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"Monks, I will teach you craving: the ensnarer that has flowed along, spread out, and caught hold, with which this world is smothered & enveloped like a tangled skein, a knotted ball of string, like matted rushes and reeds, and does not go beyond transmigration, beyond the planes of deprivation, woe, & bad destinations. Listen well, and I will ...


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The Dhammapada was organized by the monks within a few centuries after the Buddha's passing away. They also wrote the commentaries. There is no mystical or supernatural or significant reason for the naming of the chapters, other than the reason that it was named so because the monks who compiled the Dhammapada decided to use this name. They probably called ...


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The verse is simply praising appamada (heedfulness) and criticizing pamada (heedlessness). The use of the character Indra here is just for the listener who believes in Indra as the king of the gods. The Pali suttas do mention gods (devas, brahmas) but none of them are supreme, eternal or immortal. They are also not omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. ...


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You are not taking the whole of Buddhist teaching at this point. On the journey from unwiseness to being wise, each new insight obtained is good, but does not mean there is not more to learn. This very verse, as much of the dhammapada is, teaches from the view of an unwise beginner. The course involves all teachings, even beginner ones. Firstly, this ...


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