30. Meditation101 Variety
Executive Briefing: The Noble Tenfold Path
By Pirajak S. as of 11 July 2020
(1) Right View is the correct knowledge, understanding, and realisation.
(2) Right Resolve is the good attitude, intent, and will.
(3) Right Speech is the verbal morality.
(4) Right Action is the physical morality.
(5) Right Livelihood is the morality in living and earning.
(6) Right Effort is the balanced physical & mental attempt.
(7) Right Mindfulness is the consistent attention.
(8) Right Concentration is the unification of mental focus.
(9) Right Liberation is the release from bondage upon mental impurity.
(10) Right Insight from Liberation is the insight and intuition gained from liberation.
Faith & Wisdom in Buddhism
Faith is developed from sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought which are perceived and turned into appreciation or depreciation towards a phenomena, whether good, neutral, or bad. Thus, faith fluctuates accordingly to the incorporation of the aforesaid contributing factors, with an exception to the Buddhist Saints whose faith in Buddhism and the Triple Gem remain steadfast without regression. Thus, the emotional experiences as vedana khanda which bring about faith can develop a very powerful mental energy when the belief is exceptionally strong.
Wisdom occurs from knowledge and comprehension based on the foundation of mindfulness. Its functioning is like ‘processing’ of a computer program or ‘filtering’ of water where logical procedures take place. Hence, wisdom can be time-consuming with the characteristic of vinnana khanda. However, if the accumulated knowledge is adequate, one who gains expertise in comprehension will be able to understand new additional knowledge and prosper wisdom at ease.
Faith or Saddha can be divided into two major categories as follows:
(1) Faith which stems from fidelity over the experience gained from sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought, which bring about the emotional appreciation, confidence, and belief.
(2) Faith which is developed from wisdom by way of comprehending the knowledge from learning, thinking, and meditating. Thus, the wisdom enhances one to gain confidence and belief.
The faith from fidelity still relies on the conditioning of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought, in order to make one satisfying and remaining faithful. For example, when a noble monk has good manner, the public feel faithful upon him, but when he loses his good manner, the faith of his disciples may be weakened and depreciated.
The faith from wisdom stems from more or less correct knowledge and understanding. These form the rationality that leads to belief and confidence in such belief. For example, when Buddhists study Buddhism until having a good understanding about the Triple Gem and the roles of Buddhist monks and lay people, they do not lose their faith when there is a controversy over the monastic community because they still gain the same benefit from practicing Buddhism which makes them understand that the worldly monks are also subject to change, suffering, and non-self.
By Pirajak T. Suwapatdecha
18 June 2020
The Story of Dhamma Suriya Emblem
The Dhamma Chawala Emblem is the first emblem that inspired Pirajak to create another emblem for himself as the Dhamma Chawala Emblem would become the formal logo of www.meditation101.org.
In the beginning, Pirajak had drawn the Dhamma Suriya Emblem as inspired by his own will. There were three drawings which partially resemble each other. The first one has the clockwise swirling in the middle. The second one has the star in the middle. The third one looks like the first and the second one but finished with surrounding bladed discus.
After pondering, Pirajak chose the one with clockwise swirling in the middle which shows that the Dhamma Suriya Emblem is in-line to the Dhamma Chawala Emblem. Then, he had Mr. Sarawut doing the computer graphic design.
The Dhamma Suriya Emblem is more complicated than the Dhamma Chawala Emblem, but they share the common core value which is the clockwise swirling in the middle. Next to the middle, there is a solid circle with eight solid lines of ray. This symbolises the radiating sun, followed by the overlapping eight blooming lotus petals which connote the Dhamma and loveliness. Each lotus petal has a star in the middle to reflect the strength of virtues including magga and phala or path and fruition in Buddhism. Finally, there are lines of glorious radiation which make the emblem look like the elegant insignia that can be deemed as a big star where a sun is hidden within.
Altogether, the Dhamma Suriya Emblem reflects the Buddhahood which yields the grace of Dhamma as powerfully spreading to all directions by virtue of both strength and loveliness.
Presently, the Dhamma Suriya Emblem has become the personal emblem of Pirajak, and it is used in every occasion to represent Pirajak when he makes charitable donations and generous contributions.
(formerly Pittaya Tisuthiwongse)
14 March 2020
The Story of Dhamma Chawala Emblem
The Dhamma Chawala Emblem which is the iconic emblem of www.meditation101.org was originally designed by Pirajak Suwapatdecha (formerly Pittaya Tisuthiwongse) and graphicallly computerised by Mr. Sarawut, a professional Thai graphic designer
The emblem resembles the ‘fire ball of omniscience’ which Theravadian Buddhist artisans usually add to the top of Buddha statues to symbolise the Lord Buddha’s outstanding wisdom and omniscience power.
