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Thread: A wise person of great wisdom

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    Global Moderator Esho's Avatar
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    Hello friends,

    New moon. Uposatha night. I went through a beautiful sutta. I prefer Bhikkhu Bodhi translation (page 554 (AN 4.186)) but here is the Sutta Central one if the link does not work.

    The sutta is about a Bhikkhu who asks four questions to the Blessed One. The questions are:

    By what is the world led? By what is the world dragged around?

    In what way is one a learned expert on the Dhamma?

    In what way is one learned of penetrative wisdom? and;

    In what way is one a wise person of great wisdom?

    Surprisingly a wise person of great wisdom is not someone who 'knows' but one who, when thinking, thinks only of his own welfare, the welfare of others, the welfare of both, and the welfare of the whole world.

    Comments?


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    Indeed it is a beautiful sutta.

    How simple is the content:

    ‘This is suffering’ ... ‘This is the origin of suffering’ … ‘This is the cessation of suffering’ … ‘This is the practice that leads to the cessation of suffering.’

    ' No intention to hurt themselves, or to hurt others, or to hurt both. '
    But... how difficult it is for us in the human condition to remain aware of the four Noble truths and to keep them uppermost in our mind. How difficult to practise metta always.

    I'll keep on trying. It's the best I can do.

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    Global Moderator Esho's Avatar
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    Sure Woodscooter, in its simplicity lies its beauty. This sutta will become one of my favourites.

    Buddhism practice is not easy. It requires a lot of strength and energy.


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