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PostSubject: Serene Ease...   Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:25 am

Friends:

Regarding all Phenomena with aloof Equanimity!



When one has understood constructions by seeing the three characteristics in
them and their voidness, then one can leave both terror & delight by becoming
indifferent and neutral to all states, taking them neither to be 'I' nor 'mine'!
One becomes like a man who has recently divorced his wife: The man who were
married to a lovely, gorgeous, & charming wife & so deeply in love with her as to
be unable to bear separation from her for a moment. He would be disturbed &
displeased to see her standing, talking & laughing with another man, and would
be very unhappy, but later, when he had found out that woman's faults, and he
had divorced her, he would no more take her as 'mine'; and thereafter, even
though he saw her doing whatever it might be, with whomsoever it might be,
he would neither be disturbed, nor displeased, but only neutral & indifferent!
So too with the meditating disciple who wants to get free from all phenomena,
he recognizes all constructions as impermanent, and void of pleasure and self,
thus seeing that nothing is possible to take as 'I' or 'mine', he abandons both
terror and delight, and becomes indifferent & neutral towards all phenomena...
Vism 656


Divorced from Possessiveness, Egoism, Clinging and Frustration!

More On Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Serene_Equanimity_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Imperturbable_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unshakable_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Empty_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Serene_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_is_Equanimity.htm


Equanimity describes the unattached awareness of one's experience as a result
of perceiving the impermanence of momentary reality. It is a peace of mind and
dwelling in even calmness that cannot be shaken by any grade of both fortunate
and unfortunate circumstance. It is a concept promoted by several religions...!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equanimity

Have a nice divorced day!

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

Serene Ease...

Aloof is Equanimity!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Divorced_Freedom.htm
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PostSubject: The Mind is Naturally Radiant!   Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:18 am

Friends:

The 5 Impurities block the Lucidity of Mind:



The Blessed Buddha once said:
There are five impurities of gold impaired by which it becomes neither pliant
nor wieldy, it lacks radiance, is weak & easily broken and cannot be formed...
What are these five impurities? They are: Iron, copper, tin, lead and silver.
But if the gold has been purified from these five impurities, then it will indeed
be pliant and wieldy, radiant and firm, and can be formed well. Whatever kind
of jewellery one wishes to make from it, be it a diadem, earrings, a necklace or
a golden chain, it will easily serve that purpose well.
Similarly, there are five impurities of the mind impaired by which the mind is
neither pliant nor wieldy, it lacks radiant lucidity and stability, and cannot
concentrate well upon the eradication of the mental fermentations (asava).
What are these five impurities? They are:

1: Sense-Desire,
2: Evil-Will,
3: Lethargy and Laziness,
4: Restlessness and Regret,
5: Doubt and Uncertainty...


But if the mind is freed of these five mental hindrances, then it will be plastic,
flexible, and wieldy, will be of radiant lucidity and firm calm stability, and will
concentrate well upon the elimination of the mental fermentations. Whatever
supra-human state realizable by these higher mental abilities one may pursue,
one will in each case be able to directly experience it, as an eye-witness...


Buddha said: The mind is naturally radiant, but veiled by mental hindrance!

More on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Feeding_the_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/drops/II/The_Canal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Naturally_Radiant.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Suitable_Substitution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Doubt_and_Uncertainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm



Comments:
The 4 mental fermentations are wrong, false & hidden assumptions associated with:
1: Sense-desire (kamasava). Ex: "Sensing is only & always pleasant. Pain exists not!"
2: Desiring becoming into new existence (bhavasava): Ex: "All life is good, Death exists not!"
3: Wrong views (ditthasava):
Ex: "I am better, know better & what I think is thus never wrong!"
4: Ignorance (avijjasava): Ex: "Suffering, craving, ending craving & the Noble Way exists not!"

For Details on the 3 Mental Fermentations (asava) please see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/aasava.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Proximate_Cause.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cause_of_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Three_Fermentations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Freed_from_Fermentation.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Fives 23: Four deeds of Merit... [III: 16-7]

The Mind is Naturally Radiant!

But veiled by alien mental hindrances!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Naturally_Radiant.htm
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PostSubject: What causes ignorance?   Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:05 am

Friends:

What are the Causes of Lack of Vision & Wisdom?



A prince named fearless once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, what is the conditioning cause for lack of vision & wisdom?
Prince, when mind is obsessed, overwhelmed, & dominated by sense-desire,
or when mind is beset by evil-will, plagued, enraged & conquered by anger,
or when mind is retarded, dimmed, detained & diluted by lethargic laziness,
or when mind is agitated, troubled & tyrannized by restlessness & regret,
or when mind is perplexed, confused & bewildered by doubt & uncertainty,
and one does not understand any safe escape from any of these present
mental hindrances, at that moment, one can neither see, nor understand
anything of what is advantageous, neither for oneself, nor for others,
nor both for oneself & others! These mental hindrances are therefore
the conditioning causes for lack of vision and wisdom! It is in exactly
this way, that ignorance arises from a cause, and not without a cause...
What is this Dhamma explanation called, Sir?
These are called the mental hindrances, prince.
Surely and unquestionably they are mental hindrances. Blessed One!
One overcome by even a single mental hindrance would not know and see
things as they really are, not to speak of one overcome by all these
5 mental hindrances...



