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Vibhanga
Book of Analysis

Trans by Pathamakyaw Ashin Thittila

Analysis of:

I. Aggregates

According to the Discourses (suttanta)

  • Okay, first off I wanna say that this is the best goddamn translation I've seen yet. Apparently this dude is the bomb...  All the :P: sections, i.e the endless lists which are to be completed according to formula are footnoted as to which paragraph one should follow as template.  Also, the alternation between paragraphs is in bold-face type, for ease of readability.  I give him an "A+"... and so far no obnoxious translations of terms... he does use "sapid" and "ideational" though...
  1. Material quality
    1. past material quality
    2. future
      • not born, not become, not begotten, nonexitent, not risen
    3. present
    4. internal
      • "4. What is internal material quality? That material quality which, for this or that being, is personal, self-referable, one's own, individual and is grasped (by craving  and false view), i.e. the four great essentials and material qualities derived from the four great essentials..." (2)
    5. external
      • "What is external material quality?  That material quality which, for this or that other being, for other persons, is personal,..." ...etc as above.
    6. gross
      • eye-base ... tangible base.
    7. subtle
      • Controlling faculty of femininity :P: nutriment factor of food (para 595 Dhammasangani referenced.  hmmm.  not so nice after all)
    8. inferior (i.e contemptible, despised, worthless)
    9. superior
    10. distant
      • controlling faculty of feminity :p: nutriment factor of food, or whatever other material quality there is  not near, not proximate, distant.
    11. proximate
      • eye base :p: tangible base, etc
  2. Feeling
    • same as above, except, feeling has painful/pleasant/neither painful nor pleasant that enter into the lists.
    • thus, gross/subtle = good and bad feeling are gross, neither-nor is subtle; painful feeling is gross, pleasure, neither-nor are subtle; feeling of one not experiencing higher planes is gross, feeling of one experiencing higher planes is subtle. etc...
    • similar statements of the somewhat obvious in distant/proximate and inferior/superior, etc.
  3. perception
    • substitutes into the lists, "perception born of eye...mind contact" for "the four great essentials' at the top
  4. mental concomitants
    • adds "volition born of eye-contact :p: volition born of mind-contact
  5. consciousness
    • eye-consciousness :p: mind consciousness...
According to the Abhidhamma
  • oh my how the lists grow!!! para 33 runs on for pages. first by single division, then twofold division, up to eleven-fold division... I've seen this modus somewhere else ;-)
  • same divisions as above
  • twofold divisions, then threefold divisions each in turn generating a new list, etc...
  • fuck dude.  I can't be bothered to annotate all these changes...
Interrogation
  • "151. Of the five aggregates how many are good, how many are bad; how many are neither good nor bad :p: [the remaining triplets and couplets] How many with cause bewailing; how many without cause bewailing?" (76)
  • "The aggregate of material quality has no object" (78)
  • runs through the triplets and the couplets answering the above question.

II. Bases
...according to the discourses

  • 154.  The eye base, visible base, ear base, audible base, nose base, odourous base, tongue base, sapid base, body base, tangible base, mind base, ideational base
  • "The eye is impermanent, suffering, without soul (atta=self), a changeable thing; visible (objects) are impermanent, suffering, without soul, changeable things... etc." (89)

