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Posted 21 February 2017 - 09:50 PM

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Understanding is the 4th Mental Perfection:

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Understanding penetrates, illuminates and guides right.
Concentration is the proximate cause of Understanding.
Understanding is the very manifestation of Concentration.
Understanding is the proximate cause of Equanimity.
Only understanding comprehends the meaning and essence.
Understanding purifies all the other mental perfections:
Energy acquires right purpose only, when guided by Understanding.
Only fortified by Understanding, is determination unshakeable.
Only Understanding can patiently tolerate other beings abuse.
Only Understanding induces indifference towards gain and loss.
Only Understanding can secure both own and other's welfare.



The Blessed Buddha said:
Just as red sandalwood is reckoned as the best of all scented woods, even
and exactly so is the ability to understand reckoned the supreme among all
the 7 mental qualities, that are the links to self-awakening, by leading to
enlightenment.
SN V 48-55 Indriya-samyutta

And of what kind, friends, is this evaluating ability of Understanding ?
In this, friends, The Noble learner is possessed of direct knowledge about
the arising and ceasing of all phenomena, which is a Noble insight, a fully
penetrating and ultimate understanding, that gradually realizes and leads
to the utter elimination of all Suffering...
The learner (sekha) understands, as it really is: Thus is Suffering.
The learner understands, as it really is: Thus is the Cause of Suffering.
The learner understands, as it really is: Thus is the End of Suffering.
The learner understands, as it really is: Thus is the Way to end Suffering.
This, friends, is the discriminating ability of Understanding ...
SN V 48-10 Indriya-samyutta

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Of minor importance, is the loss of family and wealth...
Catastrophic among losses is the loss of Understanding.
Of minor consequence, is the increase of family and wealth.
Supreme among all the gains is the increase of comprehension...
Therefore, friends, you must train yourself to win that!
AN I 14-5

When the Noble friend avoids ignorant persons, but instead cultivates,
frequents and honors persons who comprehend, teach and review the
effects of profound knowledge, then is the ability to understand refined
in these three aspects... When the Noble friend is thus leaving ignorance all
behind, there is development of the ability to Understand. When the Noble
friend is developing the ability to understand, then ignorance is left behind.
Thus mutual is this enhancement.
The Path of Discrimination

A learned man, who due to his great understanding, despises those of little
learning, is like a blind man walking around with a lamp in his high hand...
Theragatha 1026

Happy indeed are those possessing nothing...
Those who have won Understanding, clings to nothing.
While those attached to family, friends and property,
both possessed and obsessed, are as tied to torture... !!!
Udana II 6

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What sort of person is released by Understanding (Panna-Vimutti) ?
Here a person without experiencing all the 8 stages of absorption, anyway
eliminates all mental fermentations completely, after having perceived them
through insight. Such person is said to be released by Understanding.
Designation of Human Types 31

Buddha once said:
Just as the great Ocean slopes down gradually, deepens gradually, inclines
gradually, and not abruptly like an abyss, even so Paharada, is this teaching
and discipline: a gradual training (anupubba-sikkha), a gradual practice
(anupubba-kiriya), and a gradual progress (anupubba-patipada);
One does not suddenly penetrate to this highest Understanding...
Anguttara Nikaya II 47

Asking Questions logically leads to Understanding:
As a Bhikkhu walking for alms beg from both low, middle and high folks,
if one search and ask both slightly, moderately and highly wise teachers,
then the insight of the Buddhas shall come to shine inside the mind!
The Basket of Conduct, Cariyapitaka

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:42 PM

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Energy is the 5th Mental Perfection:

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Energy means enthusiasm, effort, exertion and interest!
Energy means eagerness, endeavor, initiative and intensity!
Energy means action, force, power, drive and hyper keenness!
Energy means devotion, dedication, determination & commitment!
Energy means enjoyment :-)


Energy pave the way for success in all and any project ...
Energy is thereby instrumental for all the perfections!
Without Energy no achievement can ever be accomplished..
The proximate cause for Energy is a sense of urgency!
The characteristic of Energy is Striving, its function is
Effort, and the manifestation of Energy is Endurance.


