Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ceasing is Bliss!

  How to reach the Ease and Peace of Ceasing?

At Savatthi, the Blessed Buddha once said:

Bhikkhus, when the experience of stilling, ending, stopping, and ceasing
is developed and cultivated, then it is of great fruit and immense benefit!
It leads to great good, it leads to great security from bondage, it leads
to a great sense of urgency, it leads to living in fearless ease and comfort!
How, Bhikkhus, is the experience of ceasing developed and cultivated, so
that it is of great fruit and benefit? Here, the Bhikkhu systematically
develops the:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening, joined with the experience of ceasing.
2: The Investigation of states Link to Awakening, while examining full stilling.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening, perceiving an ultimate ending of all activity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening, while laughing at the complete cessation of all.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening, accompanied by calm & serene silencing.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening, focused on fading away of all states.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening, indifferent even at the final stopping,
while being based upon seclusion, disillusion, halting, and maturing in release...
It is in this very way that the experience of stilling and ceasing into peace
is developed and cultivated, so that it is of great advantage, great benefit,
great good, great security from bondage, great sense of urgency, and
living in the great ease of calmed, fearless and imperturbable comfort!
Bhikkhus, when the perception of ceasing is developed and cultivated
in this way fused and enhanced by the Seven Links to Awakening, one of
two fruits is to be expected: Either final knowledge in this very life or,
if there is a remaining residue of clinging, the state of non-returning...
Ceasing is Bliss... Ceasing of What? Ceasing of the internal , yet infernal
Fire of Greed, Fire of Hate, and Fire of Ignorance and their derivatives!
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:133-4] section 46: The Links. 76: Cessation...
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ] 
Ceasing is Bliss!

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