• SN 35.87 Channa

    November 18, 2019 by

    On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Rājagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrel Sanctuary.48 Now on that occasion the Venerable Sāriputta, the Venerable Mahācunda, and the Venerable Channa were dwelling on Mount Vulture Peak, and the Venerable Channa was sick, afflicted, gravely ill. Then, in the evening, the Venerable Sāriputta [56] emerged… Read more

  • SN 22.79 Being Devoured

    November 16, 2019 by

    At Sāvatthī. “Bhikkhus, those ascetics and brahmins who recollect their manifold past abodes all recollect the five aggregates subject to clinging or a certain one among them.108 What five? “When recollecting thus, bhikkhus: ‘I had such form in the past,’ it is just form that one recollects. When recollecting: ‘I had such a feeling in… Read more

  • SN 46.54 Accompanied by Lovingkindness

    November 11, 2019 by

    On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Koliyans, where there was a town of the Koliyans named Haliddavasana.106 Then, in the morning, a number of bhikkhus dressed and, taking their bowls and robes, entered Haliddavasana for alms. Then it occurred to them: “It is still too early to walk for alms in… Read more

  • AN 8.19 Pahārāda

    November 11, 2019 by

    On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Verañjā at the foot of Naḷeru’s neem tree. Then Pahārāda, ruler of the asuras, approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, and stood to one side. The Blessed One then said to him: [198] “Pahārāda, do the asuras take delight in the great ocean?” “Bhante,… Read more

  • SN 25 Okkantisaṃyutta Connected Discourses on Entering

    October 16, 2019 by

    SN 25 Okkantisaṃyutta Connected Discourses on Entering 入道经 1 The Eye At Sāvatthī. “Bhikkhus, the eye is impermanent, changing, becoming otherwise. The ear … The nose … The tongue … The body … The mind is impermanent, changing, becoming otherwise. One who places faith in these teachings and resolves on them thus is called a faith-follower,… Read more

  • SN 35.28 Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

    September 21, 2019 by

    SN 35.28 Burning On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Gayā, at Gayā’s Head, together with a thousand bhikkhus. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus:13 “Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what, bhikkhus, is the all that is burning? The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning,… Read more

  • MN 63 Cūḷamālunkya Sutta – The World

    September 17, 2019 by

    MN 63 Cūḷamālunkya Sutta – The Shorter Discourse to Mālunkyāputta THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. Then, while the venerable Mālunkyāputta was alone in meditation, the following thought arose in his mind: “These speculative views have been left undeclared by the Blessed… Read more

  • MN 61 Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā

    September 8, 2019 by

    MN 61 Ambalaṭṭhikārāhulovāda Sutta – Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā [414] THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Rājagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Sanctuary. Now on that occasion the venerable Rāhula was living at Ambalaṭṭhikā.637 Then, when it was evening, the Blessed One rose from meditation and… Read more

  • MN 20 Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta – The Removal of Distracting Thoughts

    September 8, 2019 by

    THUS HAVE I HEARD.238 On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. There he addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus.”—“Venerable sir,” [119] they replied. The Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu is pursuing the higher mind, from time to time he should give attention to five signs.239… Read more

  • KĀMA SUTTA (SENSUAL PLEASURES)

    September 8, 2019 by

    The Suttanipāta IV The Chapter of Octads 1 SENSUAL PLEASURES ( KĀMA SUTTA ) [151] When a mortal desires sensual pleasure, if that succeeds for him, surely he is elated in mind, having gained what he desires. (1) But when, full of sensual desire, a person is aroused by desire, if those sensual pleasures decline,… Read more

  • SN 35.245 The Kiṃsuka Tree

    September 7, 2019 by

    One bhikkhu approached another and asked him: “In what way, friend, is a bhikkhu’s vision well purified?”202 “When, friend, a bhikkhu understands as they really are the origin and the passing away of the six bases for contact, [192] in this way his vision is well purified.”203 Then the first bhikkhu, dissatisfied with the other’s… Read more

  • AN 7.67 Simile of the Fortress

    September 7, 2019 by

    “Bhikkhus, when a king’s frontier fortress is well provided with seven appurtenances of a fortress and readily gains, without trouble or difficulty, four kinds of food, it can be called a king’s frontier fortress that cannot be assailed by external foes and enemies. “What are the seven kinds of appurtenances of a fortress with which… Read more

  • SN 12.63 Son’s Flesh – four kinds of nutriment

    September 5, 2019 by

    SN 12.63 (3) Son’s Flesh At S̄vattı̄.160 [98] “Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of nutriment(āhārā) for the maintenance of beings that have already come to be and for the assistance of those about to come to be. What four? The nutriment edible food, gross or subtle(kabalinkārāhāra 段食); second, contact (phassa 触食) ; third, mental… Read more

  • The Quotable Ajahn Sumedho

    September 4, 2019 by

    In terms of this conditioned realm that we perceive, create and hold to, it is a very unstable, uncertain, undependable and changing condition in itself. That’s just the way it is. The Buddha pointed to the instability of conditioned phenomena, to their impermanence. This is not just a philosophy that he was expecting us to… Read more

  • AN 10.6 Concentration

    September 4, 2019 by

    Then the Venerable Ānanda approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Bhante, could a bhikkhu obtain such a state of concentration that (1) he would not be percipient of earth in relation to earth;1968 (2) of water in relation to water; (3) of fire in… Read more

