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The 8 Understandings...
« Reply #1425 on: October 24, 2015, 11:59:10 pm »
Friends:

Purification by Knowing and Seeing the Way!



Purification by knowledge & vision of the way comes by 8 understandings:
1: Understanding the momentary rise and fall of all states whatsoever.
2: Understanding the unavoidable dissolution of all phenomena whatsoever.
3: Understanding that appearance is terror, since it always entails suffering.
4: Understanding the danger inherent in clinging to things bound to vanish.
5: Understanding disillusion and dispassion as good signs of reduced greed.
6: Understanding of the deep desire for deliverance from the rebirth round.
7: Understanding of contemplating reflexion as a crucial tool for release.
8: Understanding of equanimity regarding all formations and constructions.
Vism 639
 

 
More on this highest ability to Understand (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/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



The 8 Understandings...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_8_Understandings.htm


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A Love Supreme..
« Reply #1426 on: October 25, 2015, 02:41:59 pm »
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On True Love (A Doctors observation):



It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in
his eighties arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that
he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than
an hour before someone would to be able to attend to him. I saw him check his
watch anxiously for the time and decided to evaluate his wound, since I was
not busy with another patient. On examination, the wound was well healed.
Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the supplies to remove his sutures
and redress his wound. We began to engage in a conversation, while I was taking
care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment later as
he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, and said that he needed to
go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.
I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home
for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and
asked if she would be upset, if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer
knew who he was, and that she had not been able to recognize him since five
years ago. I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though
she doesn't know who you are?" Then he smiled as he patted my hand and said,
"She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is!" ;-)

I had to hold back my tears as he left. I had goose bumps on my arm, and I thought,
"That is the kind of love I want in my life." True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, was not, will be, and will not ever be…



More on True Love (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Advantageous_is_Friendship.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/May_all_Beings_Be_Happy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Friendship_is_Universal.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goodwill_is_Genuine.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_11_Advantages.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Unbounded_Mind.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Cosmic_Goodness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Goodness_Galore.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm

A Love Supreme!

On True Love (A Doctors observation):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Love_Supreme.htm


Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

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Today is Vap Poya Observance Day!
« Reply #1427 on: October 26, 2015, 03:36:06 pm »
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[size=150]How to be a Real  Buddhist through Observance?[/size]

Vap Poya day is the full-moon of October. This holy day celebrates the
end of the Bhikkhu's three months rains retreat and marks the Kathina
month of robes , where lay people donate a set of robes to the Sangha.
This also celebrates the day that Buddha began to teach the Abhidhamma!


The Buddha descending from the Tusita Level after having spent a rains
retreat there explaining the Abhidhamma to the assembled devas during
a single three months long speech! His biological mother Mahamaya, who
died 7 days after his birth, and was reborn there as a deva, was present.
He is followed down by the deva rulers Sakka and Maha-Brahma.


More about this Higher Abhidhamma Science:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/abhi/index.html

More about the Kathina Ceremony:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kathina_Ceremony.htm




The Kathina Ceremony of giving robes to the Maha-Sangha and receive blessing merit thereby!

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 True Noble Community of Buddha's Disciples: 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

For the 2010 Calendar of Uposatha Observance Days:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/various/Poya.Uposatha.Observance_days.2010.htm

Have a nice & noble day!
 
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita _/\_
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Respecting Uposatha Days Purifies and Elevates!

Today is Vap Poya Observance Day!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/III/Vap_Poya_Day.htm


Friendship is the Greatest!
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What is Becoming?
« Reply #1428 on: October 27, 2015, 03:14:22 pm »
Friends:

What is the process of Becoming?



A friend asked:
Conditioned by clinging, becoming comes into being... What is Becoming?

Answer:
Cut short: Becoming is the process whereby the next moment arises...
This next moment has both physical and mental properties and is as such
dependent upon consciousness... If no clinging is present in this moment,
no next moment will arise for that Arahat individuality... That is Nibbana!
Every new moment and thus also the death-rebirth-moment is the result of
this process of becoming, which drives all change and push time forward!

In more detail:
The process of becoming can take place in three planes or dimensions:
1: Becoming in the plane of sense desire (kama-bhava), which is what drives
the life-process forward for all ghosts, animals, humans and lower devas. 
2: Becoming in the plane of fine-material existence (rupa-bhava), which is
what drives the life-process forward for higher devas like e.g. Brahma etc.
3: Becoming in the plane of formless existence (arupa-bhava), which is
what drives the life-process forward for the highest formless devas.

