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PostSubject: Seeing all States!   Sun May 10, 2009 5:50 am

Friends:

Seeing the Elements, Tendencies and Abilities!

Once when the Venerable Anuruddha was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove,
in Anathapindika's Park, numerous Bhikkhus went to the Venerable Anuruddha
& exchanged polite greetings with him. Then they sat down to one side& asked
the Ven. Anuruddha: Venerable Sir: What is it that the Venerable Anuruddha
has developed & cultivated so that he has attained to his famous greatness of
direct knowledge?
It is, because I have developed & cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness
that I have won great direct knowledge. What four? Here, friends, I dwell
constantly contemplating upon:
The Body only as a formed material frame, neither as I, me, mine, nor a self...
The Feelings only as passing sensations, neither as I, as mine, nor as my self...
The Mind only as temporary mentalities, neither as I, me, mine, nor any ego...
All Phenomena only as momentary mental states, not as reality or as existents...
while eager, clearly comprehending, & fully aware, thereby removing all desire
& frustration rooted in this world! It is, friends, because I have developed &
cultivated these 4 Foundations of Awareness that I have become empowered
with the suprahuman forces: I see & understand this entire universe with its
many & diverse elements as it really is. Furthermore, friends, this awareness
make me experience the diversity of possibilities and tendencies in all kinds
of beings... Furthermore, friends, it is, friends, because I have developed and
fully refined these Four Foundations of Awareness that I see & understand,
just as it really is, the degree of maturity in all mental abilities of all other
beings and persons...



For details on the Abilities (Indriya) see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Five_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Analysis_of_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fruits_of_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Final_Abilities.htm
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



The All Seeing Eye!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:304]
section 52: Anuruddha. Thread 18-20: The elements and abilities!

Have a nice expanded seeing day!

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

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PostSubject: Energy is Force!   Mon May 11, 2009 7:48 am

Friends:

Energy is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the Ways to Force that is enriched with
concentrated Energy, constructed by effort, by thinking:
In this way will my Energy, neither be too slack nor too tense, it will
neither be constricted internally, nor scattered externally, then he
dwells experiencing both what is in front & what is behind, so above,
so also below, so by day, so also at night! Therefore, with a mind all
open & unrestricted, he develops the dazzling bright mind, which is
pervaded by luminosity... However:

What is Energy that is too slack?
Energy joined with indifference. This is Energy, that is too slack...
What is Energy that is too tense?
It is restless & agitated Energy. That is Energy, that is too tense...
What is Energy that is constricted internally?
It is Energy joined with lethargy & laziness. Inwardly choked!
What is Energy that is scattered externally?
Energy directed & diverted externally for the 5 sense pleasures...
This is called Energy that is scattered & distracted externally...
How does one dwell experiencing both the front & what is behind?
The perception of front, & back, is well attended to, & thereby well
comprehended, well considered, & penetrated by understanding...
How does one dwell seeing as below, so above; as above, so below?
One reviews this very frame of body upwards from the soles of the
feet, & downwards from the tips of the hairs, enclosed in skin, as
full of many kinds of impurities: There are in this body: Head-hairs,
body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow,
kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery,
vomit in the stomach, excrement, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat,
fat, tears, mucus, saliva, snot, fluid of the joints, and urine...
So does one come to see both, what is above, and what is below!
How does one dwell by day, so at night; as at night, so by day?
Here, at night a Bhikkhu trains the Ways to Force, that is enriched
with concentrated Energy, constructed by effort, using the same
techniques, qualities, features, & aspects, as he trains during the day.
And how, does one dwell with a mind, that is all open & unrestricted,
a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by luminosity...?

Here, always the perception of day-light is well attended to & well
resolved upon by determination. It is in exactly this way, that one
dwell with a mind, that is all open & unrestricted, a dazzling bright
mind, which is pervaded by its very own luminosity...


Mental Energy!

More on Energy (Viriya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Ability_of_Energy.htm


Energy is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.

