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4 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2013 - 2:55AM #1
Bhakta_glenn
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Meditation in Daily Life


Just as there are Seven Factors [Causes] of Enlightenment, there are also Five Hindrances which blind a person’s mental vision and prevent him or her from making any spiritual progress.


It is difficult to simultaneously focus upon 12 things. In meditation practice, it is better to just focus on what appears so to be subjectively important to the Meditator.


For Bhakta-glenn, the key hindrance is laziness, Sloth and Torpor. This may be represented by a picture of water covered by moss:



When the Hindrance of Sloth and Torpor is destroyed, the moss will have been removed from the water's surface:



The Factor of Enlightenment that will destroy Sloth and Torpor, Laziness is Energy. But, one has to be very careful about how this may be achieved. This is because, if a person's Volition to Develop Energy is not involved, then the moss will remain on the surface of the water, contaminating the water.


For a Faith Devotee, the way to develop the Volition to Practise is to go back to basics and examine the reasons why one is practising Buddhism.


In a simple nutshell, for Bhakta-glenn, it is because he was inspired by the Metta Sutta. He grew up in a very hateful environment. And decided a long time ago that the only reason he would have anything to do with Buddhism was because the Buddha was Teaching a better way of living:


www.bodhicitta.net/Metta%20Sutra.htm


The Wisdom here is very simple:


For Bhakta-glenn: "Find the true reason why one is practising Buddhism, and one will move heaven and earth to attain whatever the Buddha taught."


Thus, a lazy boy has been spurred into action. But, he does not wish to spend this rich of new-found energy quickly, lest his bone-idle demons [The Beastie Boys] return. So, we slow things down.


Mnemonic


'Slowly-Slowly does the Wheel of Dhamma turn,


whilst the journey to the Goal of the Path begins with its first step.'


Now: the volition to practice has arisen.


Meanwhile: Lazy Bones has to develop some spiritual energy. For Buddhism, there is no better source of spiritual energy than the Healing Words of the Buddha, which are stainless. Therefore, Bhakta-glenn's Buddhist quest may be realised from a Reading of the Dhammapada.


But it does not end with mere reading. This reading is accompanied by sitting meditation on a daily basis, when each verse may be brought to mind, discretely, and discreetly in the dawn silence, before the noisy morning arises.


Salutation to the Buddha


Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa.


Veneration to the Exalted One,


the Homage-Worthy,


the Perfectly Self-Enlightened


Recollection of the Buddha's Noble Qualities


The Buddha is an Arahat and he is worthy of the highest veneration.


All beings venerate the Buddha because the Buddha is the Supreme One,


who has extinguished all defilements,


who has become perfectly self-enlightened through


realization of the Four Noble Truths,


and who is endowed with six great qualities


of glory, namely,


1     Issariya [Supremacy],


2     Dhamma [Knowledge of the Path to Nibbana]


3     Yasa       [Fame and Following]


4     Siri         [Noble Splendour of Appearance]


5     Kama     [Power of Accomplishment]


6     Payette  [Diligent Mindfulness]


Dhammapada

The Path of Dhamma

Walking the Path of Dhamma

Dhammapada is one of the best known books of the Pitaka.


Reading Meditation in Daily Life

Day One:


I am a Faith Devotee of the Buddha.


Faith in Buddhism does not mean 'blind belief'. It means to believe in the Buddha's Enlightenment, or the Triple Gem. This Buddhist Faith is not in conflict with the spirit of free enquiry or doubt about doubtful things. The Faith that one attains in Theravada Buddhism is a spiritual faculty, realised through one's own experience of Buddhist mental development.


As a Buddhist Meditator, I find it easier to understand small chunks of digestible information such as is given in the Dhammapada, than with trying to understand the Four Noble Truths, or what hefty fellows like Nagarjuna might have had to say about  that.


Back in 1995, I was given the task of reading just one verse per day from the Dhammapada, together with its corresponding story, as a viable means for Bhavana: Buddhist Mental Development.



www.bps.lk/pali_misc/palipron.html

The Pali Alphabet
and its Pronunciation




Today, I have been asked to repeat that Meditation:


Dhammapada: Verses and Stories


Dhammapada Verse 1
Cakkhupalatthera Vatthu


Manopubbangama dhamma1
manosettha manomaya
manasa ce padutthena2
bhasati va karoti va
tato nam dukkhamanveti
cakkamva vahato padam.


Verse 1: All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner; they have mind as their chief; they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts with an evil mind, 'dukkha' 3 follows him just as the wheel follows the hoofprint of the ox that draws the cart.




The verse and its corresponding Story may be found here:


www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/verseload....


Enlightenment in a Single Lifetime


Quite often, Theravada Buddhism is accused of not being able to show its students how to become Enlightened in a single lifetime. Quite often, when the Buddha taught the Dhamma known to the Theravada, people were Enlightened in a single moment:



At the end of the discourse, thirty thousand bhikkhus attained arahatship together with Analytical Insight (Patisambhida).





Buddhist Dictionary
Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines,
by NYANATILOKA MAHATHERA


www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic3_p.htm


[headword:  paṭisambhidā]


paṭisambhidā: 'analytical knowledge' or 'discrimination', is of 4 kinds: analytical knowledge of the true meaning (attha-paṭisambhidā), of the law (dhamma-paṭisambhidā), of language (nirutti-paṭisambhidā), of ready wit (paṭibhāna-paṭisambhidā).
As an alternative rendering of the fourth term (paṭibhāna), Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli proposes: perspicuity (in expression and knowledge).




 Sharing of Merit


May all beings live in peace and harmony,


May all beings be happy.


Smile


 

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