...according to the abhidhamma

  • "156.  Therein, what is the eye base? That eye which, deriving from the four great essentials, is sensitive surface, included in the body, invisible, impingent, by means of which invisible impingent eye one saw, sees, will see or may see visible impingent 'visibles' (visible objects); this is eye, this is eye base, this is eye element, this is controlling faculty of eye, this is a world, this is a door, this is an ocean, this is lucence, this is a field, this is a basis, this is a guide, this is guidance, this is the near shore, this is an empty villiage, this is called eye base" (etc, more or less up to body-base)
  • any questions?
  • "161.  Therein, what is mind base?
    • By singlefold division
      • Is associated with contact
    • by twofold division
      1. is accompanied by root
      2. is not accompanied by root
    • by threefold
      1. is good, is bad, is neither good nor bad
    • by fourfold
      1. characteristic of plane of desire
      2. ...plane of form
      3. ...formless plane
      4. is not included in the supramundane
    • by fivefold
      1. Is associated with controlling faculty of physical pleasure
      2. ...pain
      3. ...mental pleasure
      4. ...mental pain
      5. ...indifference
    • by sixfold
      1. eye-consciousness
      2. ear-...
      3. nose-...
      4. tongue-...
      5. body-...
      6. mind-consciousness
    • by sevenfold
      1. mind-element
      2. mind consciousness element
    • by eightfold
      1. body-consciousness accompanied by pleasure
      2. body-consciousness accompanied by pain
      3. mind-element
      4. mind-consciousness-element
    • by ninefold
      1. mind-consciousness-element that is good
      2. mind-consciousness-element that is bad
      3. mind-consciousness-element that is neither good nor bad
    • by tenfold division
      • all of the above
  • next substitute in each triplet in turn?  Oh jesus christ people!!!
  • so that would mean... "pleasant feeling, painful feeling, neither-painful-nor-pleasant" etc. I don't think the triplets refers to the tika matika triplets, thankfully.

III. Elements

according to the Discourses
  • Six Elements:
  1. Element of extention
    • internal: That which is personal; self referable: head, hair, body, nails, teeth... lungs, intenstines, mesentery, undigested food...
    • external: iron, wood, copper, tin, lead... potsherd, earth, rock, mountain, or whatever else there is...
  2. Element of Cohesion
    • internal: water, fluid, viscous... bile, phlegm, pus... blood, saliva,...
    • external: juice of roots, stems, barks... milk, soft curd, ghee, honey, etc...
  3. Element of heat
    • internal: that by which one is heated; that by which one decays; that by which one is burned up; digestion, whatever else there is personal, firey, warmth, etc
    • external: wood-fire, straw-fire, cow-dung-fire, lightning-fire, fire heat, sun heat, heat from a heap of grass,...
  4. Element of motion
    • 176. internal: "airy, air, ascending wind, descending wind, abdominal wind,  intenstinal wind, wind circulating in the limbs, knife-like wind, razor-like wind, rending wind, inbreath or outbreath, or whatever else there is, personal, self-referable, air, airy the inflation of matter, internal, grasped." (108)
    • external:  east, west, north, south winds... wing winds (winds from wings of birds) supanna winds (winds from garuda's wings), wind from a fan, or whatever else...
  5. element of space
    • internal: voidness... aural passage, nasal passage, mouth door...
    • external:  "that which is external, space, void, interstitial, not in contact with the four great elements, not grasped..."
  6. element of Consciousness
    • eye-consciousness-element :P: mind-consciousness-element
  • Six more elements:
  1. element of pleasure
  2. ...pain
  3. ...mental pleasure
  4. ...mental pain
  5. ...indifference
  6. element of ignorance
  • and yet, six more:
  1. element of desire
  2. element of ill will
  3. element of cruelty
  4. element of renunciation
  5. element of absence of illwill
  6. element of absence of cruelty

...Thus, these are  the 18 elements by suttana method.

Analysis according to the Abhidhamma
  • eye-element, visible element, eye-cosciousness element
  • ear element, audible element, ear-consciousness element
  • nose element, odourous element, nose-consciousness element
  • toungue element, sapid element, toungue-consciousness element
  • body-element, tangible element, body consciousness element
  • mind-element, ideational element, mind-consciousness-element

thus 18 elements...

interrogation
  • e.g.  "Ten elements have no objects. Six elements should not be said to have either, path as their object, path as their cause or path as their dominating factor.  Two elements sometimes have path as their object, sometimes have path as their cause, sometimes have path as their dominating factor, sometimes should be said to have either..."
  • fuck that. oh and fuck this too:
  • "Seventeen elements are not corruptions. Ideational element sometimes is corruption, sometimes is not corruption.  Sixteen elements are objects of corruptions. Two elements sometimes are object of corruptions sometimes are not. Sixteen elements are not corrupt.  two elements are sometimes corrupt..."