On this Buddhist Cosmology of these three main dimensions please study:
The 31 Planes of Existence:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/bhava.htm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html

This process of becoming has two sides:
The active side: Where new advantageous or detrimental intentional actions
(kamma-bhava) create delayed future resultant forms of high or low rebirth.
The passive resultant side: Where this rebirth in every moment & in between
lives recreates or regenerates mental and material phenomena of existence.

There are the two kinds of craving related to becoming!
1: Craving for Becoming:
Examples: May I become rich, famous, praised, satisfied, beautiful, happy...
2: Craving for Non-Becoming:
Examples: May I not become sick, criticized, poor, ugly, old, dead, unhappy...
As these states are uncontrollable, both kinds of craving create suffering!



The Blessed Buddha explained the process of Becoming (bhava) like this:

At Savatthi. "Monks, there are these four floods. Which four?
The flood of sensuality, the flood of becoming, the flood of views,
and the flood of ignorance. These are the four floods." SN v 59

"Monks, there are these four yokes. Which four?
The yoke of sensuality, the yoke of becoming, the yoke of views, and
the yoke of ignorance. And what is the yoke of becoming?
There is the case where a certain person does not understand, as it really is,
the arising, the passing away, the allure, the drawbacks, and the escape
from becoming. When he does not understand this becoming, as it really is,
he becomes obsessed with passion, delight, attraction, infatuation, thirst,
and fascinated fever for new forms of becoming. Thereby he then induces
craving for becoming something new: To go further, wandering-on, heading
to new birth & ever repeated death! This is the yoke of becoming..." AN ii 10

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard:
"There are these three searches. Which three? The search for sensuality,
the search for becoming, the search for a holy noble life.
These are the three searches." Iti 44-98

"What is the origin of suffering? The craving that induce further becoming,
accompanied by passion and delight, relishing now here & later there, that is:
Craving for sensing, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming...
This is called the origin of suffering." MN i 46

"From the arising of becoming, comes the arising of birth. From the ceasing
of becoming, comes the ceasing of birth. And the way leading to the ceasing
of birth is just this very noble eightfold path: Right view, right motivation,
right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness,
and right concentration." MN i 46

"And what is becoming? What is the arising of becoming? What is the ceasing
of becoming? What is the way leading to the cessation of becoming?
There are these three forms of becoming: Sensual becoming, fine material
becoming, and formless becoming. This is called becoming. From the arising of
clinging comes the arising of becoming. From the ceasing of clinging comes
the ceasing of becoming. And the way of practice leading to the ceasing of
becoming is just this very noble eightfold path: Right view, right motivation,
right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness,
and right concentration." MN i 46



"From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging...
From clinging as a requisite condition comes becoming...
From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth...
From birth as a requisite condition comes ageing, decay, sickness
and death! So is the emergence of this entire mass of suffering!"  D ii 55

"Having seen danger right in the process of becoming itself, and in searching
for new forms of becoming or for non-becoming, I didn't affirm any kind of
becoming, or cling to any kind of delight in becoming." MN i 326

"What are these four noble truths? They are the noble truth of suffering;
the noble truth of the origin of suffering; the noble truth of the cessation
of suffering; and the noble truth of the way to the cessation of suffering.
When these profound truths, bhikkhus, have been realized and penetrated,
then craving for existence is cut off, destroyed is that process which leads
to renewed becoming, & there is not created fresh future becoming." DN ii 72


Any form of Becoming proliferates into Suffering...

What is Becoming?
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/What_is_Becoming.htm


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The 7 Core Contemplations!
« Reply #1429 on: October 28, 2015, 04:09:07 pm »
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These 7 Contemplations leads to insight:



1: Contemplation on Impermanence (anicca) overcomes the false perception of permanence...
2: Contemplation on Suffering (dukkha) overcomes the fake experience of happiness...
3: Contemplation on Selflessness (anatta) overcomes the self-deception of ego-identity...
4: Contemplation on Disgust (nibbida) overcomes the deceitfulness inherent in all delight...
5: Contemplation on Disillusion (viraga) overcomes the illusion of the emerged appearance...
6: Contemplation on Ceasing (nirodha) overcomes the naivety of planning any origination...
7: Contemplation on Relinquishment (patinissagga) overcomes the violent panic of all clinging...



On Classic Orthodox Early Buddhist Contemplations:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Body_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Peace_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Death_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Buddha_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Sangha_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dhamma_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divinity_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Generosity_Contemplation.htm



The 7 Core Contemplations!

Repeated reflection radically improves understanding...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_7_Contemplations.htm


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Noble Joy :-)
« Reply #1430 on: October 29, 2015, 02:29:42 pm »
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How does the Noble live in Alert Elevated Joy?



