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#1 RobertK

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:49 AM

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Monks, these two things
conduce to the confusion and disappearance
of true Dhamma.

What two?

The wrong expression of the letter (of the text)[48]
and wrong interpretation of the meaning of it.
For if the letter be wrongly expressed,
the interpretation of the meaning is also wrong.

These two things
conduce to the confusion and disappearance
of true Dhamma.

Monks, these two things
conduce to the establishment,
the non-confusion,
to the non-disappearance
of true Dhamma.
What two?

The right expression of the letter
and right interpretation of the meaning.
For if the letter be rightly expressed,
the interpretation of the meaning is also right.

These two things conduce to the establishment,
the non-confusion,
to the non-disappearance
of true Dhamma.'

 



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:50 AM

Vitatanho anadano
niruttipadakovido1
akkharanam sannipatam

janna pubbaparani ca
sa ve "antimasariro

mahpanno mahapuriso" ti vuccati.

).

Verse 352: He who is free from craving and from attachment, who is skilled in the knowledge of the significance of terms, who knows the grouping of letters and their sequence is indeed called "one who has lived his last, a man of great wisdom, a great man."

 

1. niruttipadakovido: skilled in niruttipatisambhida i.e., skilled in the knowledge of words.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:51 AM

Released am I, monks, from all ties whether human or divine. You also are delivered from fetters whether human or divine. Go now and wander for the welfare and happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the gain, welfare and happiness of gods and men. Let not two of you proceed in the same direction. Proclaim the Dhamma that is excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, excellent in the end, possessed of meaning and letter and utterly perfect. Proclaim the life of purity, the holy life, consummate and pure. There are beings with little dust in their eyes who will be lost through not hearing the Dhamma. There are beings who will understand the Dhamma. I shall go to Uruvela, to Senanigama to teach the Dhamma" (Vinaya I.21



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:52 AM

Deeds of Merit

By Sujin Boriharnwanaket.

Translated by Nina van Gorkom

 

 

 

Part IV:

 

 

W. : You once referred to an exhortation of the Buddha that all his followers should assemble in harmony in order to investigate the meaning and the letter of the teachings. According to the text, in this way the brahma faring, the practice leading to the attainment of the result which is enlightenment, will continue for a long time. If that is the case, the study and teaching of the Dhamma is not only a task for the monk but also for the layfollower.

 

S. : The Dhamma which the Buddha taught for fortyfive years in order to help all living beings is very subtle and detailed. People should consider it a great deal in order to understand it completely, both with regard to the theory, as well as the practice, which is the development of pa~n~naa, and also its realisation, which is the penetration of the truth. However much Buddhists who are interested in the Dhamma study it and teach it as the Buddha taught, they will never be finished with it. Moreover, the inclinations and talents of Buddhist followers vary as they have accumulated different tendencies. Some people have accumulated the inclination to be only layfollowers and some people have accumulations for monkhood. Some people are experts in Vinaya, others are skilful in the Suttanta wheras others again are skilful in the Abhidhamma. Some people are interested in the practice, the development of pa~n~naa, and others are capable of explaining



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:44 AM

Sujin Boriharnawanaket
the Buddha’s teaching is complete as to the letter and the meaning. The Buddha gave further explanations of Dhamma subjects the meaning of which people could misunderstand. He added words which described the meaning, making it even clearer. 

 

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