostly been reborn at the level of radiance, and there they dwell, made of mind,
feeding on joy, radiating light from themselves, traversing space, and dwelling in glory;
and thus they remain for a long, long period of time. Now then there comes also a time,
friends, when, sooner or later, this world-system begins to re-evolve by expansion..."
The Buddha thus clearly knew about big bangs! Source: Digha Nikaya 1: Brahma-Jala Sutta



Buddhism and Space-Time Relativity:
Time & space are not universal! Albert Einstein presented the special & general relativity
theory almost a hundred years ago. Still the philosophical implications is only assumed by
few mathematicians. Mainly Einstein's relativity theory points out that time and locality
in space cannot be regarded independent, if the observer & object is moving fast relative
to each other. Differently moving observers will experience different speeds of time even
when using the same watches. They will disagree on the time order of observed events!
A 'Universal' or ‘Absolute’ or 'same' time does therefore not exist! Time is relative...
Buddha also told about this > 2500 years ago, when comparing the life-lengths of beings:
"Bhikkhus, 50 human years is one night and day to the four guardian devas. The life span of
these four guardian devas are 500 of those very long divine years...
Bhikkhus, 1600 human years is one night and day to the devas with power over other beings
mental & physical creations. Their life span are 16 thousand of those very long divine years!"
Buddha thus also knew about time relativity! Source: Anguttara Nikaya III.71: Muluposatha Sutta


Relativity: Gravitation Curved Space-Time!

Buddhism and Quantum Mechanics:
Matter is quanta of discrete events and not a permanent same and solid enduring substance!
Another implication of both Einstein's theory and also of quantum mechanics, is that matter
cannot truly be regarded to be continuously existing neither in time, nor in space. A movement
of a body is thus -absolutely speaking- events of disappearance in one place and its re-arising
in the next place! This process is though so incredible fast, that we experience it as continuous
moving existence. This discreteness of quantum theory is also found exactly so explained in the
Higher Buddha-Dhamma ie: The Abhidhamma considers movement of a 'formed' body to be a
serial decaying and re-arising in adjacent locations! The world thus blinks, rather than endures…
So modern Science, even regarding physical phenomena (Buddhist concept: Rupa is simply ’form’),
is not so modern after all. Most seem to be rediscovering of what was already known millenniums
ago, but now ignored & forgotten! Same wine on new bottles: We are going in ring! How comic ;-)



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PostSubject: The 7 Noble Persons...   Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:57 am

Friends:

Who and How are the 7 types of Noble Persons?

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Monks, there are seven types of noble persons existing in the world. What seven?



1: The one freed both ways (ubhato-bhaga-vimutta),
2: The one freed by understanding (pañña-vimutta),
3: The direct experience body-witness (kaya-sakkhi),
4: The one having won view and vision (ditthippatta),
5: The one freed by faith (saddhavimutta),
6: The follower of Dhamma (dhammanusari),
7: The follower of faith (saddhanusari).




And how, monks, is the person freed Both Ways?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, having directly experienced with both body and
mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding
all his mental fermentations are utterly eliminated. He is freed both ways and has done
what should be done! He can therefore never become negligent ever again...

And how, monks, is the person freed by Understanding?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding
all his mental fermentations are utterly destroyed. He is freed by understanding and has done
what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again...

And how monks, is the person who is a Body-Witness?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are fully annihilated. He is a body-witness and he has still
something to do. If he trains hard, lives remote with good friends, & balances his mental abilities,
then he may realize here & now, by his own super-knowledge, that matchless goal of the Noble
Life for which young men of good family go forth into homelessness, entering into and remaining
in it, he might dwell in the bliss of that sublime fruit...

