The Buddhist Path to Enlightenment (study)

by Dr Kala Acharya | 2016 | 118,883 words

This page relates ‘Develop Wholesome States of Mind’ of the study on the Buddhist path to enlightenment. The Buddha was born in the Lumbini grove near the present-day border of India and Nepal in the 6th century B.C. He had achieved enlightenment at the age of thirty–five under the ‘Bodhi-tree’ at Buddha-Gaya. This study investigates the teachings after his Enlightenment which the Buddha decided to teach ‘out of compassion for beings’.

2.2.3. Develop Wholesome States of Mind

[Full title: The Fourfold Supreme Endeavour (cattāro-sammappadhāna)—(3): Develop Wholesome States of Mind (Anuppanna-kusala)]

Herein the disciple rouses his will to arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen; and he makes effort, stirs up his energy, exerts his mind and strives.[1]

Wholesome deed which has not arisen yet in continuity of corporeality-mentality of oneself (anuppanna-kusala) means absorption dhammas, the path dhamma, the first absorption etc., which have not been acquired in the continuum of mind on oneself. There is no practicing person who had not acquired absorption dhammas along with the infinite rounds of rebirth. When the world was totally destroyed at least absorption dhammas had been acquired appropriately, resulting in an experience of existing in brahama’ s world. The wholesome deed called noble path-knowledge is, actually, un-experienced one for worldly persons. It is real anuppanna-kusala. Unless absorption dhamma and the path dhamma have been acquired in any life, in other words, in present life of such practicing persons, those dhammas can be designated as anuppannakusala for those practicing persons. In order to obtain those anuppanna-kusala, the practicing person has to endeavour strenuously samatha and vipassanā practices through surrounding the effort with four kinds of strong determination.[2]

Footnotes and references:


AN II, 4:13


DA II, p. 393

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