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419 LESSON 28 10 2011 Ekaputta Sutta The Only Son
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419 LESSON 28 10 2011 Ekaputta Sutta The Only Son


 

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Ekaputta Sutta

The Only Son

Translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi, in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. Now at that time the dear and beloved only son of a certain lay follower had died. So a large number of lay followers — their clothes wet, their hair wet — went to the Blessed One in the middle of the day and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As they were sitting there the Blessed One said to them: “Why have you come here — your clothes wet, your hair wet — in the middle of the day?”

When this was said, the lay follower said to the Blessed One, “My dear and beloved only son has died. This is why we have come here — our clothes wet, our hair wet — in the middle of the day.”

Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed:

Tied down by what’s dear & alluring,

heavenly beings, most people,

worn out with misery,

fall under the sway of the King of Death.

But those who, day & night,

heedfully abandon what’s dear,

dig up misery

by the root —

         Death’s bait

         so hard

         to overcome.

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Prerequisite: BUD 700

BUD 702 Madhyamakāvatāra: The Chariot of the Takpo Kagyü Siddhas III - 2 credits

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based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). We will

complete the bulk of the sixth chapter on the pāramitā of prajñā. The topics covered

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