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Kappa (Kalpa) Analogies & Yojana

Postby Chula » Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:44 am

Does anyone know where in the suttas the Buddha gives analogies on how long a kappa is? Also, on a related note, how long is a yojana?
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Re: Kappa (Kalpa) Analogies & Yojana

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Re: Kappa (Kalpa) Analogies & Yojana

Postby Chula » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:28 am

Thanks!

That whole saṃyutta is a good place to look.. The sutta right after, SN 15.6 (Sāsapa Sutta), has another great analogy:
"Monk, in a poor city there is a block of mustard seeds seven miles by the length, breath and the height bound together by the roots. After the lapse of one hundred years a man comes and takes out one of the seeds. By this method the mustard seeds diminish and vanish but the world cycle does not come to an end"
http://tipitaka.wikia.com/wiki/Sasapa_Sutta

The yojana is translated as seven miles in this..

Out of curiosity, where did you get that definition for the yojana - do you have some sutta source?

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Re: Kappa (Kalpa) Analogies & Yojana

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:20 pm

The wikpedia entry does not give any more information either:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yojana

The MettaNet definition is:

yojana : [nt.] yoking; application; a measure of length, which is about, 7 miles. || yojanā (f.), construction; suggestion; proposal; an exegesis.
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