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Bhikkhu_Samahita

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PostSubject: Mission Complete!   Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:31 am

Friends:

What Induces the Final Knowledge?



The Blessed Buddha once pointed out:
1: Considering the Transience of all Constructions, leads to final knowledge...
2: Contemplating the Pain within all passing states, leads to final knowledge...
3: Comprehending the Impersonality of all phenomena, leads to final knowledge...
4: Considering the advantage of Withdrawal by Detachment, leads to final knowledge...
5: Contemplating the Fading Away of Greed by fine Disillusion, leads to final knowledge...
6: Comprehending the Freedom, Bliss & Peace of Stilled Ceasing, leads to final knowledge...

One endowed with Final Knowledge (Añña) knows:
Rebirth has ceased, completed is this Noble life, done is what had to be done,
there is no state of being higher, beyond, or after this...



More on Understanding (Pañña):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Chief_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Right_Understanding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_8_Understandings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Understanding_is_the_Chief.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Supreme_Understanding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Revealing_Understanding.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Seven_invisible_Diamonds.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Understanding_Ability.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Outstanding_Understanding.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book [V 345], section 55:3
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



Mission Complete!

What Causes Final Knowledge?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Final_Knowledge.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita

Bhikkhu_Samahita


PostSubject: Breath Meditation!   Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:33 am

Friends:

How is constant Awareness Established only by Breathing?



Sitting cross-legged, with straight back, elevated chin, in a silent place, the
yogi remains focusing all attention on the touch point of air in his nostrils:

Fully aware one inhales and fully aware one exhales...
When inhaling a long breath, one notices that...
When exhaling a long breath, one notices that...
When inhaling a short breath, one notices that...
When exhaling a short breath, one notices that...
Experiencing the whole body, one inhales...
Experiencing the whole body, one exhales...
Calming all bodily activity, one inhales...
Calming all bodily activity, one exhales...


One trains thus: Experiencing joyous rapture, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing joyous rapture, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will exhale...

One trains thus: Experiencing all mentality as mood, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Experiencing all mentality as mood, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Satisfying and gladdening the mind, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Satisfying and gladdening the mind, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Focusing the mind by concentration, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Focusing the mind by concentration, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Releasing the mind from hindrance, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Releasing the mind from hindrance, I will exhale...


One trains thus: Considering the impermanence of change, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the impermanence of change, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering the detachment in disillusion, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the detachment in disillusion, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering the stilling within cessation, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering the stilling within cessation, I will exhale...
One trains thus: Considering open and freed relinquishing, I will inhale...
One trains thus: Considering open and freed relinquishing, I will exhale...



This is how continuous Awareness is established just by breathing!!!
Breathing meditation can bring the yogi into 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Jhana...
It is a unique praxis used by all Buddhas at their very Enlightenment!!!



Details are found in this Meditation Manual:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/anapanasati.pdf



More on Awareness by Breathing (Anapana-sati):
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/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_Fulfilling_Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Magnificent_Meditation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anapana_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_the_Breath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Breathing_Calm_and_Insight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Peaceful_and_Sublime_on_the_Spot.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Thing_Awareness_by_Breathing.htm

Source:
Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya 118 Anapanasati:
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/majjhima/mn118.html

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Breath Meditation!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita

Bhikkhu_Samahita


PostSubject: The Lamp!   Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:59 am

Friends:

Having Free Choice of Emotional Response?



Bhikkhus, the concentration gained by Awareness by Breathing,
when developed and cultivated, is of great fruit & advantage.
And how, Bhikkhus, is concentration by Awareness by Breathing
developed & cultivated so that it is of great fruit & advantage?
Bhikkhus, when a Bhikkhu, who have gone to the forest, or to the
root of a tree, or to an empty hut, there he sits down cross-legged,
having straightened his body and back, & set up awareness around
the nostrils, then just plain aware of that itself he breathes in, and
then just solely aware of only that breathing itself he breathes out...
1: Breathing in long, he knows, notes & understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, he knows, notes & understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15)
16: He trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
He trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
It is, Bhikkhus, when Awareness by Breathing is trained, developed
& refined in exactly this way that it is of great fruit & advantage!
I too, Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while still a Bodhisatta,
generally dwelt in this dwelling. Then neither did my body, nor did
my eyes became tired & my mind, by not clinging, was freed from
the mental fermentations...
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu wishes: May neither my body
nor my eyes become tired & may my mind, by not clinging, become
freed from the mental fermentations, this same concentration
won by Awareness by Breathing should be closely attended to.
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu wishes: May all the memories
and motivations of the household life be left all behind by me,
then this same concentration by Awareness by Breathing should
be frequently trained and enthusiastically attended to.
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a Bhikkhu should come to wish:
May I perceive only disgust in what is attractive & tempting... or
May I perceive only beauty in what is repulsive & disgusting... or
May I dwell unaffected in equanimity & quite aloof of both the
attractive & the repulsive, just aware & clearly comprehending...
then this same concentration by Awareness by Breathing should
be cultivated often and devoted much wholehearted attention!



More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Thing_Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
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/library/pdfs/anapanasati.pdf



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:316-7]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!



Have a nice & noble day!

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

Free Choice of Emotional Response!

The Lamp!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita

Bhikkhu_Samahita


PostSubject: Absorption by Breathing!   Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:32 am

Friends:

Breathing in-&-out can produce Absorption!



The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration gained by Awareness by Breathing, when trained,
is of great fruit and advantage. And how, Bhikkhus, is this concentration by
Awareness by Breathing developed and cultivated so that it is of great fruit
and advantage? Bhikkhus, when one have gone to the forest, or to the root of
a tree, or to an empty hut, there one sits down cross-legged, having made one's
body and back straight, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just
plain aware of that breathing in itself one breathes in, and just solely aware
of only that breathing in itself one breathes out...
1: Breathing in long, one knows, notes and understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, one knows, notes and understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15)
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a friend wishes: May I become secluded from all sense
desires, protected from any detrimental mental state, and thereby enter and
dwell in the 1st jhana, which is directed thought and sustained thinking joined
with Joy and pleasure born of solitude, then this very same concentration by
Awareness by Breathing should be cultivated often & devoted much attention!
Furthermore if such friend should wish: By the stilling & fading of all directed
and sustained thought, may I enter & dwell in the 2nd jhana, which is a calmed
assurance fixed by solid mental unification and joined with Joy & pleasure now
born of a concentration devoid of any active thinking, then this same method:
Awareness by Breathing should be trained often & devoted sincere attention!
Even further; if one should wish: With the fading away of joy, may I dwell in
composed equanimity, just open, aware and clearly comprehending, still feeling
pleasure in this body, by entering upon and remaining in the 3rd jhana, about
which the Noble Ones declare: "In aware Equanimity one dwells in pleasure!",
then this very same exercise: Awareness by Breathing should be developed
regularly and dedicated much earnest consideration! Finally if one should wish:
With the leaving all behind of both pleasure and pain, even as with the prior
disappearance of both Joy and sorrow, may I enter and dwell in the 4th jhana,
which is an entirely silenced state of utter awareness, purified by Equanimity
of neither-pain-nor-pleasure, then this same praxis: Awareness by Breathing
should be repeated daily & thus made a primary priority due to its importance!



The sublime Awareness by Breathing (Anapana-sati) used by all Buddhas:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/anapanasati.pdf
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/1_Producing_4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Four_Fulfilling_Seven.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Magnificent_Meditation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_the_Breath.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anapana_sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Breathing_Calm_and_Insight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Peaceful_and_Sublime_on_the_Spot.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Thing_Awareness_by_Breathing.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:316-7]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Mind becomes Exalted, when One-Pointed!

Absorption by Breathing!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
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PostSubject: Calm and Insight!   Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:40 am

Friends:

If one wish to experience Infinite Formlessness?



The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration gained by Awareness by Breathing,
when developed & cultivated, is of great fruit & big advantage...
And how, Bhikkhus, is concentration by Awareness by Breathing
developed & cultivated so that it is of great fruit & advantage?
Bhikkhus, when one have gone to the forest, or to the root of a
tree, or to an empty hut, there one sits down cross-legged, having
straightened one's body and back, and set up awareness around
the nostrils, then just plain aware of that itself one breathes in,
& just solely aware of only that breathing itself one breathes out...
Breathing in long, one knows, notes and understands: I inhale long!
Breathing out long, one knows, notes & understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps 2-15) ... ... ...
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
Therefore, Bhikkhus, if a friend wishes: May I, via the complete
transcendence of experience of form, with the passing away and
silencing of sensory reaction, without giving any attention to any
experience of any diversity, detail or any difference whatsoever,
just solely aware that this open space is indeed infinite & endless,
enter & dwell immersed in the sphere of this infinitude of space,
then this same concentration by Awareness by Breathing should
be cultivated often and devoted much wholehearted attention!
Furthermore if such friend should wish: By the transcendence of
this infinitude of space, just singly aware that consciousness is
infinite, may I enter and dwell all immersed in that sphere of the
infinitude of consciousness; then Awareness by Breathing should
also here be trained often and devoted much sincere attention!
Even further; if one should wish: May I, by wholly transcending
this subtle sphere of the infinity of consciousness, only aware of
that there is nothing, enter & dwell in empty void of nothingness,
then this very same exercise: Awareness by Breathing should be
trained regularly and dedicated much earnest consideration!
Even more; if one should wish: May I, by thoroughly transcending
this delicate sphere of void nothingness, enter and dwell in the
refined sphere of inert neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
then this very same exercise: Awareness by Breathing should be
trained regularly and dedicated much earnest consideration!
Finally; if one should wish: By leaving all behind, and transcending
even this placid sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
may I enter & dwell in the ultimate ceasing of perception & feeling
then this very same sublime meditation: Awareness by Breathing
should be repeated everyday and thus given the primary priority!



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:316-7]
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!



More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Thing_Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Concentration.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Concentration_Samadhi.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_II.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm



Mindfulness of Breathing. Meditation manual by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli. BPS. 1998.
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/anapanasati.pdf



On the formless (arupa) Jhanas and Ceasing: nirodha-samapatti:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/jhaana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/nirodha_samaapatti.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Calm and Insight!

Reaching Formlessness by Breathing!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
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PostSubject: Micro-Hydro-Power Update!   Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:08 am

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http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/appreciations.htm



About Generosity (Dana): The First Mental Perfection:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Openhanded_Generosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Reviewing_Generosity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Glad_Giving.htm

Have a Nice, Noble, & Easy Day :-)

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

Many Thanx in Advance!

Micro-Hydro-Power Update!
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PostSubject: Gracious is Gratitude!   Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:18 am

Friends:

Gratitude appreciates all assistance!



The Buddha indeed pointed out Gratitude as an important mental quality:
These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two?
The one who is first to do a kindness, and
the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.
Anguttara Nikaya 2.118



I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay.
Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother
on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, & were
to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs,
and they were to defecate and urinate right there on your shoulders, you
would not thereby repay your parents. Even if you were to establish your
mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in
the seven treasures, you would not in that way repay your parents!
Why is that? Mothers and fathers do much for their children. They care for
them, they nourish them for long, and they introduce them to this world.
But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes
them in faith; rouses his immoral mother & father, establishes them in virtue;
rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity;
rouses his unwise mother & father, settles & establishes them on a new level
of understanding: It is in this way that one truly repays one's mother's and
father's many longstanding services.
Anguttara Nikaya 2.32



Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called Brahma, first teachers,
honour them with food & drink, clothing & bedding, and anointing, bathing, washing
their feet. Performing these services to their parents, the wise are praised right
here and after death rejoice in heaven. Itivuttaka 106



If this is what you think of me:
The Blessed One, is sympathetic, is seeking our well-being, teaches us this
Dhamma out of sympathy, then you should train yourself in being in harmony,
cordial, and without conflict and train in yourselves cultivation of all the 37
best mental qualities: The 4_Foundations_of_Awareness, the 4 right efforts,
the 4_Feet_of_Force, the 5 Abilities, 5 powers, the 7 Links to Awakening,
& the Noble_8-Fold_Way. Majjhima Nikaya 103
A Tathagata is worshipped, honoured, respected, thanked & shown gratitude
by any follower, who keeps practicing the Dhamma in accordance with true
Dhamma, who keeps practicing masterfully, who lives in and by the Dhamma!
Digha Nikaya 16



We will undertake & practice those qualities that makes one a contemplative,
so that all those who helped us by services of robes, alms-food, lodging, and
medicines will bring them great fruit and great future reward.
Majjhima Nikaya 39



Comments:
In Pali, the word for gratitude = kataññu literally means to have a sense of
what was done for one in the past even when long ago. Remembering all help!
A network of kindness and gratitude is what sustains whatever goodness
there is and ever will be in this - otherwise destitute & impoverished - world!

Thus: Thank you for reading this!



Source (edited extract): The Lessons of Gratitude by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/lessonsofgratitude.html
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Appropriate_Appreciation.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Appropiate Appreciation is Advantageous!

Gracious is Gratitude!

http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Grace_of_Gratitude.htm
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Bhikkhu_Samahita


PostSubject: Fatal Folly!   Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:41 am

Friends:

Belief in an Ego is a Bondage linking to Death!



At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the uninstructed ordinary person regards his form as self, or self
as possessing a form, or form as inside self, or self as inside a frame of form...
This, bhikkhus, is called an uninstructed ordinary person, who is bound by
bondage to form, who is bound by inner and outer bondage, who neither
sees the near shore, nor the far shore, who grows old in bondage, who dies
in bondage, who goes from this world to the next other world in bondage...
Such one regards feeling, perception, mental construction & consciousness
as a self or self as having feeling, perception, construction & consciousness,
or feeling, perception, construction & consciousness as being inside the self,
or a self as if hidden inside feeling, perception, construction & consciousness!
Such one, Bhikkhus, is called an uninstructed ordinary person, who is bound by
bondage, clinging, & inner chains to feelings, perceptions, mental constructions,
and consciousness... Such one, Bhikkhus, bound by both inner & outer bondage,
who neither sees this near shore, nor the far shore, who grows old in bondage,
who dies in bondage, will pass on in bondage to the next world, still in bondage!
 

When Bound by an Ego concept one is linked to a future of repeated Death!

On Selflessness, Soullessness and No-Self Anti-Egoism:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Conceit_I_Am.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/I-dentification.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Prison_of_Pride.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anti-EGO-Tool.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Anatta_No_Self.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Agent_is_Inside.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Solo_Self-Deception.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Mistaken_Reference.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Selfless_and_Harmless.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 22:117 III 165
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html

Fatal Folly!