Have a nice enthusiastic day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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PostSubject: Investigation is a Way to Force!   Tue May 12, 2009 6:34 am

Friends:

Investigation is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
When a Bhikkhu develops the Ways to Force, that is enriched with
concentrated Investigation, constructed by effort, by thinking:
In this way will my Investigation, neither be too slack, nor too tense,
it will neither be constricted internally, nor scattered externally,
then he dwells experiencing both what is in front, & what is behind,
what is above, so also below, so by day, so also by night! Therefore,
with a mind all open & unrestricted, he develops the dazzling bright
mind, which is pervaded by its own internal luminosity... However:
What is Investigation, that is too slack? Investigation joined with
sloppy carelessness is called Investigation, that is too slack!
What is Investigation, that is too tense? Restless, hurried, agitated
Investigation is called an Investigation, that is too tense!
What is Investigation, that is constricted internally? Investigation
done in laziness. This is Investigation that is constricted internally!
What is Investigation, that is scattered externally? Investigation
that in craving & urge is directed towards the five sense pleasures.
This is called Investigation that is scattered & diverted externally!
How does one dwell experiencing both the front & what is behind?
The perception of front & back, is well attended to, & thereby well
comprehended, well considered, & well known by understanding...
This is Investigation, that knows both what is in the front & back!
How does one dwell seeing as below, so above; as above, so below?
One reviews this very frame of body upwards from the soles of the
feet, & downwards from the tips of the hairs, enclosed by skin, as
full of many kinds of impurities: There are in this body: Head-hairs,
body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow,
kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery,
vomit in the stomach, excrement, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat,
tears, slime, spit, snot, joint fluid , and urine...This is Investigation,
that knows what is below, so also above; as above, so also below...
How does one dwell as by day, so at night; as at night, so by day?
Here, at night a Bhikkhu trains the Steps to Force that is enriched
with concentrated Investigation, constructed by effort, using the
same techniques, qualities, & aspects, as he trains during the day.
So does one abide as by day, so at night; as by night, so by day!
And how, does one dwell with a mind that is all open & unrestricted,
a dazzling bright mind, which is pervaded by its own luminosity...?
Here, friends, the perception of day-light is well attended to & well
resolved upon by determination. It is in exactly this way, that one
dwells with a mind, that is all open & unrestricted, a dazzling bright
mind, which is pervaded by its own luminosity...


Investigation=inquiry=scrutiny=analysis

More on The Four Steps to Force (iddhi-pada):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/abhinna.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/iddhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/iddhi_paada.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Immersing_the_Body_in_the_Mind.htm


Investigation is a Way to Suprahuman Force!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V]
section 51: The 4 Forces: Thread 20: Analysis of the Ways.

Have a nice curious day!

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

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PostSubject: Unique & Subtle Breathing!   Wed May 13, 2009 5:40 am

Friends:

Breathing Fulfills the 4 Foundations of Awareness!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this: How, Ananda, is this fine
concentration by Awareness by Breathing (Anapanasati) developed and
cultivated so that it fulfils the Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati) ?
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
1: Breathing long, knows, notes & understands: I breathe in & out long!
2: Breathing short, knows, notes & understands: I breathe in & out short!
3: Trains thus: Experiencing this entire body, I will breathe in & out!
4: Trains thus: Calming all bodily activity, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body as a group,
keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! This is a certain kind of body, Ananda,
a kind of accumulation, just this breathing in and breathing out in itself...
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
5: Trains thus: Experiencing enraptured joy, I will breathe in & out!
6: Trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will breathe in & out!
7: Trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will breathe in & out!
8: Trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating feeling as a reaction,
keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! For what reason? Close attention to
breathing in & breathing out is also a certain kind of feeling, Ananda...
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu: :
9: Trains thus: Experiencing the present mood, I will breathe in & out!
10: Trains thus: Elating, & satisfying the mind, I will breathe in & out!
11: Trains thus: Concentrating, & focusing mind, I will breathe in & out!
12: Trains thus: Releasing, & liberating the mind, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating mind only as moods,
keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! I tell you, Ananda, there is no gaining
concentration by awareness by breathing for one, who is confused, and
who lacks clear comprehension of the actually present mentality & mood!
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu:
13: Trains thus: Contemplating impermanence, I will breathe in & out!
14: Trains thus: Contemplating disillusion, I will breathe in & out!
15: Trains thus: Contemplating ceasing, I will breathe in & out!
16: Trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in & out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating all phenomena as
mental states, keen, clearly comprehending, & aware, thereby removing
all desire and frustration rooted in this world! Having by understanding
seen what really is the elimination of greed and discontent, he is one
who just looks on, over-viewing carefully in imperturbable equanimity...
It is, Ananda, when Awareness by Breathing is trained, developed and
refined in this very way, that it fulfills the 4 Foundations of Awareness...

