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Anguttara Nikaya

AN 9.2 Meghiya Sutta: Monk Meghiya

What should we do to prepare the mind for wisdom?

At one time the Buddha was living in the city of Cālikā, on the Cālikā mountain. Those days, the monk Meghiya was the Buddha’s attendant. Then monk Meghiya went up to the Buddha, bowed respectfully, stood to one side, and said to the Buddha, “Bhante, I’d like to go to Jantu village for alms.” “Meghiya, […]

Questions for Reflection:

The Supreme Buddha said, They should develop the perception of ugliness to give up greed, love to give up hate, mindfulness of breathing to cut off unwanted thinking, and perception of impermanence to uproot the conceit "I am."

What have you done when your mind was overcome with gree, hate, unwanted thinking, and conceit?

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Khuddakapatha

Khp 9 Karaniyametta Sutta: Discourse on Loving-Kindness

How to practice loving-kindness meditation.

As a mother would risk her own life to protect her only child, even so towards all living beings, one should cultivate boundless loving-kindness.

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Itivuttaka

Itv 37 Somanassa Sutta: Living Joyfully

Insightful and ardent monks investigate the true nature of life.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, a monk endowed with two things, lives with happiness and joy and has aroused energy for the destruction of taints. What are the two? Being moved by a sense of urgency at […]

Further Reading:

AN 5.57 How we can develop this urgency

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Itivuttaka

Itv 45 Patisallāna Sutta: Living in Seclusion

The Buddha explains the benefits of devoting to seclusion, delighting in seclusion and more.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, live devoting to seclusion and delighting in seclusion, practise inward mental stillness, and do not neglect meditation and practise insight meditation. Maintain diligence in empty dwelling places. Monks, if you live devoting […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 47 Jāgariya Sutta: Wakefulness

The Buddha explains if the benefits gained if a monk meditates reducing sleep, lives mindfully and with wise awareness.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, a monk should meditate reducing sleep, live mindfully, with wise awareness, with a still mind, and with a rapturous mind. At proper occasions, he should contemplate with insight the wholesome qualities called […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta: Grounds for Making Merits

The Buddha explains the three grounds for making merit.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, there are three grounds for making merit. What three? Giving as a ground for making merit, virtue as a ground for making merit, and meditation as a ground for making merit. Monks, […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 78 Dhātu Saṁsandana Sutta: Coming Together

The Buddha explains how those with similar mind states come together.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, it is according to their mind states that beings come together and associate with one another. Beings with low mind states come together and associate with beings having low mind states. Beings […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 79 Parihāna Sutta: Falling Away

The Buddha explains three things that lead to the falling away of a training monk and three things that lead to the non-falling of a training monk.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, three things lead to the falling away of a trainee-monk. What are the three? Monks, a trainee-monk, neglecting meditation, enjoys duties, delights in duties, and is intent on his enjoyment of duties. […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 85 Asubhānupassī Sutta: Contemplating on Impurities

The Buddha teaches monks to live contemplating the impurities of the body, mindfulness of in-and-out breathing and contemplating the impermanence of all things.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, live contemplating impurities of the body. Let mindfulness of in-and-out breathing as a basis well-established in you! Live contemplating the impermanence of all conditioned things. ” This is the meaning of what […]

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Sutta Nipata

Snp 1.8 Karaniyametta Sutta: Discourse on Loving-Kindness

How to practice loving-kindness meditation.

As a mother would risk her own life to protect her only child, even so towards all living beings, one should cultivate boundless loving-kindness.

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Theragatha

Thag 16.9 The Verses of Arahant Anuruddha (892-919)

It has been fifty-five years since I started meditating without sleep. It has been twenty-five years since sleepiness was abandoned completely.