Blind belief in an "I-Me-Mine-Ego" is Death Bondage!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Bondage.htm
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PostSubject: Not Examining!   Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:37 am

Friends:

Not Examining causes Assumption to Arise:



The wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Blessed One and greeted him.
Concluding their compliments, he sat down aside and asked the Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause, condition and reason, why these various
speculative views arise in the world: This Universe is eternal, or the universe
is not eternal. This universe is finite, or infinite. Vitality and the body are
the same, or biological life, metabolism is one thing, the body is another.
The Tathagata exists after death, or he does not exist after death.
The Tathagata both exists and does not exist after death. Or finally:
The Tathagata neither exists, nor does not exist after death?
The Blessed Buddha replied:
It is, Vaccha, because of neither knowing form, nor feeling, nor perception,
nor mental construction, nor consciousness, nor the cause of origin of form,
feeling, perception, mental construction, and consciousness, nor the cause
of ceasing of form, feeling, perception, construction, and consciousness,
nor the way to cease form, feeling, perception, construction, & consciousness
that these various speculative views, such as: "This Universe is eternal,
finite etc. " arise in the world! This ignorance, this not seeing, blindness,
this not understanding, this not fully knowing, this not breaking through,
this not comprehending, this not penetrating, this not discerning, this not
discriminating, this not differentiating, this not closely investigating, this
not directly experiencing and realizing, friend Vaccha, is the cause, and
is the reason, why those various speculative views arise in this world!



More on Ignorance (Avijja), which is the deepest cause of all Suffering:
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/III/Whenever_and_Wherever.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Causes_of_Ignorance.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 257-263
The Vacchagotta section 33. Thread on Not Knowing: Aññana Sutta (1-55)
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 _/\_ Sri Lanka.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

Not Examining!

Careless and Sloppy is any Assumption...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Because_of_Not_Examining.htm
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PostSubject: The 3 Final Tools!   Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:07 am

Friends:

What is the 3 Final Steps to Peace & Happiness?



If Awareness by Breathing is frequently trained & refined over a period,
the 4 Foundations of Awareness are gradually completed and all perfected...
If the 4 Foundations of Awareness are frequently trained and fully refined,
the 7 Links to Awakening are gradually completed and entirely perfected ...
If the 7 Links to Awakening are quite frequently trained and all refined,
then Release by Knowing is gradually completed & finally entirely perfected ...
Only this release induced by understanding - itself - is the End of Suffering ...


Understanding Frees!

Details are found in the Meditation Manual given below:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/climax_of_calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Freed_by_Knowing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Manual/Meditation.Manual.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Four_Foundations_of_Awareness.htm


Understanding Sees Light!

Source:
The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya. Sutta 118.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/majjhima/mn118.html

The 3 Final Tools!

What are the 3 Steps to irreversible Happiness?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Final_Tools.htm
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PostSubject: Great is Compassion!   Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:36 am

Friends:

Feel Pity for all those Falling Beings:



It is a great pity with all those thinking like this:
Pleasure is the only good; by that they fall!
Terror is a necessary way; by that they fall!
Sensuality is innocent; by that they fall!
Violence is allowable; by that they fall!
Money makes happiness; by that they fall!
Power is progress; by that they fall!
Falsehood is acceptable; by that they fall!
Stealing gives wealth; by that they fall!
Conceit can conceal; by that they fall!
Science knows all; by that they fall!
Killing can be good; by that they fall!
Hunting is only fun; by that they fall!
Adultery is mature; by that they fall!
Paedophilia is harmless; by that they fall!
Drugs are fantastic; by that they fall!
Booze is medicine; by that they fall!
Giving does not help; by that they fall!
After death is nothing!; by that they fall!
The Hells do not exist; by that they fall!
Intentional Action has no effect; by that they fall!
I am the better than...; by that they fall!
I know better ...; by that they fall!
Making merit cannot elevate; by that they fall!



It is a great pity with all those poor beings:
who are veiled by wrong view; by that they fall!
who are fooled by own opinion; by that they fall!
who are gripped by greed and lust; by that they fall!
who are stirred by hate and anger; by that they fall!
who are clinging to all worldly things; by that they fall!
who are confused by not knowing; by that they fall!
who prostitute themselves; by that they fall!
who cheat and deceives; by that they fall!
who pretend what is not; by that they fall!
who hide what is actual fact; by that they fall!
who destroy beings or things; by that they fall!
who pollute the milieu and society; by that they fall!
who deliberately do evil willing it; by that they fall!
who fail their duties and obligations; by that they fall!
who miss the obvious opportunities; by that they fall!
It is a great pity with all those blinded by ignorance,
bound and dragged by craving, while pushed by aversion:
By that they surely fall into states of pain, agony and despair!
As if gripped by the arms of two strong men and hurled into a big fire...



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



Have a nice, noble & compassionate day!

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

Feel Infinite Pity for all those Falling beings!

Great Compassion!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Great_Compassion.htm
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PostSubject: Floated by Joy :-)   Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:14 am

Friends:

The Joy (Pîti) Link to Awakening!



The Joy Link to Awakening (Piti-sambojjhanga)
has the characteristic
of suffusing contentment, and the property of gladdening satisfaction.
This Joy Link to Awakening manifests as mental elation, which can reach
five successively increasing degrees of intensity:

1: Minor Joy, which can raise the hair on the body when thrilled.
2: Momentary Joy, which is flashing like lightning at various occasions.
3: Showering Joy, which breaks over the body repeatedly like sea-waves.
4: Uplifting Joy, which can be strong enough to even levitate the body.
5: Pervading Joy, which is like a heavy sponge all saturated with water.