And how monks, is the person who has Won View and Vision?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, but having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. However, those things explained
by the Tathagata are fully understood & fully practised by him. He has won view & vision, but
has still something to do. If he trains hard ... then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Freed by Faith?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, but having seen by understanding
only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. But his faith in the Tathagata is
settled, fixed, genuine, & established. This, monks, is called a person, who is Freed by Faith, but
he has still something to do. If he trains hard ... then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Striving for and following after Dhamma?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by
understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed! Furthermore: All those
things explained by the Tathagata are still only moderately approved of and practiced by him...
However, he possesses the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding!
This, monks, is called the person, who is striving for Dhamma, but he has still something to do.
If he trains hard ... then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how monks, is the person who is Striving for and following after Faith?
As to this, monks, some person is dwelling, without having directly experienced with both body
and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by
understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed, but he has enough faith
in the Tathagata, enough affection for the Buddha to develop his mental ability of faith, energy,
awareness, of concentration, & of understanding. This, monks, is called the person, who is striving
out of Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard ... then he will come to dwell in
the supreme fruit in the future.

I, monks, do not say that the attainment of profound knowledge suddenly comes straightaway!
Gaining final knowledge is achieved gradually through steady progress by study, and meditation..


Source: Majjhima Nikaya 70. May this Way by our one-pointed effort become swift!


The Noble Person Shines Uniquely of Pure Good!

More on Buddhist Personality Classification:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Human_Types.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Persons.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Nine_Supremes.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Four_Personalities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Ideal_Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_9_Supremes_Explained.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Persons_similar_to_Trees.htm

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PostSubject: Authoritative Abilities!   Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:14 am

Friends

How is the gradual refinement of the 5 mental abilities?

There are these 5 mental Abilities:
The ability of faith,
The ability of energy,
The ability of awareness,
The ability of concentration,
The ability of understanding!




What are the six aspects of these abilities?
They are dominant.
They are initiating.
They makes quality.
They are stabilizing.
They are completing.
They are the foundation.




How are the abilities to be understood in the sense of being dominant?
When one leaves behind skeptic doubt, the faith ability is found in one as being dominated
by definitive decision. This faith ability dominated by resolute determination to decision,
then facilitates exertion, presence, non-distraction and seeing.

When one leaves behind laziness, the energy ability is found in one as being dominated
by exertion of effort. This energy ability dominated by exerting effort, then facilitates
presence, non-distraction, seeing and decisiveness.

When one leaves behind negligence, the awareness ability is found in one as being dominated
by presence. This awareness ability dominated by presence, firmly founded, then facilitates
non-distraction, seeing, decisiveness and exertion.

When one leaves behind agitation, the concentration ability is found in one as being dominated
by non-distraction. This concentration ability dominated by non-distraction, calm, then facilitates
seeing, decisiveness, exertion and presence.

When one leaves behind ignorance, the understanding ability is found in one as being dominated
by seeing. This understanding ability dominated by seeing, penetrative and clear, then facilitates
decisiveness, exertion, presence and non-distraction.

This is how the abilities are to be found and understood as through dominance!



More on these 5 Mental Abilities:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Ability_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Awareness_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Concentration_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Understanding_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Five_Abilities_Summary.htm

Source: Sariputta in: The Path of Discrimination: Patidasambhidamagga
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494

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PostSubject: Clever Presence!   Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:27 am

Friends

The 4 Foundations of Awareness:



Which Four Foundations?
1: Only if and when the Noble Friend resides regarding any Body -own or other-
simply as a heaped up group, just as a transient, compounded and complex form,
only as a fragile, accumulated and alien assemblage, while being alert, aware and
thereby clearly comprehending, then will he cause effective removal of all urge
and frustration rooted in this world…!!!

2: Only if and when a Noble Friend dwells observing any Feeling –from within or
from without– simply as an affective emotional reaction, as an assigned response,
only as a fleeting sensation, while being keen, fully conscious and continuously
attentive, then will he thereby consequently eliminate all desire and discontent
caused simply by being in and contacting this world…!!!

3: Only if and when a Noble Friend abides viewing any Mood –present or remote-
simply as a fancy thought, just as a made up mentality, only as a conscious moment,
while being ready, actively investigating and deliberately discriminating, then will
he thereby naturally eradicate all longing and sadness inherent in this world…!!!

