Pali for the teaching of the Buddhas

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Pali for the teaching of the Buddhas

Postby starter » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:19 pm

Hi friends,

I'd like to know the original Pali and its direct translation of the Buddhas' teaching:

“The non-doing of any evil (诸恶莫作),
the performance of what's skillful (众善奉行),

I'm wondering if the above English and Chinese translations (which happen to be exactly the same) are accurate, since it doesn't appear to reflect the principle of the Dhamma, which should be (to my understanding):

Cultivate what's the wholesome, abandon what's unwholesome -- which is more a process of the Dhamma practice, instead of just "do all the good" and "don't do any evil".

The quoted translation might have contributed to the Bodhisatta-like attitude and practice?

Thanks and Metta!

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Re: Pali for the teaching of the Buddhas

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:34 pm

That sounds like Dhp 183:

Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ kusalassa upasampadā
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.

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Re: Pali for the teaching of the Buddhas

Postby starter » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:56 pm

Dear David,

Many thanks! Would you kindly translate the Pali or provide some good translations for the phrase?

Metta,

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Re: Pali for the teaching of the Buddhas

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:20 pm

starter wrote:Many thanks! Would you kindly translate the Pali or provide some good translations for the phrase?


John Ross Carter's translation of the verse and Buddhaghosa's word-commentary:

http://tinyurl.com/badn6fd
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,


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