Visuddhimagga IV 94-9



The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (asava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful & rational attention
develops the Joy Link to Awakening based on seclusion, on disillusion,
on ceasing, & culminating in relinquishment, then neither can any mental
fermentation, nor any fever, or discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

In one who has aroused enthusiastic energy, there arises a joy not of
this world & the Joy Link to Awakening emerges there. He develops it,
& for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]



Any one convinced by understanding of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha,
gets an enthusiastic sense of the sublime good goal of Nibbana &
gains gladness connected, joined, and fused with this Dhamma...!
In any one gladdened, Joy is born. The body of the Joyous is calmed.
One of calm body experiences pleasure and happiness! The mind of
one who is happy becomes concentrated. The concentrated mind
sees and knows things as they really are. This brings disgust and
disillusion, which enables full direct experience of mental release.
It is in this way that Joy indeed is a factor leading to Awakening!
MN [i 37-8], AN [iii 21-3], DN [iii 21-3]




Further inspirations on the elevating & ecstatic quality of Joy (Piti):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Happiness_of_the_Flesh_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_of_the_Flesch_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_Beyond_This_World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Alert_Elevated_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm

Have a nice & noble day!

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

Joy is a link to Enlightenment!

Floated by Joy :-)
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
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PostSubject: Suitable Substitution...   Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:35 am

Friends:

Good is Substitution of the 5 Hindrances with their opposites:



1: Desire (kama-chanda) should be substituted with attention on disgust.
2: Anger (vyapada) should be substituted with universal friendliness.
3: Lethargy & laziness (thina-middha) should be substituted with energy.
4: Restlessness & regret (uddhacca-kukkucca) should be substituted with calm.
5: Skeptical doubt (vicikiccha) should be substituted with examination.




Substitution of the hindrances works exactly as long, as one is Aware of it...
Momentary suppression of the hindrances can be obtained during Meditation...
Irreversible elimination by cut-off is achieved only, when attaining Nobility...



About the 5 Hindrances (Nivarana) and their cure:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.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/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Disgust.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Cure_Anger_and_Irritation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Curing_Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Curing_Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Doubt_and_Uncertainty.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Curing_Doubt_and_Uncertainty.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



Suitable Substitution...

Swapping evil with good is advantageous!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Suitable_Substitution.htm
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PostSubject: Without Fear!   Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:22 am

Friends:

Overcoming Fear for any Bad Destination!



Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, any Noble Disciple, who possesses four things has transcended all fear
of any bad future destination. What four?
1: Here, any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Buddha thus:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in
knowledge & behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all dimensions, knower of all
worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed, teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened is the Buddha!!!
2: Any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma thus:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediately
effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see for themselves,
inspect, examine & verify. Leading each & everyone through progress towards
perfection. Directly observable, experiencable & realizable by each intelligence...
3: Any Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Sangha thus:
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples:
Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way! Therefore do
these 8 kinds of individuals, these 4 Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble
Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable & forever
unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world, to respect, and protect...
4: Any Noble Disciple possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble ones:
Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, freeing, praised by the good, inducing concentration!
Any Noble Disciple, who possesses these four things has transcended and gone all
beyond all fear of a bad destination, rightly beyond all fear of a painful future...



On gaining the ultimate safe & fearless future: Stream-Entrance:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Sangha_Entry.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/Entering_the_Stream_Supreme.htm



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:364]
section 55: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 14: The Bad Destination...



Have a nice fearless day!

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

Without Fear!!!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/No_Fear.htm
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PostSubject: Today is Navam Poya Day!   Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:19 am

Friends:

How to be a Real Buddhist through Observance?

Navam Poya day is the full-moon of February. This holy day celebrates
the ordination of the Buddha Gotama's main disciples Sariputta and
MahaMoggallana. On this day Buddha also later decides his Parinibbana.


The death moment of the Buddha, where he enters Nibbana (Sanskrit Nirvana)...!

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 Poya Observance day!

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

Today is Navam Poya Day!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Navam_Poya_Day.htm
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PostSubject: Rejoicing Joy   Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:46 am

Friends:

How to train Rejoicing Joy in others Success?



When sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes one wishes:
May I radiate and meet only never-ending and mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop and find
only celebration and elation in a never-ending mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, and the formless plane
develop and encounter this generous, infinite and mutually rejoicing joy!
May I & all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left, and below as
above, develop and experience openhearted, sharing, & mutually rejoicing joy!
May I and all beings within this city, country, planet and universe always:
Be fully aware and deeply mindful of this content and mutually rejoicing joy!
Examine all details & aspects of this satisfied and mutually rejoicing joy!
Put enthusiastic effort in our praxis of this devoted mutually rejoicing joy!
Enjoy enraptured jubilant gladness in this exulting mutually rejoicing joy!
Be silenced by the tranquillity of quiet and all smiling mutually rejoicing joy!
Be concentrated & absorbed into one-pointedness by genuine rejoicing joy!
Dwell in an imperturbable equanimity of pure and mutually rejoicing joy...
Yeah! May it be even so, since mutual joy causes the jewel of contentment!



