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Posted 02 November 2013 - 11:27 PM

Not Killing Produces Peace .. 
Avoidance of all Killing of any Sentient Being is the most Basic Buddhist training rule #1
 
 


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:58 PM

Friends:
 
The Buddha on Gentle Goodness:
 
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Train yourself in doing only pure good,
Since that lasts & brings great happiness!
Cultivate generosity, peaceful simple living, 
and a mentality of infinite friendliness... _/\_
Itivuttaka 16
 
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Who is hospitable, open, straight & friendly,
Generous, gentle and always unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a true leader,
Such one will great honour gain...
Digha Nikaya 31
 
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For one who deliberately and fully attentive,
Develops and expands Universal Friendliness
Experiencing the fading away of clinging,
All his chains are worn down thereby!
Itivuttaka 27
 
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With good-will for the entire cosmos,
Cultivate a limitless heart and mind:
Beaming above, below, and all around,
Unobstructed, without trace of hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8
 
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May all creatures, all breathing & living things,
All beings, one and all, without any exception,
Experience the good fortune of Happiness!
May they not fall into any harm...
Anguttara Nikaya II, 72
 
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More on this Infinite, Elevating and Protecting Goodwill:
 
Have a nice kind & gentle day!
 
Cosmic Goodness!


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:10 PM

Friends:
 
Establishing the 4 Foundations of Awareness!
 
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How, friends, does one view any Body only as a Form?
While always acutely alert & clearly comprehending, thus removing 
any lust, urge, envy, frustration & discontent rooted in this world,
The intelligent Bhikkhu keeps contemplating & regarding any & all
Body as an alien frame of filthy foul form... As something bound 
to emerge, decay and vanish... Not as mine, belonging to me or self!
Not as lasting, stable & safe! Not as pleasant beauty & happiness! 
In this way the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps reviewing any & all body
whether internal or external and he notes the cause of its arising 
and the cause of its ceasing, or he just know: There is this body!
In this way he comes to live not clinging to & independent of body!
This is one way to contemplate the body only as a transient form...
 
Or he gains awareness of the body only as a form by Breathing:
Or he gains awareness of the body by Noting the 4 Postures:
When walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, he notes that he is 
walking, standing, sitting or lying down. However his body is placed 
he notes it to be exactly so.
Or he gains body awareness by Clear Comprehension of all actions:
Or he gains body awareness by Scanning the 32 Internal Organs:
Or he gains body awareness by Analysis of it into the 4 Elements:
This body is only a cluster of solidity, fluidity, heat and motion!
Or he gains body awareness by The 9 Corpse Contemplations:
 
Remaining thus attentive & enthusiasticly noting, any memories
& motivations related to the household life are left & with their total 
removal his mind gathers, settles inwardly, & dives into unification!  
In this way the intelligent Bhikkhu keeps reviewing any & all body,
whether internal or external, and he notes the cause of its arising 
and the cause of its ceasing, or he just notice: There is this body!
In this way he comes to live not clinging to & independent of body!
This is the way to contemplate the body only as a transient, alien &
ownerless form of matter, a complex structure of disgusting things,
a constructed accumulation of putrid, rotting and decaying slime,
a painful restricting & deceasing burden one have to carry around!
This is how the intelligent Bhikkhu develops mindful awareness by
focusing on the body as a deadly form of matter... As something 
bound to decay and vanish... Not as mine, belonging to me or self!
Not as lasting, stable & safe! Not as pleasant beauty & happiness!!!
 
The reward is Fearlessness of Death & thereby Fearlessness of All!
Without fear there is the mental elevation of gladness and free joy!
It detaches and relinquishes from body & form and frees thereby... 
Clever Disgust by Anti-Porn cooling all lust and greed for body!
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See also: Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body compiled by Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
 
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Just a Painted Puppet!
 
Seeing the Body only as a Foul Frame...
A chain of bones plastered by skin with 9 oozing holes!
A heap of sores & rotten excrement with evil intentions!