These 16 steps should be memorized fully. Print out & bring to pillow!



The Buddha explains Awareness by Breathing
(Anapanasati Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 118)


More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Manual/Meditation.Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anapana_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
Full text and all classic commentarial explanations:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=404502



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:329-31]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 13: Ananda!

Have a nice noting the Breath day!

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

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PostSubject: Four Fulfilling Seven!!   Thu May 14, 2009 7:48 am

Friends:

How are the Seven Links to Awakening Fulfilled?

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
How, Ananda, are the Four Foundations of Awareness trained and developed
so that they fulfil the Seven Links to Awakening?
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu is reflecting upon body only as an accumulation,
right on that occasion, unconfused and undistracted awareness is established
in that Bhikkhu. Therefore on that occasion the Awareness Link to Awakening
is aroused, and as it gradually develops, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
Dwelling thus aware, he investigates & examines that state by understanding,
Whenever, Ananda, a Bhikkhu dwells investigating a state, on that occasion the
Investigation Link to Awakening is aroused, & as it gradually develops by many
repetitions, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu. While he investigates states
with understanding, examines them, his energy is aroused without slackening!
On that occasion the Energy Link to Awakening is enlivened, & as it gradually
develops by many reiterations, it comes to reach fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
When his enthusiastic energy is aroused, there arises in him a rapturous joy!
On that occasion the Joy Link to Awakening is instigated, & as it gradually
develops by many renewals, it comes to reach fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
Both the body & mind becomes tranquil, in whoever is mentally elated by joy.
On that occasion the Tranquillity Link to Awakening is therefore induced, and
as it gradually develops by maturation, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
In one whose body is tranquil & who is happy, the mind becomes concentrated!
On that occasion, the Concentration Link to Awakening is therefore stimulated,
& as it gradually develops by training, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
He then just looks on this concentrated mind with imperturbable equanimity...
On that occasion the Equanimity Link to Awakening is therefore induced, and
as it gradually develops by rehearsal, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
It is, Ananda, when the four Foundations of Awareness are trained & refined
in exactly this very way, that they fulfill the Seven Links to Awakening...!



More on these Seven Sublime Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
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

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:331-33]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 13: Ananda

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PostSubject: Reaching Release!   Fri May 15, 2009 8:11 am

Friends:

Final Release is Fulfilled by True Wisdom!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
How, Ananda, are the Seven Links to Awakening trained and developed
so that they fulfill True Wisdom and Final Release?
When a Bhikkhu, Ananda, develops the Awareness Link to Awakening,
based upon seclusion, disillusion, & ceasing, then it matures into release!
When he develops the Investigation Link to Awakening, based upon total
seclusion, disillusion, & ceasing, then it culminates into mental release!
When he develops the Energy Link to Awakening, based upon seclusion,
disillusioned disgust, & ceasing of craving, then it blossoms into release!
When he develops the Joy Link to Awakening, based on solitary seclusion,
detached disgust, and ceasing of craving, then it progresses into release!
When he develops the Tranquillity Link to Awakening, based upon complete
isolation, disillusion, & ceasing, then it comes to a climax of final release!
When he develops the Concentration Link to Awakening, while alone and
reclusive, undeceived, & cooled, there is breakthrough of mental release!
When he develops the Equanimity Link to Awakening, based upon seclusion,
disillusioned disgust, & ceasing of craving, then it flourishes into release!
It is, Ananda, when the Seven Links to Awakening are trained & refined in
this way, that they fulfil the causes of True Wisdom and Final Release!



More on these Seven Sublime Links to Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/annaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/bodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Investigation_Vicaya.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/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Meaning_of_the-7_Links_to_Awakening.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:333]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 13: Ananda

Have a nicely released day!