IV. Truth

According to the Discourses:
  1. The Truth of Suffering
    • "190.  Birth is suffering. Aging is suffering; death is suffering; sorrow--lamentation--pain--mental pain--despair is suffering; association with the disliked is suffering; separation from the liked is suffering; not to get what one wishes; that too is suffering.   In brief, the five aggregates as objects of the attachments are suffering.
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
    • It is "that craving which is the cause of becoming again, is accompanied by passionate lust, us strong passion for this and that.  E.G. Craving for sense pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming.
    • arises with the eye, a lovely and pleasant thing; arises with visible objects, eye consciousness, eye contact, feeling born of eye contact, perception of visible objects, volition concerning visible objects, craving for visible objects, thinking of visible objects, examination of visibles...  etc for the rest of the senses... herein this craving when arising arises, herein when settling settles.
  3. The truth of cessation of suffering
    • entire dispassionate cessation of, the forsaking, the discarding, the freedom from, the non-attachment to craving.
    • follows the same method as beofre.  when ceasing where does it cease?  When being abandoned where should it be abandoned... In the eye, in the ear, in the nose, etc,etc etc as before for "origin"
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering
    1. right view
    2. right thought (intention)
    3. right speech
    4. right action
    5. right livelihood
    6. right effort
    7. right mindfulness
    8. right concentration

    descriptions are stock from the Suttana

According to the Abhidhamma:
  • four truths are the same
  • What is the cause of suffering?  Craving.
  • alternating question section.  One answering as above, the other via "Craving,  the remaining corruptions, the remaining bad states, and the three good roots that are the objects of the defilements."
  • the rest is much more precise, much more impersonal, much more formulaic.
interrogation
  • "The truth of the cause is bad. The truth of the path is good.  The truth of cessation is neither good nor bad .  The truth of suffering is sometimes good sometimes bad sometime neither-good-nor-bad.  Two truths sometimes are associated with pleasant feeling, sometimes are associated with neither painful nor pleasant feeling...."
  • "The truth of the cause it root.  THe truth of cessation is not root.  Two truths are sometimes roots, sometimes not roots...."

V. Controlling Faculties

According to the Discourses:
  • NONE!  this section does not occur, indicating that the controlling faculties is a later concept.
According to the Abhidhamma:
    Controlling faculty of...
  1. eye
  2. ear
  3. nose
  4. toungue
  5. body
  6. mind (up to the tenfold division)
  7. femininity
  8. masculinity
  9. vital principle
  10. pleasure
  11. pain
  12. mental pleasure
  13. mental pain
  14. indifference
  15. confidence
  16. energy
  17. mindfulness
  18. concentration
  19. wisdom
  20. initial enlightenment (I am knowing the unknown)
  21. intermediate enlightenment (knowing)
  22. final enlightenment (one who has known fully)
interrogation

Triplets:
blah blah fuckin' blah

Couplets:
fuckin blah blah blah

"(all controlling faculties) Are not perversions.  Ten controlling faculties are objects of perversions.  THree controlling faculties are not objects of the perversions.  Nine controlling faculties are sometimes objects of the perversion.  Sixteen controlling faculties are not associated with the perversions.  Ten... should not be said to be perversions...."

VI. Dependent Origination

According to the Discourses:
  1. Because of Ignorance, activity arises;
  2. because of activity, consciousness arises;  (volition?)
  3. because of consciousness, mind and matter arise;
  4. because of mind and matter, six sense bases arise;
  5. because of six sense bases, contact arises
  6. because of contact, feeling arises
  7. because of feeling, craving arises
  8. because of craving, attachment arises
  9. because of attachment, becoming arises
  10. because of becoming, birth arises
  11. because of birth, ageing-death-sorrow-lamentation-pain-mental pain-dispair arises
  12. thus is the arising of this whole mass of suffering.
According to the Abhidhamma:

Causal Tetrad: first method:

  1. because of ignorance, there is activity
  2. because of activity, consciousness arises;  (volition, volitional, state of being volitional)
  3. because of consciousness, mind arises;
  4. because of mind, there is the sixth sense base;
  5. because of the sixth sense base there is contact
  6. because of contact, feeling arises
  7. because of feeling, craving arises
  8. because of craving, attachment arises
  9. because of attachment, becoming arises
  10. because of becoming, birth arises
  11. because of birth, aging and death arise.
  12. THus is the arising of the whole mass of suffering.