The Blessed Buddha once said:
How, Nandiya, does a Noble Disciple live in alert elevated joy?
Here, Nandiya, any Noble Disciple is endowed with verified conviction in the
Buddha thus: Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Not satisfied with that verified conviction in the Buddha, he makes a further
effort in solitude by day and seclusion at night!
When thus enthusiastic, he is elevated by alertness!
When thus elevated by alertness, then gladness is born!
When he is gladdened, then a rapturous joy arises!
When the mind is uplifted by joy, the body becomes all tranquil...
One tranquil in body experiences a pure bliss of happiness!
The mind of one who is happy becomes condensed and concentrated...
When mind is concentrated, even subtle phenomena become plain & manifest.
Since these subtle phenomena become plain and manifest, he becomes one,
who lives and dwells in alert elevated joy...


just plain and simple ... :-)

More on this blessed Bliss:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Feeding_Joy.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rejoicing_Bliss_is_Mudita.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_Beyond_This_World.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Blessing_all_Beings_by_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Joys_of_the_Flesch_and_Beyond.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Infinitely_Joyous_Consciousness.htm
 
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. [V:398]
Section 55 on Stream-Entry: Sotapattisamyutta. Thread 40: Nandiya.
 
  Joy Sweeps Mind into Bliss!
 
Alert Elevated Joy!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Alert_Elevated_Joy.htm


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Noting the Dissolution..
« Reply #1431 on: October 30, 2015, 03:02:11 pm »
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 The 8 Advantages of contemplating Dissolution:
 

 
 When one continually notes the breakup of all constructions, then contemplation
 of Dissolution grows strong & habitual! This brings these 8 advantages into being:
 
 1: Elimination of false view of permanence, constancy & eternal (re)becoming.
 2: Letting go of attachment to life itself and any form of being in existence!
 3: Constant and continuous improving mental release...
 4: Victory over both Attraction & Aversion.
 5: Purified livelihood and morality.
 6: Patience and Gentleness.
 7: Freedom from Anxiety!
 8: Absence of Fear!

 
  Regarding which the Ancient Elders remarked:
  On realizing these 8 perfect qualities,
  One comprehends constructions fully,
  Continually Noting their Breakup in order
  To swiftly attain the Deathless State of Bliss,
as urgent as the Sage with a burning turban. SN 56:34 [V,440]
 
 

 Source: The Path of Purification XXI-28: Visuddhimagga-Magga [645]:
 As free PDF here: http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdfs/PathofPurification2011.pdf
 
 
 Noting the Dissolution!
 
 On Impermance Anicca
 http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Evident_Facts.htm
 http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Rise_and_Fall.htm
 http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Rough_Realism.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Trap.htm

Noting the Dissolution..

Any state and phenomena will evaporate!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Noting_the_Breakup.htm


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The Power of Calm!
« Reply #1432 on: October 31, 2015, 04:24:25 pm »
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Inner Tranquillity is a Mental Power!



In what sense is calm a power?
In what sense is calm a power? In the 1st jhana  this mental calm does not
waver even when attacked by the 5 mental hindrances, thus is calm a power!
In the 2nd jhana  this serenity does not flicker by any thoughts or thinking,
thus is calm a power... In the subtle mental sphere of neither perception, nor
non-perception, this tranquil composure does not hesitate, even when facing
void empty nothingness, thus is calm a power! Such silenced imperturbability
can neither waver, nor vacillate, nor hesitate in any unstable indecisiveness
despite being provoked by agitation, confusion, distraction, and perturbation,
therefore is calmness a power. Such is the power of calm: The calm power!
Vism 703



More on this Serene Calm (Samatha) Tranquil Ease:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Calm.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Silenced.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Forest_Bliss.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_and_Insight.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Tranquil_One.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Breathing_Calm_and_Insight.htm



The Power of Calm!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Calm_Power.htm


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The Siamese Twins ...
« Reply #1433 on: November 01, 2015, 02:08:41 pm »
Friends:

Mentality & Materiality are Mutually Dependent:



Interdependence of Mentality and Materiality; of the dual Name-and-Form:
Mentality alone has no efficient power, it cannot eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
Materiality alone is also without sufficient power, since it cannot do anything
without orders and drive: It has neither desire to eat, drink, speak, nor walk...
When materiality and mentality are joined together, these two twins can act:
When mentality (mind) has a desire to eat, a desire to drink, a desire to speak,
or a desire to walk, it is materiality (body) that eats, drinks, speaks & walks!
 

