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Good question! Not everyone finds this episode interesting - and yet it illustrates a very important point. Buddha subdues his fear by bringing all of his attention to the present moment. As I was staying there a deer came by, or a peacock snapped a twig, or the wind rustled the leaves. Then I thought, ‘Is this that fear and dread coming?’ Then I thought, ‘...


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From SN 7.16 - Paccanīka Sutta: At S›vatthı. Now on that occasion a brahmin named Paccanıkas›ta, Relisher of Contradiction, was residing at S›vatthı. Then it occurred to the brahmin Paccanıkas›ta: “Let me approach the ascetic Gotama and contradict whatever he says.” Now on that occasion the Blessed One was walking back and forth in the open. Then the ...


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There's a really long footnote here, which starts with a paraphrase of the commentary ... This is a riddle verse the clue to which lies in the identification of the metaphors used. According to the comm., the root is craving; the two whirlpools (ie. 'dviraava.t.tam': rendered above as 'turning-twice') are the eternalist and annihilationist views; the three ...


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With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one figure out what is the true Dhamma? From AN 8.53 "Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to ...


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This translation (of DN 16) includes this footnote: In the earlier edition of this work, mahapadesa was rendered as "great authorities." It is now known that the proper meaning of apadesa is not "authority," but "reference" or "source." Besides, from the passage it is clear that there are only two real "...


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Good householder, although wondering why one who steady teaches others about what is Sublime, Higher, Perfect, ask about the meaning of Ariya... PTS-dictionary: Ariya, (adj. -n.) (Vedic ārya, of uncertain etym. The other Pāli forms are ayira & ayya) 1. (racial) Aryan D. II, 87. ‹-› 2. (social) noble, distinguished, of high birth.—3. (ethical) in accord ...


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I can only speculate. If we examine the preceding & proceeding chapters: Maggavagga is about the Path and verses 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 285 and 289 all include the word "the path", while verses 283, 286, 287 & 288 are about when the path is not practised. Nirayavagga is about Hell and every verse is related to ...


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In MN116, Once upon a time, five hundred Buddhas awakened for themselves dwelt for a long time on this Isigili. They were seen entering the mountain, but after entering were seen no more. When people noticed this they said: ‘That mountain swallows these hermits!’ That’s how it came to be known as Isigili. desessāmi, bhikkhave, paccekabuddhānaṁ nāmāni. I ...


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You can find the Pali words on Sutta Central: ... saddho kāyassa bhedā paraṁ maraṇā sugatiṁ saggaṁ lokaṁ upapajjati ... To answer your question, I think the text has been correctly translated. The translated word “breaks” corresponds to "bhedā". For this context see notes from the PTS: "Abl. bhedā after the destruction or dissolution in ...


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Thanks to ChrisW for additional clarifications. In my understanding, this is a reference to a folk poem-turned-proverb popular at Buddha's times about impermanence and the futility of human condition: Yena yenahi maññanti, Tatotassa hi aññathā; In whatever way you think of it It invariably gets otherwise. Here Buddha creatively uses it to emphasize the ...


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What was before the Buddha? The Vedas and the earliest Upanishads (Brhadaranyaka, Chandogya) came before the Buddha. A few other Upanishads (Taittiriya, Aitareya, and Kausitaki) and the Nyaya school of logic may have developed around the same time as the Buddha. If you look at the scholarly dates given in Wikipedia, all Vedanta schools, Samkhya, Yogasutras ...


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From SN 15.14: At Sāvatthī. “Mendicants, transmigration has no known beginning. … It’s not easy to find a sentient being who in all this long time has not previously been your mother. Why is that? Transmigration has no known beginning. … This is quite enough for you to become disillusioned, dispassionate, and freed regarding all conditions.”


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How do you know that you have arrived at the true Dhamma? From MN 9: Ven. Sariputta said, "When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that extent that he is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, ...


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It should be not understood as "rejection" or disprove if offered isn't made use of, good householder, can have many reasons, often Vinaya. Ones act of merits (if meritorious intended) within such giving still presist and not touched by the receivers circumstances, deeds on it. Noble Ones (as well those understanding Vinaya an following it) do not ...


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Piya Tan's translation and commentary of DN 16 has two footnotes: The various texts differ regarding the details of the Buddha‘s crossing the Ganges. They however agree that he uses his psychic power to teleport himself and the order across the river. The redactors added this episode despite the Vinaya rule against the public display of psychic powers (Pāc ...