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:02 PM

Friends:
 
Only by Guarding the 6 Sense Doors is one in Control!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once explained mental control like this:
Friends, having seen a form with the eye, one remains neither attracted 
towards any nice form, nor repelled by any disgusting form...
Having heard a sound with the ear, one remains neither captivated by any 
fine sound, nor repulsed by any horrible sound...
Having smelled a smell with the nose, one remains neither allured by any 
pleasant smell, nor rejected by any repulsive smell...
Having tasted a taste with the tongue, one remains neither fascinated by 
any delightful taste, nor reversed by any revolting taste...
Having touched a touch with the body, one remains neither tempted by 
any delicate touch, nor disgusted by any unpleasant touch...
Having thought an idea with the mind, one remains neither enticed by any 
agreeable thought, nor disappointed by any disagreeable thought...
One resides having established constant awareness of the body & within 
an infinite mind. Thereby one comes to know directly that release of mind
and that release by understanding, wherein all harmful detrimental states 
irreversibly cease without remaining traces left behind...  It is in this very
way, that one lives in full mental control with the 6 sense doors guarded...
 
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Comments:
Awareness of the body means seeing it as an afflicting skin-bag of bones,
bowels, tendons, excrement and urine, with nine holes oozing with filth...!
Such continuous awareness disables any arising of desire, lust and greed!
Dwelling within an infinite mind means constant attention to the aspects of:
Universal friendliness, endless pity, mutual joy, & imperturbable equanimity.
Such continuous good-will prevents any arising of hate, anger & irritation!
One should dwell like the snake, which sees the mouse hide in ant-hill with
six openings! By lying rolled up on the anthill - constantly watching! - the
snake remains thinking: Out of which hole may this mouse now appear?
Even so one thinks: Through which sense door may the next contact appear? 
 
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More on these Sense Sources (Ayatana):
 
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Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya 35:132 IV 117-21
 
Have a nice & noble day!
  
Friendship is the Greatest!  
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka
 
Guarding the Senses![/b]
 
Mental Control comes by Guarding the Senses!


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 03:23 AM

Friends:
 
Transcendence from Ignorance to Nibbâna!
 
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Buddha once explained the entire chain of causes leading to Nibbana:
Ignorance is the proximate cause of mental construction.
Mental construction is the proximate cause of consciousness.
Consciousness is the proximate cause of name-&-form.
Name-&-form is the proximate cause of the 6 senses.
The 6 senses is the proximate cause of contact.
Contact is the proximate cause of feeling.
Feeling is the proximate cause of craving.
Craving is the proximate cause of clinging.
Clinging is the proximate cause of becoming.
Becoming is the proximate cause of birth.
Birth is the proximate cause of ageing, decay and death.
Ageing, decay and death is the proximate cause suffering.
Suffering is the proximate cause of faith.
Faith is the proximate cause of elation.
Elation is the proximate cause of joy.
Joy is the proximate cause of calmness.
Calmness is the proximate cause of happiness.
Happiness is the proximate cause of concentration.
Concentration is the proximate cause of seeing and knowing reality.
Seeing and knowing reality is the proximate cause of disgust.
Disgust is the proximate cause of disillusion.
Disillusion is the proximate cause of mental release.
Mental release is the proximate cause of ending all mental fermentation 
linked with ignorance, associated with becoming, and caused by sensing.
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Freedom..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Peace..
Ending all mental fermentation is the proximate cause of Bliss..
This - only this - is Nibbana ...
 
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The Butterfly Effect => A Storm! 1 Cause => Many Effects!
 
More on this uncreated state - Nibbana (Sanskrit = Nirvana):
  
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Multi-factorial are Phenomena: Caused by many factors...
 
More on Dependent Origination (Paticca-Samuppada):
 
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Intentional Consciousness radiates quantum-waves of probability...
 
On Causality as general principle:
 
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Consciousness causes collapse of the Wave-function...
Non-local waves thereby manifests as local 'particulates'..
 
Source: The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 29-32
 
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Causality!
 
Understanding an effect requires knowing its cause!


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:39 AM

Friends:
 
The inevitable Dissolution of All:
 
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All past constructions have vanished:
All present construction is vanishing.
All future constructions will vanish.
 
All phenomena are sure to cease. 
All being in existence will be cut off.
All becoming is therefore truly a Terror.
 
It is Void, Vain & Empty
Like an Empty Village,
Like a tumour, a cancer,
Like a disease, an affliction,
Like a trap, a burning pit.
 
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About this Generalization the Ancients Elders said:
The substitution of the Object.
The transference of the Understanding.
The power of redirecting thought - these
Are the Insights following real Reflection.
 
 Defining both to be Alike.
 By inference from that same object,
 Intent on Ending all - these are insights 
 into the characteristics of Decay & Fall.
 
 Having reflected on an object,
 One contemplates dissolution of that thought,
 Appearance then as Empty - this 
 Is Insight into higher Understanding.
 