More on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Feeding_the_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Starving_the_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Doubt_and_Uncertainty.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:127] section 46: The Links. 56: To Abhaya...



What causes ignorance?

The 5 mental hindrances causes ignorance!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita

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PostSubject: Instant Karma!   Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:50 am

Friends:

Doing Good gets pleasure. Doing evil gets Pain!



Doing evil, bad or wrong actions, returns in resultant pain, while doing good,
right and kind actions echoes back as pleasure. Usually there is a long delay
between action and resultant karmic effect. Though in rare & strong cases
the effect returns immediately. This 'behavioural echo' may be designated:
Instant karma. Some illustrative examples are given below:


Folly parents made him do this.
Cat does not resist since it knows and likes the boy. Therefore it stays dry!
Kamma in action!


This cat also likes the boy, but teaches him a lesson about not to let own anger
drip on others... Kamma in action!


This foolish woman is using a far too large gun: A Desert Eagle using .50
Action Express bullets, which can kill an elephant or rhino in one shot,
but has a forceful recoil. Her intention with the gun is motivated by hate.
She experiences that! Kamma in action!


This cat has killed too many mice, being greedy and eaten far too much,
gotten fat, and thus totally misses an otherwise easy jump. Kamma in action!


This guy was a human thief in his prior life.
Note how he also now approaches slowly, looks around, and retires quickly.
He knows what he is doing from earlier, since seagulls cannot be trained!
Next rebirth destination for him: Stealing insect or lower. Kamma in action!


This boy does good and gets fun!


This boy also does good and also gets fun!

More on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action (Sanskrit=Karma):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_dilutes_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Health_&_Sickness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Low_or_High_Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Wealth_or_Poverty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Beauty_&_Ugliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Evil_Kamma_enhances_other_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm

Instant Karma!

Doing Good gets pleasure. Doing evil gets Pain!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Instant_Karma.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita


PostSubject: Flash in, splash out...   Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:57 am

Friends:

Only Momentary Causes & Effects passes by...



Life, person, pleasure, pain, just these join in a conscious moment that flicks by.
Even gods, that live for 84.000 aeons, are not the same even for 2 such moments!
Ceased aggregates of those dead & alive are all alike, gone for never to return...
And those states and accumulations that break up meanwhile, and in any future,
have no traits different from those ceased before. All states are equally brief!
No world is born if consciousness is not produced! When consciousness is present,
then the world appears as living! When consciousness dissolves, the world is dead!
This is the highest sense, this concept of ever blinking re-becoming, can justify...
No store of broken states exist anywhere, & no future stock of states to come!
Those phenomena that are momentarily born balance like seeds on a needle point.
Fall and breakup of all states is surely foredoomed, even at their fleeting birth...
Those present states decay now, unmingled with those past states, just gone by.
They come from nowhere, break up, & back to nowhere they inevitably then go...
Reality flash in & then flash out, as a lightning in the sky... Not ever to be kept!!!
Even for a single moment! Vism 625, Nd I 42


Momentary states flashes in and then immediately flashes out!

More on this transience and Impermanence (Anicca):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rise_and_Fall.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Noting_the_Breakup.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Transient_formations.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Perceiving_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Impermanence_Anicca.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Internal_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_External_Transience.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Impermanence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence_2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Universal_Transience.htm



Have a nice passing day!

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

Flash in, splash out...

Momentary are all states, whether physical or mental!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Flash_In_Flash_Out.htm
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PostSubject: Entering the Stream Supreme!   Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:20 am

[size=200]Friends:[/size]

[size=150]What can enable an Entering into the Stream?[/size]



The Blessed Buddha once explained how to Enter the Stream to Nibbana:
Bhikkhus & friends, these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads
to the realization of the fruit of Stream-entry (sotapatti-phala)!
Which four?
1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on Great Men...
2: Hearing and studying the true Dhamma Doctrine...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine Dhamma...
4: Rational and careful Attention to cause and effect...

These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads to the fruition of
Once-returning (sakadagami-phala) or further to Non-return (anagami-phala).
These 4 states, when developed & made much of leads finally to the fruition
of Arahat-ship, the Awakening that is Enlightenment (arahatta-phala)!
Bhikkhus these 4 states, when developed & made much of leads directly to
the reaching, attaining & realizing of genuine and liberating Understanding;
To the state of Awakening of Understanding;
To the state of Wealth of Understanding;
To the state of Great Understanding;
To the state of Open Understanding;
To the state of Wide Understanding;
To the state of Profound Understanding;
To the state of Deep Understanding;
To the state of Unequalled Understanding;
To the state of Universal Understanding;
To the state of Extensive Understanding;
To the state of Quick Understanding;
To the state of Instant Understanding;
To the state of Light Understanding;
To the state of Laughing Understanding;
To the state of Acute Understanding;
To the state of Penetrative Understanding!
To the state of Ultimate and Absolute Understanding!
What four?
1: Meeting, visiting and waiting on great men...
2: Hearing and reading the true Doctrine of the Dhamma...
3: Practice in accordance with this genuine & righteous Dhamma Law...
4: Careful and rational Attention to what is cause and what is effect...




More on gaining a surely safe future: Stream-Entry:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Internal_Bath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Faith_Summary.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stream_Entrance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stream-Entry_Tools.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Assured_Destination.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Impossible_Alteration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruits_of_the_Noble_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Links_to_Stream_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Friends_and_Colleagues.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/ariya_puggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Helpers_to_Stream_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Entering_the_Stream_Supreme.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_4_Steps_to_Stream-Entry.htm



Source: The Path of Discrimination XXI The canonical Patisambhidamagga [ii 189]
The Essay on Great Understanding. By Venerable Sariputta.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=133494



Entering the Stream Supreme!

What makes one enter the stream to Nibbana?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Helpers_to_Stream_Entry.htm
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PostSubject: Wicked is Wrong View...   Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:56 am

Friends:

How to eliminate & leave behind Wrong View?



Once a certain Bhikkhu approached the Blessed One and asked him:
Venerable Sir, how should one know & see, for leaving any wrong view,
for eliminating any belief in an ego, for overcoming all 'self'-making?
Bhikkhu, when one knows and sees any eye, form, eye-consciousness,
eye-contact, & feeling arised caused by eye-contact as impermanent,
when one sees this is not mine, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any ear, sound, ear-consciousness,
ear-contact, & any feeling arised caused by ear-contact as transient,
when one sees this is not "I", that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any nose, smell, nose-consciousness,
nose-contact, & any feeling arised caused by nose-contact as temporary,
when one sees this is not me, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any tongue, taste, tongue-consciousness,
tongue-contact, & feeling arised caused by tongue-contact as short-lived,
when one sees this is not mine, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any body, touch, body-consciousness,
body-contact, & feeling arised caused by body-contact as ephemeral,
when one sees this is not my self, that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a self, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...
Bhikkhu, when one knows & sees any mind, thought, mind-consciousness,
mental-contact, & feeling arised caused by mind-contact as momentary,
when one sees this is not 'my self', that wrong view, that belief in an ego,
that making up of a soul, is overcome, eliminated and all abandoned...




More about Wrong View (Miccha Ditthi):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Not_Involved.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Without_Views.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/ditthi.htm




Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [147-148]
Section 35: On The 6 Senses. The Overcoming of Wrong View!: 165-167.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html




Wicked is Wrong View...

Mistaking Opinion for Knowledge is more than Fatal!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Leaving_Wrong_View.htm
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PostSubject: Alleviating Anger!   Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:16 am

Friends:

Anger, Irritation, and Stubborn Contrariety!



Evil and ill-will is the mental hindrance, which is resisting against and
opposing phenomena. It can be quite violent when manifesting as quarrels,
conflict, hate, hostility and war. Aversion instantly destroys all harmony
and peace and thus any potential for happiness. It can only be cured by
meditation on the four infinitely divine states (Brahma-viharas).


First priority: Noticing evil Ill-Will arise -in itself- makes it fade away:
The Buddha said: When ill-will is present in him then he understands:
"There is ill-will in me now" and when ill-will is absent, he also notices:
"There is no ill-will in me now". He understands how unarisen ill-will arises.
He understands how to leave behind any arisen ill-will, and he understands
how left ill-will will not ever arise again in the future. MN 10



What is the feeding cause that makes ill-will arise?
There are displeasing and repulsive features and aspects of any object,
frequently giving irrational & unwise attention to them, this is the feeding
cause of the arising of unarisen ill-will, and the feeding cause of the very
increase and expansion of ill-will that already has arisen. SN 46:51

The 3 paranoid thoughts that induces resentment:
1: He or she has done, is doing or will in the future do me some wrong!
2: He or she has done, is doing or will do those I like some wrong!
3: He or she has done, is doing or will do those I dislike some good!

What is the starving cause that makes ill-will cease?
There is the release of mind through Universal Good-Will and Friendliness,
frequently giving rational and wise attention to this is the starving cause
of the non-arising of unarisen ill-will, and the starving cause of decrease
and shrinking of ill-will that already has arisen. SN 46:51



Which medicine cures ill-will, so that it does not re-arise ever again?
One should cultivate the meditation on Universal Friendliness (Metta)!
For the meditation on universal friendliness gradually evaporates ill-will.
One should cultivate the meditation on All-embracing Pity (Karuna)!
Meditation on embracing pity, makes cruel harming violence fade away.
One should cultivate the meditation on Sympathetic Mutual Joy (Mudita)!
Meditation on mutual joy eliminates discontent, green envy and jealousy.
One should cultivate the meditation on composed Equanimity (Upekkha)!
Meditation on imperturbable equanimity can make anger & aversion cease.
MN 62



Some advantageous reflections to return to:
Remember the Simile of the Saw... The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, even if bandits were to cut you up, savagely, limb by limb, with a
two-handled saw, you should not be angry with them but do my bidding:
Remain pervading them with a friendly mentality imbued only with an all
embracing good will, kind, rich, expansive, and immeasurable. Free from
hostility, free from ill will. Always remembering this Simile of the Saw
is indeed how you should train yourselves... MN 21

Being OWNER of ANGER is Pain: Know that everyone is the owner of the
consequences of all their actions (Kamma), whether good or bad...



