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Apr 29

‘papañca’ – Ven Katukurunde Ñāṇananda Thero


The term ‘papañca,‘ as it occurs in the Pali Canon, has presented considerable difficulty of interpretation. Attempts at its definition by the commentators as well as by the present-day scholars, have given rise to divergent conclusions. It is, however, generally agreed that the determination of its significance is fundamental to a proper understanding of the philosophy of early Buddhism……….

…If we collate the different contexts in which some reference to ‘papañca’ has been made, one of our first impressions would be the prominence it enjoys in a good number of them. When a list of terms relating to a common topic is set out in the suttas, one often finds that the most important among them is either placed first, or else, is counted last. Now, the term ‘papañca’ is in fact enumerated last in as many as seven such contexts.1If the logic of arrangement alone is deemed insufficient, a deeper analysis of the contexts themselves will provide abundant proof of the…..

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Nov 20

From the Wheel of Kamma to the Wheel of Dhamma – Bhikkhu K. Ñāṇananda

captureVenerable Sir, an important problem that I have. Though my mind is generally calm, composed and luminous, I lose my temper in ordinary day to day problems and find it difficult to control myself. Then I go on ranting and raving like an uneducated crazy woman. Because of this trait I irritate my family members, my friends and my neighbours. I get fed up with myself. But very soon my mind gets free from this mad fit of rage. It again becomes luminous. I forget even the incident. It is like a breeze that blows over a tank of calm water. The water that gets ruffled by the breeze again becomes calm after the breeze is gone. The ruffling is not deep.

Though this does not affect me, those around me are adversely affected by it to a great extent. They are not prepared to forget it easily as I do. Thereby in everyday life I keep on making enemies. I become a subject of displeasure for them. I want to be free from this unpleasant trait.

 Venerable Sir, I am seeking your advice for that purpose. After such an incident I can make a precise assessment of the whole incident. I can clearly see my weakness. I can see how it came up. I can also see the weaknesses of those who got involved. I tell myself I should have restrained myself. Yet, I keep on repeating the same mistake. Now it has almost become a habit. Sometimes I wonder whether there is any extraneous compelling force behind it. Even if there is, it is my weakness to get caught up in it……..


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Sep 25

Ideal Solitude – Ven Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda Thero

ideal-solitudeIdeal Solitude An Exposition of the Bhaddekaratta Sutta  Bhikkhu Ñåˆånanda

The Bhaddekaratta Sutta of the Majjhima Nikåya (No. 131) consists of a “summary” (uddesa) in four verses and an “exposition” (vibha􀀁ga) dealing with some doctrinal points of considerable psychological and ethical import….

Let one not trace back the past Or yearn for the future-yet-to-come. That which is past is left behind Unattained is the “yet-to-come.” But that which is present he discerns — With insight as and when it comesThe Immovable — the-non-irritable. In that state should the wise one grow. Today itself should one bestir 
Tomorrow death may come — who knows?
For no bargain can we strike. With Death who has his mighty hosts. But one who dwells thus ardently By day, by night, untiringly Him the Tranquil Sage has called The Ideal Lover of Solitude.

“And how, monks, does one trace back the past? He thinks: ‘I was of such form in the past’ and brings delight to bear on it. He thinks: ‘I was of such feeling in the past’ and brings delight to bear on it. He thinks: ‘I was of such perception in the past’ and brings delight to bear on it. He thinks: ‘I was of such formations in the past’ and brings delight to bear on them. He thinks: ‘I was of such consciousness in the past’ and brings delight to bear on it. That is how, monks, one traces back the past……………

Transcending all polarities characteristic of the phenomenal consciousnessthe emancipated one thus attains to the highest possible state of mental equilibrium which is “immovable and non-irritable” and in which he meditates, as it were, “thought-less.”


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