The Blessed Buddha said about the perfection of Energy:


Get up! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams ?
How can you sleep, when mentally sick,
stabbed by the arrow of urge and craving.
Sutta Nipata 331

Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching pure peace!
Don't let the king of death -Mara- see you sloppy and
thus delude and dominate you like a stringed toy doll...
Sutta Nipata 332

Possessed of Energy and Endurance
be always Earnest in your training.
The clever one is not satisfied before the final
goal of ending all misery is completely achieved.
Theragatha 585

It is too cold, it's too hot, it's too early, it is too late!
Such bad excuses, makes one give up the training and
miss one more precious opportunity to end suffering...
DN 31

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This straight and Noble Way has now been clearly shown:
Dont hesitate, walk forward and do not turn around.
Urge yourself to advance further by your own Energy!
Only thus will you obviously approach and attain Nibbana!
Theragatha 637

The efforts to prevent and to eliminate all evil.
The efforts to develop and to maintain all good.
These are the 4 right efforts, taught by the Buddha.
AN II 17

And what, friends, is feeding the Energy Link to Enlightenment,
not yet arisen, & food too for boosting of any present Energy ?
1: The element of initial initiative,
2: The element of launching into action,
3: The element of persistent endurance.

Systematic attention to these 3 aspects, is feeding your Energy
and is boosting any already present Energy.
Samyutta Nikaya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta

At such times, when the mind is Slow, Sluggish, and Heavy:
Then it is the right occasion: for cultivating:
The Investigation-by-curiosity enlightenment-factor,
The Energy-of-Enthusiasm enlightenment-factor,
The Rapture-of-Joy enlightenment-factor...
Why is it so ? When the mind is slow, sluggish, and heavy,
it is easily raised up by exactly these 3 mental qualities.
Suppose, friends, that a man wants a fire to blaze up,
and he put on dry grass, dry wood sticks and blow it
with dry hot air and do not cover it with any dust,
would that man then see his fire blaze up ?
Certainly So, Lord...
SN V, 46. Bojjhanga-samyutta

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When Moggallana where sitting nodding in the jungle night:
Well then, Moggallana, whatever experience you had in mind when
drowsiness demoralized you down, don't attend to that experience,
don't follow it. Remember instead the Dhamma, as you have heard &
memorized it, reflect on & examine it! Then raise up & repeat aloud
the details of Dhamma, as you have learnt it! Then pull both your
earlobes and rub your limbs with both your hands.! Then get up from
your seat, and after washing your eyes with cold water, look around
and upward in all directions and identify the major stars & planets!
Then attend to the experience of inner light, resolve on the clear
perception of daytime, by night as by day, and by day as by night!
By means of an Awareness thus open, unhindered & vivid, develop the
bright mind. Its possible, that by doing this, you will shake off your
lethargy... But if by doing this you don't shake off your laziness,
then continually noting what is both in front and behind set of a
distance to meditate walking back and forth, your senses inwardly
settled, while your mind is not getting lost outwards. It is possible
that by doing this you will shake off all your mental sluggishness...
Anguttara Nikaya VII 58

Born as the Brahmin Mahajanaka, the Bodhisatta was once aboard
a sinking ship far from shore. All the crew were in great panic...!!!
The Bodhisatta though ate his belly full of sugar and ghee, oiled his
clothes and swam continuously for 7 days towards the shore, until
he was rescued by a guarding female devata. Later he remembered:
"Even far out at sea, where many men were lost, yet still unruffled
by worry was my mind. I just kept swimming for seven days!
This was my perfection of Energy."
Mahajanaka-Jataka no. 539

SPREADING FAME
One who exerts effort,
One who is alert and always aware,
One who does good deeds voluntarily and deliberately,
One who is kind and considerate in all dealings,
One who is restrained and controlled,
One who lives according to the real truth of the Dhamma,
carefully and seriously, the fame of such one always grows!
Dhammapada 24

SAFETY
By arousing & inspiring oneself to put forth energetic effort;
By meticulous carefulness; By well restrained self-control;
The wise and clever ones make themselves a safe island,
no flood or fever of desire can ever overwhelm!
Dhammapada 25

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 10:00 PM

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Patience is the 6th Perfection:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 09:12 PM

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:56 PM

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Truthful Honesty is the 7th Mental Perfection:

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Honesty is Trust
Honesty is Truthful
Honesty is Guarantee
Honesty is Confidence
Honesty is Consistence
Honesty is Convincing
Honesty is Certainty
Honesty is Credibility
Honesty is Reliability
Honesty is Authenticity
Honesty is Integrity
Honesty is Accuracy
Honesty is Commitment
Honesty is Sincerity
Honesty is Security
Honesty is Reality
Honesty is a Must!


Honesty characteristically never deceives, it's function is to verify what
is actual and factual. Honesty's manifestation is sheer excellence...
Sincere and exact truthfulness is the proximate cause of honesty!
All evil states and crimes converge upon transgression of Truth...
Devotion to Truth is the only reliable foundation of all Nobility!


Like The Buddha demand of your own mind:
You have to give me an honest answer, understand! I won't accept anything
phony. And once you've answered, you have to stick to that very answer and
not slide or glide around. Don't be a traitor to yourself! Be sober & straight!
Therefore: Accept now this 4th training rule of avoiding all false speech!

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If one is not true to the Buddha's teachings, the Buddha's teachings will
not be true to oneself, either! That Dhamma, which is used as a costume,
surface, uniform or alibi, does not bear fruit, as it's intention is not true!
True Honesty, however, makes you quite worthy of respect!

If one is painstakingly honest towards oneself, one thereby also becomes
meticulously honest towards others. If one on the contrary deceives oneself,
believing own lies, one automatically also deceives others, betraying them.
Honesty, however, always makes you quite worthy of respect...

Make an island of yourself, be your own light and illumination,
make yourself your only safe haven; there is no other protection.
Make Truth your only island, make Truth your sole refuge;
Make Truth your only lamp; there is no other luminosity.
Digha Nikaya, 16

The straight person, self-controlled, keeping precepts,
open and honest, is both worthy and fit for the yellow robe.
The hiding person, imposting, immoral, keeping secrets,
not honest, is neither worthy, nor fit for the yellow robe.
Dhammapada 9+10

Overcome the furious by friendship.
Overcome the evil one by goodness.
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth.
Dhammapada 223

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The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes what is not given;
The one who mates with another's partner;
The one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!
Dhammapada 246-47

They who falsely declare: "That happened" about what did not happen, or:
"I did not do that" about what they actually did, they earn themselves a
ticket to grilling in Hell.
Dhammapada 306

When the Blessed One heard about the kings spies, who for money stole
information from others, he explained: One should not take just any job.
One should not be anothers man. One should not depend on any other.
One should not sell the truth for money
Udana VI-2

The Bodhisatta was once caught by a man-eater, which sat him free on the
condition that he returned the next day. He kept his word and did so...
Much later remembered: Protecting this way of truth, having given up my
life and kingdom, I thereby set free 100 captured nobles, as the man-eater
lost his nerve. In honesty I thereby reached the ultimate perfection!
Mahasutasoma-Jataka no. 537

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:00 PM

Friends:

Friendly Goodwill is the 9th Mental Perfection:

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Friendliness means Care
Friendliness means Support
Friendliness means Concern
Friendliness means Goodwill
Friendliness means Kindness
Friendliness means Sympathy
Friendliness means Symbiosis
Friendliness means Mutual Aid
Friendliness means Assistance
Friendliness means Compassion
Friendliness means Cooperation
Friendliness means Helpfulness
Friendliness means Benevolence
Friendliness means Mutual Advantage


Only friendliness can completely evaporate the poison of hate and anger!
Its characteristic is promoting other being's welfare, its function is to
do only good, and its manifestation is kindness, sympathy, and gentleness...
The proximate cause of friendliness is seeing the good aspects of things!
The proximate cause of understanding compassion is this very friendliness!