In addition to the shape of a fireball, Pirajak adds the swirl in the middle which looks like the clockwise encircling of the conch, one of the eight sacred symbols of Tibetan Buddhism.
Also, the clockwise swirling from outside towards the middle connotes ‘the righteousness’ of wisdom and ‘the middle way’ in term of Vijja Meditation.
Moreover, the swirling represents the Lord Buddha’s insignia hair line which normally appears on the forehead of every Lord Buddha as the symbol of grace.
Formerly, the Dhamma Chawala Emblem was the personal emblem of Pirajak, but after he built the www.meditation101.org, he decided to make Dhamma Chawala Emblem the formal brand of his website in order to reflect the work and mission in sharing the knowledge and wisdom from Vijja Meditation and Dhamma practice to people of the world at no cost.
By Pirajak T. Suwapatdecha
14 March 2020
The Material & Immaterial Linkage of Our Human Body
Some may doubt my explanation in Dhammotronics that merit energy is like electricity and the mind can still be at work the our brain stop functioning. Today, I would like to clarify further based on my Dhammotronic approach by referring to my earlier claim that, one day, when scientific technology is more advanced, we will discover the ‘linkage’ between the material and spiritual world.
To explain, as our brain functions electrically, the electricity in our brain cannot function by itself, but it relies on the bio-chemical electricity process. When our brain is dead, the electricity, consequently, stops working.
Likewise, when we are to explain the centre of our body where the refined human body or spirit is located, the spirit is locked to the physical human body with the ‘immaterial circuit board of elements’ comprising of the solid, the liquid, the combustion, the heat, the air, and the cognition. When the immaterial circuit board of elements faces with the mishappening such as illness, aging, and death, the mishappening affects the physical human body directly in the same way that the bio-chemical electricity affects the brain’s functioning causing migraine or else. In addition, when the immaterial circuit board of elements is damaged or become out of order, it can no longer lock the refined human body or spirit to the physical human body. Thus, the spirit leaves the human body permanently, and the physical human body can no longer have cognition. This phenomena is how we can explain ‘death.’
However, the immaterial circuit board of elements at the centre of our body can control the solid element, liquid element, combustion element, heat element, and air element all over within our human body in the same way that electricity works in our brain. This is possible with the ‘linkage’ between the material and the immaterial. Physically, we call the immaterial part of the circuit board of elements as the ‘solar plexus’ which is the centre of our physical nerves conjoining together within our abdomen.
We can conclude that our cognition element which is a part of our mind as well as all other immaterial or celestial components such as the sphere of merit energy, the sphere of sin energy, and the refined human body or spirit, are altogether placed and locked within the centre of our body where their functioning is linked to the solar plexus which is the material part. When the immaterial elements at the immaterial circuit board are contaminated, polluted, or damaged, it can affect the physical body as it is transmitted via the solar plexus which connects the whole bio-chemical electricity system of our human body. This is how we can explain how the material and immaterial can conjoin to form illness, aging, and death.
As for the refined human body or spirit, celestial body, Brahma body, and Arupa-Brahma body which rest within each other at the centre of body, they also have the immaterial circuit board of elements which are more refined respectively that lock each other in the same manner as the physical human body.
By Pirajak T. Suwapatdecha
18 December 2019
The Perfected Three Trainings
1. The perfected morality (sila) is purity.
2. The perfected concentration (samadhi) is focused calmness.
3. The perfected wisdom (panna) is comprehendability.
The 10 Perfections (Parami)
1. The perfected generosity (dhana) is sacrifice.
2. The perfected morality (sila) is purity.
3. The perfected renunciation (nekkhamma) is contentment.
4. The perfected wisdom (panna) is comprehendability.
5. The perfected perseverance (viriya) is effort.
6. The perfected patience (khanti) is mental strength.
7. The perfected truthfulness (sacca) is sincerity.
8. The perfected resolution (adhidana) is determination.
9. The perfected compassion (metta) is kindness.
10.The perfected equanimity (upekkha) is mental steadfastness.
By Pirajak S.
30 Nov 2019
The Three Trainings in Practice
(1A) The ‘righteous wisdom’ or Samma-Panna occurs when the right view & intent stem from knowledge & understanding.
(1B) The ‘unrighteous wisdom’ occurs when the wrong view & intent stem from knowledge & understanding.