Second method:

  • same as above, except it runs:
  • "243. Because of ignorance, there is activity.  Because of activity there is consciousness, because of consciousness there is mind, because of mind there is contact... :P:" (184)

Third:

  • "...because of consciousness there is mind and matter, because of mind and matter there is the sixth sense base.  Because of the sixth sense base there is contact...

fourth:

  • "...because of consciousness there is mind and matter, because of mind and matter there are six sense bases.  Because of the sixth sense base there is contact...

Root Tetrad

  • "244.  Because of ignorance there is activity rooted in ignorance.  Because of activiny there is consciousness rooted in activity.  Because of consciousness there is mind rooted in consciousness, because of mind, there is contact rooted in mind.  Becuase of contact there is feeling rooted in contact.  Because of feeling, there is craving rooted in feeling.  Because if craving there is attachment rooted in craving.  Because of attachment there is birth.  Because of birth, there is aging and death.  This is the arising of this whole mass of suffering." (185)  [very cool]
  • oh, that's number two.  The variance matches the causal tetrad...

Association Tetrad

  • as with root, except subst.  "...associated with..."

    Reciprocity Tetrad

  • "Because of ignorance there is activity; because of activity there is ignorance.  Because of activity there is consciousness; also because of consciousness there is activity. Because of consciousness there is mind, also because of mind, there is consciousness.  Because of mind there is the sixth sense base, also... Because of craving there is attachment, also because of attachment there is craving.  Because of attachment there is becoming, because of becoming...birth,... aging,... death,... suffering" etc. for the four variations.

    Summary

  • Because of activity there is ignorance; because of consciousness there is ignorance; because of mind there is ignorance... etc.  It says they should all be completed as in 243, but I don't see how that's possible...

    [Exposition]

  • {so what does it mean that matter is slowly being separated from mind in these discussions?  Is this the root of all descension in all the schools-to-be?}
  • expands on "good states" "bad states" and neither-nor states.
  • there are some slight variations... "because of feeling there is faith, because fo faith there is decision, because of decision there is becoming..."  and a few others... nothing significant...
  • ...on to "exposition of good states rooted in ignorance...
  • interesting the use of "there is" all through the abhidhammist method opposed to the becuase... arises which never "posits" the reality of any of the conditional arisings...
  • "...having good roots..."
  • "expostion of states having bad roots"
interrogation
  • NONE!!!

VII. Foundations of Mindfulness

According to the Discourses:
  • "355. The four foundations of mindfulness--Herein a bikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body internally; dwells contemplating the body in the body externally;...internally and externally...;ardent, aware, mindful, removing covetousness and mental pain in the world.  He dwells contemplating feelings in feelings :P: consciousness in consciousness :P: mental states in mental states..."
  • reflections on the internal body composition, and external body composition are internal and external... feelings external is in another person; 
  • consciousness:
    • the bikkhu knows consciousness accompanied by (or not) lust... hatred... dullness... constricted consciousness... scattered... sublime... surpassable... insurpassable... concentrated... free... He pursues, develops, repeats, fixes that object well... he applies his consciousness externally on the consciousness of others....
  • mental states:
    • internal wish for sense pleasure
    • arisen wish for sense pleasure
    • abandoned wish for sense pleasure
    • internal illwill
    • internal sloth and torpor
    • internal distraction and remorse
    • doubt, abandoned doubt.
    • he knows these or their opposite...

    or... he knows there being internal mindfulness-enlightenment-factor etc for other enlightenment factors...

    external is contemplating the above in another person. 