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The Blessed Buddha said about friendliness (Metta):
"Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness;
in shining, glowing and beaming radiance, this release of mind by
universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them all..."

What are the 11 Advantages of cultivating such Universal Friendliness?
The four Brahma Viharas; The four Divine States:
The four Supreme States; The four Infinite States:

"Friends, eleven advantages are to be expected as effect from the release
of mind into friendliness by the practice of Goodwill, by cultivating amity,
by making much of it frequently, by making friendliness the vehicle, the tool,
the basis, by insisting on it, by being well established in it as a sublime habit!
What are these eleven advantages ?
One falls asleep well! One wakes up Happy!
One dreams no evil dreams!
One is liked and loved by all human beings!
One is liked and loved by all non-human beings too!
One is guarded and protected by the divine devas!
One cannot be harmed by fire, poison, or weapons!
One easily attains the concentration of absorption!
Ones appearance becomes serene, calm, and composed!
One dies without confusion, bewilderment, or panic!
One reappears after death on the Brahma level, if one
has penetrated to no higher level in this very life!

When the mind is released into friendliness by the practice of goodwill,
by manifesting friendliness, by cultivating amity, by frequently making much
of it, by making friendliness the vehicle, the tool, the basis, the medium, the
foundation, by persisting in it, by insisting on it, by properly consolidating it,
by thoroughly undertaking it, by making it a familiar supreme habit, by so
being well established in it, these eleven blessings can be expected!"
Anguttara Nikaya V 342

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There, Oohh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of friendly loving-kindness
pervading first one direction, then a 2nd one, then a 3rd one then the 4th one,
as below so above, across and all around, everywhere identifying himself with
all sentient beings, he is encompassing the whole world with a mind of friendly
loving-kindness, with a wide mind, vast, refined, unbounded, cleared, exalted,
pure and bright, free from all hate and ill will ...

There, Oh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of understanding compassion
pervading first the front, then the right side, then the back, then the left side,
as below so above, across & all around, all over, far & wide; identifying himself
with all sentient beings, he is perfusing the whole universe with a mind imbued
with pity, with a spacious mind, a refined mind, infinite, purified, all luminous,
freed from all anger and any trace of enmity ...

There, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of altruistic, sympathetic and mutual Joy
pervading the North, then the East, then the South, then the West, as below
so above, across & all around, universally, infinitely; identifying himself with
all sentient beings, he is suffusing all galaxies with a mind elevated by genuine
mutual and altruistic sympathetic joy, with an open mind, immeasurable, wide,
limitless, pure & shining, free from all aversion and bitterness ...

There, Oohh friends, the Bhikkhu with a mind full of balanced equanimity is
pervading first the frontal quadrant, then the right, then the rear & then the
left quadrant, as below so above, across and all around, everywhere placing
himself with all sentient beings, he is permeating the whole world with a mind
satiated of stilled and balanced equanimity, calmed, with a mountain-like mind,
cultivated, endless, clean, dazzling, freed from any irritation and resentment."

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"So too, Bhikkhus, others may speak to you timely or untimely, true or untrue,
gentle or harsh, beneficial or harmful, based on kindness or on bitter hate!
If they abuse you verbally, you should train yourselves in this way:
"Our minds will remain unaffected, we shall speak no angry words, will dwell
friendly and understanding, with thoughts of kindness and no inward anger!
We shall remain friendly and beam goodwill towards that very person, and we
shall dwell extending it to the entire universe, mentally overflowing, exalted,
measureless and infinite in friendliness, without any trace hostility or ill-will."
That is how you should train yourselves. Even if bandits were savagely to cut
you up, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, one who harbours hate on that
account, would not be one who carried out my teaching. Bhikkhus, you should
keep this instruction on this Simile of the Saw constantly in mind...
Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta 21