(2) Sila or ‘moral discipline’ means our thought, speech, and action are both righteous (the 10 wholesome course of action) & unwrongful (the 10 unwholesome course of action).
(3) Samadhi or ‘mental concentration’ means our mind is effortedly balanced, consistently mindful, and concentratedly focused until reaching mental unification.
- Pirajak S.
14 – 15 November 2019
The Six Mental Spheres in Dhammakaya Meditation
By Pirajak S. (Pittaya Wong)
30 August 2019
What is the Dhamma Sphere?
The Dhamma Sphere is the mental sphere which nourishes the corresponding body, e.g. the Dhamma sphere of human body nourishes the human body while the Dhamma sphere of celestial body nourishes the celestial body. The Dhamma sphere is enhanced by the Sila Sphere, Samadhi Sphere, Panna Sphere, Vimutti Sphere, and Vimuttinanadassana Sphere, and all other contributing factors. Thus, the function of Dhamma sphere is like the main station which directly empowers the corresponding body. When one’s Dhamma sphere is gloomy, one’s life regresses. On the contrary, when one’s Dhamma sphere is bright and shiny, one’s life prospers.
What is the Sila Sphere?
The Sila Sphere or the Sphere of Morality is the mental sphere of Dhamma quality which motivates one’s sub-consciousness as well as awareness in keeping up with morality mentally, verbally, and physically. In general, the Sila Sphere helps keeping clean of one’s mind, speech, and action. The sub-consciousness or awareness of morality is made possible by the Sila Sphere in the form of ‘preference’ or ‘inclination.’ When the mental preference of morality or Sila arises in deep meditation, it becomes Adhi-Sila or the mental state of superb morality.
What is the Samadhi Sphere?
The Samadhi Sphere or the Sphere of Concentration is the mental sphere which empowers one’s mind to remain calm against mental hindrances. When this mental quality arises in deep meditation, it is called Adhi-Citta or the mental state of superb concentration.
What is the Panna Sphere?
The Panna Sphere or the Sphere of Wisdom is the mental sphere of Dhamma quality that allows our mind to be wise in comprehending the Dhamma as well as all other knowledge correctly, more or less. When this mental quality arises in deep meditation, it becomes Adhi-Panna or the mental state of superb wisdom.
What is Vimutti Sphere?
The Vimutti Sphere is the mental sphere which contains the Dhamma quality that enables one’s mind to be freed from defilements, so called the mental liberation.
What is Vimuttinanadassana Sphere?
The Vimuttinanadassana Sphere is the mental sphere which enables the state of self-realisation that one is already freed or liberated from defilements.
According to Dhammakaya Meditation, practitioners start from the attainment of Dhamma Sphere, followed by Sila Sphere (morality), Samadhi Sphere (concentration), Panna Sphere (wisdom), Vimutti Sphere (liberation), and Vimuttinanadassana Sphere (realisation of liberation), respectively. When one is more wisdom-driven, one achieves Panna Vimutti or wisdom driven liberation. When one is more concentration-driven, one achieves Ceto Vimutti or the mental concentration liberation. However, the aforesaid Dhamma spheres are not a meditation objects or nimitta, but they are the mental spheres which contain Dhamma qualities similar to the mental spheres described in the higher Dhamma or Abhidhamma.
Who is the ‘Healing Transcendroid’?
To explain this, it is necessary to firstly give the general idea that humans live their lives under the operation of the Law of Karma which is like the software that supervises the living and on-going of humans. When a human commits sinful deeds, the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence, which functions like the unwholesome computer server of the universe, will process and calculate the inputs namely the mental, verbal, and physical misdeeds based on its software or the Law of Karma Program. Then, the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence will produce the outputs which are the karmic programs to be installed and sin energy to be transmitted to the responsible human body, and vice versa for the Immaterial Wholesome Machine of Element & Essence. Thereafter, when the programmed karma works as energized by the stored sin energy, it causes various forms of sufferings to the responsible human such as illness. We can conclude that illness is a kind of karmic program (like a computer virus) that malfunctions and harms the human body.
A Healing Transcendroid is a celestial droid or kayasiddhi whom the creator such as the specialized Medicine Buddha created and/or acquired and installed healing programs which can solve the programmed karmic illness created and transferred to a responsible human body by the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence. In addition, the Healing Transcendroid is like a celestial AI who can work with a meditation practitioner to provide healing to the practitioner himself and others. We can compare the Healing Transcendroid to the anti-virus program of our human body who can work either customly or automatically. In return, the creator of healing Transcendroid earns merit or benefit in exchange for the creation.
By Pirajak S. (formerly Pittaya Wong)
English Version on 11 July 2019