The 11 advantages won by cultivating Universal Friendliness (Metta):
1: One sleeps happy!
2: One wakes happy!
3: One dreams no evil dreams!
4: One is liked and loved by all human beings!
5: One is liked and loved by all non-human beings too!
6: One is guarded and protected by the divine devas!
7: One cannot be harmed by fire, poison or weapons!
8: One swiftly attains the concentration of absorption!
9: Ones appearance becomes serene, calm and composed!
10: One dies without confusion, bewilderment or panic!
11: One reappears after death on the Brahma level if gone no higher!
AN V342



More on Anger, Irritation & Stubbornness as dilutions of Hate (Dosa):
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Break_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Slaying_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Revenge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Appeasing_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Subduing_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Cure_Ill_Will.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Elimination_of_Anger.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Cure_Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Cure_Cruelty_and_Revengefulness.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Alleviating Anger!
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PostSubject: Joys beyond this World!   Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:08 am

Friends:

Joys neither of this world, nor even Beyond!!!



The Blessed Buddha once said:
And what, Bhikkhus, is the Joy not of this world? Aloof and above any lust,
quite secluded from any sense desire, protected from any disadvantageous
mental state, one enters & dwells in the 1st jhana mental absorption; full of
joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with directed & sustained thought...
With the stilling of directed & sustained thought, one later enters & dwells
in the 2nd jhana of calmed assurance & unification of mind devoid of any
thought & thinking, joined with joy & pleasure now born of concentration!
These are called the joys not of this world!
And what, Bhikkhus, is the joy beyond that joy, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
mind liberated from lust, freed from hatred, and released from confusion,
there arises a transcendental joy. This is called Joy quite beyond that joy,
that is not of this world...



More on quite rapturous Joy (piti) here hihihi ;-):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Alert_Elevated_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Super-Human_Delight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Super-Human_Delight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_Beyond_This_World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_of_the_Flesch_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happiness_of_the_Flesh_and_Beyond.htm



Regarding Joys of this World: Balance - Sara Tavares seems infectious!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C9mWN8vKHQ



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling: Vedana. Joys beyond this world ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html

Joys beyond this World!

Have a nice, noble, and joyous day!

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

There is a Supra-Human kind of Delight!


Joys beyond this World!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_Beyond_This_World.htm
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PostSubject: The Good Grows Slowly :-)   Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:03 am

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PostSubject: Setting out on the Way!    Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:40 am

Friends:

How can one ever Succeed, when Never having Started?



The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, those who have neglected to begin this Noble 8-fold Way,
have failed to develop the Noble Method, which destroys Suffering!
While those who having indeed begun this Noble 8-fold Way, have
indeed also initiated the Noble Method, which destroys all Suffering!
And what, Bhikkhus, is this Noble 8-fold Way? It is simply this:

1: Right View (samma-ditthi)
2: Right Motivation  (samma-sankappa)
3: Right Speech  (samma-vaca)
4: Right Action  (samma-kammanta)
5: Right Livelihood  (samma-ajiva)
6: Right Effort  (samma-vayama)
7: Right Awareness  (samma-sati)
8: Right Concentration  (samma-samadhi)


Bhikkhus, those who have failed even to start on this Noble 8-fold Way,
have failed to cultivate that Noble Method, which destroys all Suffering!
While those, who have really started on this Noble 8-fold Way, have
indeed also made the first move capable of destroying all Suffering!


Walking the Noble 8-fold Way!

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fulfilled_First_.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Failed_by_Neglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Noble_8-Fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Golden_Middle_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruits_of_the_Noble_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4th_Noble_Truth_on_The_Way_to_Cease_Suffering.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:23-4] section 45:33 Failed ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



Setting out on the Way!

The Noble 8-fold Way ends in the Deathless Nibbăna!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Failed_by_Neglect.htm
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PostSubject: Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!   Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:51 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Durutu Poya day is the full-moon of January. This holy day celebrates
the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. The Buddha visited the very
place, where the present magnificent Mahiyangana Stupa was built to
enshrine the Buddha's hair relics and the collar bone. For Details see:
http://www.buddhanet.net/sacred-island/mahiyangana.html and
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/ma/mahiyangana.htm


Mahiyangana Stupa

On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the Three Refuges and undertakes the
Five Precepts like this: Newly bathed, shaved, white-clothed, with clean
bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue, and bows first
three times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees & head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm & steady voice:

As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.

I will hereby respect these Three Jewels the rest of my life!


I accept to respect & undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol & Drugs.

As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...


Then, one keeps and protects these sacred vows better than one's
own eyes & children!, since they protect you & all other beings much
better than any army! They are the highest offer one can give in & to
this world! So is the start towards Nibbana: the Deathless Element!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
initiated by Morality, developed further by Dhamma-Study and
fulfilled by training of Meditation...



Today indeed is Pooya or uposatha or observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps even the Eight Precepts from sunrise until the
next dawn... If any wish an official recognition by the Bhikkhu-Sangha,
they may simply forward the lines starting with "I hereby ..." signed with
name, date, town, & country to me or join here. A public list of this new
quite rapidly growing global Saddhamma-Sangha is set up here!

The New Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: The Saddhamma Sangha:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm

Can quite advantageously be Joined Here:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm




May your journey hereby be light, swift, and sweet. Never give up !!

Bhikkhu Samahita: what.buddha.said@gmail.com

For Details on The Origin of Uposatha Observance Days:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/uposatha.html

Have a nice observance day!

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

How to be a Real Buddhist by Observance?