According to the Abhidhamma:
  • "Dwells contemplating body in body, feeling in feeling, consciousness in consciousness mental states in mental states."
  • "And how does a bikkhu dwell contemplating the body in the body?  Herein, at the time when a bhikkhu develops supermundane jhana, tending to release, dispersive of continuing rebirth and death, he, for the abandoning of wrong view, for the entering the first stage, aloof from sense pleasures, attains and dwells in the first jhana that is hard practice and knowlege slowly acquired--contemplating body in body..." etc...
interrogation

words, words, words...

VIII. Right Striving

According to the Discourses:
  • "390.  The four right strivings--Herein a bhikkhu
    • engenders wish
    • makes effort
    • arouses energy
    • exerts the mind
      • strives for the non-arising of evil bad states that have not arisen
    • engenders wish
    • makes effort
    • arouses energy
    • exerts the mind
      • strives for the abandonment of evil bad states that have arisen
    • engenders wish
    • makes effort
    • arouses energy
    • exerts the mind
      • strives for the arising of good states that have not arisen
    • engenders wish
    • makes effort
    • arouses energy
    • exerts the mind
      • strives for the stabilizing, for the collocation, for the increase, for the maturity, for the development, for the completion of good states that have arisen."  (271)
  • "397.  And how does a bikkhu engender wish, make effort, arouse energy, exert mind, strive for the abandoning of evil bad states that have arisen?  Therein what are evil bad states that have arisen?  The three bad roots: greed, hate, dullness and the corruptions occuring therewith; the aggregate of feeling aggregate of perception, aggregate of mental concomittants, aggregate of consicousness associated therewith; the bodily action, verbal action, mental action generated thereby.  These are called evil bad states that have arisen.  THus he engenders wish, makes effort, arouses energy, exerts mind, strives for the abandoning of these evil bad states that have arisen.
According to the Abhidhamma:
  • huh.  The first paragraph is the same; the explanation is diffferent; the terms here more precisely defined.
  • "415.  And how does a bhikkhu engender wish, make effort, arouse energy, exert the mind, strive for the abandoning of evil bad states that have arisen?  Herein at the time when a bhikkhu develops supramundane jhana tending to release, dispersive of continuing rebirth and death; he, for the abandoning of wrong view, for the entering of the first stage, aloof from sense pleasures, :p206:attains and dwells in the first jhana that is hard practice and knowlege slowly acquired; at that time he engenders wish, etc, for the abandoning of evil states that have arisen.  <i.e. so he simply enters jhana state
interrogation
  • Of the four right strivings, how many are good, how many are bad, how many are neither-good-nor-bad. :P (rest of the triplets and couplets): How many with cause of bewailing, how many without cause of bewailing?
  • Followed by the typical annoying interrogation by triplets and couplets.

IX. Basis of Accomplishment

According to the Discourses:

"432. And how does a bhikkhu develop the basis of accomplishment furnished with 'wish-concentration (435 ...energy-concentration, 438. ...consciousness-concentration, 441. ...reason-concentration) striving activity'?
If a bhikkhu, having made wish (...etc) dominant, gains concentration, gains one-pointedness of consciousness. This is called 'Wish-Concentration'.(...etc).  HE engenders wish (...etc) makes effort, arouses energy, exterts the mind, strives for the non-arising of evil bad states that have not arisen; engenders wish (...etc), makes effort, arrouses energy, exerts the mind, strives for the abandoning of evil bad states that have arisen. He engenders wish (...etc) makes effort, arouses energy, exterts the mind, strives for arising of good states that have not arisen, HE engenders wish (...etc) makes effort, arouses energy, exterts the mind, strives for the stabilizing, for the collocation, for the increase, for the maturity, for the development, for the completion of good states that have arisen.   These are called striving activity.  Thus this wish-concentration (etc) and this striving-activity.  Thus this wish-concentration and this striving-activity, these taken together collectively and briefly go by the name wish-concentration, striving activity.