Comment: Mutual Joy is the 3rd infinite mental state (Appamañña):
This gradually reduces all envy, jealousy, possessiveness, stinginess, avarice
miserliness, green covetousness and unhappiness related with all these states.
The cause of Mutual Joy in rejoicing in your child's or boon companion's success.
This same joy can then be beamed towards all liked, neutral and hostile beings.
Mutual Joy is then the proximate cause of satisfied and fulfilled Contentment...
Lack of mutual joy is thus the proximate cause of dissatisfied discontentment...
Joined with the 7 links to Awakening it will later cause a formless jhana...
Be happy at all and especially other being's success! Then calm comfort grows!



More on Mutual Joy (Mudita):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rejoicing_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Safe_Medicine.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 & noble day!

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

Mutual Joy causes Contentment!

Rejoicing Joy!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Mutual_Joy.htm
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PostSubject: Fulfilled First!   Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:17 am

Friends:

What Qualities initiate development of the Noble 8-fold Way?



The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, even as dawn is the forerunner & messenger of the rising sun,
similarly is Fulfillment the forerunner & messenger of the emergence of
this Noble 8-fold Way. Fulfillment of what?

Fulfillment of Morality...
Fulfillment of Motivation...
Fulfillment of Determination...
Fulfillment of View...
Fulfillment of Alertness...
Fulfillment of Rational Attention...


When a Bhikkhu is accomplished in these qualities including rational attention,
one can expect that he will initiate & refine this Noble 8-fold Way!
How does a Bhikkhu, who is accomplished in these mental qualities develop
and cultivate this Noble 8-fold Way? In this he develops: 

Right View so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Motivation so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Speech so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Action so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Livelihood so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Effort so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Awareness so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.
Right Concentration so the final goal is the removal of Greed, Hate and Ignorance.


It is in this way, friends, that a Bhikkhu who is fulfilled, consummated and
accomplished in morality, motivation, determination, view, alertness & rational
attention develops, cultivates, and completes this Noble Eightfold Path…



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/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 (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:31-2] section 45: The Way. 57: Fulfilled ...
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



Fulfilled First!

Ready to tread The Noble 8-fold Way?
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Fulfilled_First_.htm
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PostSubject: The Hungry Peta Ghosts...   Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:36 am

Friends:

The Benefit of Giving & Dedication of Merit:



Buddha spoke on Ghosts (Petas), who walk through walls & who need our help:
Outside the walls they stand and wait, and at the junctions and road-forks,
Returning to their prior homes, urging! They wait beside the posts of gates.
But when a rich feast is set out with food & drink of every kind, remember
the fact that few humans do recall: These pellucid ghosts was created from
their past own acts. So they who are compassionate, who have a heart to give
to their relatives such drink and food as may be pure. And good and fitting
at these times: Then let this food be for the ghost relatives; May the ghost
relatives have some happiness.! These ghosts of the departed of my family
Foregathered and assembled there will eagerly their blessing give.
For plentiful rich food and drink: So may our relatives live long,
Owing to whom we have this gain, for honour to us has thus been done,
No giver ever lacked the sweet fruit. In the dimension of these Ghosts,
There is never any ploughing there, nor any cattle-herding found,
Nor merchandizing just the same, nor bartering for coin of gold:
The ghosts of your departed family, live there on anything given only here;
As water showered on the hill, flows down to reach the hollow vale,
So giving given here can serve the ghosts of your departed family.
As river-beds, when full can bear the water down to fill the sea,
So giving given here can serve the ghosts of the departed family there.
He gave to me, he worked for me, he was my family, friend, & intimate!
Give gifts, then, for departed ones, recalling what they used to do.
No weeping, nor yet sorrowing, nor any kind of mourning, helps the
Departed Ones, whose family remain unhelpful to them acting thus silly.
But when this offering is given and well placed in the Sangha Community
For them, then it can serve them long in future and at once as well.
The True Dhamma for relatives has here been shown, and how high honour
to departed ones is done, and how the Bhikkhus can be given strength as well,
And how great merit can be stored away by you.



Therefore: Dedicate the merit of any gift to your hungry Ghost Family!
The suffer a lot, wailing in despair, but in vain, repenting their evil deeds.
There are ghost who only can feed on: corpses, or excrement, or abortions,
or menstruation, or ash, or earth, or glowing embers and many similar pains...
Ghost existence is mainly the result of stealing and cheating with values.



More on this dreadful Ghost existence! From the Canonical Tipitaka:
Minor Anthologies Vol 4, Vimanavatthu & Petavatthu
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=130738
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Hungry_Ghost_Rebirth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/pu/peta_vatthu.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petavatthu






Video also featuring Ghosts and their sad fate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDBHCxvX-Q

The Hungry Peta Ghosts...

Feed the Ghosts and not the Greed!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Ghosts_Petas.htm
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PostSubject: Radical Relinquishment!   Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:01 am

Friends:

Only Relinquishment Wins Freedom!