4: Only if and when a Friend lives interpreting any Phenomenon –internal or external –
simply as a passing mental state, just as a mentally created and conditioned construct,
only as an experienced appearance, merely as a created imaginary reflected imprint,
while being acutely awake, mindful and carefully understanding, then will he thereby
overcome all attraction and repulsion entrenched and ingrained in this world…!!!



Without any even single exception:
Whoever in the distant and ancient past has Awakened to full Enlightenment;
Whoever in the present, right now is Awakening to complete Enlightenment;
Whoever in the near and far future will Awaken to perfect Enlightenment;
All those have been freed, is being freed, will be freed only through and by:
Initiating, Cultivating & Establishing these unique 4 Foundations of Awareness!
The single and sole cause of really Being Mentally Present…!!!



Check it Out: It pays off inestimably!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Crucial_Foundation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/One_and_only_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Four_Foundations_of_Awareness.htm

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PostSubject: Into the Void!   Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:46 am

Friends:

The Non-Empty Void of Blinking States!



Void, Void, they say! Void of exactly What?
There is no & never was any permanent entity or individuality internally ‘in here’!
All processes of being is void of ‘continuous’, ‘same’ or 'identical' internal identity!
Neither is there any time stable, same substance, same world externally out there!
All is void of a constant same enduring lasting entity…There is no static existence
There is only a flux of change, transience & ever renewed momentary becoming..
Avoiding both extremes of Eternalism & Annihilationism one should remain in the
Middle of Dependent Co-Arising:
When this is present, that appears.
When this is absent, that does not appear.
With the emergence of this, that too arises.
With the ceasing of this, that too disappears.
Just as there is a mirror and a reflection even so is:
The apprehending and the apprehended;
That which knows and what is known;
Mentality and Materiality;
Naming-and-Forming;

Mind and Matter...
Transient indeed is this subtle essentially inseparable & dual dynamic appearance,
since both elements is momentary, changing, discretely blinking in a passing serial
sequence of ultra-quick arising and ceasing, how can such be said to exist even for
a moment? Even while perceived, this moment is already gone, for never to return!
This is all void, empty is this world, a vacant hollow are all these phenomena:
Void of permanence, sameness, satisfying substance and void of self!



More on Voidness (Suññata): Descent_into_Voidness
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sunna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Descent_into_Voidness.htm

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PostSubject: Careful Attention!   Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:17 am

Friends:

Careful & Rational Attention weakens the Mental Hindrances:



The Blessed Buddha once said:
When one attends carefully & rationally, unarisen Sense-Desire does neither arise, nor later expand.
When one attends carefully & rationally, unarisen Ill-Will does neither arise, nor later expand.
When one attends carefully & rationally, unarisen Lethargy & Laziness does neither arise, nor expand.
When one attends carefully & rationally, unarisen Restlessness & Regret does neither arise, nor expand.
When one attends carefully & rationally, unarisen Doubt & Uncertainty does neither arise, nor expand.
Furthermore the Awareness Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by mental development.
Any unarisen Investigation Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by mental evolution.
Any unarisen Energy Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by repeated mental refinement.
Any unarisen Joy Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by meditative mental improvement.
Any unarisen Tranquillity Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by mental expansion.
Any unarisen Concentration Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by mental sophistication.
Any unarisen Equanimity Link to Awakening arises, & is gradually completed by mental maturation.
Only when one attends carefully!



More on the 5 Mental Hindrances and 7 Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:93-4] section 46: The Links. 35: Careful Attention...

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PostSubject: 4 x Good!   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:20 am

Friends:

4 Hard-core-real Lasting Advantages:

A deity once asked the Buddha
What is good even when one is old?
What is good when established?
What is human's most precious treasure?
What is hard for thieves to steal?

The blessed Buddha answered:

1: Morality is good even when one is old!


2: Faith is good when firmly established!


3: Understanding is human's most precious treasure!


