Theravadin limerick challenge

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:44 am

He taught the Dhamma, night and morn,
The One who is "thus come thus gone"
Because the Buddha taught
No need to be distraught
There's a way to no longer be born. :anjali:

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:46 am

I am no poet, but a yakkha
becalmed by the Dhammacakka
Atanatiya
will also free ya
of a personalised akka

kilesa
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:10 am

O.K. Ben ... I've found
Akka [cp. Sk. arka] N. of a plant: Calotropis Gigantea, swallow -- wort M i.429 (˚assa jiyā bowstrings made from that plant).
-- nāla a kind of dress material Vin i.306 (vv. ll. agga˚ & akkha˚). -- vāṭa a kind of gate to a plantation, a movable fence made of the akka plant Vin ii.154 (cp. akkha -- vāṭa).

What is a personalised akka?????? Are you wearing dresses?

No trace in the Pali-English Dictionary of Atanatiya
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/pali/

Please explain! :D

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:22 am

No one said it had to mean anything!

Seriously...

Atanatiya (Sutta): Its a paritta, a protection against yakkhas: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .piya.html

Akka: ok, I got that one seriously wrong. I thought it was a 'state of being shaken'
Just goes to show, despite my irish heritage, I should not compose a limerick while preparing dinner.
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:23 am

note: If we are keeping to the rules one must add the next limerick to also make a comment so as to maintain the flow. Seem fair? Thanks for the list Chris, it seems like a worthwhile exception to always posting a verse.

kilesa

kilesa [kilesa]: Defilement — lobha (passion), dosa (aversion), and moha (delusion) in their various forms, which include such things as greed, malevolence, anger, rancor, hypocrisy, arrogance, envy, miserliness, dishonesty, boastfulness, obstinacy, violence, pride, conceit, intoxication, and complacency.
- accesstoinsight glossary

kilesa regarding the khanda
sankhara and vedana
vinnana and sanna
which are rupa and nama
makes akusala kamma


majjhima
[majjhima]: Middle; appropriate; just right.
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:55 pm

Majjhima

Don't forget majjhima-patipada
when saying what ought or ought notta
go into this thread.
"Rules? Shmules!" Jechbi said.
Let's have fun, then say "thanks" and "de nada."


:smile:

I'd love to see another take on Anicca.
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:28 am

I'd like to stay young forever,
Never to hear the word 'suffer'
No matter which being
One cannot help seeing
The changing affects of anicca.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:01 am

I once owned a grumpy old mula
That my children named Noola
Three roots with oats
It ate on toast
but died and rebecame as a loofa!

Phala
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:11 am

Nuts, I thought, I just did this one while Ben posted his. Nice one Ben. Then I discovered it still works out. Whew. :smile:

mūla
'roots', also called hetu (q.v.; s. paccaya, 1), are those conditions which through their presence determine the actual moral quality of a volitional state (cetanā), and the consciousness and mental factors associated therewith, in other words, the quality of karma.

There are 6 such roots, 3 karmically wholesome and 3 unwholesome roots, viz.,: greed, hate, delusion (lobha, dosa, moha), and greedlessness, hatelessness, undeludedness (alobha, adosa, amoha).

phala
lit. 'fruit'. -1. result, effect (often together with hetu, cause ); 2. benefit (e.g. in Sāmañña-phala Sutta, 'The Results, or Benefits, of Recluseship'; D.2).

In the roots from a source eyes don't see
from the earth come to form up a tree.
When the branches grow true
heartwood strong through and through
holds up all the good fruit that need be.


āyatana
http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/a/aayatana.htm
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby phil » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:54 am

Once three bad mulas kept burning
Fuelled by ignorance, hatred and yearning
When they said "another go?"
The Buddha said "No!"
And the gears of samsara stopped turning
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:13 am

Good One Phil! :clap:

But you are also supposed to put forward the next 'word'.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:15 am

A word not brought forth by Phil
Perhaps its hiding in the grill
Nathan's word ayatana
rhymes with lantana (sorta)
But don't leave it on the window sill.

Tika
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby phil » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:29 am

phil had a rather quick pika
into the voluminous tika
they didn't confirm
what he wanted to quirm
so he closed them and turned to philika

note: quirm (vb) "to take the Buddha's teaching and bend it to suit one's accumulated inclinations."
philika (n) "the Dhamma according to Phil."

oops didn't catch on to the rules.

javana
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:40 am

And, just a reminder ~
as the Deva of This Thread :bow: (Jechbi) has said in the OP:

An important point: Please, please remember that METER is crucial. Here is the correct meter for limericks:

iamb anapest anapest (8 syllables)
iamb anapest anapest (8 syllables)
anapest anapest (6 syllables)
anapest anapest (6 syllables)
anapest anapest anapest (9 syllables)

If you deviate from that, you'll be forced to read the unabridged works of Julia A. Moore.


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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:08 am

Four javanas prior to Jhana
According to Abhidhamma
They're known as impulsion
So don't have convulsions
or be hampered by atimana.

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:29 am

Wow, I've never been a Deva before (at least that I can recall).
One quick note: There's some flexibility in the number of syllables in the Iamb as well as the anapest parts of a limerick. Part of what makes a limerick fun is the percussive quality of its meter. You get some flexibility to make the magic happen. You can tell when a limerick works because when you read it out loud, it sounds like an Irishman rapping (kind of). You could play drums to it, any way.

We now return to our much-anticipated
Chris wrote:nimitta
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But never soddens what is open;
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:21 am

nimitta

nāma-rūpa arising
cetasika hypnotizing
kalāpa rūpa-kāya
kalāpa nāma-kāya
nimitta advertising


vicikicchā
http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/u_ ... icchaa.htm
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:13 am

Vicikicchā

A gentleman named Laframboise
had a problem with vicikicchā.
Every time he would sit,
he'd think, "This can't be it."
And he'd go for a drink with Francois.


Nekkhamma
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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby nathan » Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:20 am

nekkhamma

nekkhamma has no stock and trade
in kāmāvacara kamma made
samatha-vipassanā done
sampajañña won
sacchikaranīyā dhammā is displayed


pīti
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But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Theravadin limerick challenge

Postby Jechbi » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:50 am

Piti

There was a young woman so pretty
that her suiters could fill a whole city.
One fell into a funk;
he became a young monk.
And surprise! He discovered true piti.


Papañca
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
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Lest it be soddened by the rain.


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