Contemplating the Unique Qualities of the Sangha:

Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha’s Noble disciples!
Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way! Therefore do
these eight kinds of individuals, these four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality & reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble Sangha
community of the Buddha’s Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable and forever unsurpassed
field of merit, in this world, for this world, to honour, support, respect and protect…

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

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

Pleasant is the arising of a Buddha.
Pleasant is the teaching of the Dhamma.
Pleasant is peace and unity in the Sangha.
Pleasant is the harmony of those united therein.
Dhammapada Illustration 194 Background Story 194

Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day and night on the Sangha.
Dhammapada Illustration 298 Background Story 296-301

Remembering this Sangha Community of Disciples:

In the Sangha’s Presence!

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]


Balanced Equanimity is the Tenth Mental Perfection:

Equanimity characteristically induces & promotes impartial neutrality…
Its function is to look upon things with an even unreactive indifference!
Its manifestation is the gradual stilling of both attraction & repulsion..
Its proximate cause is seeing, that all inherit the results of their actions.
Its effect is utter purification & perfection of all other mental qualities,
by ending both discontent & delight, thereby providing the necessary
equal calm required for their complete assessment & accomplishment.

Equanimity means Unaffectable..
Equanimity means Unprovokable..
Equanimity means Undisturbable..
Equanimity means Unexcitable..
Equanimity means Imperturbable..
Equanimity means Disengaged..
Equanimity means Disentangled..
Equanimity means Detached..
Equanimity means Immovable..
Equanimity means Unbeatable..
Equanimity means Untemptable..
Equanimity means Wholly Immune..
Equanimity means Indifferent..
Equanimity means Impartial..
Equanimity means Unbiased..
Equanimity means Disinterested..
Equanimity means Balanced..
Even like a smiling mountain!

Cool Calm is the ultimate Balm!

The Threefold Equanimity (Upekkhā):
If Indifferent towards:
Internal states & external phenomena,
Living beings & lifeless things,
Past, present & future events,
How can one be hurt, upset,
disturbed or distressed?

Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the Tranquility;
So is the Equanimity;
Of one freed by the Insight
Of right Knowledge.
                 Dhammapada 96

Although a man is richly dressed and adorned,
if he is in peace, at ease, in equanimity, calmed,
composed, controlled, celibate and harmless
towards all beings, then verily he is a Holy One,
a recluse, a sage …
                  Dhammapada 142

Equanimity towards one’s own internal states –
that is indeed a link to Enlightenment.
Equanimity regarding external phenomena & conditions –
that is indeed also a link to Enlightenment.
Samyutta Nikāya V Bojjhanga-samyutta.

Such noble friend finally develops
the link to awakening that is Equanimity
during Awareness of in-&-out breathing,
which protects against damaging mental states,
tends to detachment, to ceasing, tends to release
& culminates in complete self-surrender…
If, friends, Awareness of in-&-out breathing,
is so cultivated and so made much of, it is
indeed of great fruit, of great advantage!
One whose Awareness of breathing in-&-out
is perfected, well developed, and gradually
brought to refined growth thus, according to the
teaching of the Buddha, such one illuminates the
entire world, just like the full moon freed from clouds.
Samyutta Nikāya V Anapana-samyutta.

The Blessed One once said:
Now how, Ananda, in the discipline of a Noble One is there
the unsurpassable development of the senses?
There is the case where, when seeing a form with the eye,
there arises in a monk what is agreeable, or what is disagreeable,
or what is both agreeable & disagreeable. He recognizes that:
This agreeable thing has arisen in me, or this disagreeable thing…
or this both agreeable & disagreeable thing, has arisen in me:
And that is constructed, conditioned, coarse & dependently co-arisen!
But this is peaceful, this is exquisite, namely even & equal equanimity!
Instantly, that arisen agreeable or disagreeable thing ceases,
and Equanimity takes its calm stance!
Just as a man with good eyes, having closed them, might open them;
or when open, might close them, that is how quickly, how rapidly,
how easily, no matter what it refers to, Equanimity make
whatever arisen agreeable thing… or disagreeable thing…
or both agreeable & disagreeable thing cease right there,
and Equanimity takes its even stance!
In the discipline of The Noble One, this is called the unsurpassable
development of the senses with regard to visible forms cognizable
by the eye. Similar is the supreme development of the other senses.
                                                          MN 152

With the fading of rapturous joy, he remains in equanimity,
aware & alert, still physically sensitive to bodily pleasure.
He enters & remains in the third jhana, of which the Noble Ones
declare: ‘In aware Equanimity, one abides in pleasure…’
With the stilling of pleasure & pain as with the earlier disappearance
of elation & frustration, he enters & remains in the fourth jhana:
sole Awareness purified by equanimity, – neither pleasure nor pain –
This is called Right Concentration… 