Mentality and Materiality, Mind & Matter are Inseparable!

Therefore did the Ancient Elders say:
The mental and the material does really exist,
But here there is no 'human being' to be found,
For it is void and merely fashioned like a doll!
Just suffering piled up like grass and sticks...
The mental and the material: Name-and-Form
Are Siamese Twins, that each supports the other:
When one dies, they both die, surely inseparable,
Due to the necessary mutual dependence...
They cannot come to be by their own strength,
Or even maintain themselves by their own power
Depending on other states, weak in themselves,
Conditioned and constructed, they come to be;
They come to be, with others as crucial requirement.
They are activated by others as if their controller,
They are thus produced by object and condition,
And each by something other, than itself...
And just as men depend upon
A boat for traversing the sea,
So does the mental mind need the
material body for real efficiency.
And as the boat depends upon
The men for traversing the sea,
So does the material body need the
mental mind for induction & control.
Depending each upon the other.
The boat and men can sail the seas.
And so do both mind and matter
Depend, the one, upon the other...
Vism 597

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


Is this phenomena Mind or Matter or both or neither?

The Siamese Twins ...
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/The_Siamese_Twins.htm


Friendship is the Greatest!
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Re: Daily Dhamma Translations from Bhikkhu Samahita
« Reply #1434 on: November 01, 2015, 04:13:01 pm »
Although I certainly don't want to discourage anyone's faith or steadfast adherence to the Pali Canon, this aspect of Mentality and Materiality needs to stopped being used when it comes to Siamese Twins, as this was already disproven through multiple research studies of Conjoined Twins to begin with --- for example, one of the more recent examples of this would be Hensel Twins, where, Abby controls the right side of the twins' shared body, while Brittany controls the left:

http://gawker.com/5933247/two-heads-one-body-a-billion-questions-the-gawker-guide-to-tlcs-newest-stars-abby--brittany-hensel

It should also be noted that modern trends of correct speech have brought about the disuse of the term Siamese Twins because it's deemed socially and politically incorrect, not to mention insensitive --- the proper term to be used is Conjoined Twins.



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As a Mother's Love...
« Reply #1435 on: November 02, 2015, 04:54:13 pm »
Friends:

Mettã is likened to a Mother's Love:

The Blessed Buddha once said:
As a mother would risk even her own life to protect her only child, exactly
so let us cultivate immeasurable loving-kindness towards all living beings!






I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds,
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67



Among tigers, lions, leopards & bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540



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



With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart & mind:
Beaming above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without trace of hostility.
Sutta Nipata I, 8



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


 
On this mighty Friendly Goodwill (Metta):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Metta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Hey_Friend.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Mothers_Love.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kalyanamitta.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Unique_Unity.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Loving-Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Calm_Kindness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Across_Borders.htm

As a Mother's Love...

Mega Mighty is Mettã :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/As_Mothers_Love.htm


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

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Solitary Simplicity...
« Reply #1436 on: November 03, 2015, 03:03:14 pm »
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Sense Seclusion produces Peace!



Since sensual pleasures, variegated, sweet and delightful, agitate the mind
with their varied forms, thus seeing danger in the streams of sense pleasure,
one should wander alone, solitary as a rhinoceros horn...
This for me is a calamity, a tumour, a setback, a dis-ease, a barb, & danger:
Seeing the vulnerability in the pitfall of these strands of sensual pleasure,
one should wander mentally secluded and reclusive as a rhinoceros horn...
Cold, heat, hunger, thirst, wind, scorching sun, gadflies and snakes, having
endured all these adversities patiently, one should wander alone, withdrawn,
and as imperturbable as a rhinoceros horn! (The Indian Rhinoceros Unicornis
has only one solitary horn!) Sn 50-52


The solitary Rhinoceros teaches how to be comfortable within yourself!

Whoever is addicted to society and worldly bustle, he will not partake of the
happiness of quiet withdrawal, detached aloofness, peace or enlightenment!

AN VII 86

On the secluded (Viveka) rhinoceros:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/u_v/viveka.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/The_Rhinoceros_Horn.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_1.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_2.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_3.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_4.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_5.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_6.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/The_Rhinocero's_Horns_7.htm
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/u_v/viveka_sukha.htm

Sense Seclusion...
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Sense_Seclusion.htm


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

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Ageing Again..
« Reply #1437 on: November 05, 2015, 03:40:21 pm »
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Ageing Reproduces same Suffering ever Again!