According to the Abhidhamma:

"445. And how does a bhikkhu develop the basis of accomplishment furnished with 'wish-concentration, striving activity'?  Herein at the time when a bhikkhu develops supramundane jhana tending to release, dispersive of continuing rebirth and death; he, for the abandoning of wrong views, for the entering of the first stage, aloof from sense pleasures, :P: attains and dwells in the first jhana that is hard practice and knowlege slowly acquired; at that time he develops the basis of accomplishment furnished with wish concentration, striving-activity.

etc...

interrogation

none.

X. Enlightenment Factors

According to the Discourses:
  1. Mindfulness-Enlightenment-factor
  2. Truth investigation-enlightenment factor
  3. Energy-enlightenment-factor
  4. zest-enlightenment-factor
  5. calmness-enlightenment-factor
  6. concentration-enlightenment-factor
  7. equanimity-enlightenment-factor
According to the Abhidhamma:

herein at the time when a bhikkhu develops supramundane jhana tending to release... hard practice and knowlege  slowly acquired. at that time there is the seven factors of enlightenment...

interrogation

triplets and couplets... it is this one, its not that one its sometimes one of those...

XI. Path Constituents

According to the Discourses:

eightfold path

According to the Abhidhamma:

therein what is the eight constituent path?  Herein at the time when a bhikkhu develops supramundane consciousness... at that time there is the eight constituent path...

interrogation

triplets and couplets "Sometimes good, sometimes neither good nor bad, Sometimes are accompanied by initial application... " "right view is root seven path constituents are not roots... All are accompanied by roots..." "all are with cause, are conditioned, are not visible, are not impingent, etc.

XII. Jhana*

*Lit. means jhe='that which thinks closely (of an object), and 'that which burns' (adverse things, the hindrances).  Jhanas are the states in which concentration is attained fully, and in which the hindrances are inhibited.

According to the Discourses:

"508.  Herein a bhikkhu dwells restrained and controlled by the fundamental precepts, endowed with (proper) behaviour and a suitable alms resort, seeing peril in (his) slightest faults, observing (the precepts) he trains himself in the precepts, guarded as to the doors of the controlling faculties (of the senses), in food knowing the right amount,  in the first watch of the night and the last watch of the night practising the practice of vigilence, with intense effort and penetration practicing the practice of development of enlightenment states; he. in approaching and in departing, acts with awareness; in bending and stretching he acts with awareness; in bearing the outer robe, the alms-bowl, and the underrobe, act with awareness; in eating, drinking, in chewing, in tasting with awareness; in obeying the calls of nature, he acts with awareness; in walking, standing, sitting, sleeping, waking, talking, in being silent, he acts with awareness; he approaches a secluded abode, a forest, the foot of a tree, a mountain, a wadi, a hill cave, a cemetary, a remote forest, a desolate place, a heap of straw, an abode having little noise,  having little tumult, free from the atmosphere of humans, secret from men, suitable for retirement; he... sits folding the legs crosswise, holding the body erect, setting up mindfulness in front (of him); he abandoning covetousness freed from covetousness; he cleanses his consciousness of covetousness.  Abandoning illwill and antipathy he dwells having consciousness without illwill, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings; he cleanses his consciousness of illwill and antipathy.  Abandoning sloth and torpor he dwells freed from sloth and torpor, having bright perception, mindful and aware; he cleanses himself of sloth and torpor.  Abandoning distraction or remorse he dwells without distraction having internally quiet consciousness; he cleanses his consciousness of distraction and remorse.  Abandoning doubt, doubt overcome, he dwells without uncertainty as to the good states.... and so on...

