Similes in the Pali Canon

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Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby Moggalana » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:16 am

One of the coolest things about the Pali Canon is, in my opinion, the abundance of similes. They are mostly spot-on, and I think there is a good chance that they have been passed down directly from the Buddha's mouth without being altered much.

Is there a list or some sort of anthology of these similes?
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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby lojong1 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:11 am

Index of Similes at accesstoinsight:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-similes.html

I saw this one today:
AN 1.48 / PTS: A i 10 / I,v,8 Lahu-parivatta Sutta: 'Quick to Reverse Itself' translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 2006–2010
"I don't envision a single thing that is as quick to reverse itself as the mind — so much so that there is no feasible simile for how quick to reverse itself it is."

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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby lojong1 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:46 am

Hey, I took flak for saying Ven. Buddhaghosa might have cooked something up...
SN 47.8 / PTS: S v 149 / CDB ii 1634
Suda Sutta: The Cook
"As a result, he is rewarded with clothing, wages, & gifts. Why is that? Because the wise, experienced, skillful cook picks up on the theme of his own master...
...the experienced, skillful monk picks up on the theme of his own mind."

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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby lojong1 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:26 am

Nanamoli/Bodhi MN contains an index of similes.

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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby Moggalana » Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:54 pm

Thanks :)
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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby dhammapal » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:54 am

Hi,

The Buddhist Publication Society recently released this book by Hellmuth Hecker "Similes of the Buddha: An Introduction"
http://www.bps.lk/similes_of_the_buddha.html

With metta / dhammapal.

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Re: Similes in the Pali Canon

Postby Moggalana » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:15 pm

dhammapal wrote:Hi,

The Buddhist Publication Society recently released this book by Hellmuth Hecker "Similes of the Buddha: An Introduction"
http://www.bps.lk/similes_of_the_buddha.html

With metta / dhammapal.


Perfect! Thanks :anjali:
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