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

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PostSubject: Going Upwards!   Sat May 16, 2009 7:50 am

Friends:

There is many folly ways, but only One really good Way!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Some priests postulate this as the way going upwards: "Get up early and walk facing east.
Do not avoid a pit, or a cliff abyss, or a stump, or a thorny place, or a village or a cesspool!
You should expect death wherever you fall. Thus, good man, with the breakup of the body,
after death, you will be reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world." This the praxis
of the priests, Bhikkhus, is a foolish & stupid way, since it does neither lead to revulsion,
to disillusion, to ceasing, to peace, to direct knowledge, to Enlightenment, nor to Nibbana!
However, Bhikkhus, I will explain the very way Going Upwards in the Noble One's Discipline,
that way, which leads to utter revulsion, to disillusion, to ceasing, to peace, to safe knowledge,
to Enlightenment, to Nibbana: Any Noble Disciple possesses a sure confirmed confidence
in the Buddha thus: Worthy, & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
in the Dhamma thus: Perfectly formulated is the Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now,
in the Sangha thus: Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha of the Buddha's disciples, and
He possesses the morality liked by the Noble Ones, unbroken ... which leads to concentration!
This, Bhikkhus & friends, is that way going upwards, which leads to utter revulsion, to disillusion,
to ceasing, to Peace, to direct knowledge and experience, to Enlightenment, and to Nibbana!



Have a nice ascending day!

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

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PostSubject: Higher Release!   Sun May 17, 2009 6:41 am

Friends:

The 4 Brahmaviharas deliver mind into a Higher State!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
The Noble Disciple, Bhikkhus & friends, freed from greed and grudge,
unconfused, alert, attentive and clearly comprehending, with mind full
of kind friendliness ... of compassionate pity ... of altruistic joy ... and of
imperturbable equanimity, pervades first one direction, then the second,
then the 3rd one, then the 4th one, just as above, so below, & all around!
Thus sympathetic with all, embracing all, he pervades the whole world, &
the entire universe with a vast mind, refined, infinite, freed from all hate
and any ill-will. And he understands: Formerly my mind was limited and
undeveloped. Now, however, is my mind unlimited and developed, and no
limited behaviour based on a narrow intention will remain here or persist!
What do you think, Bhikkhus & friends: If a boy from his early childhood
develops kind friendliness, compassionate pity, altruistic joy, and quite
imperturbable equanimity, will he then still be able to do bad evil deeds?
No, Venerable One...
But, if he no longer does bad deeds, will suffering then still attack him?
Certainly not. Venerable One.
How should anyone, doing no evil actions, still be attacked by suffering!
Therefore should kind friendliness .. compassionate pity .. altruistic joy
& imperturbable equanimity be developed, by all men, women & beings!
No man or woman, on leaving this life, can keep this body. Any mortal
has only his mind as base, mediator, creator, controller and protector!
The Bhikkhu, however, knows: Whatever formerly I have done of bad
deeds with this material body, all that I still have to atone for here, and
after that, then nothing of it will follow me. So developed, the release of
the mind by kind friendliness, by compassionate pity, by altruistic joy ... &
by imperturbable equanimity, leads to Never-Return, unless the wise monk
already during this life penetrates to a higher deliverance than that!



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

More on the 3rd Noble State: Non-Return (Anagami)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anagami.htm

More these 4 Infinitely Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/brahma_vihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Cure_Anger_and_Irritation.htm
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/IV/All-Embracing_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/All_Embracing_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoicing_Bliss_is_Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_Friendliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Subduing_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The-Effective_Saw.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/IV/Good-Will_Again.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hot_Hostile_Hate.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Goodwill_Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

Have a nice infinite day!

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PostSubject: Some Kicks!   Mon May 18, 2009 6:58 am

Friends:

Self-Pity!
The man was much worried over having no shoes,
until he met the other man with no legs...!

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

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

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


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

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PostSubject: The Son''s Flesch!   Tue May 19, 2009 7:31 am

Friends:

Moderation when Eating is very Advantageous!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Bhikkhus & friends, is material food to be considered?
Imagine, two persons, husband & wife, with only few provisions, are wandering
through a desert with their only child, their beloved and dear little son.
However in the middle of the desert, their food runs out! Then this husband &
wife think: Let us kill our only child, our loved dear little son, prepare dried flesh,
& thus while eating this cross the rest of the desert. But, while eating this flesh,
they beat their breasts, weeping and lamenting: Where is our own little son now?
Where is our only child? What do you think, Bhikkhus & friends: Do these two
people eat their food for amusement, or for pleasure, or to become beautiful?
No, Venerable Sir.
Do they eat this foul food, their only son's flesh only to escape the desert?
Indeed so, Venerable Sir.
Even and Exactly so, Bhikkhus & friends, should one regard all material food!
Once one has fully understood material food, one has also understood all and
any kind of greed for all five sense objects. Once one has fully understood
the greed for the 5 sense objects, then there exists no more any mental chain,
bound by which the Noble Disciple could ever return again to this world...!