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Clever in the three Contemplations:
 (arising, fall, dissolution of all phenomena)
And in the fourfold Insight too.
Skilled in the three Appearances:
 (transient, pain & non-self are all states)
The various diverse views cannot shake him.
 
With view of what is Present purified.
He infers the past & future to be alike.
He knows that all constructions disappear
Like a dew drop in the morning sun.
 
The clusters of clinging cease & nothing else ever were.
The breakup of these groups is known as Death.
He observes their continual decay unwaveringly
As one who drill a hole in a jewel with a diamond!
Visuddhimagga-Magga (The Path of Purification) XXI
 
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As the expert drilling a jewel with a diamond tool only pays
attention to the hole and not to the colour of the jewel,
so do the meditator too, wisely keep his mind fixed & focused
on the Ceaseless Dissolution of all conditioned constructions
and not on the constructions ( mental formations) themselves.
Visuddhimagga-Magga commentary (Paramatthamanjusa) [830]   
 
And he who regards the World
as one who watches a bubble,
as one views a mirror image,
is unseen by Death - the King. 
Dhammapada 170.
 
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When one sees the dissolution of reflection on causes & conditions,
this thinking in itself being an construction - a mental formation -
the ancients elders (poranas) said   
He sees with insight both the known & the knowledge.
Knowledge is what is known &
understanding is the act of understanding that.
 
Seeing with insight is always seeing it as it really is:
Impermanent, miserable & impersonal.
 
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Be careful. The World is a Trap of Transience!
  
Trapped by Transience...
 
Inevitable is the Dissolution of All Phenomena!


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:51 PM

Avoid all Stealing & Fraud ..
 
 
Any Buddhist disciple should avoid taking anything from anywhere knowing it belongs to another. He should neither steal, nor swindle, nor incite others to steal or cheat. He should completely avoid all theft, deception and fraud. Sutta Nipata 2.397
 
The second Basic Buddhist Training-rule (precept) is avoiding taking what is not given. Avoidance of all stealing, cheating, fraud, theft, embezzlement and misappropriating of any kind of valuables from any individual or organization that pure and for all advantageous behaviour induces a safe harmony personally and also in any society.


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:39 PM

Friends:
 
The Evaporator of all Evil States of Mind!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus and Friends: Once the mental release by infinite Friendliness 
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded, 
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will 
be impossible for ill-will to take possession of and obsess the mind, for 
the mental release by infinite Friendliness is the release from all ill-will!
Once the mental release by compassionate Pity & tender understanding
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded, 
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will 
be impossible for violence to take possession of and obsess the mind, for 
the mental release by compassionate Pity is the release from all violence!
Once the mental release by mutual Joy rejoicing in other being's success
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded, 
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will be 
impossible for discontent to take possession of & obsess the mind, for 
the mental release by mutual Joy is the release from all discontent!
Once the mental release by serene, still and imperturbable Equanimity 
has been developed, frequently practised, firmly established, expanded, 
made a vehicle, foundation, and brought to full perfection, then it will be 
impossible for greed & lust to take possession of & obsess the mind, for 
release by imperturbable Equanimity is the deliverance from all greed!
 
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The 4 supreme mental attitudes (Brahmavihara) are thus:
Friendliness, Pity, Mutual Joy and Equanimity!
 
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More on this effective medicine of the 4 infinite and divine states:
 
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The Evaporator ... 
 
Infinite are the 4 Divine States!


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:10 AM

Friends:
 
Emancipating is Following the Accomplished Ones!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, those Bhikkhus who are accomplished in morality, masters in concentration, 
experts in understanding, consummated in release, fulfilled in the knowledge & vision
of release, I tell you even just a short sight of those Bhikkhus is advantageous, even 
just listening to them is very profitable, even just visiting them is like a golden fortune, 
even attending on and helping them is productive of good, even just remembering them
is valuable, and going forth after or under them is therefore worthwhile, and expedient! 
Why? Because, when one has heard true Dhamma from such Bhikkhus, then one dwells 
withdrawn calmed by two kinds of seclusion: secluded in body and secluded in mind! 
 
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
Book [V:67] section 46: The Links. 3: Morality ... 
 
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On withdrawal and renunciation (nekkhamma):
 
The Accomplished Ones..
 
Withdrawn in body and secluded in mind!


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:53 PM

Friends:
 
How can one experience Ceasing of all Pain?
 
