Posted by: Upāsaka | 01/01/2020

Samma Sankappo – Right Resolve in the New Year

“And how is one made pure in three ways by mental action? There is the case where a certain person is not covetous. He does not covet the belongings of others, thinking, ‘O, that what belongs to others would be mine!’ He bears no ill will and is not corrupt in the resolves of his heart. [He thinks,] ‘May these beings be free from animosity, free from oppression, free from trouble, and may they look after themselves with ease!’ He has right view and is not warped in the way he sees things: ‘There is what is given, what is offered, what is sacrificed. There are fruits & results of good & bad actions. There is this world & the next world. There is mother & father. There are spontaneously reborn beings; there are brahmans & contemplatives who, faring rightly & practicing rightly, proclaim this world & the next after having directly known & realized it for themselves.’ This is how one is made pure in three ways by mental action.”

 AN 10.176

Each day in 2020 I hope to post a passage or full sutta that I’ve read and reflected on. I’m inspired by my kalyanamitta Van as well as by the recently deceased Ajahn Dhammavuddho who exhorted is to listen to and read the words of Lord Buddha.

If I am unable to enter jhāna in this life may I at least prepare the conditions for it in the next.

Wishing you much growth in wisdom and compassion in 2020.


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