The simile of the Son's Flesh!

More on disabling the craving, urge, and greed for food:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 12:63

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PostSubject: Oozing out of 9 holes!   Wed May 20, 2009 6:59 am

Friends:

It comes in by 1 hole, but it oozes out of 9 holes!

The Ancient Elders said:
The tasty food and drink, so greatly prized
Crisp to chew, soft to suck, whatever it may be:
Through one door, a single hole, it is loaded in,
Through nine holes it later oozes out again.
The delicious drink, the dainty food,
Hard, soft, whatever it may be:
Man like to enjoy in crowded company,
Yet, when excreting it, he hides in secrecy!
The delightful drink, the delicate food,
Hot, cold, of many and various sorts:
Man may enjoy, pleased with full delight,
Yet, when excreting it, he feels disgust.
The adored drink, the pleasing food,
Crunchy or pulpy, whatever it may be:
The whole, even after just one single night,
Will all become putrid, fetid and stinking....



Inevitable side-effect of uncontrolled greed for food.

More on disabling the craving, urge, and greed for food:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Food_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Sons_Flesch.htm


500 kg suffering from eating too much pleasure...!

Source: The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga. XI 23
Written by a great explainer: Ven. Buddhaghosa in 5th century AC.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=771100

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PostSubject: The 10 Experiences!   Thu May 21, 2009 5:46 am

Friends:

Experiencing Right Things might cure illness instantly!

Once when Venerable Girimananda was sick, then the Buddha said to Ven. Ananda:
If you, Ananda, would go to Ven. Girimananda & explain to him the 10 experiences,
it may be that Girimananda's illness will be cured instantly!
And which are these ten experiences? They are:
1: The experience of Impermanence, and inconstancy (Anicca-Sañña).
2: The experience of No-Self, Egolessness, and Impersonality (Anatta-Sañña).
3: The experience of Disgust, Loathsomeness, and Foulness (Asubha-Sañña).
4: The experience of Danger, Damage, and Disadvantage (Adinava-Sañña).
5: The experience of Leaving Behind, Removal, and Giving up (Pahana-Sañña).
6: The experience of Disillusion, Dispassion, and Detachment (Viraga-Sañña).
7: The experience of Ceasing, Stilling, and Final Finishing (Nirodha-Sañña).
8: The experience of Disappointment with entire world (Sabbaloka-Anabhirati-Sañña).
9: The experience of Transience of all formations (Sabbasankharesu Anicca-Sañña).
10: The experience of Breathing Awareness (Anapanasati-Sañña).
Having learnt and fully memorized these ten experiences from the Blessed Buddha,
the Venerable Ananda went to the Venerable Girimananda and recited these ten
experiences to him. Then as soon as the Venerable Girimananda heard these ten
experiences explained, his illness instantly subsided! This was thus the way
the Venerable Girimananda was cured, and could rise from his sick-bed....
(To see and know that in advance takes a SammaSamBuddha!)





On the 10 experiences:
1: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Impermanence.htm
2: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Egolessness.htm
3: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Disgust.htm
4: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Danger.htm
5: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Elimination.htm
6: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Fading_Away.htm
7: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Ceasing.htm
8: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Disappointment.htm
9: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Universal_Transience.htm
10: http://WhaBuddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_the_Breath.htm





Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 10:60, AN V 108ff.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/Index.Numerical.htm

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PostSubject: Complete Detachment!   Sat May 23, 2009 7:10 am

Friends!

Complete Detachment by Relinquishing All!

