Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2: Describing Nirvana (sutra)

John D. Ireland (trans.), Nirvana Sutra 2 (Nibbana Sutta, "Collection of Inspired Utterances" or Udana 8.2); Dhr. Seven, Ellie Askew (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; see Part 1

Thus have I heard. At one time the [Buddha] was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Wood at Anathapindika's monastery.

On that occasion the [Buddha] was instructing, rousing, inspiring, and gladdening meditators with a Dharma talk connected with nirvana. And those meditators, being receptive and attentive and concentrating the whole mind, were intent on listening to this Dharma.

Then, on realizing the significance of this, the [Buddha] on that occasion uttered this inspired verse:
The uninclined* is hard to see,
The Truth is not easy to see;
Craving is understood by one who knows,
And for one who sees there is nothing.
  • See also: Ud 8.1, Ud 8.3, Ud 8.4
  • *Nirvana = the imperturbable? (WQ); "unaffected" (Ven. Thanissaro)

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