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That quote is from me, let me explain in more detail where I got that idea from. The Buddha posits five destinations: "Sariputta, there are these five destinations. What are the five? Hell, the animal realm, the realm of ghosts, human beings and devas." (MN 12) In the Pansu Suttas it's stated it nearly never happens that after death a human or deva ...


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Teacher of the Devas: In the round of samsara it is extremely rare to rise above the realms of woe, where the way out of suffering cannot be followed, and a human birth is even more favorable to awakening than birth in the realm of the gods. Given that human life, because of its possibility for awakening, is even higher in terms of value to that ...


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My teaching is not to believe rather to practice. Buddhism is about reason, realisation and awakening. It has to be applicable and put to daily life living.


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"There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas[1] is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about it. "The jhana-range of ...


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The saying that "Don't teach Dharma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested." would seem to stem from the lack of belief of a person in the Buddhist teachings. When a person is able to appreciate, or willing to believe in Buddhist teachings, then the conditions of that person to learn the Dharma have matured. That's why there is a saying that "...


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The dictionaries say the word Vāsanā is from the words 'vasati' and 'vāsa', which are commonly found in the Pali sutas in 'pubbenivasa'. Other related words are "abhinivesa" ("adherences") in SN 12.15; SN 22.3, etc and "vasa" ("abodes") in AN 10.20. Vasana is found in Snp 4.15, to mean clothing (or otherwise lodging). If "vasana" means "recollection from ...


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Vasana (Tendency Continues Life After Life) Predisposition plays a role in a person's life, past or present. Tendency to proliferate bad habits in promoted by kelisa (mental defilement). Vasana based on morality or good deeds is classified as samma chanda (wholesome wish). This vasana is inherent in the mind-continuum of all beings. Thus in your past ...


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Vitakka Saṇṭhāna Sutta gives the following 5: Replace the unwholesome thoughts with wholesome thoughts Examine the drawback of unwholesome thoughts One sould forget unwholesome thoughts One should try to still the source of unwholesome thoughts Subdue the unwholesome thoughts


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There are 3 types of teachers: The traditionalists (anussavikā) - who base their teaching on tradition - e.g. my ancestors believed in this so I am also believing it. Generally superstitious ideas stem from this logic. The rationalists and speculators [metaphysicians] (takki vimamsi) - who base their teaching in faith-based thinking and reasoning - e.g. ...


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From Help! The Kalama Sutta, Help! by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu: Ma takkahetu: Don’t believe something solely on the grounds of logical reasoning (takka). Logic is merely one branch of knowledge that people use to try to figure out the truth. Takka or Logic is not infallible. If its data or inferences are incorrect, it can go wrong. Ma nayahetu: Don’t ...


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You'll want to look at Goddard's translations of mind essence. It's a essential read. A verbal chanted mantra that describes breath counting is essentially what I believe is intended from this text. It's not a short term task nor is it absolution. But it's not something you need read a text and grasp. He's telling you to breathe. Not think but breathe. ...


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Tai Sheridan in 'Buddha in Blue Jeans' seems to warning against mental fabrications in the practice of Buddhist Meditation in this short section from his book: 'Sit anywhere and be quiet: on a couch, a bed, a bench, inside, outside, leaning against a tree, by a lake, at the ocean, in a garden, on an airplane, in your office chair, on the floor, in your ...


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The second tetrad includes the term "citta sankhara", which means "mind-conditioner" and is defined in suttas SN 41.6 & MN 44. The feelings of rapture & happiness are the "mind-conditioner" because they condition the mind (citta) in certain ways (such as condition the citta to generate lust, delight, self-views, awe, etc, towards the feelings of ...


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Gil Fronsdal explains the difference between mental fabrications/processes (Tetrad II) and the mind (Tetrad III) by describing Tetrad II a bit differently: Pay attention to the enjoyment or rapture; As time passes pay attention to the more refined pleasure that appears; Experience or be sensitive to our tight thinking; Relax the strained thinking that ...


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Following are some pointers: Nagita Thera An arahant. He belonged to a Sakiyan family in Kapilavatthu and entered the Order after hearing the preaching of the Madhupindika Sutta. In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he was a Brahmin, named Narada, and uttered three stanzas in praise of the Buddha. He was once a king named Sumitta (Thag.vs.86; ...


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