Ageing is suffering: And what is ageing? Whatever decay, decrepitude, broken teeth,
greying of hair, wrinkling of skin, decline of strength, weakening of the mental abilities,
feebleness, and senility of whatever kind of being, that is called aging. Its function is
to lead on to death! It is manifested as the vanishing of youth. It is suffering because
of the change into decay and the gradual, but steadily falling apart of the body.
The loss of memory and intelligence in senile dementia is also distressing.



With leadenness in every limb,
With every ability declining,
With vanishing of youthfulness,
With memory all evaporated,
With intelligence eroded away,
With strength now drained,
With growing unattractiveness
Now looking and smelling bad
To both wife, friends and family:
This is the unavoidable misery
Any mortal must expect to find!
Since ageing all of this will bring,
Ageing is well named suffering.

Vism 502 + MN 141



Regarding Death & the Deathless State:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/The_Thorn.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Game_Over.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/End_Making.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_Problem.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Bag_of_Bones.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Deathless.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Momentary_Life.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ageing_and_Death.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Death_Contemplation.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/g_m/marana.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Deathless_Dimension.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Inevitable_but_not_the_End.htm



Ageing Again!

Ageing Reproduces the same Suffering ever Again!
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Ageing_Again.htm


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

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To my Son..
« Reply #1438 on: November 06, 2015, 02:42:28 pm »
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[size=150]Can the Dhamma Teaching be given in short?[/size]



Yes! The Blessed Buddha once instructed his son Rahula in this way:
Having left behind desire for the five streams of simple sensual pleasure,
captivating forms, satisfying the mind, having gone forth from the house in
faith, put an end to suffering! Cultivate Noble friends, an isolated lodging,
which is remote, secluded, silent, & with little traffic. Be moderate in eating!
Do never crave neither for fine robes or foods, nor requisites, or lodging!
Do not ever return to the worldly life again. Be fully controlled regarding
the monastic discipline and the 5 sense abilities. Be completely & constantly
aware of the body as a frame of bones, skin, and flesh. By disgusted with
all in this world. Avoid beautiful objects, which provokes lust. Make mind
one-pointed, concentrated, absorbed, well focused on non-attractiveness.
Develop the signless mind. Cast out latent tendency to the conceit: "I am"!
Then by the full understanding of self-deception you will wander and dwell
stilled, in perfect peace... Sn 337-342



More on the Buddha's son Rahula, who was the most intent on the training:

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/r/raahula.htm
He awakened in Andhavana forest, when hearing the Cula Rahulovada Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.147.than.htm



To my Son!
http://what-buddha-said.net/drops/V/To_My_Son.htm


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

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In the Dhamma's Presence!
« Reply #1439 on: November 07, 2015, 04:20:15 pm »
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Contemplating the Qualities of the Dhamma:

Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here and now,
immediately effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see
for themselves, inspect, examine and verify. Leading each and everyone
through progress towards perfection. Directly observable, experienceable
and realizable by each intelligence...



When a bhikkhu is devoted to this recollection of the Dhamma, he thinks:
I never in the past met a master, who taught a law that led onward thus,
who possessed this talent, nor do I now see any such a master other than
the Blessed One. Seeing the Dhamma's special qualities in this very way,
he is respectful and deferential towards the Master. He entertains great
reverence for the Dhamma and attains the fullness of faith and insight.
He has much happiness and gladness. He conquers fear and dread.
He is able to endure pain. He comes to feel as if he were living in the
Dhamma's presence. When recollecting the Dhamma's special qualities,
dwelling in this remembrance, his body becomes as worthy of worship
as a shrine room. His mind tends towards the realization of the peerless
Dhamma. When he encounters an opportunity for transgression, then he
has vivid awareness of conscience and shame induced by recollecting the
well-regulatedness of the Dhamma. And if he penetrates no higher, he is
at least headed for a happy destiny...



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



The blessed Buddha said:
Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati;
Sabbarasam dhammaraso jinati;
Sabbaratim dhammarati jinati;
Tanhakkhayo sabbadukkham jinati.


THE SUPREME GIFT
The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other gifts.
The taste of Truth excels all other tastes.
The joy of Understanding exceeds all other joys.
The Elimination of craving overcomes and quenches
all ill, all pain, all sorrow, and all suffering ...
Dhammapada 354

Remembering this perfect ever returning Dhamma Doctrine:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Dhamma
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Three_Jewels.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/dhamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Dhamma_Contemplation.htm

In the Dhamma's Presence!

The Joy of Understanding exceeds all other Joys. :-)
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Dhamma_Presence.htm


Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samahita, Ceylon.

Theravada Forest Tradition.
http://What-Buddha-Said.net

 


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