Title- Shall We Seize Opportunity?


In the present world, there are seven kinds of causes (conditions) for not having an opportunity of listening to the ‘dhamma’ while Buddha became manifest. Again, besides, as no Buddha became manifest in the present world, there was a different kind of cause for not having an opportunity of listening and practicing the ‘dhamma’ due to non-appearance of someone who had to preach the ‘cacca’ ‘dhamma’. Thus there are eight kinds of causes (conditions) in total. Due to a certain condition of obstacle, that opportunity is unable to be obtained.

Buddha preached on the obstacle conditions preventing one from listening and practicing the ‘dhamma’, as follows:

“Certain ones are (1) Being in existence at ‘niraya’; (2) Being in existence at animal races; (3) Being in existence at ‘piratta’(‘hungry ghosts’) world; (4) Being in existence at a long-aged mind only or matter only Brahma’s abodes; either they got to these kinds of conditions, (5) A certain person was at a place being far away from the countryside. That person was from the wild human race having less knowledge. (At that place there were no ‘bhikkhus’, ‘bhikkhunis’, ‘upasakas’, and ‘upasikas’, etc); (6) A certain person was in the ‘Majjhima region’(‘where Buddha became manifest & where Buddha’s Teachings were flourish’). But he was also the one having the wrong doctrine-ditthi, such as ‘there were no advantages of giving the religious offerings; no result of good deeds and evil deeds; there were no rebirth of creatures after death, etc. {See more details about wrong & right views-https://www.facebook.com/notes/buddhism-for-beginners/ditthiwrong-view/617951861594939 & https://www.facebook.com/notes/buddhism-for-beginners/tboma10ditthijukammaright-belief/635030669887058}. (7) This person was in the ‘Majjhima region; but he was the unwise, or the foolish, or the deaf-mute, or being unable to know the meaning of good and bad words. This is also non-opportunity of condition (cause) for practicing the excellent deed. (8) Buddha did not become manifest, and there was nobody who had to preach on ‘The Four Noble Truths’. {See more details about ‘The Four Noble Truths’-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202137437450486&set=o.414213265302134&type=3&theater}. This is also non-opportunity”, said Buddha.

{Akkhana Sutta}

Although those were being in existence in the ‘apaya’ world. ‘Brahmas’ being in existence in mind only or matter only Brahma’s abodes; the wild human races living in the regions where no ‘dhamma’ could arrive; the ‘micca ditthis’ having the wrong doctrines in the Majjhima region where Buddha became manifest; those who were deaf-mutes and those who had no wisdom, were being existed at the time when Buddha became manifest, they all were the ones having no opportunity to be able to practice the excellent deeds. The last kind was that the people were being in existence in the period when no one could preach about ‘The Four Noble Truths’, while the Buddha did not become manifest yet.

This is about the rarely obtainable existence of human, and it is the condition of having an opportunity for listening and practicing the excellent ‘dhamma’. Nowadays, all have happened to meet with the ‘Sasana’ of Buddhism, getting the golden opportunity for having a knowledge to a certain extent. However, unfortunately there may be some who are unable to conceive about the goodness in practicing the excellent ‘dhamma’. Why did not those people conceive like that? It does not mean that there is no reason. There is the cause. Once as he wanted to know that cause, the prince Abhaya addressed Buddha.

While Buddha was sojourning at the Gijjhakutta hill, the prince Abhaya asked: “Lord Buddha. What are the cause (supportive) in order not to conceive? How does not one conceive with the cause (supportive)? Buddha then preached as follows:

“Prince. At a certain time, (1) one lived with the mind being oppressed by ‘kama raga’ (‘strong appetite for the objects of sensual desire’); he did not know truly about escape from ‘kama raga’. Prince. This is also non-conceiving together with the cause (supportive). (2) Prince. Next one is that at a certain time, one lived with mind being oppressed by ‘byapada’ (‘having a desire for destruction of other’); (3) with the mind being oppressed by ‘thinamidda’ (‘dullness’); (4) with the mind being oppressed by ‘uddhacca’ (‘dispersal in mind’) and ‘kukkucca’(‘distress with feeling remorse); (5) with the mind being oppressed by ‘vicikicca’ (‘doubt’). One did not know truly about the cause for escape from ‘vicikicca’. This is also non-conceiving together with the cause (supportive)”, said Buddha.

{Abhhaya Sutta}

Buddha preached that these deeds were the ‘blockages, obstacles’ or ‘nivaranas’. Then the prince Abhaya addressed: “Lord Buddha. If even only an ordinance of ‘nivaranas’ oppressed one, one will be unable to conceive truly. If all five ordinances of ‘nivaranans’ oppressed one, there is no need to say about the extent of non-conceiving”.

{Abhaya Sutta}

‘Nivaranas’ deeds are the filths of mind. Buddha would never preach ‘The Four Noble Truths’, ‘dhamma’ to anyone who was not being free from those filths of mind. Only when He knew that a certain person had a proper mind, delicated mind, the mind being free from the obstacle ‘nivaranas’, active states of mind, and mind of feeling complacence (‘saddha’); Buddha preached on either ‘misery’, or ‘dukkha’; the cause of ‘misery’, or ‘smudaya’; ‘annihilation of misery’, or ‘nirodha’; and ‘the way of arriving at where misery was annihilated’, or ‘magga’.

Therefore, it is a very rare opportunity either to be in human existence, or for listening to the ‘dhamma’ of up-right, conscientious ones. Thus, one should listen to the ‘dhamma’ of up-right, conscientious ones, and besides, he should practice the deed in order to know that how he could comprehend that ‘dhamma’ of up-right, conscientious. In fact, one should not miss the good opportunity. If one can practice the ‘ariya magga’ deed correctly in time, he will not meet with and suffer a kind of event like, “that of a marchant being distressed all day and night for a long time since his profit and benefit were ruined”.

In other words, one who luckily overcomes from eight kinds of causes (conditions) for not having an opportunity of listening to the ‘cacca-dhamma’ , or one who has golden opportunity to listen dhamma of ‘The Four Ariya Truths’, also  should try to remove the ‘nivaranas’ obstacles while practicing noble eight-fold path to be able to realize ‘nibbana’. It’s clear enough to answer the question: Shall we seize opportunity? Of course, we shall. Otherwise we would end up with a huge loss.


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