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The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration won by Awareness by Breathing, when developed 
and frequently cultivated, is of great fruit and results in a big advantage...
And how, Bhikkhus, is 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 straightened one's body 
and back, and set up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of 
that breathing itself one breathes in, & just solely aware of only that breath 
in itself, one breathes out...
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, if such friend feels a pleasant feeling, then he understands through 
his prior training in breathing meditation: 
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor delighted in...
If he feels a painful feeling, then he indeed also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor engaged in...
If he feels a neutral feeling there and then he also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to nor involved in...
Whether he feels a pleasant feeling, or a painful feeling, or a  neutral feeling, 
he feels it as if detached from it, and as something remote, and alien...
If he feels a feeling terminating with the body, then he understands: 
If feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this body...
If he feels a feeling terminating with life, then he understands: 
I feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this life...
He then understands: With the break-up of this frame of a body, following 
the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, and all sensed, not being delighted in, 
will turn cold right there and then... Just as, bhikkhus, an oil lamp burns in 
dependence on the oil and the wick, and with the exhaustion of the oil and the 
wick the flame ceases to burn through lack of fuel, exactly so too, Bhikkhus, 
when such a Bhikkhu feels a feeling terminating with the body or with life... 
Then he understands: With the break-up of this  fragile frame of a body, 
following the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, all that is sensed, by not being 
delighted in, by not being clung to, will cool down & cease right there & then!
 
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This sublime (Anapana-sati) technique is used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
 
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On the formless (arupa) Jhanas and Ceasing: Nirodha-samapatti:
 
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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:319-20] 
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!  
 
Have a nice & noble day!
   
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ 
 
Mental Silencing also ends Pain!
 
Stilling by Breathing!
 


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:18 PM

Friends:
 
What is this Fundamental Right Awareness?
 
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That Noble Eightfold Way, leading to Nibbana, is simply this:
Right View, Right Motivation, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, 
Right Effort, Right Awareness and Right Concentration. 
But what is Right Awareness?
 
The 4-fold Definition of Right Awareness:
1: Awareness of the Body merely as a transient and compounded Form..
2: Awareness of Feelings just as conditioned emotional Responses..
3: Awareness of Mind only as habituated and temporary Moods..
4: Awareness of Phenomena only as constructed Mental States..
Right Awareness is of these 4, while being alert, & clearly comprehending,
will put away longing towards and aversion against anything in this world!
 
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The Characterization of Right Awareness:
Awareness of wrong view or right view present now, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong motivation or right motivation, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong speech or right speech now, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong action or right action, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong livelihood or right livelihood, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong effort or right effort, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong awareness or right awareness, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong or right concentration now, is Right Awareness!
 
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The Explanation of Acute Awareness and Clear Comprehension:
When inhaling & exhaling long, one notices and is fully aware of just that..
When inhaling & exhaling short, one notices & is fully aware of just that..
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out clearly comprehending the entire body.
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out calming the breath & all bodily activity.
When walking, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is walking.
When standing, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is standing.
When sitting, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one is sitting down.
When lying down, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one is lying.
Going forward one notices & clearly comprehends, this going forward.
When returning one notices and clearly comprehends, this returning.
When looking in front or back, one is notices, & is clearly aware of that.
When bending or stretching, when lifting or carrying, when eating or 
drinking, chewing or tasting, one is aware of and comprehends just that.
When passing excrement or urine one clearly comprehends exactly that.
While falling asleep and waking up, when speaking or keeping silence, 
one notices, knows and understands exactly that & clearly comprehends, 
that this is, what one is doing just right here and exactly now...
Continuous awareness of purpose, suitability, domain and nature of one's 
current behaviour, whether mental, verbal or bodily is Right Awareness 
and clear comprehension...
 
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The Function of Right Awareness and its associates:
Knowing right/wrong awareness as right/wrong awareness, is right view.
Exchanging wrong awareness with right awareness is right effort.
Right awareness has the function of observing, noticing, remembering & 
knowing the reality that neither any body, nor any form, nor any feeling, 
nor any mentality, nor any phenomena, nor any mental state is happiness,
truly attractive, lasting, satisfying or even personal, something keepable... 
All phenomena are momentary: They pass away right after the moment of 
their arising and occurrence! Nothing is permanent, everything is in a state 
of flux: Arising and ceasing, emerging and vanishing, coming and going, 
again and again and again and again and ever again...!!! Anicca = Change...
 