Thus he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that lives,
finds enmity with none...
Samyutta Nikaya. I 208

When one with a mind of love
feels compassion for the entire world
above, below and across,
unlimited everywhere.
Jataka 37

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The Bodhisatta once was born as the righteous king Ekaraja. His kingdom was
taken by force and he and his son was buried in a pit to the neck...
King Ekaraja, however neither resisted, nor bore even slight ill will against the
invaders. Later he remembered this as his ultimate perfection of friendliness.
Ekaraja Jataka 303

On the Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta):
https://What-Buddha-...heels/wh006.pdfdeer.friendliness.gif

On Universal Friendliness:
https://What-Buddha-...drops/Metta.htm
https://What-Buddha-...-Will_Again.htm
https://What-Buddha-...Benevolence.htm
https://What-Buddha-...will_Encore.htm
https://What-Buddha-...by_GoodWill.htm
https://What-Buddha-...ng_Kindness.htm
https://What-Buddha-...ine_Classic.htm
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https://What-Buddha-...Perfections.htm

Friendliness Frees!
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:41 AM

Friends:

The 10 Contemplations are Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus & friends: There is one contemplation which when often practised
and much 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 true Dhamma dwells
frequently in this state. Which is that one contemplation? It is reflecting over
the qualities of the Buddha exactly like this:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated
in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all dimensions,
knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,
both teacher & guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened,
and perfectly enlightened is the Buddha! Source: Anguttara Nikaya 1:16.1 + 6:10

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More on the phenomenon of a perfectly self-enlightened Buddha:
http://What-Buddha-S...aa_sambodhi.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ha_Metteyya.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ure_Buddhas.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ntemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...mu/metteyya.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...has_Similes.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ya/arimet00.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...Blessed_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...er_Presence.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...e_of_Buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...maSambuddho.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...PN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...V/Well_Gone.htmwood.yellow.Buddha.jpg

More on the Deathless Dimension: Nibbana:
http://What-Buddha-S...ps/II/Peace.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...bbana_Still.htm
http://What-Buddha-S..._2_Nibbanas.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...s_Dimension.htmBlue.Flower.Buddha.jpg

The Perfectly Self-Enlightened One...

Contemplating the Qualities of the Buddha!
http://What-Buddha-S...ntemplation.htm

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:01 AM

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:53 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

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More on the Three Jewels (Ti-Ratana) and Nobility (Ariya):
http://What-Buddha-S...PN/b/buddha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...hree_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-S.../s_t/sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...t/ti_ratana.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...iya_puggala.htm
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Remembering this Sangha Community of Disciples:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangha
http://www.dhammawik...hp?title=Sangha
http://What-Buddha-S...I/Lay_Faith.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...angha_Entry.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...vine_Refuge.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...hree_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...amma_Sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S.../s_t/sangha.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...nd_Precepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ntemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...t/ti_sarana.htm
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The Noble Community....

Contemplating the Qualities of the Sangha!
http://What-Buddha-S...ntemplation.htm

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

Friends:

The 10 Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and friends: There is this 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 gradual progress has understood
this refined Dhamma, often dwells in this state. Which is that unique contemplation?
It is reflecting over the ethic qualities of own moral purity exactly like this:
The Noble Disciple reviews and recollects his own morality (Sila), which is unbroken,
immaculate, unspotted, unsoiled, productive of release, praised by the clever,
not stiff pride, which leads to concentration... Source: Anguttara Nikaya 6:10  

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Comments:
Major moral transgressions induce downfall! Medium moral impurities blocks any
spiritual progress in this life, if not repaired. Even microscopic moral pollutants
exclude attainment of meditative jhana absorption despite prolonged efforts...

