LESSON 117 Adhimutta and the Bandits 25 12 2010 FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY
Traditionally the are 84,000 Dharma Doors - 84,000 ways to get Awakeness. Maybe so; certainly the Buddha taught a large number of practices that lead to Awakeness. This web page attempts to catalogue those found in the Pali Suttas (DN, MN, SN, AN, Ud & Sn 1). There are 3 sections:
The discourses of Buddha are divided into 84,000, as to separate addresses. The division includes all that was spoken by Buddha.”I received from Buddha,” said Ananda, “82,000 Khandas, and from the priests 2000; these are 84,000 Khandas maintained by me.” They are divided into 275,250, as to the stanzas of the original text, and into 361,550, as to the stanzas of the commentary. All the discourses including both those of Buddha and those of the commentator, are divided into 2,547 banawaras, containing 737,000 stanzas, and 29,368,000 separate letters.
PTS: Thag 705-725
Adhimutta: Adhimutta and the Bandits
translated from the Pali by
[The bandit chief:]
for the sake of sacrifice
for the sake of wealth
we have killed in the past,
against their will
have trembled & babbled
But you —
you show no fear;
your complexion brightens.
Why don’t you lament
in the face of what’s greatly to be feared
There are no painful mental states, chieftain,
in one without longing.
all fears are overcome.
With the ending of [craving]
the guide to becoming,
when phenomena are seen
for what they are,
then just as in the laying down of a burden,
there’s no fear in death.
I’ve lived well the holy life,
well-developed the path.
Death holds no fear for me.
It’s like the end of a disease.
I’ve lived well the holy life,
well-developed the path,
seen states of becoming
as devoid of allure,
like poison spit out
after it’s drunk.
One gone to the far shore
his task completed,
welcomes the ending of life,
as if freed from a place of execution.
Having attained the supreme Rightness,
unconcerned with all the world,
as if released from a burning house,
he doesn’t sorrow at death.
wherever a state of becoming’s obtained,
all that has no one in charge:
so says the Great Seer.
Whoever discerns this,
as taught by the Awakened One,
would no more grasp hold of any state of becoming
than he would a hot iron ball.
I have no ‘I was,’
no ‘I will be.’
Fabrications will simply go out of existence.
What’s to lament there in that?
For one who sees, as it actually is,
the pure arising of phenomena,
the pure seriality of fabrications,
there’s no fear.
When seeing the world with discernment
as on a par with grass & twigs,
finding no ‘mine-ness,’
thinking, ‘There’s nothing of mine,’
he feels no sorrow.
Dissatisfied with this carcass,
I’m unconcerned with becoming.
This body will break up
and there will not be another.
Do as you like with this carcass.
From that I will feel
neither hatred nor love.
Hearing these awesome, hair-raising words, the young men threw down their weapons & said:
What have you done, sir,
or who have you taken as mentor?
Because of whose teachings
is this lack of sorrow acquired?
He is my mentor.
Greatly compassionate teacher,
all the world’s healer,
this doctrine is his,
unexcelled, leading to ending.
Because of his teachings
is this lack of sorrow acquired.
The bandits, hearing the good words of the seer,
threw down their swords & their weapons.
Some relinquished their life of crime,
some chose the Going Forth.
Having gone forth in the teachings
of the one well-gone,
developing the powers & factors for Awakening,
exultant in mind,
their faculties ripened,
they touched uncompounded Unbinding.
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MANILA, Philippines - Like his acting cycle, veteran actor Ernie Garcia’s spirituality has gone full circle.
Baptized as a Roman Catholic and having studied in Christian schools, Garcia at one time turned to George Sison’s Temple of Prayer, Peace and Prosperity where he shared a vision of so-called magical mysteries of the universe with Sison himself, actors Dina Bonnevie, Juan Rodrigo, Marissa Delgado, Romano Vasquez, awarded production designer Edel Templonuevo, and the late Tita Muñoz.
“I didn’t leave George’s fellowship but had to try another spiritual activity not entirely different from the beliefs of his Temple,” clarified Garcia.
For the past ten months or so, Garcia has been joining Filipino Buddhists in incantations at a temple somewhere near Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
As a matter of fact, Garcia just came from the said temple before our interview and was heading back again there after our appointment.
“There are many benefits derived from Buddhism,” the actor admitted.
“Ang daming nagagawa ngayon sa career ko aside from painting and selling my art pieces,” testified the former sexy actor.
He reiterated, though, that his Buddhism is totally different from the more popular one which calls for meditation.
“Here, we chant. We do chanting to cast away bad spirits or bring in good ones,” he qualified.
Garcia invested in an entertainment export promotion business a few years ago. When the government banned the practice of bringing Filipino talents to Japan, business activity slowed down and he lost all his possessions.
“I was devastated. I lost millions and I didn’t know where to start all over again until a friend of mine introduced me to Buddhism. Since that time it has been working for my benefits,” he said.
Recently, he was attacked by an unknown force. Garcia recalled, “I was asleep and suddenly I woke up in the middle of the night. I couldn’t move my body, my hands and my arms. I was conscious, though. Nakapikit ako pero I was aware of what’s happening around. I was like gripping the railings of my bed. Suddenly, I just chanted and after a while, I could move my whole body again.”
He had a show with singer Dessa some six months ago in Singapore when a household member called informing him of a fire razing their subdivision in Antipolo City. “Sabi ko sa sarili, ‘Wala na. Masusunog na bahay namin.’ But I chanted just the same. When I came home after a few hours, I was relieved [to find out] my house was spared from the raze. It was just one house away,” Garcia recounted.
He recently staged a musical concert last August 28 at Mukahari on Leon Guinto Street in Singalong, Manila.
“Not everyone knows I sing. But I started in showbiz as a singer and [it was only] later [when I began] my acting career. But with chanting, the voice I have to muster has been very fluid and I think it will last me a lifetime,” he quipped.
He performed at the concert with young singer Champagne Morales, the only daughter of veteran actress Dinah Dominguez, and the Wow Band. Ga