Friends, we should train in this very way:
I will not cling to neither the eye, nor to the ear, nor to the nose,
nor to the tongue, nor to the body, nor to the mind...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on awareness of any
sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, nor any mental states...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any visual contact,
auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, or any mental contact...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any feeling aroused
from all these visual, otherwise sensed or ... mental contacts...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any form, emotion,
perception, construction, or any deliberately directed attention!
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any solidity, fluidity,
heat, motion, space, nor on any sort of mentality whatsoever...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on any infinitude of space,
any infinitude of consciousness, any sphere of nothingness, any sphere
of neither-perception-nor-non-perception, nor on any other subtle state...
Thus will my consciousness neither depend on anything in this world,
nor on anything in any other transcendent world beyond this world…
Thus will my consciousness be independent of what is seen, heard,
sensed, cognized, encountered, searched for & examined by the mind...
It will be without base, source, & object, unconnected, unconstrained,
unrelated, autonomous, fully freed, sovereign, sublime and supreme…
This -only this- itself leads to the released liberation of final freedom!!!



Source:
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: Majjhima Nikaya
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.phtml?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/majjhima/index.html

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PostSubject: The 4 Infinite States!   Sun May 24, 2009 5:27 am

Friends:

Development of Infinite All-Embracing Kindness!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and Friends: There are these four infinite mental states:
The Bhikkhu pervades all beings with all-embracing friendliness...
The Bhikkhu encompass all creatures with universal & endless pity...
The Bhikkhu permeates all individuals with infinite and mutual joy...
The Bhikkhu suffuses all living mortals with unlimited equanimity...
First in one direction, then in the 2nd, then the 3rd, & finally the 4th ,
above, below, all around, in every location, unifying himself with all beings,
he pervades the entire universe with a kind and all-embracing friendliness,
with an all-encircling compassion & pity, with an all-enveloping mutual and
altruistic joy, and with an all-encompassing imperturbable equanimity, fully
utilizing a refined mind, made great, vast, profound, infinite, immeasurable,
released from all hate, anger, irritation, opposition and stubbornness...
Source: DN 33

Because of hate, overwhelmed and obsessed by hate, one lives while
doing evil deeds, speaking wrong words, and thinking bad thoughts...
Thus one neither really understands one's own welfare, nor the
welfare of others, nor the welfare of both... If, however, this hate
is overcome and subdued, then one lives while doing good deeds,
speaking kind words, and thinking advantageous thoughts...
Therefore one really knows, what is one's own welfare, for the
welfare of others, & for the welfare of both one self & others...
Source: AN 3:55


Infinitude: Liza Berzofsky. Oil on Aluminium.

More on these 4 Infinite and Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/brahma_vihaara.htm
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/Rejoicing_Bliss_is_Mudita.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/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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PostSubject: Dhamma-Medicine!   Mon May 25, 2009 6:52 am

Friends:

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

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

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

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


Prozac-Free Happiness!


Exquisite Bliss!

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

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PostSubject: The Entrance!   Tue May 26, 2009 6:45 am

Friends:

The Last Relinquishment:

When ignorance of the 4 Noble Truths finally fully evaporates,
One no longer clings to any sense pleasure, one no longer clings to any views,
One no longer clings to rules & rituals, one no longer clings to the idea of a self...
When one does not cling, one is not agitated! One becomes imperturbable...
When one is not agitated, one attains the state of Nibbana right there!
One then understands: Rebirth is ended, this Noble life has been lived,
What had to be done is done, there is no more relapsing into any state of being...


The Entrance!

Source: Majjhima Nikaya I 68: The shorter speech on the Lion's Roar.

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PostSubject: NEVER KILL!   Thu May 28, 2009 5:37 am

The Very First Lesson:

The Blessed Buddha once said:

Panam na hane na ca ghatayeyya,
na canujañña hanatam paresam,
sabbesu bhutesu nidhaya dandam.
Ye thavara ye ca tasa santi loke.


One should not kill any living being,
nor cause it to be killed,
nor should one incite another to kill.
Do never injure any being, whether strong
or weak, in this entire universe!

Sutta Nipata 2.396



About Harmlessness (Ahimsa):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Not_Killing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bon_Benevolence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patient_is_Tolerance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Optimal_Observance_I.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Blessing_all_Beings_by_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Harmlessness_and_Tolerance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm



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PostSubject: Mind is Home!   Fri May 29, 2009 5:52 am

Friends:

My mind is my Home & best Friend:

To overcome loneliness, first learn to meditate, and to live in the moment!
Living like this, your mind becomes very peaceful, very calm, & very strong.
Mindfulness makes you very strong. You will develop inner strength...