Today is Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Durutu_Poya_Day.htm
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PostSubject: When Not Knowing...   Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:35 am

[size=200]Friends:[/size]

[size=150]Not Knowing Nature & Cause of things causes Speculation to arise:[/size]



Once the wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Blessed One & greeted him.
Having concluded their compliments, he sat down & asked the Blessed Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause, condition & reason why all these various
speculative views arise in the world:
This Universe is eternal, or This Universe is not eternal. &;
This Universe is finite, or This Universe is infinite. &;
Vitality & the body are the same, or vitality is one thing, the body is another. &;
A Tathagata exists after death, or a Tathagata does not exist after death.
Or; The Tathagata both exists and does not exist after death. Or;
The Tathagata does neither exist, nor does not exist after death?
The Blessed Buddha then replied:
It is, Vaccha, because of neither knowing form, nor the cause of emergence of
form (rupa), nor the cause of the ceasing of form, nor the Way to cease form,
that those various speculative views, such as: "This Universe is eternal etc..."
arise in the world...!!! This ignorance, this not seeing, this not understanding,
Vaccha, is the cause, & reason, why those various speculative views keep arising
in this world...!!!




More on Ignorance (Avijja):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/avijjaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/What_is_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Cause_of_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Because_of_Not_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Whenever_and_Wherever.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Because_of_Not_Examining.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Indifference_Creates_Ignorance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_the_Cause_of_Ignorance.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book III 257-8
The Vacchagotta section 33. Thread on Not Knowing: Ańńana Sutta (1)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



When Not Knowing...

Not Knowing Causes Speculation!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Because_of_Not_Knowing.htm
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PostSubject: All of Reality is just Name-and-Form...    Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:40 am

Friends:

Reality is Moments of Mentality & Materiality!



Nama-Rupa = Name-and-Form, Naming-and-Forming!



The mind is that, which knows the object! The object is that, which is known!
These two processes always arise and cease together simultaneously...
Neither inside, within, nor apart from, outside these two is any observer agent,
person, I, Me, or other assumed entity as a hidden variable, ever involved!
The mind is immaterial, formless and invisible. The object may be designated
or named 'material', 'physical', 'formed' and even 'visible' only and exactly
to the extent and in so far as it is experienceable by the mind!
No same, constant, lasting 'real', 'actual' or 'substantial substance' has ever
existed 'out there' independently or separable from the mind, that right then
momentarily perceived and thereby apprehended, displayed, manifested and
designated it! This core dual pair of mentality (nama) and materiality (rupa),
is thus one united yet dual continuum, like the two ends of the same stick!
They do never emerge, nor do they ever exist, nor can they ever be observed
separately, in and of themselves, but they can only arise in mutual dependence,
like two thin creepers can only arise & stand up if intertwined with each other.
Mentality & materiality thus arise and cease simultaneously in each moment!
They are thus the most basic, fundamental and primary pair on the bottom of
the dynamic ever-changing process of any being in any existence...
What is called 'matter' is delimited, defined, characterized, conceptualized,
compartmentalized and even named by mind! Therefore can matter never be
separated from mind, like if one tries to break the dual-ended stick in order
to separate the ends, then one always gets two sticks, still each with 2 ends!
Therefore one unambiguously always ends up with observing a pair-wise new
event of mentality & materiality! The basic founding, yet often unnoticed,
unspoken and maybe even sometimes actively denied assumption underlying
all Western science that: The naked, inert, objective observation is possible!
'Matter can be observed and analyzed objectively, independently of mind!'
is therefore utterly false, futile and even somewhat childish... No observation
can ever be independent of mind! Why not? What is observing IS the mind!
The naive physicist who postulates: 'Independently of Mind, "I!" will observe,
describe and evaluate matter!' extending out of his range of understanding,
thus speaks folly false and is thereby later ultimately enforced to introduce
'mysti-phystical' entities as 'hidden variables' into his explanations, in order
to reach completeness, coherence and internal consistence...
He seems to be in complete oblivion of the dry fact, that even before one even
thinks of, even speaks of, or experiment with any 'matter', mind have indeed
been long and hard at work! The basic hidden, yet always present, factor in
any observation, is naturally mind itself!
However, this factor is not so hidden, that it cannot be observed & analyzed
and that even without any laboratory or even a single 'instrument' apart from
a pillow to sit on!
Everyone, without even a single exception, who sits down with closed eyes, will
instantly be overwhelmed by a veritable storm of mentally created distractions:
This is the Mind! This is mental activity knocking your door... Undeniably real!
When this dynamic self-sustaining duality of mentality-materiality, this self-
sustaining perpetum mobile, cease to evolve, consciousness thereby ceases to
establish itself on an object! This - only this, in and of itself - is the very final
End of all Suffering...



On this Mind-&-Matter Duality, Mentality-Materiality, Naming & Forming:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Name_and_Form.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Siamese_Twins.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/No_Being_No_Person.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/naama_ruupa.htm



More on the 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/II/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Magnificent_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Highway_to_Nibbana.htm



Have a nice & noble day!

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

Mentality and Materiality is Naming and Forming!

Nâma-Rűpa = The Core Duality!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Core_Duality.htm
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PostSubject: Rejoicing Joy!   Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:25 am

Friends:

Mutual Joy cures all vicious Envy and Jealousy!



