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Dhotaka-manava-puccha: Dhotaka's Questions


Summary: url=index.html#snp.5.05.than How can one become freed of all doubt.

Sn 5.5 PTS: Sn 1061-1068

Dhotaka-manava-puccha: Dhotaka's Questions

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu


I ask you, O Blessed One. Please tell me. I hope for your words, Great Seer. Having heard your pronouncement, I'll train for my own


[The Buddha:]

In that case, be ardent — astute & mindful right here. Then, having heard my pronouncement, train for your own



I see in the world of beings

divine & human,

a brahman who lives possessing nothing.

I pay homage to him
the All-around Eye.

From my doubts, O Sakyan, release me!

[The Buddha:]

No one in the world, Dhotaka, can I release from doubting. But knowing the most excellent Dhamma, you will cross over the flood.


Teach with compassion, O brahman, the Dhamma of seclusion so that I may know — so that I, unafflicted as space, may live right here,

at peace.

[The Buddha:]

I will teach you peace

— in the here & now,
not quoted words —

knowing which, living mindfully, you'll go beyond entanglement in the world.


And I relish, Great Seer, that peace supreme, knowing which, living mindfully, I'll go beyond entanglement in the world.

[The Buddha:]

Whatever you're alert to,

above, below,
across, in between:

knowing it as a bond in the world,

don't create craving
for becoming or non-.


Craving for becoming and non-becoming (or dis-becoming) are the two most subtle forms of craving that lead to continued existence — and suffering — in the round of birth & death.

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en/tipitaka/sut/kn/snp/snp.5.05.than.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/30 13:27 by Johann