Dhamma Letter No. 69
7 methods of eradication defilements
Buddha also described the 7 Methods of the Eradication of Defilements in Majjhima Nikaya 2.
How to protect yourself from all defilements:
How do you know and see the cessation of defilements?
By engaging one's mental activity in a way that makes sense:
- Defilements that have not yet arisen do not arise,
- Defilements that have already arisen are cut off.
By engaging in mental activity that does not make sense:
- Defilements that have not yet arisen arise
- The created defilements increase further.
7 ways to break free from defilements
1. Observation: By exercising your mental activity in a way that makes sense, you break away from the view, doubt, and attachment to the norms and laws of the existence of an individual.
2. Guarding: Through reflection, the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and mental ability are well governed and protected.
3. Acceptance: Accept the four necessities(in the case of bhikkhus & bhikkhunis) according to reason through reflection, so as not to cause new pain and to be healthy and free from faults.
4. Patience: Logical reasoning and perseverance through reflection. If you do not persevere, defilements full of perplexity and anguish will arise, but if you persevere, defilements full of perplexities and anguish will not arise.
5. Avoidance: By reasoning and avoiding through reflection, we do not allow suffering and suffering full of troubles to arise.
6. Elimination: The lust for sensual pleasure, anger, violence, and thoughts tied to the evil and unwholesome state that have already arisen in a reasonable way through reflection are not tolerated, and discarded, eliminated, finished, and eliminated.
7. Practice: Through the seven circles of enlightenment (mindfulness, exploration, exhaustion, bliss, calmness, concentration, and composure) that will lead you to Nirvana in a reasonable way through reflection, you will no longer be filled with afflictions and anguish.
One who has mastered all afflictions and put an end to suffering is a guardian, one who has broken craving and has loosed bonds, one who has just broken pride .
Through these reflections, we can properly do.
We can discuss more detail in the future dhamma letters. Next dhamma letter can discuss how to put our effort into practice during daily life.
May you understand well and practice in Dhamma!
May you be free from any defilements!
May all practice well for Magga (道, the path of enlightenment) and Phala(果, the fruit of enlightenment)!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu !