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Traditionally the are 84,000 Dharma Doors - 84,000 ways to get Awakeness. Maybe so; certainly the Buddha taught a large number of practices that lead to Awakeness. This web page attempts to catalogue those found in the Pali Suttas (DN, MN, SN, AN, Ud & Sn 1). There are 3 sections:
The discourses of Buddha are divided into 84,000, as to separate addresses. The division includes all that was spoken by Buddha.”I received from Buddha,” said Ananda, “82,000 Khandas, and from the priests 2000; these are 84,000 Khandas maintained by me.” They are divided into 275,250, as to the stanzas of the original text, and into 361,550, as to the stanzas of the commentary. All the discourses including both those of Buddha and those of the commentator, are divided into 2,547 banawaras, containing 737,000 stanzas, and 29,368,000 separate letters.
Thai III.34; BJT III.34
Nidana Sutta: Causes
translated from the Pali by
“Any action performed with greed — born of greed, caused by greed, originating from greed: wherever one’s selfhood turns up, there that action will ripen. Where that action ripens, there one will experience its fruit, either in this very life that has arisen or further along in the sequence.
“Any action performed with aversion — born of aversion, caused by aversion, originating from aversion: wherever one’s selfhood turns up, there that action will ripen. Where that action ripens, there one will experience its fruit, either in this very life that has arisen or further along in the sequence.
“Any action performed with delusion — born of delusion, caused by delusion, originating from delusion: wherever one’s selfhood turns up, there that action will ripen. Where that action ripens, there one will experience its fruit, either in this very life that has arisen or further along in the sequence.
“ when seeds are not broken, not rotten, not damaged by wind & heat, capable of sprouting, well-buried, planted in well-prepared soil, and the rain-god would offer good streams of rain. Those seeds would thus come to growth, increase, & abundance. In the same way, any action performed with greed… performed with aversion… performed with delusion — born of delusion, caused by delusion, originating from delusion: wherever one’s selfhood turns up, there that action will ripen. Where that action ripens, there one will experience its fruit, either in this very life that has arisen or further along in the sequence.
“These are three causes for the origination of actions.
“Now, these three are [further] causes for the origination of actions. Which three? Non-greed is a cause for the origination of actions. Non-aversion is a cause for the origination of actions. Non-delusion is a cause for the origination of actions.
“Any action performed with non-greed — born of non-greed, caused by non-greed, originating from non-greed: When greed is gone, that action is thus abandoned, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
“Any action performed with non-aversion — born of non-aversion, caused by non-aversion, originating from non-aversion: When aversion is gone, that action is thus abandoned, destroyed at the root, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
“Any action performed with non-delusion — born of non-delusion, caused by non-delusion, originating from non-delusion: When delusion is gone, that action is thus abandoned, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
“Just as when seeds are not broken, not rotten, not damaged by wind & heat, capable of sprouting, well-buried, planted in well-prepared soil, and a man would burn them with fire and, burning them with fire, would make them into fine ashes. Having made them into fine ashes, he would winnow them before a high wind or wash them away in a swift-flowing stream. Those seeds would thus be destroyed at the root, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
“In the same way, any action performed with non-greed… performed with non-aversion… performed with non-delusion — born of non-delusion, caused by non-delusion, originating from non-delusion: When delusion is gone, that action is thus abandoned, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
“These, monks, are three causes for the origination of action.”
A person unknowing:
the actions performed by him,
born of greed, born of aversion,
& born of delusion,
whether many or few,
are experienced right here:
So a monk, knowing,
greed, aversion, & delusion;
giving rise to clear knowledge, he
According to the Commentary, “right here” means within the stream of one’s own “selfhood” (attabhava), i.e., one’s own chain of rebirth. “No other ground is found” means that the fruit of the action is not experienced by any other person’s chain of rebirth.
The Commentary notes that this verse refers to the attainment of arahantship, and that an arahant — in reaching nibbana — sheds not only bad destinations, but also good ones.
The word “sheds” acts as a “lamp” in this verse — it appears only once, but functions in two phrases, as I have rendered it in the translation. On the use of the lamp as a literary figure of speech, see the
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Thu, 10 February, 2011 7:55:17 PM
[ZESTCaste] `Mayavi bhai’ bring officials on toes
`Mayavi bhai’ bring officials on toes
Rajeev Dikshit , TNN, Feb 10, 2011, 12.37pm IST
VARANASI: Overnight development of a village is possible. If it is
difficult to believe, visit Bhelkha village of Harahua block just 10
kilometres away from the city on Varanasi-Lucknow highway, where the
`terror’ of the chief minister worked. On the eve of chief minister
Mayawati’s visit on Wednesday, the government machinery was proving
that anything, whether it is construction of the building of community
centre, helipad, houses under Mahamaya Scheme or even laying of roads
in several kilometres is possible overnight.
People, who had gone out of this village on Tuesday for two three
days, may get confused on returning that they reach their own place or
some other village. The government machinery has left no stone
unturned to saturate this place with all the projects and programme
prescribed for Ambedkar villages. The Bhelkha village was selected as
Ambedkar village in 1997-98. The people of this village became aware
about the actual advantages of the Ambedkar village when government
machinery started camping here from Tuesday morning to prepare the
place for the CM’s visit to review the developmental activities.