The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, I will teach you the state of relinquishment... Pay attention & listen...
And what, bhikkhus, is the state of overcoming all by leaving behind all???
The eye, form, visual-consciousness, eye-contact, feeling arised from seeing,
pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, is to be relinquished & left.
The ear, sound, hearing-consciousness, ear-contact, feeling arised from hearing,
whether painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, are all to be relinquished & left.
The nose, smell, smelling-consciousness, nose-contact, feeling arised from smelling,
pleasant, painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, all that also should be let go of.
The tongue, any flavour, tasting-consciousness, tongue-contact, feeling arised
from tongue-contact, pleasant, painful or neutral, that too is to be left behind.
The body, touch, tactile-consciousness, body-contact, any feeling arised from
body-contact, whether pleasant, painful or neutral, should also be relinquished.
The mind, any mental state & phenomenon, mental-consciousness, mental-contact,
and whatever feeling arised with mental-contact as origin, whether pleasant, painful
or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, that indeed also is to be relinquished & left behind...
This, bhikkhus, is the radically released state of overcoming by leaving behind all...


Back-pack-burden of heavy dependencies all exploded!

Comments:
Logically can only relinquishment of all burdens & dependencies gain true freedom!
Only true freedom means absence of fear from any event and from any corner...
Only freedom from fear and anxiety can ever open up for ease, peace and bliss!



More on systematic relinquishment:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Free_from_Fear.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Leaving_All_Behind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Not_Resisting_Anything.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV 15-6
The Salayatana section 35. Thread on Leaving: Pahana Sutta (23)
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



Radical Relinquishment!

Only Letting Go can ever set Free...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Leaving_All_Behind.htm
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PostSubject: Neither Attracted, nor Repelled...   Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:05 am

Friends:

Control makes one Behave like a true Master!



Buddha once asked: How, Bhikkhus and friends, is there full mental control?
When seeing a form then one becomes neither attracted by any pleasing form,
nor repelled by any displeasing form! When having heard a sound with the ear,
one becomes neither entranced by any charming sound, nor opposed by any
horrid sound! When having sniffed a smell with the nose, one becomes neither
fascinated by any lovely smell, nor held off by any detestable smell!
Having tasted a flavour with the tongue, one becomes neither captivated by
any likeable taste, nor rejected by unlikable taste! When having felt a touch
with the body, one becomes neither allured by any pleasant touch, nor repelled
by any unpleasant touch! When having experienced whatever mental state with
the mind, one becomes neither obsessed by any agreeable mental phenomenon,
nor rebuffed by any disagreeable mental phenomenon whatsoever...
Thus does one live on, while having established Awareness of the Body, yet also
abiding within an unlimited & infinite mind. Thus does a focused one come to
understand, through direct experience, that release of mind, a mental release
through understanding, wherein all those evil & disadvantageous mental states
irreversibly cease without any remaining trace! It is in exactly this way, that
there is full mental control!



Comments:
The infinite mind, counteracting hate & anger, is a mind made limitless by
the praxis of the 4 sublime & divine dwellings (brahma-vihara), also called the
4 infinite states (appamañña), which are:

Infinite Friendliness (Metta),
Endless Pity (Karuna),
Mutual Sympathy & Joy (Mudita), and
Imperturbable Equanimity (Upekkha).




For Awareness of the Body, which counteracts greed, lust & desire; see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Meditation_On_the_Body_Kayagata-Sati.htm
Having counteracted both greed & lust, which pulls in the mind attracting it
to objects, and having counteracted both hate & anger, which push the mind
repulsing it from objects, mind may stay stilled and ballanced in the middle,
untouched, ballanced and in complete control...



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [189-]
35: 6 Senses. Salayatana. States that entail Suffering. Dukkha-Dhamma 244.
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html



Neither Attracted, nor Repelled...

Full mental control requires stilling any mind push & pull.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/In_Control.htm
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PostSubject: The Bliss of the Forest!   Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:37 am

Friends:

Remote & Solitary is Forest Bliss!

The forest bhikkhu pays much attention to the experience of forest:
Thereby he enters deeper yet unattained depths of concentration.
By living remote he is not distracted by any unsuitable phenomena.
He is free from anxiety and stress. He abandons attachment to life.
He enjoys a taste of the bliss of seclusion, and the silenced peace.
He lives secluded and apart. Calm and remote abodes delight his heart.
The hermit that in woods can dwell alone, may gain the bliss as well.
Whose savour is beyond the price of royal bliss even in any paradise.
So let the forest delight a wise man for his precious dwelling's site.
Sources: MN 121, AN III 343, Vism I 73



ALONE
The one who sits and lives solitary,
& walks alone finds great delight
in the silence of the forest...

Dhammapada 305



SUCH ONE
The One wearing only 3 robes,
who is thin with veins showing,
who meditates alone in the forest,
such one is a Holy One..
.
Dhammapada 395



http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm

Have a nice calm day!

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

Forest Bliss...
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PostSubject: What is The Best Fortune?   Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:57 am

Friends:

What is the Best Fortune that can be Gained?