I have no parents. I make heaven and earth my parents.
I have no home. I make awareness my home.
I have no life and death. I make breathing in-&-out my life and death.
I have no divine power. I make honesty my divine power.
I have no friends. I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy. I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no sword. I make absence of self my sword!




Source: Sayadaw U Jotika from Burma. His Book: Snow in the Summer
is published by DMG Books (http://www.dmgbooks.com)



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PostSubject: Nothing really is...   Sat May 30, 2009 7:15 am

Friends:

How to Cross Samsara by an Empty Meditation Object?

The Venerable Upasiva once requested the Buddha:
Sir, I am alone, dependent, helpless, I can neither cross the flood of sense desire,
nor the flood of becoming, nor the flood of ignorance, nor the flood of views!
Please, All-Seeing-One, tell me the meditation object by which, I may cross this flood.


Aware, direct mind towards Nothingness, replied the Buddha, be helped by relying on the
notion: 'Nothing really is...'! Thus by relinquishing all desires, by stilling all speculative
opinions & by reviewing the elimination of craving day & night, you may cross this flood…!!!



Crossing into Nothingness...

Source: Sutta Nipata 1069-70

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PostSubject: Kammic Asymmetry...   Sun May 31, 2009 7:34 am

Friends:

The Kammic causation of future is asymmetric!

Why is it easy to repeat doing much bad, while doing good is hard to do even once?
Quickly one ruins one's own future by doing just one single wrong or evil action,
just like one single drop of ink ruins the clarity of even a large glass of water...
However:
Slowly one purifies one's past behaviour by accumulating of numerous good deeds,
just like single drops of water slowly or never clarifies even a small glass of ink...


This asymmetry propels beings downward:
The difficulty of doing even a little good;
The ease of doing even much wrong evil...
Sends most beings into the downfall!



ASYMMETRY-1
Easy & swift is it to do what is detrimental,
Painful both to oneself and for others.
While that, which is advantageous to both
oneself & others, is quite difficult to do.
Dhammapada 163



ASYMMETRY-2
Easy it is to see the faults of others.
Hard it is to see one's own flaws.
We seek after others faults like filtering even pure water,
but we cover up our own flaws like a gambler hide his cards.
Dhammapada 252

More on Kamma (Intentional Action) Sanskrit~Karma:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Mirror.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Impossible.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Rebirth_and_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Intention_is_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/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm

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PostSubject: Reclusive Bliss = Calm & Happy   Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:58 am

Friends

The 8 Pleasures of the Reclusive Sage:



The absence of possessions & possessiveness...
Blameless daily begging of alms food...
Content, calm & composed with modest needs...
Detached ease regarding all phenomena...
Fearlessness of robbery, death, violence & loss...
Freedom from government, laws, and taxation...
Freedom from bosses, and administrators...
Unobstructed in all directions & realms...




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PostSubject: Origin is Mental: It from Bit!   Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:34 am

Friends:

Some Clues about the Fundamental Mentality creating all Existence:

Observer Participation: The world emerges, when it is observed!
The world is not 'out there' independent of the mind, but it is indeed synthesized
by a mass-collective asking of yes-no questioning by many being’s observation, through
an immense number of prior universes passing from big bang to implosion (big crunch)!
This creation by creating binary information can be epitomized in the dogma:
- It from Bit - !!! John Archibald Wheeler - Quantum Physicist, Princeton.

Information is Physical and not Subjective:
Any gain in information (which is a measure of order) induces a decrease in entropy
(which is a thermodynamic measure of disorder)! The creation and transfer of information
happening at any measurement & observation, thus changes the energetic state & thus future
development of the observed system! Observation itself - by definition, per se - thus influence,
transform & change the observed object, including the entire world...
Modified freely after W.H. Zurek. Quantum Physicist, Los Alamos.

Appearance by intentional determination of directed attention:
We are actually bringing about, what seems to be happening to us! Thomas Mann. Philosopher
What Exists is identical with the thought that recognizes it! Parmenides of Elea (515-450 BC)
Phenomena appears and are created by the very act of directing attention to them...
This advertence which is deliberate, specific and intentional is produced by desire...
The 'scene' or 'image' appears only, and exactly when actually observing it!

