Sutta-nipata

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Sutta-nipata

Post by Nicholas » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:04 pm

Not as well known to the general public as the Dhammapada, but is longer (over 1100 verses) and more profound in places. There may be around ten? versions in English now. The latest being Bhikkhu Bodhi's huge version that includes the traditional commentary.

Well worth reading and pondering on! Many well-known suttas are found here, for example the Ratana Sutta:
Whatever treasure there be either here or in the other world, or whatever precious jewel is in the heavenly worlds, yet there is none comparable with the Tathāgata. This precious jewel is in the Buddha. By this truth may there be peace!
(224)
Verse from: Saddhatissa translation
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Sutta-nipata

Post by Nicholas » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:34 pm

2. Guhaṭṭaka Sutta - The Cave

1 That man who is greatly attached to the cave of the body and sunk in delusion, such a one is far from
detachment. Sensual pleasures are not easy to abandon in the world.
(772)
2 Those who are bound to worldly pleasures, conditioned by craving, are difficult to liberate; they cannot
be liberated by others. Perceiving their past and future indulgence they hanker after sensuality.
(773)
3 Those who are greedy, engage in and are infatuated by sensual pleasures; who remain stingy in a
miserable state, wail: ‘What will happen to us after death?’
(774)
4 Therefore a person should train himself in the immediate present. If he knows that the world is wicked,
he should not take the wicked way. Life is short, say the wise.
(775)
5 I observe these trembling beings of the world given to desire for various states of becoming; they are
wrecked who cringe at death, not being free from craving for repeated birth.
(776)
6 Look at those who struggle after their petty ambitions, like fish in a stream that is fast drying up. Seeing
this, let one fare unselfish in this life, while ceasing to worry about various states of becoming.
(777)
7 Overcoming desire alike for sensory enjoyment and their causes, comprehending sense impressions, not
hankering after enjoyments and not doing what is against one’s conscience, the wise one does not get
attached to what he sees or hears.
(778)
8 Having realized the [nature of] ideas, the sage is not attached to worldly objects. Having pulled out the
dart of passion and faring heedfully, he does not crave for this world or the next.
H. Saddhatissa translator.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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