Old News Archive
July 1997

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  • [30 July 97] Suttas added and indexed:
    A selection of suttas on the theme of dependent co-arising:
    • Analysis of Dependent Co-arising (Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta, SN 12.2). A summary of the causal chain of dependent co-arising.
    • To Kaccayana Gotta (on Right View) (Kaccayanagotta Sutta, SN 12.15). The Buddha explains to Ven. Kaccayana Gotta how dependent co-arising applies in the development of right view.
    • Requisite Conditions (Paccaya Sutta, SN 12.20). The Buddha explains that when the dependent co-arising is clearly seen and understood, wrong views and confusion disappear.
    • Prerequisites (Upanisa Sutta, SN 12.23). Here the Buddha explains that the ending of the mental effluents occurs when one sees and understands dependent co-arising. The causal chain here includes an additional set of factors not present in the "standard" chain of dependent co-arising.
    • Where There Is Passion (Atthi Raga Sutta, SN 12.64). The Buddha describes four factors to which the mind habitually clings. Those who succeed in abandoning passion for these "nutriments" can realize the cessation of birth, aging, and death.
    • The City (Nagara Sutta, SN 12.65). The Buddha retells the story of how, on the eve of his Awakening, he re-discovered the long-forgotten laws of dependent co-arising and the Four Noble Truths.
    Yet another Index!:
  • [27 July 97] Suttas added and indexed:
    • To Mahanama — 1 (Mahanama Sutta, AN 11.12). The Buddha instructs the householder Mahanama on the importance of developing the six recollections (recollection of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, one's own virtues, one's own generosity, and the devas).
    • To Mahanama — 2 (Mahanama Sutta, AN 11.13). The Buddha further instructs the householder Mahanama on the importance of developing the six recollections, reminding him to develop these recollections in every posture, even "while you are busy at work, while you are resting in your home crowded with children."
    • Good Will (Metta Sutta, AN 11.16). The Buddha identifies eleven benefits arising from the practice of metta (loving kindness, or good-will) meditation.
  • [23 July 97] A talk by Ajaan Lee:
    • "Knowledge" — One of Ajaan Lee's few tape recorded talks, dating from October 4, 1960, just six months before he passed away, covering the eight classical forms of knowledge and skill (vijja) that come from the practice of concentration. This is vintage Ajaan Lee, with some wonderfully colorful images to illustrate his points. If you can't grasp the Dhamma, it's because your ears — and your heart — are full of earwax. Clean 'em out!