Friday, April 6, 2018


                               Buddhanussati Meditation

Celebrating the 2560th Vesak Sambuddha Jayanthi with UQ Buddhist Chaplaincy

 Reflection of The Buddha Qualities - Buddhanussati Meditation
What is Buddhanussati Meditation?
  •      At that time the meditators physical and mental anxiety
  •    With the subsidence of anxiety, physical and mental 
         happiness arise.
  •   Mind becomes concentrated (stillness of the mind).
  •   This is the development of the mind.
  •   That mind is not subject to lust, ill will or delusion.One’s mind stands firm and upright.
  •   As one has no attachments one’s defilements such as 
          lust is eliminated.
  •   As the mind is firmly directed to the meditation subject, 
         vitakka and vichara are inclined to the Buddha qualities.
  •  As the Buddha qualities are contemplated upon joy, 
        that enables attainment of neighborhood absorptions 
        to arise.
The only thing to do in order to know the Buddha 
qualities is be virtuous. The more virtuous and
generous one is, the more one can know the Buddha
One stream enterer (sotapanna) has more knowledge 
of the Buddha qualities than that of a mundane people 
put together.

Calming of the mind which is dissipated on pleasant and unpleasant 

Gains unlimited respect for the Buddha Becomes humble, acquires much faith , mindfulness and wisdom.


Always lives in happiness and joy.

Is able to tolerate big and small fears

Feels as one is living with the Buddha

One’s body , be filled and replaced with Buddha qualities, one receives reverence and hospitality

Mind inclines towards Buddhahood.

Mind does not bend towards unwholesome actions and moral shame and moral fear arise in one.

As a result unwholesome thoughts vanishes

Misfortunes and dangers from non human beings will subsidise

Difficulty to sleep and unpleasant frightful dreams will not occur

If you are subject to ridicule, humiliation, blame, repugnance, jealousy and intolerance of one of the

many, start practicing Buddha Qualities at once. Very

soon you will be at the receiving end of reverence,

gifts and hospitality. You will become agreeable to

everybody. You will be happy.

 Sariputta Maha Thero’s Recollection of the BuddhaQualities. 

 (D.N.Sampasadaniya Sutta & Sangini Sutta and its commentary)

 The Buddha was residing in the Pavarika Mango Grove in the city of Nalanda
Sariputta Maha Thero, fore most among the learned disciples, having 

attained to the attainment of fruition(palasamapatti) and emerging from 

there began to reflect his own qualities. 
Starting from his own virtuous qualities he recollected systematically:
Samadi (concentration – stillness)
Panna (Knowledge)
Vimukthi – (freedom)
Vimukthi gnanadarshana  - (wisdom of freedom)
Attainments of 1st absorption up to the 
Vipassana Nana (insight Knowledges)
Dibbachakku Nana (ability to see distant and very small 
The four Paths from Sotapatti Magga etc: The same four
Fruits and the Four Analytical Knowledge
The Savaka Parami Gana and multitude of his qualities 
tarting from the resolution made at the Anomadassi 
Buddha one assankheyya and one hundred thousand 
aeons before, up to the present time where he is 
He reflected again and again, yet he was unable to
estimate definitely how many or how much his qualities 
Buddha Qualities are Infinite

  Sariputta Maha Thero the most wisest of the desciple came to a conclution
 Just as the water in the ocean directly opposite a finger pointed at it is

 minute, while remaining water is wast,
 Just as the space opposite the finger directed at the sky is extremely little 

compared to the remaining vastness of space, So also Buddha qualities 

unseen even by the Sariputta Maha Thero is very vast indeed. 
Therefore the commentary says:
“ If the Buddha, from day of his 
enlightenment, without engaging in any other
 work, day and night were to describe without
 stopping through out his life span vast 
multitude of qualities, then his life span
 would be over, but yet the recitation of the 
Buddha qualities would not” 
(D.N: Sampasadaniya Sutta).

 Buddha Qualities in Brief
         In order enable the general public also to gain 
somenowledge of the infinite multitude of
Buddhaqualities, Buddha himself condensed all the 
Buddha qualities into an expression containing nine 
qualities and declared this:
"Itipi so Bhagava Araham, Samma-Sambuddho, Vijja-
Carana Sampano, Sugato, Lokavidu, Anuttaro Purisa 
Dhamma Sarathi, Sattha Deva- Manussanam, Buddho, 
There are altogether nine important qualities of the 
Buddha. In Pali, the nine qualities are:
1. Araham,
2. Samma-sambuddho,
3. Vijjacarana-sampanno
4. Sugato,
5. Lokavidu,
6. Anuttaro-purisa-dhammasarathi,
7. Sattha-deva- manussanam,
8. Buddho and
9. Bhargava.  
The qualities of the Buddha are infinite and all those infinite
qualities are included in these nine.
These qualities are also explained in Dadgagga Sutta and in 
many other places in the Pali cannon.

The Nine Great Qualities of the Buddha or The 
Nine fold Virtues of the Buddha
 1.The Supreme Buddha, was capable of doing supernatural things like 
 walking in the sky, pacing on water, penetrating through hard 
 materials like earth, move to any place invincibly, and more. He thus
 obtained the wisdom of supernatural powers (Irdhivida Gnanaya) 
with infinite powers.
 2. He also acquired ‘divine eye’ or the “Dibba Chakkhu Gnanaya” that 
enables Him to see things at any distance without any disturbance.
 He acquired ‘divine ears’ or the “Dibba Sota Gnanaya” that enables 
Him to listen to any sound at any distance without any disturbance
 3. He acquired an extraordinary wisdom or the “Cheeto Pareeya 
Gnananaya” that enables Him to see through minds of any human or 
 4. He acquired the wisdom or the Pubbe Niwasanussati Gnanaya” that
 enables Him to see the pathway taken by any being in Samara.
 5. He acquired the wisdom or “Chutupapata Gnanaya” that enables Him 
to see how beings die and leave their present lives according to their 
actions (Karma) and how they be born according to their actions 
6. The Supreme Buddha also obtained a tremendous wisdom that 
enables Him to identify the state of a mind acquired by eradicating all 
defilements. It is His wisdom of eradication of defilements or the 
“Asavakkhaya Gnanaya”.
7. Thus, He had superb and infinite virtue (Seela), contemplation 
(Samadi), wisdom (Panna), freedom (Vimukti), and wisdom of freedom 
(Vimukti Gnanadarshana).
 8. Because of these great qualities, my great teacher, the Supreme 
Buddha, is known as Vijjacharana Sampanna… Vijjacharana 
Sampanna… Vijjacharana Sampanna…

May the Buddhanussati meditation of the chief disciple be an example to 


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