4: Merit well earned is hard for thieves to steal!


More on these 4 Everlasting Advantages:
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Mighty_is_Morality.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Understanding_is_the_Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/punna.htm



Source: Samyutta Nikaya I 36

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PostSubject: Only an Image!   Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:32 am

Friends:

Representation, Image, or Manifestation, but not Substance!

What one 'sees' is only an 'Image', not a thing, not a 'substance out there', but a mental
construction, an experience, an immaterial sensation, created by sense-organ, object and
consciousness ‘in here’ in the mind and brain... Just like the image on the PC-screen is indeed
electronically created and not 'really' in there: There is an image of an Apple on the screen,
but naturally no real apple inside the PC…
Likewise:
There is an image of an Apple on the mental visual screen (occipital brain cortex), but from
that image one cannot conclude, that a real apple exists outside, apart from or completely
independent of the perceiving mind… !!! Like in the mirror, there is no 'Person' in there and
like in the cinema, there is no 'Actors' on that screen; There is only 'Images' of persons and
things. They appear as real, but are Not really Real...



Image of what then, one may ask?
We will never know as we only have the mental images and never the 'original ' object!
Even to claim that this 'original' exists, is then merely metaphysical speculation based
on a somewhat naive, simple-minded - if not even childish – materialist world view…
The thing for 'itself' -das ding an sich- as Emanuel Kant called the assumed object
undistorted by the process perception will by definition never be available to us...



Seeing -Images- instead of -Realities- is halfway to seeing -Nothingness-…
Seeing -Nothingness- is halfway to disabling the urge of -Craving-…
Disabling -Craving- is halfway to te deathless dimension -Nibbana-!


The Blessed Buddha once said:
In the seen is merely the process of seeing and what is seen.
In the heard is merely the process of hearing and what is heard.
In the sensed is merely the process of sensing and what is sensed.
In the thought is merely the process of thinking and what is thought of.
So knowing, you will not be connected with that…
So disconnected, you will not be absorbed in that...
So neither ‘with that’ nor ‘in that’ you -are!- not -by that- sensation!
When there is no -you- inferred or conjectured by that sensation,
then -you- are neither -here-, -there-, -both-, -beyond- nor -in between-…
Only this - is the End of Suffering!!!
Source: Udana – Inspiration: I – 10



Have a nice observant day!

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

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The Experienced World is a Representation!
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PostSubject: What is Advantageous?   Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:54 am

Friends:

Which Mental States are Advantageous?

Cut Short:
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Hate are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Greed are Advantageous!
Mental states not mixed with any diluted form of Ignorance are Advantageous!



In Detail:
At whatever moment any advantageous thinking pertaining to this sense sphere is
accompanied by gladness and associated with knowledge, directed to any sense object,
such as a visible form, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch, or a mental object, then right
at that time arises momentarily: Contact, feeling, perception, intention, idea, directed
thought, sustained thinking, joy, happiness, one-pointedness of the mind, the ability of
faith, energy, awareness, concentration, understanding, the ability of mind and gladness,
the ability of vitality, right view, right motivation, right effort, right awareness, and
right concentration! There arise the powers of conviction, enthusiasm, acute awareness,
focused concentration, and understanding. There arise the powers of shame, of fear of
consequences of wrong action! There arises non-greed, non-hatred, non-confusion, and
non-possessiveness! There arises no ill will, but right view, shame and fear of wrongdoing!
There is then bodily calmness and serene tranquillity of mind. Then emerges then mental
and bodily readiness, facile mental and bodily adaptability, and rational rectitude of mind!
There is then present: Awareness, clear comprehension, mental tranquillity, insight, energy,
and non-distraction! These and whatever formless immaterial states these causally produce:
These are the -Advantageous- mental states...

Comments:
Diluted forms of Greed are: Desire, lust, yearning, longing, craving, hoping and wanting...
Diluted forms of Hate are: Anger, rage, irritation, resentment, opposition & stubbornness...
Diluted forms of Ignorance are: Confusion, uncertainty, doubt, perplexity and hesitation...



More on Advantageous States (Kusala Dhamma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Seed_of_Good.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Clever_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/kusala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Advantageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Disadvantageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Accumulation_of_Advantage.htm

Source:
The Classification of States: The Dhammasangani. The 1st of the 7 Abhidhamma Books.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130622
http://www.amazon.com/dhammasangani-Enumeration-realities-Bibliotheca-Indo-Budhica/dp/8170306108/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204111405&sr=8-1

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PostSubject: Remastered!   Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:46 am

Friends:

Who can do it ?



AUTO-TOOL:
Urge, incite and teach yourself by yourself!
Examine and evaluate yourself with yourself!
Guard yourself, aware of yourself, in yourself!
Friend :-) _/\_ and you will live in Happiness ...
Dhammapada 379



MASTER!
For self is the master of self.
For self is the protector of self.
For self is the saviour of self.
Control therefore yourself by taming,
like one, who have bought a new horse!
Dhammapada 380



NIBBANA!
Full of Joy, content and satisfied, the Noble friend
with perfect confidence in the Teaching of the Buddha,
will reach the place of Peace, the unconditional and
unconditioned sameness of Happiness itself ...
Dhammapada 381




Who can do it? You can do it!

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PostSubject: Silenced!   Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:57 am

Friends:

Sweet is Verbal, Bodily & Mental Silence!

The Blessed Buddha once said:

Kayamunim vacamunim,
manomunimanasavam,
munim moneyyasampannam.
Ahu ninhatapapakam.



Silenced in body, silenced in speech,
silenced in mind, without inner noise,
blessed with silence is the sage!
He is truly washed of all evil...

Itivuttaka 3.67



Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the tranquillity;
So is the serenity;
of one freed by the insight
of right understanding...

Dhammapada 96



More on Mental Tranquillity:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Tranquillity_Passaddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Tranquillity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Tranquil_One.htm

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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PostSubject: Great Compassion!   Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:48 am

Friends:

Feel Pity for all those Falling:

It is a great pity with all those beings thinking:
Pleasure is the only good; by that they fall!
Terror is the only goal; by that they fall!
Sensuality is innocent; by that they fall!
Violence is allowable; by that they fall!
Money makes happy; by that they fall!
Power is progress; by that they fall!
Falsehood is OK; by that they fall!
Stealing makes rich; by that they fall!
Conceit covers up; by that they fall!
Science knows all; by that they fall!
Killing can be good; by that they fall!
Hunting is only fun; by that they fall!
Adultery is matured; by that they fall!
Paedophilia is harmless; by that they fall!
Drugs is fantastic; by that they fall!
Booze is medicine; by that they fall!
Giving does not help; by that they fall!
After death is nothing!; by that they fall!
The Hells do not exist; by that they fall!
Action has no effect; by that they fall!
I am the better than...; by that they fall!
Making merit cannot elevate; by that they fall!



It is a great pity with all those beings:
who is veiled by wrong view; by that they fall!
who is fooled by own opinion; by that they fall!
who is gripped by greed and lust; by that they fall!
who is stirred by hate and anger; by that they fall!
who is clinging to anything worldly; by that they fall!
who is confused by not knowing; by that they fall!
who prostitutes themselves; by that they fall!
who cheat and deceives; by that they fall!
who pretends what is not; by that they fall!
who hides what is actual fact; by that they fall!
who destroys beings or things; by that they fall!
who pollute milieu and society; by that they fall!
who deliberately do evil knowing it; by that they fall!
who fails their duties and obligations; by that they fall!
who misses the obvious opportunities; by that they fall!
It is a great pity with all those blinded by ignorance,
bound and dragged by craving, while pushed by aversion:

By that they surely fall into states of pain, agony and despair!
As if gripped by the arms by two strong men and hurled into a big fire...



More on this caring Great Compassion (maha-karuna)!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Endless_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Karuna_is_Pity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Space_Compassion.htm



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