By John J. Holder
Twenty discourses from the Pali CanonÂ—including these such a lot necessary to the examine and instructing of early BuddhismÂ—are supplied in clean translations, followed via introductions that spotlight the most issues and set the tips provided within the context of wider philosophical and spiritual concerns. Taken jointly, those interesting works provide an account of Buddhist teachings at once from the earliest basic assets.
In his normal advent, John J. Holder discusses the constitution and language of the Pali CanonÂ—its significance in the Buddhist culture and the historic context within which it developedÂ—and provides an summary of the elemental doctrines of early Buddhism.
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Being myself liable to sickness, I sought after what was likewise liable to sickness. Being myself liable to death, I sought after what was likewise liable to death. Being myself liable to sorrow, I sought after what was likewise liable to sorrow. Being myself liable to impurity, I sought after what was likewise liable to impurity. “Then I had this thought: ‘Why do I, being myself liable to birth, seek after what is likewise liable to birth? Why do I, being myself liable to old age, seek after what is likewise liable to old age?
So—being myself liable to birth, having seen the danger in what is liable to birth, on a quest for nibba¯na, the unborn, unsurpassed security from bondage—I attained nibba¯na, the unborn, unsurpassed security from bondage. Being myself liable to old age, having seen the danger in what is liable to old age, on a quest for nibba¯na, the unaging, unsurpassed security from bondage—I attained nibba¯na, the unaging, unsurpassed security from bondage. Being myself liable to sickness, having seen the danger in what is liable to sickness, on a quest for nibba¯na, the unailing, unsurpassed security from bondage—I attained nibba¯na, the unailing, unsurpassed security from bondage.
They attained nibba¯na, the sorrowless, unsurpassed security from bondage. Being themselves liable to impurity, having known the danger in what is liable to impurity, seeking nibba¯na, the morally pure, unsurpassed security from bondage—they attained nibba¯na, the morally pure, unsurpassed security from bondage. Knowledge and vision arose in us: ‘Our liberation is unshakable. This is the last birth. ’ 15. “Bhikkhus,15 there are these five types of sensual pleasure. What are the five? Visible objects cognizable by the eye, alluring, desirable, pleasing, likable, connected with sense desire, and enticing; sounds cognizable by the ear .
Early Buddhist Discourses by John J. Holder