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The Abhidhamma is useful for this question. I quote from The Abhidhamma in Practice by N.K.G. Mendis. Starting from the top: The Abhidhamma deals with realities existing in an ultimate sense, called in Pali paramattha dhammaa. There are four such realities: Citta, mind or consciousness, defined as that which knows or experiences an object. Citta occurs as ...


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When I read about the Brahmaviharas it said, These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings (sattesu samma patipatti). They provide, in fact, the answer to all situations arising from social contact. I think there are additional "emotions", which aren't entirely/...


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When I asked How are 'conceit' and 'identity-view' not the same? Ven. Yuttadhammo replied A view is taking something to be true, whereas conceit falls in the category of a simple experience, which one may or may not hold to be valid. It is similar with greed; one may want something without believing it proper to want, and one may likewise ...


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If you read the suttas carefully, you will see one topic reoccurring: Buddha says "here's a progression of meditation states one may achieve" and this sequence is invariably followed by a passage that says (paraphrasing) "and then the meditator shall come to realize that all such states are conditional and limited, and having realized that he ...


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I've practiced metta by wishing for all beings to be well & happy, happy in the highest sense of the word in particular and thus utterly victorious. I don't do it blandly, i tend to do it in verse and most enthusiasticly. Basically i hold that the Metta Sutta isn't just a poem but is actually a guided meditation and i train analogically; This is what ...


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