Buddhist Meditation by Edward Conze

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8. Teacher of Gods and men: He instructs others, each one according to his worth, in the ultimate truths regarding this life and the next one. 9 (a). He is the Buddha because, whatever there may be that "is cognizable,... all that he has known (buddhatta) through the cognition which constitutes his final deliverance. (b) Or, because he himself has understood (bujjh£) the four Truths, and caused other beings to understand (bodhes£) them. 10. Lord (Bhagavat), finally, is a tenn which denotes respect and reverence for him who, through the dis- 47 tinction of his virtues, is the highest among all beings.

Only a few of the more elementary exercises can be carried out in conjunction with other duties. The remainder is reserved for professionals, and requires the total retirement of a monastic life, in which they can be pursued regularly and without intermission. The destruc tion of the monastic life was the first prerequisite of industrial civilization, which has now succeeded in closing nearly all the avenues of escape. Even a temporary retreat is no longer easy to come by. w 3· A third point, though it may seem trivial, is quite decisive.

The results)": The heart of him who recalls the virtues of the Buddha, by way of recollecting that for such and such reasons the Lord is an Arahat, Fully Enlightened, and so on, 'is not obsessed by greed, hatred or delusion, and his mind becomes quite straight with reference to the Tathagata' (A iii 285). , the hindrances are impeded, and the mind has become straight by facing towards the subject of meditation, then (I) applied and (2) discursive thinking can turn towards the Buddha's virtues.

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