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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, this is the only direct way to the mental purification of beings, 
to the overcoming & elimination of sorrow, frustration, pain and misery,
to gaining the right method, to the realization of Nibbana, that is:
This establishing of the 4 Foundations of Awareness...
The 4 frames of reference...
 
Awareness is therefore a Mountain of Advantage!
 
Take Home: The 4 Foundations of Right Awareness are:
1: Being aware of the BODY as a mere transient form.
2: Being aware of the FEELING as a mere reactive response.
3: Being aware of the MIND as a mere passing set of moods.
4: Being aware of the PHENOMENON as a mere mental state.
 
Further study of Buddhist Right Awareness (Samma-Sati):
 
Root texts by the Buddha:
 
Complete reference on Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization:
 
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Studies, anthologies and commentaries:
 
For further study on the illuminating presence of Awareness:
 
Have a nice, noble and aware day!
  
Friendship is the Greatest!  
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka.
 
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:54 PM

Friends:
 
Breakthrough to the Truths safeguards against Downfall Rebirth!
 
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The Blessed Gotama Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus and friends, see this little dust, I have taken up upon the nail of 
my little-finger, what do you think is most: This tiny amount dust or this 
great planet Earth? The Bhikkhus then responded: 
Venerable Sir, this great planet Earth is much more, incomparable more...
The minute speck of dust is trifling, microscopic, negligible in comparison!
The Blessed Gotama Buddha then succinctly pointed out:
Similarly and exactly so too, Bhikkhus and friends, those beings are few &
quite rare, who are reborn among humans or devas! Beings who are reborn 
elsewhere, lower, as non-humans, in the screaming hell, as scared animals, 
as hungry ghosts, or as mad demons are much more numerous and common...
Why is it so? Because, these beings have not understood the 4 Noble Truths!
What four?
The 1st Noble Truth: This is Suffering; 
The 2nd Noble Truth: Craving is the Cause of Suffering; 
The 3rd Noble Truth:  No Craving is the End of Suffering; 
The 4th Noble Truth: The Noble 8-fold Way ceases all Suffering.
Therefore, Bhikkhus & friends, exertion should be made Now to understand: 
All This is Suffering; This Greedy Craving is the sole Cause of all Suffering; 
No Craving is the End of Suffering; The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering, 
Therefore should effort to fathom these 4 Noble Truths be made NOW!
 
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:474-5] 
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 102-5: Elsewhere & etc...
 
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Comments:
The actions that result in rebirth in the five destinations are described in
detail in the work: Pañcagatidipani. Translated by Ann Appleby Hazlewood.
in Journal of the Pali Text Society. Vol. XI 1987:
 
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Video illustrating life among humans, in heaven and in hell:
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For relation between cause & effect = action & result = kamma & fruit see:
 
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The 5 Destinations...
 
The 4 Noble Truths protect against Downfall Rebirth!
 


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:50 PM

Friends:
 
Prior or later good action enhances & prolongs effects of good Kamma!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Regarding the effects of actions, Ananda, as to the person here who avoids all killing of
any living being, who avoids all taking what is not given, who avoids all any misconduct in 
sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech, divisive speech, aggressive speech, and all 
idle & empty gossip, who is not envious nor jealous, who is of good will, & who holds right 
views and who at the breakup of the body, right after death, is reborn in a pleasurable & 
happy destination, even in the divine dimensions: Either earlier -prior to this- such one also 
did good actions to be felt as pleasurable, or later -after this- such one also did quite good 
actions to be felt as pleasure, or at the death-moment such one entered & maintained right 
views! Caused by that such good one is reborn in a happy destination, even in the heavens!
And since such good one furthermore also here & now has been one who avoids all killing 
of any living being, who avoids all taking what is not given, who avoids all any misconduct 
in sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech, divisive speech, aggressive speech, & all 
idle & empty gossip, who is neither envious nor jealous, who is of good will, & who holds right 
views, such one will experience the pleasant results of that too, either here and now, or in the 
next rebirth, or in some subsequent later existence...
 
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Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The great speech on Action. MN 136
 
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For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
 
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Doing Good Gets Better...
 
When possible why not create a good future?


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:09 PM

Friends:
 
What brings beings over the Sea of Suffering?
 
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The Blessed Buddha once explained the means and method to escape pain:
One should respect an intelligent one, from whom one can learn the Dhamma, 
just as the deities respect & honour their divine god Indra. Then with clear 
and elevated mind, he will reveal the Dhamma to one, when he is respected!
If anyone cultivates such a great man carefully, making it his aim to listen
and learn attentively, entering upon the Dhamma, and upon what conforms 
with the Dhamma, then his understanding will become intelligent and subtle!
However, if one associates with the petty & envious fool, who has no direct
experience of the aim, then one will die still pestered by perplexing doubts!
Since how can a man, who has been dragged down into a swift-flowing river, 
who is been carried along with the current, ever help any others to cross?
Similarly, how can one who has not learned the Dhamma, & has not listened 
to the explanations given by the learned ones, who is ignorant of it himself,
and has not overcome doubt, help others to realize the stainless certainty?
Just as one embarking upon a strong boat, with well build oars and rudder, 
could bring many others across there, being clever, considerate, knowing 
well how to do it.  In exactly the same way can one, who is self-developed,
who understands, who is learned and imperturbable make others realize it,
if they have got the capacity to understand, and the willingness to listen...
Therefore should one cultivate only a good man, who is clever and learned!
Understanding the meaning, walking the Way by knowing the true Dhamma, 
one will thereby plunge into happiness... Sn 316-323
 
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The Boat of Dhamma ferries beings across suffering to Happiness!
 
One this Dhamma  as Teaching, Tool, Bridge and Vehicle:
 
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Have a nice Dhamma day!
  
Friendship is the Greatest!  
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ Sri Lanka.
 
The Boat...
 
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Posted 18 November 2013 - 12:42 AM

Friends:
 
How to Meet Buddha Metteyya in the Future:
 
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The Buddha Metteyya, the Friendly One, will be the last & 5th Buddha in this Aeon!
1: One should give gifts (dana), 
2: One should observe morality (sila), 
3: One should practice meditation (bhavana)
4: One should be firm and determined (dalha), 
5: One should wish sincerely to meet him with agitated mind (ubbigga-manasa),
6: One should be stirred by an acute sense of urgency (samvega),
7: The Observance days (uposatha) should be rigorously kept. 
8: Friendliness (metta) should be quite carefully cultivated. 
9: Deep Concentration (samadhi) should be regularly trained. 
10: Real Understanding should be sought and achieved (pañña).
Right behaviour (action=kamma) can be compared to having sound limbs...
Right understanding can be compared to being able to see... 
If one or the other is missing, a person will be unsuccessful.
If both is fully present, the person will be fully successful.
Meeting the Metteyya Buddha opens the Doors to the Deathless Nibbana...
 
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How is The Formal Aspiration to Meet Buddha Ariya Metteyya:
 
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Bodhisatta Metteyya
 
Resources on the next Buddha Metteyya:  The Friendly One!
 
The Coming Buddha, Ariya Metteyya. By honourable Sayagyi U Chit Tin:
 
The Anagatavamsa Desana: The Chronicle on the Future:
 
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He will say: "You can come as you like, but you pay as you go..."
 
Don't miss out on this last one...!
 
How to meet the next Buddha Metteyya?


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

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How to train endless Pity and Compassion!
 
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Sitting alone, in silence, each early morning, with closed eyes, one wishes:
May I radiate and meet with only infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all the various beings on the 31 levels of existence develop & find
only this genuine gentleness of infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings on the sense-desire, fine-material, & the formless plane 
develop & encounter this tender infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in the front, to the right, the back, the left & below as 
above develop & experience caring infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe always be fully aware 
and deeply mindful of this warm infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe examine all details & 
subtle aspects of this benevolent infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe put enthusiastic effort 
in their praxis of this affectionate infinite pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe find enraptured joy &
jubilant gladness in this fond infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, & universe cultivate the tranquillity
of quiet, silent, stilled, & endlessly merciful pity, sympathy, & compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country and universe attain concentrated &
absorbed one-pointedness by this infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion!
May I & all beings in this city, country, and universe dwell in imperturbable 
equanimity joined with this loving infinite pity, sympathy, and compassion...
Yeah! Print this out, dwell in each state until clear, use ~ 25-45 minutes.  
 
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Comment: All-Embracing Pity is the 2nd infinitely divine state (Appamañña)
This gradually reduces all aggressiveness, cruelty, ferocity, viciousness, 
rage, inner & outer violence, and unhappiness related with these states.
Joined with the 7 links to Awakening it will later cause formless jhanas... 
 
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More on Pity (Karuna = Compassion):
 
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Have a nice & noble day!
   