Once an illuminating deity asked The Buddha:
Which good fortune is the best? Whereto he answered:
Not associating with fools, but only with the wise,
Honouring only those, who really deserves it,
Living in suitable climatic and peaceful regions,
Great learning, good discipline and exact speech,
Service to mother and father, support of wife and sons,
— this is supreme good fortune!
Giving, and living the just and generous life supporting relatives,
Avoidance from all evil behaviour through complete self-control,
Abstinence from intoxicating drinks and drugs causing carelessness,
Reverence, devoted faith in the Dhamma, humility, and contentment,
Grateful hearing and study of the Dhamma, when one is ready for it,
— this is supreme good fortune!
Forbearance, patience, and humble yet keen attention, when corrected,
Seeing ascetics, recluses, sages and bhikkhus, who explain the Dhamma,
Living the Noble life, understanding the Noble Truths, & realising quenching,
Being unperturbed, when contacted by the manifold phenomena of the world,
Having established these exquisite states, one is unconquered everywhere,
One goes in safety everywhere — this is verily the supreme good fortune!
Sn 258-269



On what is Advantageous (Kusala):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Clever_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Advantageous.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/What_is_Advantageous2.htm



Have a nice fortunate day!

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

The Best Fortune!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Best_Fortune.htm
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PostSubject: Infinite is Friendliness!   Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:11 am

Friends:

Infinite Friendliness promotes a Peaceful Living in Happiness!



Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
Non-violence is happiness in this world:
Harmlessness towards all living beings.
Udana 10



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



Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Sutta Nipata I, 8



May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and all, without exception,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into any harm.
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72



Who is hospitable, open and friendly,
Generous, gentle and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.
Digha Nikaya 31



For one who deliberately & aware
develops Universal Friendliness
Seeing the fading away of clinging,
All chains are worn down & broken.
Itivuttaka 27



More on this shining, radiating through all everywhere beaming Friendliness:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Buddha_on_Noble_Frienship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Harmlessness_and_Tolerance.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/All_Embracing_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/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/Blazing_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Goodwill_Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Friendship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm



Infinite is Friendliness!

Benevolence promotes a Peaceful & Happy Life :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Bon_Benevolence.htm
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PostSubject: Just a Flash of Delight!   Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:06 am

Friends:

Sparse & short pleasure, but long Tribulation!



Pleasures obtained by contact at the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind
all fade away and vanish instantly, when their contact ceases! They are all:
Like a drop of honey on the edge of a razor blade: Short joy, but much pain!
Like a show seen in a flash of lightening: Momentary and exceedingly brief!
Like a drink made thin & tasteless: Dissatisfying, frustrating & disappointing!
Like food all rotten inside or poisoned: Afflicting and causing problems later!
Like a baited hook: First juicy, later torturing & tormenting and finally Fatal!
Like an inner prison: Encaging, punishing, bonding, addicting and making mad!
Like sleeping in an enemy's village: Dangerous, hazardous, treacherous & risky!
Like a burning hollow tree: Agitated inside, feverish, frantic, violently painful!
Like a chain of dry naked bare bones: Not healing any hunger, without nutrition!
Like many days of drinking only salt water: Worsening any thirst & drying out!
Please note the ceasing of sensation, whenever sensing & remember this danger!
This is the primary hindrance to break, the first flood to cross: Sense-Desire!



More on the folly vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Why_Not.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Craving_is_Pain.htm  
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.1-2.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Charcoal_Pit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/AN/AN.I.3-4c.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Craving_is_Catastrophic.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/What_is_Disadvantageous.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


Another Addict and yet Another Addiction!

As the blessed Buddha often pointed out:
Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1



Just a Flash of Delight!

Sense pleasure is treacherously addictive...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Just_a_Flash.htm
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PostSubject: In the Sangha's Presence!   Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:03 am

Friends:

Contemplating the Unique Qualities of the Sangha:

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, sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality & reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble Sangha
community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed
field of merit, in this world, for this world, to honour, support, respect and protect...



The blessed Buddha said:
As long as he recollects these special qualities of the Sangha in this way, defined
as 'having entered on the good way', then: On that occasion his mind cannot be
obsessed by greed, or obsessed by hate, or obsessed by delusion; his mind possess
an unassailable integrity, when being inspired by this Noble Sangha (AN III 286).
When a bhikkhu is devoted to this recollection of the Community, he is respectful
and deferential towards the Community. He attains fullness of faith! He has much
happiness and bliss. He conquers fear & dread. He is able to endure pain. He feels
as if he were living in the Sangha's presence. When dwelling in the recollection of
the Sangha's special qualities his body becomes indeed as worthy of veneration as
an Uposatha house, where the Sangha has met. His mind inclines only towards the
attainment of this Community's special qualities. Furthermore: When he encounters
an opportunity for transgression, he has awareness of conscience and shame as vivid
as if he were face to face with the elder Theras of the Noble Sangha. And if he can
penetrate no higher, he is at least headed for a happy destiny. Vism I 221



Now when a man is truly wise,
His constant task will surely be,
This recollection of the Sangha,
Blessed with such mighty potency!
Vism I 218



EMERGENCE OF HARMONY
Pleasant is the arising of a Buddha.
Pleasant is the teaching of the Dhamma.
Pleasant is peace and unity in the Sangha.
Pleasant is the harmony of those united therein.
Dhammapada 194



MEDITATION
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day and night on the Sangha.
Dhammapada 298



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

Have a nice & noble day!

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

In the Sangha's Presence!

The Community of Noble Disciples...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sangha_Presence.htm
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