The dear companion can be the proximate cause for Mutual Joy, where one
rejoices in another being's success... One thus rejoicing in others fortune
is called a 'boon companion', for he is constantly glad: He laughs first and
speaks afterward! So he should be the first to be pervaded with gladness.
Or on seeing a dear person being happy, cheerful and glad, mutual joy can
be aroused thus: 'See this being is indeed glad! How good, how excellent!'
Just as one would be glad at seeing a dear and beloved person very happy,
exactly so does one pervade all other beings in all directions with mutual joy...
Rejoicing mutual joy can also be aroused by remembering others happiness
in the past and recollecting the elated joy aspect in this way: 'In the past he
had great wealth, a great following and he was always glad'. Or mutual joy
can be aroused by apprehending the future glad aspect of his in this way:
'In the future he will again enjoy similar success and will go about in gold
palanquins, on the backs of elephants or on horseback'. Having thus aroused
mutual joy regarding a dear person, one can then direct the very same feeling
successively towards a neutral one, and gradually towards any hostile person.
Vbh 274, Vism I 316



Comments:
Mutual joy causes Contentment! No mutual joy thus means Discontentment!
Therefore: If being generally dissatisfied, then be happy over others gains.
Secondly: Mutual joy causes all envy & jealousy to evaporate into equanimity!



Mutual Joy (Mudita), which cures all envy and jealousy, is a divine state!
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



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

Rejoicing Joy!

Mutual Joy Causes Contentment! :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
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PostSubject: Certain Rightness...   Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:53 am

Friends:

What Right View gives Certainty of Rightness?

Seeing the 5 Clusters of Clinging: form, feeling, perception, mental construction,
and consciousness collectively as impermanent, as painful, as a disease, a boil,
a dart, a calamity, an affliction, as alien, as disintegrating, as a plague, a terror,
a menace, a disaster, as fickle, as perishable, as not lasting, as transient, as no
protection, no shelter, no refuge, as empty, as vain, void, as not-self, as a danger,
as subject to change, as having no core, as the root of calamity, as murderous,
as due to be annihilated, as subject to fermentation, as constructed of parts,
as Mara's bait, as subject to birth, subject to ageing, subject to illness, subject
to death, subject to sorrow, subject to lamentation, subject to despair, subject
to defilement. By seeing that the 5 clusters of clinging are impermanent, one thus
acquires a fondness, an inclination, a preference that conforms with the Dhamma.
By seeing that ceasing of the 5 clusters of clinging is the very immutable Nibbana,
one enters into the certainty of rightness. This is therefore perfectly right view!
Ps II 238, Vism 611


Clusters of thoughts and mental states as clinging, can be like Bees!

More on these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khanda):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Origin.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Any_Kind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fingernail_of_Soil.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Acquisition_of_Fuel.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Clustered_Truths.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Burden_and_Prison.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stilling_of_Clinging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Breaking_the_Bonds.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/khandha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Things_that_can_be_clung_to.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_are_the_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm


Physical aggregates can have many forms, yet mental even more so!

Have a nice detached day!

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

Certainty of Rightness...
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PostSubject: Patience is the Highest Praxis...!   Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:24 am

Friends:

Patience is the 6th Perfection:

The characteristic of patience is acceptance, its function is to endure,
and its manifestation is non-opposing tolerance! The cause of patience
is understanding how things really are.. The effect of patience is calm
tranquility despite presence of intensely stirring provocation..
Patience of the will produces forgiving forbearance!
Patience of the intellect produces faith, confidence and certainty!
Patience of the body produces resolute and tenacious endurance!
Internal tolerance of states within oneself is patient endurance...
External tolerance of other beings is forbearance and forgiveness...



He who patiently protects himself, protects also all other beings!
He who patiently protects all other beings, protects also himself!



Not from speaking much is one called clever.
The patient one is free from anger and free from fear,
only such steady persisting one, is rightly called clever...
Dhammapada 258



Patient tolerance is the highest praxis...
Nibbana is the supreme Bliss!
So say all the Buddhas.
Dhammapada 184



The innocent one, who has done nothing wrong,
Who endures abuse, flogging and even imprisonment,
Such one, armed with stamina, the great force of tolerance,
Such stoic one, who self-possessed can accept, I call a Holy One!
Dhammapada 399



One should follow those who are determined, tolerant, and enduring,
intelligent, wise, diligent, clever, good-willed and evidently Noble.
One shall stick to them as the moon remains in its regular orbit.
Dhammapada 208



Friends, even if bandits were to cut you up, savagely, limb by limb,
with a two-handled saw, you should not get angry, but do my bidding:
Remain pervading them and all others with a friendly Awareness imbued
with an all-embracing good-will, kind, rich, expansive, and immeasurable!
Free from hostility, free from any ill will. Always remembering this very
Simile of the Saw is indeed how you should train yourselves.
Majjhima Nikaya 21



The five ways of removing irritating annoyance:
Bhikkhus, there are these five ways of removing annoyance, by which any
irritation can be entirely removed by a Bhikkhu, when it arises in him.
What are these five ways?
1: Friendliness can be maintained towards an irritating person or state..
2: Understanding can be undertaken towards an irritating person or state..
3: On-looking Equanimity can be kept towards an irritating person or state..
4: One can forget and ignore the irritating person, mental or physical state..
5: Ownership of Kamma of the irritating person can be reflected upon thus:
This good person is owner of his actions, inherit the result his actions, is
indeed born of his actions and only he is responsible for his actions be they
good or bad. This too is how annoyance with the irksome can be instantly
removed. These are the five ways of removing annoyance, and by which any
irritation can be entirely removed in a friend, exactly when it arises...
Anguttara Nikaya V 161



