Combinations of Mind and Matter

13710032_10208351394375375_7057064547202565063_nAnd what is namarupa, name-and-form?

Feeling, perception, intention, contact, and attention —these are called “nama”.

The four great elemental states (solidity, liquidity, radiance, and volatility) and the forms dependent on the four great elemental states —these are called “rupa”.

This name and this form are called namarupa.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Samyutta Nikaya

Life is the co-existence of mind (nama) and matter (rupa). Decay is the lack of co-ordination of mind and matter. Death is the separation of mind and matter.

Rebirth is the recombination of mind and matter. After the passing away of the physical body (matter), the mental forces (mind) recombine and assume a new combination in a different material form and condition another existence.

— Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

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Influences

trntIf Dharma practitioners are holy, it follows that wherever they go they leave in their wake an increase in faith and compassion, a diminishing of sectarianism and emotionalism, and beings who are more gentle and relaxed.

When faith, respect, and compassion diminish, when sectarianism, factionalism, and negative emotions increase, and when beings therefore become coarser —given to argumentation, lies, and strife— these are signs that someone has been a worldly influence.

—Jetsun Taranatha

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Loving-Kindness Practice

maitripinart1The original name of this practice is maitri bhavana (Sanskrit) or metta bhavana (Pali). Maitri means love, friendliness, or kindness, and bhavana means development or cultivation. A common form of the practice consists of five stages:

  1. Cultivate loving kindness for yourself, reciting: “May I be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May I embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May I abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May I attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  2. Cultivate loving kindness for a friend or loved one, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  3. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person you neither like nor dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  4. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person whom you dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  5. Cultivate loving kindness for all four persons at once, reciting: “May we be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May we embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May we abide in peace, free from self-grasping. May we attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
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Not A Place, A Realm, Or Destination

wpid-taranatha-e5a49ae7bd97e982a3e4bb96e5a4a7e5b888-5-jpgLiberation is not a place, another realm, or a destination.

It is an uprooting of the emotional afflictions in my mind,

so that they never arise in the future

and are purified within the expanse of suchness.

 

“Once the seeds are scorched, the fruit cannot arise.”

The final result of the exhaustion of the afflictive emotions

of the three realms of cyclic existence

is simply stainless awareness . That is liberation.

―Jetsun Taranatha

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Total Liberation

13606823_1526413817497218_3927451888388488305_nOnce infinite loving kindness has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for ill-will to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for infinite loving kindness is the release from all ill-will!

 

Once great compassion has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for cruelty to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for great compassion is the release from all cruelty!

 

Once rejoicing in the happiness of others has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for discontent to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for rejoicing in the happiness of others is the release from all discontent!

 

Once serene, still, and imperturbable equanimity has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for greed and lust to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for imperturbable equanimity is the deliverance from all attachment!

 —Buddha Shakyamuni

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From Ignorance to Liberation

1393142983915Appearances arise from afflictions and karma.

Karma originates from the mind.

The mind is constituted by latent tendencies.

Freedom from latent tendencies is bliss.

This blissful mind is peaceful.

A peaceful mind will not be ignorant.

Not to be ignorant is the realization of true reality.

The realization of true reality is the attainment of liberation.

—Acharya Nāgārjuna

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Why?

ShantidevaWe who are like children,

shrink from pain, but love its causes.

We hurt ourselves through our misdeeds.

So why should others be the object of our rage?

—Arya Shantideva, Bodhicharyavatara, 6.45

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