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sutta reference

Postby bazzaman » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:39 am

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Re: sutta reference

Postby Paul Davy » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:45 am

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Re: sutta reference

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:45 am

Hi Bazzaman

Can you please elaborate on the context of where you encountered/heard/read the simile and what was the simile refering to.

I have heard my teacher use the simile in relation to the strength of sankharas created through volitional action though I don't think he referred to the simile as coming from the Buddha (which would indicate a sutta reference).
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Re: sutta reference

Postby Macavity » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:42 am

The similes were taught in the Lekha Sutta (AN. i. 283-4) and the Abhidhamma's Puggalapaññatti.

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Re: sutta reference

Postby bazzaman » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:48 am

Hi Ben, I heard this in Burma... so it could well have been from the commentaries. But I vaguely remember having subsequently come across it in the Sutta Pitaka. Could easily be mistaken though.
I think it refers to the strength and duration of underlying tendencies; the lightest likened to writing on water. Then (I think) writing on sand, followed by etching in tree bark, and finally carved in stone.
The memory of this simile came up in a sitting this morning. A pattern of constriction in the chest becoming painfully clear. A pattern which seems like it has been there forever. And, after almost three decades of "huffing and puffing" it seems like at least the etched in wood kind. Maybe the psychic equivalent of bonsai... or foot-binding. Not the kind of thing that a little crystal-waving can clear up. But then again, maybe I'm exaggerating the whole thing.
Dukkha patipada dandabhinna... meh?
So I thought it might be good to look up the teaching, to see what else might be included. Even rocks occasionally get annihilated by thunderbolts, no?

retrofuturist.. thanks for the link... I'll check it out.

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Re: sutta reference

Postby bazzaman » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:53 am

Thank you, Macavity.

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