— "Yes, venerable sir," they replied, and the [Buddha] said:
- [NOTE: This "vast expanse of water" (samsara) is also referred to as a "flood" (ogha) in constant turmoil.]
"So the person thinks: 'This is a vast expanse of water! This shore is dangerous and fearful. The further shore is safe and free of danger. There is no boat here for crossing over, nor a bridge for going over from this side to that.
|The Buddha's Ancient Path (Ven. Piyadassi)|
"'Should I not, therefore, hoist this raft upon my head or carry it on my shoulders and go where I like?'
"Is a person behaving in this way doing what should be done with a raft?"
"Here [in this Teaching], meditators, having made it across and arrived safely at the further shore, the person thinks, 'Indeed, this raft has been very helpful to me!
"'Carried by it, paddling vigorously with hands and feet, I made it safely across to the further shore. Therefore, should I not strand it on dry land or push it off to float in the water then go as I please?'
"By behaving in this way, meditators, that person would do what should be done with a raft [that has served its purpose].
"In the same way, meditators, have I shown the Dharma's similarity to a raft: It is for crossing over not for being clung to.
14. "O meditators, you who understand the Dharma's similarity to a raft, you should let go even of [good] teachings.* How much more of harmful ones! More
|The Buddha-to-come, the Friend|
"Thus, Udayi, do I teach the abandoning even of the [exalted] sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception. Udaayi, do you see any fetter, fine or coarse, that I did not tell you to discard?" (MN 66).