Just Modes of Conceptualization:
Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think... Albert Einstein.
Time and space are not objective things, but mentally imposed orders of things... Leibniz

Just Cause and Effect:
Intentional action (karma = Kamma) is decisive information about to do this & not that!
This information creation reduces the universal thermodynamic entropy (degree of disorder)...
This newly created order limits, restricts & thus affects the future evolution of the universal system.
The probability of certain future events happening have thereby been increased, while the probability
of other future events have been reduced. Any intention by any being thereby modifies & partitions the
potentiality of the universe - seen as a giant network of cause and effect- which then naturally later
falls out and manifests as another - now intentionally changed! - actuality...
The moral efficacy of kamma = karma = action is therefore not a religious metaphysical postulate,
but a simple & ultra-basic inevitable consequence of the mentally derived nature of the universe itself...
Morality is thus a natural and inevitable Law on par with gravity:
Do good and get pleasure (Sukha)... Do evil and get pain (Dukkha)...

The Buddha on the ORIGIN:
Intention always comes first,
Intention is of all states the primer,
By intention are all things initiated,
By thought of mind are all phenomena formed!
So - if with good intention one thinks, speaks or acts
Joy surely follows one like the never-leaving shadow!
However!!!
- if with evil intention one thinks, speaks or acts
Pain certainly follows one like the wheel follows the car.
Dhammapada 1 + 2

The Buddha was first on pragmatic Radical Empiricism:

Attention is the proximate cause of all phenomena!
Samyutta Nikaya V 184
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm



The Participant Observer principle:
The universe as a self-excited circuit: Starting from small (thin right line) it
gradually grows denser (thick left line) by observers participating in creation,
by merely intentionally (mental causation!) observing what is gradually emerging!
Illustration by John Archibald Wheeler. Source: Law without Law.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdfs/wheeler_law_without_law.pdf

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PostSubject: Calm Kindness!   Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:24 am

Friends:

Calm Kindness Protects All Beings!

The Blessed Buddha often said:
With good will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate an infinite & boundless heart:
Above, below, all across and all around,
Beaming, without any hostility or hate!

Sutta Nipata I, 8



May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience joyous good fortune only!
May they never fall into any harm.

Anguttara Nikaya II, 72



Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.

Sutta Nipata I, 8



More on All-Embracing Kindness!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Buddha_on_Noble_Frienship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/All_Embracing_Kindness.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/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Friendliness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm

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PostSubject: Calm and Content!   Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:55 am

Friends:

What is the Cause of Contentment?

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

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

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


Contentment even with almost nothing!

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

How to cultivate mutual joy & thus increase contentment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoicing_Bliss_is_Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Infinitely_Joyous_Consciousness.htm

Have a nice content day!

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

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PostSubject: Mental Training x 3!   Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:24 am

Friends:

What are the Three Buddhist Trainings?



All Buddha's disciples undertakes a 3-fold Mental Training (ti-sikkha):
1: Training in higher Morality (adhi-sila-sikkha).
2: Training in higher Mentality (adhi-citta-sikkha).
3: Training in higher Understanding (adhi-pañña-sikkha).

Higher Morality is 3 fold:
It is Right Speech (samma-vaca)
It is Right Action (samma-kammanta)
It is Right Livelihood (samma-ajiva)

Higher Mentality is also 3 fold:
It is Right Effort (samma-vayama)
It is Right Awareness (samma-sati)
It is Right Concentration (samma-samadhi)

Higher Understanding is 2 fold:
It is Right Motivation (samma-sankappa)
It is Right View (samma-ditthi)



The Blessed Buddha once said:
When founded on pure morality, then concentration produces a high fruit and blessing.
When based on deep concentration, then understanding brings a high fruit and blessing.
Being endowed with understanding, the mind is freed from all the mental fermentations
related to sensing, becoming, views/opinions and ignorance. This - in itself- is releasing!



It is through not understanding, not penetrating and not attaining noble higher morality...
noble higher mentality.. and noble higher understanding... that both you and I had to pass
through this round of rebirths for such an immensely long time, without reaching the bliss
of deliverance, the bliss of peace and, the bliss of noble higher release: Enlightenment...



More good even better here ;-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/magga.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sikkhaa.htm

References: MN 44, DN 16 and AN IV 1

Have a nice Training day!

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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