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In Acintita Sutta: Unconjecturable (AN 4.77) it has mentioned that there are four things which are unconjecturable. "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas(1) is an unconjecturable that is ...


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The Khuddaka Nikaya ("minor collection") is the minor collection of texts within the Pali Canon. It contains 15 - 18 texts within it. In my opinion, the five most important texts within KN are: Dhammapada ("path of the Dhamma / true teachings") Itivuttaka ("as it was said") Udana ("inspired utterances") Theragata &...


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Questions of King Milinda (the original ancient text only, i.e. parts 1 and 2, not the later additions) is by far my favorite text in KN. Unfortunately a good English translation of this text is hard to get by, as internet is full of abridged and approximately-translated (adapted) versions. I like it because it provides excellent description of core Dhamma ...


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AN 4.39, AN 4.40, DN 5 and also see MN 55 Then Ujjaya the brahmin went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him. When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to the Buddha: “Does Master Gotama praise sacrifice?” “Brahmin, I don’t praise all sacrifices. Nor do I criticize all sacrifices. Take the kind of ...


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'It cognizes, it cognizes': Thus, friend, it is said to be 'consciousness.' And what does it cognize? It cognizes 'pleasant.' It cognizes 'painful.' It cognizes 'neither painful nor pleasant.' 'It cognizes, it cognizes': Thus it is said to be 'consciousness.' - MN 43 And what, bhikkhus, is consciousness? There are these six classes of consciousness: eye-...


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Renunciation in Buddhism is related to going forth from the lay or householder life to life as a monk or nun. It doesn't apply to lay people renouncing property or inheritance. In fact, lay people are advised to manage their finances well. There is good discussion in this article, this article and this article. You can read those for much advice. For ...


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You're probably thinking about Dhammapada 155-156 (translated by Ven. Thanissaro): Neither living the chaste life nor gaining wealth in their youth, they waste away like old herons in a dried-up lake depleted of fish. Neither living the chaste life nor gaining wealth in their youth, they lie around, misfired from the bow, sighing over old times. ...


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The Buddha taught 4 yokes; The yoke of sensuality, the yoke of becoming, the yoke of views, & the yoke of ignorance. - AN 4.10 4 clingings; sense-pleasure clinging (kamupadana) views clinging (ditthupadana) rites-and-rituals clinging (silabbatupadana) self-doctrine clinging (attavadupadana) The expression Bhikkhus, there are these four knots. What ...


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Because anyone with even a basic understanding of ecology recognizes that it is literally impossible to live on this planet without your existence causing the death of another creature. Let me ask you this- which is more horrible, the millions of cattle that are slaughtered for beef or the 70 billion creatures that die each year to produce staples like corn,...


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From AN 9.34: Ven: Sariputta: “Reverends, extinguishment (Nibbana) is bliss! Ven. Udayi: “But Reverend Sāriputta, what’s blissful about it, since nothing is felt?” Ven. Sariputta: “The fact that nothing is felt is precisely what’s blissful about it. Sukha or happiness for an unenlightened person is experienced when encountering pleasant feelings (from the ...


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Well it is most certainly based on these passages; Take another mendicant who says: ‘I’ve developed the heart’s release by compassion. I’ve cultivated it, made it my vehicle and my basis, kept it up, consolidated it, and properly implemented it. Yet somehow the thought of harming still occupies my mind.’ They should be told, ‘Not so, venerable! … For it is ...


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Yes, if that Dhamma-Thinking is arising continuously without five strings, without five hindrances, and with understanding the real reality, more than trillion times in a second, with it's real relation. However, most people are thinking of Dhamma with five hindrances in between because they have not enough concentration meditation power, so their mind can't ...


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"Of course you are uncertain, Kalamas. Of course you are in doubt. When there are reasons for doubt, uncertainty is born. So in this case, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative ...


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The way the Pali Canon was transmitted was by oral tradition. The composition is in a poetic form, using mnemonic formulae for memorization and recitation. The recitation would have also served a ritualistic or ceremonial purpose. Even the tradition says that in the First Buddhist Council, Ananda and Upali recited the suttas and the vinaya. Please see "...


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In the Sujāta-sutta the Buddha speaks of seven types of wives, The first three kinds are heading for unhappiness in this life and the next the last 4 are heading for happiness in this life or the next. The same can be said for the male spouse. When someone is doing something to you it is almost always because of something you have done previously in this ...


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