More on this crucial first base of Morality (Sila):
https://What-Buddha-...b/s_t/siila.htm
https://What-Buddha-...is_Morality.htm
https://What-Buddha-...Sila_1_to_5.htm
https://What-Buddha-...ight_Speech.htm
https://What-Buddha-...ight_Action.htm
https://What-Buddha-..._Livelihood.htm
https://What-Buddha-...bservance_I.htm
https://What-Buddha-...servance_II.htm
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Contemplating own Moral Purity..

Ethical integrity is crucial for future well-being!
https://What-Buddha-...ntemplation.htm

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 04:38 AM

Friends:

The Ten Contemplations is Daily Buddhist Routine!

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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 unique contemplation?
It is reflecting over the qualities of own charity exactly like this:
A Noble Disciple reviews & recollects his own generosity Caga thus:
Truly, blessed am I, highly lucky: Among beings all polluted by evil,
stingy and mean niggardliness, I am living with a mind freed from
avarice, open-handed, liberal, in high-minded largesse, all inviting to
all beggars, rejoicing in giving and sharing all I have with others!
Source: AN 6:10

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Some Comments:
Giving is basic medicine against & training in relinquishing Clinging.
Exactly as much one is able to give now, will one get in the future!
The proximate cause of poverty vs. richness is thus stinginess vs. sharing!
https://What-Buddha-..._or_Poverty.htm
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More on the many future blessings of open-handed Giving:
https://What-Buddha-..._Generosity.htm
https://What-Buddha-...b/b_f/caaga.htm
https://What-Buddha-...rops/Giving.htmmonkey.dana222.jpg

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What one has given, that one will get!
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:45 AM

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

Friends:

Death Contemplation is Daily Routine:

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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Contemplation on death, Bhikkhus and friends, when developed and frequently
practised, brings high reward and blessing, has the Deathless Dimension itself
as goal and sweet fruit. And how so? Bhikkhus and friends, at every dawn and
dusk the wise Bhikkhu thinks to himself: Truly, there are many possibilities of
dying: a snake may bite me, or a scorpion or centipede may sting me, and thereby
I may lose my life. This would be an obstruction!
Or I may stumble and fall down; or become seriously sick, or bad men, or evil
spirits may attack me, and thereby I may die. That would indeed be for me an
obstruction blocking approach and access to the deathless state of Nibbana!
Here, a Bhikkhu therefore considers by intelligent reflection: Are there still
found in me unsubdued evil and disadvantageous mental states, that if I should
die today or tonight, would lead me to a bad, painful, low, ugly, poor, painful,
or unsuccessful next life?
Now, if he by such reflection realize that there are indeed still unsubdued,
evil, and disadvantageous mental states found in him, then he should use his
outmost determination, energetic effort, endurance, steady awareness, and
clear comprehension in order to subdue these evil and disadvantageous mental
states! If, however, the Bhikkhu by reflection notices that there are not anymore
found in him any evil, and disadvantageous mental states, then such Bhikkhu can
dwell in pure blissful serene joy, training himself in all advantageous things both
by day and by night! Source: Anguttara Nikaya 8:74

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More on the inevitable fact of Death:
https://What-Buddha-...drops/Death.htm
https://What-Buddha-...e_Deathless.htm
https://What-Buddha-...wtb/a/amata.htm
https://What-Buddha-...s_Dimension.htm
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Inevitable is Death..

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 05:46 AM

Dhamma on Air #50: What is Sexual Abuse? https://soundcloud.c...on-air-50-audio

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 06:05 AM

Friends:

Development of Infinite All-Embracing Kindness!

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

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

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More on these 4 Infinite and Divine States (Appamañña Brahma-Vihara):
http://What-Buddha-S...hma_vihaara.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...e_Frienship.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...is_Sweetest.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ng_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...s_is_Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...riendliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-S..._in_Harmony.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...Good_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...will_Encore.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...ng_&_Bright.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...iness_Frees.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...alyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-S...drops/Metta.htmA.very.fine.glad.Buddha.jpg

Have a nice infinite day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
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The 4 Infinite States!

All-Embracing is Universal Kindness :-)
http://What-Buddha-S...ine_Classic.htm