Buddha to his son Rahula: Develop an Imperturbable Mind like the elements:
Rahula, develop a mind like earth, then contacts of arisen like and dislike
will not obsess your mind! Rahula, on the earth is dumped both the pure and
the impure: excreta, urine, saliva, pus, blood, but the earth does not detest
any of those... Even and exactly so make your mind stable like the earth!
Rahula, develop a mind like water, then contacts of arisen pleasure and pain
will not seize your mind. Rahula with water both the pure and the impure
are cleaned... Washed away with water are excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and
blood, yet the water does not despise any of that! Even so make the mind
fluid and adaptable like the water!
Rahula, develop a mind like fire, then the contacts of any arisen attraction
or aversion will neither consume, nor hang on to your mind! Rahula, fire burns
both the pure and the impure, burns excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and blood,
yet the fire does not loathe any of that.. In the same manner refine the mind
into a tool like an all consuming and purifying fire!
Rahula, develop a mind similar to space, then contacts of arisen delight and
frustration does neither take hold of, nor remain in your mind. Space does
not settle anywhere! Similarly make the mind unsettled and unestablished
like open space. When you expand mind like space, contacts of delight and
frustration will neither be able to dominate, nor obsess your mind...
Majjhima Nikaya 62



More on the 10 mental perfections (paramis):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Ten_Perfections.htm



Have a nice, noble & patient day!

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

Very Advantageous is Patience, Tolerance & Endurance!

Patience is the Highest Praxis!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Patient_is_Tolerance.htm
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PostSubject: The Noble Community....   Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:36 am

Friends:

The Ten Contemplations is Daily Routine!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation which when often
practised and developed leads to the complete turning away from
the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to Peace, to final
penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nibbana...
Any Noble Disciple who by progress have understood the Dhamma
dwells frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of the Noble Sangha like this:
"Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's
Noble Disciples. Training the right way, the true way, the good way,
the direct way! Therefore do these eight kinds of individuals, these
four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice, offerings, much
hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this
Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is indeed
an unsurpassable & forever unsurpassed field of merit, in this world,
for this world, to honour, support, uphold, respect and protect..."
Source: AN 1:16.3 + 6:10


Higher Education just of Another Kind - details inside...    

More on the Three Jewels (Ti-Ratana) and Nobility (Ariya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/ti_ratana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/ariya_puggala.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Peace.htm



Remembering this Sangha Community of Disciples:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangha
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Sangha
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Lay_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Divine_Refuge.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Saddhamma_Sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refuges_and_Precepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sangha_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/ti_sarana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fullmoon_Observance_Day.htm



The Noble Community....

Contemplating the Qualities of the Sangha!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sangha_Contemplation.htm
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PostSubject: Get Going Good!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:40 am

Friends:

What is the Definition of Energy?



The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Bhikkhus, is the ability of Energy? Here, Bhikkhus, the Noble Disciple lives
with energy aroused for the elimination of disadvantageous mental states and for
gaining a firm foundation in advantageous states. He is determined, resolute in all
his efforts, not evading any good opportunity to train advantageous mental states.
This is called the ability of Energy. Source: Samyutta Nikaya V 48



Without Energy, there is neither advantageous action, nor effort!
Without any advantageous action, there is neither any good result!
No cause gives no effect! Therefore: Raise and stir up yourself!



For details on the Enthusiastic Ability of Energy see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Definition_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Arising_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Ability_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Origin_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Enthusiastic_is_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Power_of_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Ballanced_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Chief_Hero.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energetic_Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Avoiding_Effort.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Energy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Dual_Energy.htm



Get Going Good!

Energy is the Main Motor...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Definition_of_Energy.htm
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PostSubject: The Golden Middle Way!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:07 am

Friends:

Avoiding the Extremes Opens Way to Peace!




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

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


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



Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Failed_by_Neglect.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Noble_8-Fold_Way.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruits_of_the_Noble_Way.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [330-1]
Section 42: On The 6 Senses. Rasiya: 12.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Avoiding the Extremes Produces Peace...

The Golden Middle Way!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/II/Middle_Way.htm
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PostSubject: United in Harmony :-)   Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:51 am

Friends:

The 6 Things Uniting in Harmony to be Remembered:



The Blessed Buddha once said:
These six things are to be remembered in order to Unite any Community in Harmony:
Which six?
1: Friendly Behaviour (metta-kaya-kamma=friendly bodily action) both in public and in private.
2: Friendly Speech (metta-vaci-kamma=friendly verbal action) both in public and in private.
3: Friendly Thought (metta-mano-kamma=friendly mental action) both in public and in private.
4: Sharing of Gains (sadharana-bhogi=common wealth) even down to any single lump of food.
5: Moral Harmony (sila-samannagato=uniform morality): All respect the same ethical rules.
6: Harmony in Views (ditthi-samannagato=uniform attitude): All share the same general views.
These 6 things are to be considered & remembered both for individual & social Harmony...

