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Postby sukhamanveti » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:14 pm

Hi.

In the 1990s, while reading a book about Theravada Buddhism, I came across a quotation from one of the commentaries that went something like this: "The Buddha loves all beings equally as he loves his own son, even Dhanapala, even Angulimala, even Devadatta." (This is an approximation, of course.) I have been unable to remember the title of the book it was in and googling hasn't helped me locate the quotation. Does anyone have the exact quotation and the source? It is important to me because it addresses the love of dangerous, hostile beings.

Thank you very much to whoever can help me in this.

Ed
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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Re: Commentary Quotation Search

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:25 am

Hi Ed,

    vadhake devadattamhi
    core aṅgulimālake.
    dhanapāle rāhule ca
    sabbattha samako munī ti.

    To the murderer Devadatta,
    To the robber Aṅgulimāla,
    To Dhanapāla [the elephant], and to Rāhula too —
    The Sage is neutral to them all.
    (Ap.i.47; Mil.410; DhA.i.146)

The Apadāna and the Theragāthā Atthakathā attribute the verse to Ven. Upāli. The Milindapañha attributes it to Ven. Sāriputta. In the Dhammapada Atthakathā it is spoken by the Buddha, but with samako ("neutral") replaced with samamānaso ("neutral in mind").

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

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Re: Commentary Quotation Search

Postby sukhamanveti » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:35 am

Dhammanando wrote:Hi Ed,

    vadhake devadattamhi
    core aṅgulimālake.
    dhanapāle rāhule ca
    sabbattha samako munī ti.

    To the murderer Devadatta,
    To the robber Aṅgulimāla,
    To Dhanapāla [the elephant], and to Rāhula too —
    The Sage is neutral to them all.
    (Ap.i.47; Mil.410; DhA.i.146)

The Apadāna and the Theragāthā Atthakathā attribute the verse to Ven. Upāli. The Milindapañha attributes it to Ven. Sāriputta. In the Dhammapada Atthakathā it is spoken by the Buddha, but with samako ("neutral") replaced with samamānaso ("neutral in mind").

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu


That is it! Thank you, Bhante.

Ed
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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