Kuldeep, a local dalit youth who was looking at the installation of
electric board at his house by the electricity department staff, said:
“For past four years, I had been running from pillar to post for
having a legal connection. But, the officials were seeking Rs 4,000
for this work. Today they came to my place surprisingly and not only
gave a connection but also installed the switch boards.” Shanti, a
widow carrying her infant, revealed that she struggled a lot for past
six months to get the benefits of government schemes. But, on Tuesday
the district officials called on her to provide the below poverty line
(BPL) card. They also took her to a bank to open her account for
providing the benefits of widow pension.
The CM’s arrival also proved like a jackpot for the Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MREGA) job card holders of
not only Bhelkha village but also for the labourers of neighbouring
villages like Rayispatti, Pratappatti, Sinhapur, Puarikala and Chamao.
They all were engaged for bringing a pond in proper shape. This pond
is adjacent to the place where the helipad for the CM’s was hastily
constructed. Chief development officer SK Singh disclosed that 230
labourers were engaged at this pond and they would get payment from
the MNREGA fund.
The departments like PWD, rural engineering and others had also
engaged hundreds of labourers for the completion of construction works
as well as laying pitch, concrete cement (CC) as well as `khadanja’
(made of bricks) roads. A local mason, Awadhesh said that the pitch
road of the village was laid just three-four months back. But on
Wednesday fresh pitching was done on the same road. The toilets
sanctioned to the BPL families in past years, were brought in proper
shape on Tuesday night and the works of fixing doors was in progress.
The officials were hopeful that the solar panel streetlights would
also be installed by Thursday morning. Some beneficiaries of Mahamaya
Housing Scheme, who had received the funds of constructing their
houses in past two days, were also trying their best to complete the
houses before the CM’s arrival.
# As per the census 2001, this village has a population of 1,034
including 503 people from Scheduled Caste
# As many as 175 families are in above poverty line category while
below poverty line and Antyodaya cards have been given to 150 and 94
# The village has 26 handpumps under clean drinking water project. All
the seven solar panel street lights were being installed on Wednesday
# Clean toilets have been sanctioned to 124 while there are 17
beneficiaries of Mahamaya Garib Awas Yojana and five of Indira Awas
# The patta of land for residence has been allotted to 35 persons
while agricultural tools have been provided to 28 landless ones
# The only primary school was found functioning properly with all the
prescribed facilities for the students. The village has two Anganbadi
# The scholarships are given to 52 SC, 161 other backward classes and
five general category students
# The construction of community centre was expected to complete before
the CM’s arrival.
# As many as 35 BPL card holders were given power connections by Wednesday
# The village is saturated with CC roads and drains
# The number of beneficiaries of Mahamaya Garib Balika Aashirwad
Yojana is two, Janani Suraksha Yojana is 23 and Savitribai Phoole
Balika Shiksha Madad Yojana 20
# As many as 62 persons get old age pension, 29 window pension and two
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Thu, 10 February, 2011 11:28:30 PM
[The Buddhist Circle] 91 years old
I am writing to inform you that Ven. Jen Chun (”Shifu”), the founder and guiding teacher of Bodhi Monastery, passed away in Taiwan at about 10:30 am EST (11:30 pm Taiwan time). As many of you know, Shifu’s health had been in decline since the summer months and he had gone to Taiwan for treatment. He had been growing weaker in recent weeks and breathed his last today. He was 91 (on the Western way of counting age), 92 (on the Chinese way).
Shifu was born in Jiangsu Province in China in July 1919 and entered monastic life as a novice at the age of seven. In 1949 he moved to Hong Kong, where he became a student of Master Yinshun (1906-2005), the foremost Chinese scholar-monk of modern times. He later moved to Taiwan with Master Yinshun and taught at Fuyan Buddhist Academy. He moved to the U.S. in 1973 and served as the long-time president of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) and founding-honorary chairman of the Yin Shun Foundation.
Shifu had been the most senior Chinese monk in the greater New York area, and internationally he was also one of the most respected monks among the Buddhist populations of Taiwan, China, and Southeast Asia. He was deeply learned in many Buddhist traditions as well as in classical Chinese literature. His erudition showed in his splendid Dharma talks and in his Dharma poems that served as the basis for his talks. He was also a vigorous cultivator who spent many hours each day in sitting and walking meditation.
I myself am deeply grateful to Master Jen Chun for inviting me to come to Bodhi Monastery shortly after I returned to the U.S. in 2002. Ever since I met him he has been an inspiring and caring “good knowing adviser” (kalyanamitta, shan zhi shi).
Let us all spend a few minutes over the next few days dedicating merits to him and wishing him a pleasant passage to his next existence, where he can continue to pursue the path of Dharma. An announcement about a memorial service for him will be coming out later from Bodhi Monastery.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Chuang Yen Monastery
2020 Route 301
Carmel NY 10512
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