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
Karunã is All-Embracing Pity!
 
An Endless and Divine State...


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:37 PM

Friends:
 
The 3 domains of the Noble 8-Fold Way:
 
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A former husband of a Buddhist Nun (Bhikkhuni) once asked her:
Venerable Dhammadinna, are these 3 domains  of morality (sila), 
concentration (samadhi), and understanding (pañña) included in the 
Noble 8-fold Way, or is it rather instead the Noble 8-fold Way 
that is included & divided into these 3 core domains of the training? 
The 3 domains, Visakha, are not included in the Noble 8-fold Way, 
but the Noble 8-fold Way is included in those 3 domains like this:
Right speech, right action, and right livelihood: These 3 things are 
included in the domain of morality...
Right effort, right awareness, and right concentration: These things 
are included in the domain of concentration... 
Right view and right motivation: These things are included in the 
domain of understanding.
 
Source Text (extract): Majjhima Nikaya 44:
Culavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Set of Questions-and-Answers
 
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Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
 
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Noble is the 8-fold Way!
 
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:03 AM

Friends:
 
The Blessed Buddha once explained:
 
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And how, friends, when the 4 Foundations of Awareness have been developed, 
when they have been made much of, do they complete the 7 Wings to Awakening
the 7 Links to Enlightenment?
 
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At the time, when a friend is living in contemplating the Body as a frame, 
just a disgusting form, enthusiastic, clearly conscious, continually Aware of it,
so as to control all desire and aversion for bodies and forms in the world:
At that time undisrupted Awareness is aroused in this friend ....
At the time, friends, when undisrupted Awareness is aroused in such friend:
At that time the link to awakening that is Awareness is stirred up in this friend;
At that time such friend develops the link to awakening that is Awareness;
At that time the link to awakening that is Awareness comes to fulfilment of 
development in this friend.
 
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Living thus Aware, awake, mindful such curious & interested friend examines,
inquires into, bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight.
At the time, friends, when such a friend, living thus aware, mindful examines, 
inquires into, bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight:
At that time the link to awakening that is Investigation is stirred up in a friend; 
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Investigation;
At that time the link to awakening that is Investigation into things comes to 
fulfilment of development in this friend.
 
 
 
While such friend is thus examining, inquiring into, bring things into Investigation,
by means of insight, then enthusiastic & unsluggish Energy is stirred up in this friend.
At the time, friends, when unsluggish Energy is stirred up in a friend who is examining
who inquires into, who bring this thing forward for Investigation, by means of insight:
At that time the link to awakening that is Energy is stirred up in such friend; 
At that time such friend develops the link to awakening that is Energy;
At that time the link to awakening that is Energy comes to fulfilment of development 
in this eager & devoted friend.
 
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When such a friend has stirred up Energy unsullied Joy arises.
At the time, friends, when unsullied Joy arises in a friend of stirred up Energy:
At that time the link to awakening that is Joy, is stirred up in such friend; 
At that time the friend develops the Link to Awakening that is Joy;
At that time the link to awakening that is Joy comes to fulfilment of development 
in this friend.
 
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The body of one whose mind is in Joy, - as happy as one can be - is tranquilized,
and thought too is tranquilized. At the time when both the body of a friend 
whose mind is in Joy, is tranquilized, and any thinking too is all tranquilized:
At that time the link to awakening that is Tranquillity is stirred up in such friend; 
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Tranquillity;
At that time the link to awakening that is Tranquillity comes to fulfilment of 
development in this calmed friend.
 
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The thought of one whose body is thus tranquil and at ease is concentrated.
At the time, when thought is concentrated in one whose body is tranquil & at ease:
At that time the link to awakening that is Concentration is stirred up in such friend; 
At that time the friend develops the link to awakening that is Concentration;
At that time the link to awakening that is Concentration comes to fulfilment of 
development in this focused friend.
 
 
 
Such noble friend is one who looks with proper care at the Thought Concentrated thus.
At the time, when a friend looks with proper care at the thought concentrated thus:
At that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity, solid even mental ballance,
is stirred up in such friend; At that time the friend develops the link to awakening
that is Equanimity; at that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity
comes to fulfilment of development in this friend.
At the time, friends, when a friend is faring along contemplating 
the Feelings just as Responses, Mind just as Moods, Phenomena just as Mental States,
enthusiastic, clearly conscious of them, continually Aware of them,
so as to control the covetousness and dejection in world:
At that time the link to awakening that is Equanimity
comes to fulfilment of development in this friend.
 
