"the nonconfusion and nondisappearance of the Good Teaching"

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Re: "the nonconfusion and nondisappearance of the Good Teaching"

Postby Tom » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:41 am

ccharles wrote:From Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of AN 2.20:
“Bhikkhus, there are these two things that lead to the decline and disappearance of the good Dhamma. What two? [59] Badly set down words and phrases and badly interpreted meaning.238 When the words and phrases are badly set down, the meaning is badly interpreted. These are the two things that lead to the decline and disappearance of the good Dhamma. “Bhikkhus, there are these two things that lead to the continuation, non-decline, and non-disappearance of the good Dhamma. What two? Well-set down words and phrases and well-interpreted meaning.239 When the words and phrases are well set down, the meaning is well interpreted. These are the two things that lead to the continuation, non-decline, and non-disappearance of the good Dhamma.”

Are there any sutta references to what it means to set down words and phrases well?
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Re: "the nonconfusion and nondisappearance of the Good Teaching"

Postby alan... » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:38 am

ccharles wrote:
ccharles wrote:From Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of AN 2.20:
“Bhikkhus, there are these two things that lead to the decline and disappearance of the good Dhamma. What two? [59] Badly set down words and phrases and badly interpreted meaning.238 When the words and phrases are badly set down, the meaning is badly interpreted. These are the two things that lead to the decline and disappearance of the good Dhamma. “Bhikkhus, there are these two things that lead to the continuation, non-decline, and non-disappearance of the good Dhamma. What two? Well-set down words and phrases and well-interpreted meaning.239 When the words and phrases are well set down, the meaning is well interpreted. These are the two things that lead to the continuation, non-decline, and non-disappearance of the good Dhamma.”

Are there any sutta references to what it means to set down words and phrases well?


i really am fairly confident that this sutta quote is talking about oral tradition. that's it. it's all about remembering and transmitting the texts properly verbally from person to person. what are you taking from it? why the concern?
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