The elimination of both sensual desires & of discontent,
the ejection of laziness, the calming of all regrets,
just this pure Equanimity being aware of all mental
properties exactly at the moment they appear:
That I call the direct knowledge of release
the breakthrough from ignorance.
          Sutta Nipāta V 13: Udaya’s Questions

Equanimity is ‘Tatra-majjhattata’, which designates the evenly balanced
keeping to the moderate middle of all things. It has as characteristic, that
it affects the balance of consciousness and mental properties as a single
function of single taste, which prevents both overt excessiveness and any
lack or insufficiency. Equanimity thereby puts an end to biased partiality by
manifesting moderation well within range of the properly reasoned midway.
                                                  Visuddhimagga XIV
The Buddha once explained:
I would make my bed in a charnel ground, with a skeleton for my pillow..
And cowherd boys came up and spat on me, urinated on me, threw dirt at me,
and poked sticks into my ears! While others, exultant & thrilled brought me
offerings of food, caskets of perfume & incense and garlands of flowers!
Yet I do not recall, that I ever showed any partiality towards any of them…
I was the same to them all! Neither arousing any fondness nor any aversion!
This was my ultimate perfection of equanimity…
                                         MN 12 Lomahamsanapariyaya
                                         The Hair-raising Presentation
                                                        Cariyapitaka III 15

More on Equanimity (Upekkhā):

More of the 10 mental perfections (paramis):

Even is Equanimity!

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]

Daily Words of the Buddha:

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Sabbadānam dhammadānam jināti
Sabbarasam dhammaraso jināti
Sabbaratim dhammarati jināti
Tanhakkhayo sabbadukkham jināti.

The Supreme Triumph:
The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other presents.
The taste of Dhamma excels every other flavour.
The delight of Dhamma exceeds any other happiness.
Eradication of craving conquers any and all suffering…

More on the Dhamma:
Discrete_States, No_Substance_’Out_There’, Omniscient_Quantum_Mind,
Ontology, Dhamma_Contemplation, Dhamma_Presence, Momentary_Consciousness,
The_Boat, Gradual_Teaching, Simple_Core123, Be_Good, Supreme_ Triumph

The Supreme Triumph!

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]

Fulfilled First!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:31-2] section 45: The Way. 57: Fulfilled …



Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]

Free Choice of Emotional Response!

Having Free Choice of Emotional Response!

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

More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:

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


Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

Mental Hindrances => Neglect & Ruin:

Mental Hindrances => Neglect & Ruin:

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

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

How to break and overcome these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nīvaranas):

The Hindrances Blocks any Progress and Makes your Future Barren!

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

Really Suffocating, yet not easily Visible!

Unhindered is Freedom!

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]

Serene Equanimity promotes imperturbable Peace:

Serene Equanimity promotes imperturbable Peace:

Equanimity just looks on and observes, while calmly settled in composed neutrality.
Equanimity is characterized as promoting the aspect of impartiality among beings.
Its function is to see the equality of all beings. It is manifested as the quieting of
both resentment and approval. Its proximate cause is seeing and comprehending
the ownership and efficacy of kamma thus: All beings are owners of their actions,
born, created and conditioned by the accumulated effect of their past intentions!
Whose, if not theirs, is the choice by which they have become happy, or unhappy,
or will break free from suffering, or have fallen down from their past good state?
Equanimity succeeds, when it makes both resentment and approval subside, and it
fails, when it instead produces a bored, indifferent, & careless state of negligence
Vism I 318

Non-involved and even Equanimity is a subtle form of happiness… By stabilization
it perfects and consummates all the other six links to awakening: Awareness,
Investigation, Energy, Joy and Concentration. Equanimity is the proximate cause
for knowing and seeing it, as it really is. Equanimity quenches any upset agitation!
When seeing and noting: ‘All this is constructed, conditioned, coarse and transient!
But this state of serene equanimity is indeed exquisitely peaceful…’, then instantly
ceases any arisen agreeable or nasty feeling, when Equanimity takes its stance

The Power of Equanimity eliminates agitation, wavering & panic!

Equanimity (Upekkhā)  is indeed a divine state, and itself a link to Awakening!
Even is Equanimity, The 7 Links to Awakening, Serene Equanimity and Beyond,
Imperturbable Equanimity, Unshakable Equanimity, Equanimity Upekkha,
Feeding Equanimity, Empty Equanimity.

Serene is Equanimity…

Have a nice & noble day!

Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita_/\_ ]