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Friends, the 4 Foundations of Awareness, when developed thus, made much of thus, 
refined thus, brings to fulfilment the 7 Links in Awakening! And How, friends, when 
the 7 Links have been developed, how when they are made much of, do they bring to 
fulfilment: Freedom through Knowledg ?
 
Herein, friends, a friend develops the link to awakening that is Awareness dependent 
on aloofness, dependent on detachment, dependent on ceasing, ending in relinquishment;
The friend develops the link to awakening that is Investigation into things ...
the link to awakening that is Energy...
the link to awakening that is Joy ...
the link to awakening that is Tranquillity ...
the link to awakening that is Concentration ...
the link to awakening that is Equanimity
dependent on aloofness, dependent on detachment, dependent on ceasing, culminating in 
relinquishment, friends, when the 7 Links in Awakening are developed thus, are made much 
of thus, are refined thus, they bring to utter fulfilment: Freedom through Knowledge .... !
Thus spoke the lord.... Delighted, these Bhikkhus rejoiced in what the Lord had said .... 
 
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Of related interest:
 
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The 7 Wings!
 
How to Link up to Enlightenment?


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:19 PM

Friends:
 
Winning Calm & Serene Bliss by Breathing..!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, this sweet concentration by Awareness by Breathing, when it is 
developed and cultivated, is peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant 
dwelling in itself, and it disperses and quells right on the very spot all evil 
detrimental mental states, whenever and wherever they arise...!
Exactly as in a hot summer month, when a cloud of dust and dirt has been 
swirled up, then a sudden great & heavy rainfall makes it vanish by quelling 
it on the spot, so too does this concentration by Awareness by Breathing, 
when developed and cultivated often, and which is peaceful and sublime, 
an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself, disperse, scatter, evaporate and 
quell right on the spot all evil & disadvantageous mental states whenever & 
wherever they arise.  And how is this so? Bhikkhus, when one have gone to 
the forest, or to the root of a tree, or to an empty hut, there & then one 
sits down cross-legged, having straightened one's body and back, & set 
up awareness around the nostrils, then just plainly aware of only that 
breathing itself one breathes in, and just solely aware of only that very
breathing itself one breathes out... Feeling only the touch of air passing!
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!
It is in exactly this way, Friends & Bhikkhus, that this fine concentration 
by Awareness by Breathing is developed & cultivated so that it indeed is 
peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant dwelling in itself! And it is in 
this way that it disperses and quells on the spot all evil detrimental states 
whenever and wherever they arise!
 
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More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
 
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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:321-22] 
section 54: Anapanasamyutta. Thread 9: At Vesali!
 
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Have a nice & noble day!
   
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_ 
 
Breathing Meditation Offers Calm Clarity!
 
On the Spot!


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:41 PM

Friends:
 
Giving up everything, one is Calmed!
 
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The Blessed Buddha once summarized his own mental development like this:
Fear comes from embracing violence. Looking at people quarreling I became
agitated. Seeing people floundering, like fish floundering when hauled out of
water, seeing them opposing others, made fear and consternation arise in me!
The world was without safety anywhere, in all quarters conflict tossed about. 
Yet I wanted to find a safe peaceful dwelling-place for myself, I could not...
Dissatisfied, seeing opposition itself, I realized that the barb is here within, 
hard to see, not out there in the world, but in here nestling deep in the mind.
Injured by this barb, one runs in all directions. Having pulled that barb out, 
one neither runs, nor stands still... That relief requires purifying training:
One should be truthful, and neither mischievous, nor deceiving, rid of gossip! 
One should overcome lethargy and laziness, be fully aware, and not negligent. 
One should not bestow affection upon any external form, & give up all pride
over any internal form. Neither longing back for the past, nor liking any new,
one will not grieve, when something is vanishing. One should give up whatever
fascination attaching to a given object. Greed is like a great flood. Desire is
like the current. Sense objects are like the shifting tides. Sense pleasure is 
like vast stretches of deep entrapping mud, which is very hard to cross over..
Not deviating from the Dhamma, crossing by that truth, the sage, a recluse, 
comes to stand safe on high ground. Having given up everything, he is calmed!
Sutta-Nipata 935-946 Edited excerpt.
 
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More on this relieving relinquishment:
 
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Not Resisting...
 
Sweet is detached fearlessness!