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One who has faith, prefers to associate individuals with virtues and has a high degree of faith in the dhamma. Such a person always enjoys generosity and tries to lead a virtuous life, Therefore, one who is full of faith may try to develop the bhaavanaa on the qualities of the Buddha. By forcing the mind on the qualities of the Great Teacher, one is able to establish Samadhi which is not to be misunderstood as worship. This is merely a focus of the mind on the supreme qualities of the Great Teacher who discovered the phenomena of the dhamma and taught the mankind the four noble truths including the attainment of nirvana. A meditator doesn’t focus the mind on the physical qualities of the Buddha but His virtues. One can incorporate these qualities in one’s life. When one with a faithful mind does bhaavanaa on Buddha’s qualities, one will not only achieve Samadhi, but also enjoy the mental happiness and rapture, minimizing the unwholesome activities caused by mind, body, and words.

Bhaavanaa on Buddha’s Qualities

Buddha’s life is a mirror of the dhamma He uncovered. For easy understanding His qualities can be placed into 9 groups. The focus of the mind into each of those qualities is recommended in this method of bhaavanaa.

  1. Arahang: The Buddha freed Himself of all defilements. He never commited any act even in secrecy. Thus, He is worthy of respect from all divine, human and other beings.
  2. Samma Sambuddha: He realized the Dhamma without any external help. This means the realization of the 4 noble truths.
  3. Vijjacharana Sampanno: Buddha is called vijjacharana sampanno because of His incomparable wisdom.
  4. Sugatho: He attained Nirvana through the noble eightfold path.
  5. Lokavidu: He realized the true nature of the universal phenomena.
  6. Anutharo Purusadhamma Sarthi: He reached out to those who were unreachable with metta and loving kindness and helped them back to the main stream of  society.
  7. Satta Deva-manussanang: He taught all beings about life, death and beyond to attain nirvana. He is the greatest being of all beings in realm of existent.
  8. Buddha: He is called the Buddha because He realized the Dhamma for the benefit of Himself and for all other beings.
  9. Bhagava: he is called bhagava because He became rid of all attachments and brought the unending cycle of births and rebirths to an end.

One who undertakes this bhaavanaa may sit in front of a Buddha statue or find an environment suitable for the purpose. It is useful to place a statue in front. First one has to sit comfortably in front of the statue for some time and keep looking at it. Then close the eyes and focus the mind on each and every quality of the Buddha and try to establish Samadhi. This Samadhi will bring joy and rapture as one realize the Buddha qualities in-depth. Some may even achieve a higher level of Samadhi by getting rid of hindrance factors in the mind.

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