Comments:
So we can sleep with open doors and dance with the children in our arms :-)



On Harmony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Milk_and_Water.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Sixes 11: To be Remembered... [III: 288-9]

United in Harmony :-)

Blending like Milk and Water...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/United_in_Harmony.htm
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PostSubject: Being Beyond Doubt!   Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:23 am

Friends:

Beyond all Doubt, Perplexity and Confusion!



The Blessed Buddha once said: There are 5 primary mental Abilities:

1: The ability of Faith (saddha)
2: The ability of Energy (viriya)
3: The ability of Awareness (sati)
4: The ability of Concentration (samadhi)
5: The ability of Understanding (pańńa)


All these fine abilities culminate in the Deathless Destination,
which is their final goal, home, purpose, and resulting effect...
When having seen, known, understood, directly experienced,
fully realized and touched this through wisdom, then one is
quite beyond all doubt, uncertainty, perplexity and confusion!


The Ability to See forms is similar to the ability to Understand ideas!

More on the 5 prime mental Abilities (indriya):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Five_Abilities_Summary.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/Finding_the_Abilities.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Final_Abilities.htm


Both is done by human brain neuron cells by transmitting signals!



Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book V [221]
Section 48: On The 6 Abilities. The Eastern Gatehouse: 44.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507

Being Beyond Doubt!

5 Abilities Overcome all Doubt, Perplexity and Confusion!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Final_Destination.htm
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PostSubject: Calm and Content!   Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:12 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...
Therefore: If one is always gladdened by other's success, one will always be content!
Therefore: If one is never gladdened by other's success, 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



Proof:
The beings above are without many possessions, yet seemingly quite content!

Have a nice content day!

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

Calm and Content!

Contentment is the Highest Treasure!
If one is always gladdened by other's success, one will always be content!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_and_Content.htm
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PostSubject: Unhindered means Freedom!   Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:40 am

Friends:

Mental Hindrances => Neglect & Ruin:



The Blessed Buddha once said:
One whose mind is dominated by greed, lust, desire, and envy or jealously
will do, whatever should not be done, and neglect whatever should be done!
As a consequence of that, his good reputation is lost and his contentment &
happiness falls into ruin. Exactly so with anyone whose mind is overwhelmed
by anger and grumbling ill-will or overcome, slowed down & stagnated by the
hindrance of lethargy & laziness or agitated, scattered, and worried by the
hindrance of restlessness & regret or perplexed, confused and bewildered
by the hindrance of doubt & uncertainty... Such one will do what should not
be done at all, while neglecting what actually should be done. As a result of
that, his good name & status is lost & he is ruined by depressed frustration.
But if any Noble Disciple has seen these five as contaminated pollutions of
the mind, then he will gradually overcome & eliminate them. When doing so,
he becomes known as one of deep understanding, of fine & great knowledge,
clear-sighted, endowed with wisdom. This lack of mental hindrance is indeed
exactly, what is called endowment with wisdom!

There are these five Mental Hindrances:
1: Sense-Desire & Lust,
2: Hate and Anger,
3: Lethargy & Laziness,
4: Restlessness & Regret,
5: Doubt & Uncertainty.




How to break and overcome these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivaranas):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Feeding_the_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/drops/II/The_Canal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Suitable_Substitution.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Doubt_and_Uncertainty.htm


The Hindrances Blocks any Progress and Makes your Future Barren!

Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Sayings of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya.
The Book of Fours 61: Four deeds of Merit... [II: 67]


Really Suffocating, yet not easily Visible!

Unhindered means Freedom!

Mental Hindrances induce Neglect and Ruin!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Endowed_with_Wisdom.htm
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PostSubject: Serene is Silent Equanimity!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:10 am

Friends:

How is Release by Equanimity Achieved?



The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is release of mind by serene equanimity (Upekkha)
achieved? What does this liberation have as its destination, what is
its culmination, what is its sweet fruit, and what is the ultimate goal
of mental release by universally neutral & imperturbable equanimity?
Here, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading first the entire frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite equanimity, so the second quadrant,
the 3rd quadrant, and the 4th quadrant. As above, so below, across,
and everywhere, & as to all beings also to himself, he dwells pervading
the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited equanimity,
immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility, without any enmity,
without any ill will! Thus prepared and expanded, he then develops:

1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless equanimity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such equanimity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite equanimity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute equanimity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with serene equanimity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with equanimity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless equanimity.

Based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.



If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in any unrepulsive & tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in any disgusting & repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
dwell in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! Or else,
completely transcending the realm of infinitude of consciousness,
only aware that there is nothing, he enters & dwells in the sphere of
the void, empty & vacuous nothingness.. I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise
Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated to an even more superior
mental release, the mental release by imperturbable equanimity has
the subtle sphere of the nothingness as its final culmination!



More on this serene mental state of Equanimity (Upekkha):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Even_is_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/High_and_Alert.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Divorced_Freedom.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Serene_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Empty_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Exquisite_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/u_v/upekkhaa.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unshakable_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_7_Links_to_Awakening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Imperturbable_Equanimity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Serene_Equanimity_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/tatra_majjhattataa.htm



Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...
Have a nice & noble day!

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

Imperturbability induces Peace...

Serene is Equanimity!

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Empty_Equanimity.htm
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