  • AN 5.192 Doṇa – Four Brahma Vihara

    September 3, 2019 by

    mettā-sahagatena cetasā (with) friendly-kindness-endowed mind, ekaṃ disaṃ pharitvā (in) one direction pervade, viharati, abide [like this]. tathā dutiyaṃ, likewise (the) second [quarter], tathā tatiyaṃ, likewise (the) third [quarter], tathā catutthaṃ; likewise (the) fourth [quarter], iti uddham-adho Thus above,-below, tiriyaṃ sabbadhi across, everywhere, Sabbat-tatāya All-places, sabbāvantaṃ lokaṃ (to the) entire world mettā-sahagatena cetasā (with) friendly-kindness-endowed mind,… Read more

  • SN 56.14 (2. Dukkha-samudayaṃ ariya-saccaṃ)

    September 3, 2019 by

    SN 56.14 (2. Dukkha-samudayaṃ ariya-saccaṃ) “katamañca, bhikkhave, “and-what, monks, (is) Dukkha-samudayaṃ ariya-saccaṃ? sufferings-origination (as a) noble-truth? yāyaṃ taṇhā ponob-bhavikā whatever craving [which leads to] renewed-existence, nandi-rāga-sahagatā delight-(and)-lust-(together)-with tatra-tatr-ābhi-nandinī, here-and-there-[seeking]-delight seyyathidaṃ — that is – kāma-taṇhā, sensual-pleasures-craving, bhava-taṇhā, existence-craving, vi-bhava-taṇhā. non-existence-craving, idaṃ vuccati, bhikkhave, this (is) called, **********, dukkha-samudayaṃ ariya-saccaṃ. sufferings-origination (as a) noble-truth. SN 12.43… Read more

  • SN 12.45 At Ñātika: cessation of craving and cessation of existence

    September 2, 2019 by

    In dependence on the eye and forms, eye-consciousness arises. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as condition, feeling [comes to be]; with feeling as condition, craving. But with the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving comes cessation of clinging; with the cessation of clinging, cessation of existence…. Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering.

  • AN 8.12 Sīha: The ascetic Gotama

    September 2, 2019 by

    The ascetic Gotama is an annihilationist who teaches his Dhamma for the sake of annihilation and thereby guides his disciples’? For I assert the annihilation of lust, hatred, and delusion; I assert the annihilation of the numerous kinds of bad unwholesome qualities. The ascetic Gotama is a proponent of non-doing [183] who teaches his Dhamma for the sake of non-doing and thereby guides his disciples’? For I assert the non-doing of bodily, verbal, and mental misconduct; I assert the non-doing of the numerous kinds of bad unwholesome deeds. The ascetic Gotama is a proponent of deeds who teaches his Dhamma for the sake of deeds and thereby guides his disciples’? For I assert good bodily, verbal, and mental conduct; I assert the doing of the numerous kinds of wholesome deeds.

  • The Quotable Ajahn Thanissaro

    August 28, 2019 by

    Licking Yourself Clean Ajaan Fuang once said that meditators tend to be like little puppies. They go out and defecate and then come running to their mothers to have their mothers lick them off. They haven’t learned how to lick themselves off yet. So as a meditator you need to learn how to lick yourself… Read more

  • AN 8.40 Rebirth

    August 27, 2019 by

    AN 8.40 Monks, the taking of life — when indulged in, developed, & pursued — is something that leads to hell, leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to the realm of the hungry shades. The slightest of all the results coming from the taking of life is that, when one becomes a human… Read more

  • SN 12.19 The Wise Man and the Fool

    August 27, 2019 by

    Bhikkhus, for the wise man, hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving, this body has originated. For the wise man that ignorance has been abandoned and that craving has been utterly destroyed. For what reason? Because the wise man has lived the holy life [25] for the complete destruction of suffering. Therefore, with the breakup of the body, the wise man does not fare on to [another] body. Not faring on to [another] body, he is freed from birth, aging, and death; freed from sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair; freed from suffering, I say.

  • SN 55.21 Mahānāma: Body and Mind on Death

    August 27, 2019 by

    SN 55.21 (1) Mahānāma (1) Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Sakyans at Kapilavatthu in Nigrodha’s Park. Then Mahānāma the Sakyan approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, this Kapilavatthu is rich and prosperous, populous,… Read more

  • SN 22.53 Engagement – Consciousness

    August 23, 2019 by

    SN 22.53 (1) Engagement At Sāvatthī. “Bhikkhus, one who is engaged is unliberated;69 one who is disengaged is liberated. Consciousness, bhikkhus, while standing, might stand engaged with form; based upon form, established upon form, with a sprinkling of delight, it might come to growth, increase, and expansion. Or consciousness, while standing, might stand [engaged with… Read more

  • AN 4.187 Vassakāra (the Dunning-Kruger effect)

    August 22, 2019 by

    AN 4.187 Vassakāra On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Rājagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the squirrel sanctuary. Then the brahmin Vassakāra, the chief minister of Magadha, approached the Blessed One and exchanged greetings with him…. Then, sitting to one side, he said to the Blessed One: (1) “Master Gotama, can a bad… Read more

  • 中阿含98經 念處經

    August 22, 2019 by

    有一道,淨眾生,度憂畏,滅苦惱,斷啼哭,得正法,謂:四念處。……云何為四?觀身如身念處,觀覺如覺念處,觀心如心念處,觀法如法念處。……若有比丘、比丘尼七年立心正住四念處者,彼必得二果,或現法得究竟智,或有餘,得阿那含。

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