|Spiritual evolution occurs in cycles (bisquich.com)|
- "By the cessation of mind-and-body, consciousness ceases;
- by the cessation of consciousness, mind-and-body ceases;
- by the cessation of mind-and-body, the six sense bases cease;
- by the cessation of the six sense bases, contact ceases;
- by the cessation of contact, feeling ceases;
- by the cessation of feeling, craving ceases;
- by the cessation of craving, clinging ceases;
- by the cessation of clinging, becoming ceases;
- by the cessation of becoming, birth ceases;
- by the cessation of birth aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and distress cease. Thus this whole mass of suffering ceases."
|Buddha Peace Pagoda inset (Valdnad)|
"Then, disciples, the Blessed One, the Arhat, the fully-enlightened Buddha Vipassi thought, 'Suppose I were now to teach Dharma?' Then he thought, 'I have attained to this Dharma, which is profound, hard to see, hard to grasp, peaceful, excellent, beyond reasoning, subtle, to be apprehended by the wise.
"And to the Buddha Vipassi there occurred spontaneously this verse never heard before:
|Maha Brahma (Thai Erawan Shrine)|
"'Alas the world is perishing. It will be destroyed because the mind of Vipassi, the Blessed One, the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened Buddha, is inclined to inaction rather than to teaching the Dharma!'
"So this Great Brahma, as swiftly as a strong man might stretch his flexed arm or flex it again, disappeared from the Brahma plane and reappeared before the Buddha Vipassi. Arranging his upper robber over one shoulder and kneeling on his right knee, he saluted the Buddha Vipassi with joined hands and said:
"'Venerable sir, may the Blessed One teach Dharma, may the Well-Farer teach Dharma! There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are perishing from not hearing Dharma: they will become knowers of Dharma!" More