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Dukkhadhammaa Sutta: Things Productive of Suffering

Dukkhadhammaa Sutta

Summary: One practiced in sense restraint dispels evil states just as water drops evaporate from a hot iron pot.

SN 35.203 PTS: S iv 188 CDB ii 1248 (corresponds to CDB SN 35.244)

Dukkhadhammaa Sutta: Things Productive of Suffering


translated from the Pali by

Maurice O'Connell Walshe

The Pali title of this sutta is based on the PTS (Feer) edition.

(1) “Monks, when a monk knows as they really are both the arising and the destruction of states productive of suffering, then indeed the sense-pleasures are truly seen by him. When he sees the sense-pleasures, the desire and love for sense-pleasures, the infatuation and feverish longing for sense-pleasures that is inherent in them, all this does not obsess him. His life and practice(2) are so informed with wisdom(3) that, living thus, he is not assailed by longing and depression,(4) which are evil and unskilled states.

“When, monks, a monk lives and practices like this, it occasionally happens that, through a lapse of mindfulness, evil and unskilled states arise, memories and thoughts(5) pertaining to the fetters. His mindfulness is aroused only slowly,(6) but then he soon abandons that state, drives it out, abolishes it, puts an end to it. Just as if, monks, a man were to let fall two or three drops of water into an iron pot that had been heated all day, those few drops would soon be wiped out and vanish — in the same way it occasionally happens to a monk living and practicing like this… but he soon puts an end to it.

“Thus, monks, if a monk's life and practice are so informed with wisdom that, living thus, he is not assailed by longing and depression, which are evil states, then, monks, if a king's ministers, friends, favorites, kinsmen or blood-relations should come and offer him wealth, saying: 'Come, good master! Why let these yellow robes torment you? Why go around with shaven head and bowl? Come on, return to the lower life, enjoy possessions and do works of merit!' — monks, for a monk so living and practicing to reject the training and revert to the lower life would just be impossible.”



Dukkhadhammaa. Woodward's “States of Ill” does not bring out the true meaning sufficiently.


Caaro ca vihaaro ca. Not as Woodward has it, “His path abroad and his lodging at home.”


Anubuddha, past participle of anubodhati, makes good sense. Woodward conjectures anubuddha “followed,” and translates “practiced.”


Abhijjhaa domanassa: “coveting and dejection”: Woodward. It is time to get away from the antiquated “coveting” for abhijjaa. Other and more suitable words exist.


Sara-sankappaa. Memory (sara) arises first, and then thoughts, plans, etc. (sankappaa) take over.


“At the third attempt he is certain to succeed” (SA [SN commentary]).

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