According to the Abhidhamma:
  1. Good States characteristic of the Plane of Form:
    624.  Therein, what is the first Jhana?  Herein at the time when a Bhikkhu develops the path for rebirth in the plane of form, he, aloof from sense pleasures, aloof from bad states, attains and dwells in the first jhana accompanied by initial application, accompanied by sustained application, with zest and pleasure born of detachment, :P: attains and dwells in the earth device first jhana; at that time there are five constituent jhana: initial application, sustained application, zest, pleasure, one-pointedness of consciousness....inhibiting initial application and sustained application, attains and dwells in the earth device second jhana; at that time there are three constituent jhana: zest, pleasure, one-pointedness... desireless of zest, attains the third jhana...two constituents... : pleasure and one pointedness...abandoning pleasure... he attains fourth jhana... two constituents: equanimity, and one-pointedness.  This is called the fourth Jhana.  As also are the remaining states associated with the jhana

    Then they run through the same thing for the formless jhana using "at the time when a bhikkhu develops supramundane jhana, for the abandonment of wrong view, for the entering of the first stage, aloof from sense pleasure...
  2. ...characteristic of the formless plane
  3. supramundane good states
  4. Resultants characteristic of the plane of form
  5. ...of the formless plane
  6. supramundane resultants
  7. Iinoperative states characteristic of the plane of form and the formless plane
interrogation

etc

XIII. Illimitables

According to the Discourses:

"642.  The four illimitables--Herein a bhikkhu dwells with mind accompanied by (loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity) suffusing one direction.  Also a second direction.  Also a third and fourth direction.  Thus above, below, around, everywhere, identifying himself with all, he dwells suffusing the world of all beings with mind accompanied by loving-kindness, extensive, sublime, unlimited, without enmity, without ill-will. 

According to the Abhidhamma:

"683. Therein what is loving-kindness (etc)?  Herein at the time when a bhikkhu develops the path for rebirth in the plane of form, he, aloof from sense pleasures, :P: attains and dwells in the first (2nd, 3rd, 4th) jhana accompanied by loving-kindness; ..."

interrogation

triplets and couplets

XIV. Precepts

According to the Discourses:

None!!!

According to the Abhidhamma:

The five precepts:

  1. abstaining from killing
  2. abstaining from taking that which is not given
  3. abstaining from sexual misconduct
  4. abstaining from false speach
  5. abstaining from intoxicating beers, wines, and spirits causing heedlessness
interrogation

yadayada  ...The five precepts are not defilements.  Are objects of the defilements.  Are not associated with the defilements.  Should not be said to be, defilements, also objects of the defilements.  Should not be said to be, defilements also associated with the defilements or associated with the defilements, are objects of the defilements...

XV. Analytic Insight

According to the Discourses:

Summary: "finished with my woman cause she couldn't help me with my mind / people think I'm insane becuase I'm frowning all the time / All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy Think I'll loose my mind if I don't find something to pacify."  "I tell you to enjoy life; I wish I could, but its too late..."

oh. wait.  That's Ozzy Osborne...

try again:  Four analytic insights:

  1. The analytic insight of Consequence
  2. ...origin
  3. ...philology [???]
  4. ...knowlege
  • knowlege of philology is knowing the actual definitions and explications of the first two...
  • knowlege of the above three is analytical insight into knowleges. [?]
  • Its mind numbing that there are so few actual subjects of discourse in Buddhism and yet there's so much disagreement over them... sections herein are "truth," "cause," "states (mind and matter)" "dependent origination" "doctrine"...
  • Doctrine section lists: "the Teaching; discourses in prose; discourses in verse; ...prose and verse; expositions; verses; verses of joyous utterences; "thus it was said..."'s; birth stories; unique occurances; miscellanies."
According to the Abhidhamma:
  • same four, broken down by "good," "bad," "Resultant," and "inoperative." and by standard lists.
interrogation

standard "three analytic insights are accompanied by initial application.  Analytic insight  if consequence is sometimes accompanied by initial application..."

XVI. Knowlege

According to the Discourses:

none!!!

According to the Abhidhamma:
  • Singlefold up to Tenfold summary and exposition.
  • tenfold includes a neat repetition: "...that by which the Tathagata comprehends, as it really is, by way of cause, by way of root, the resultant of past future and present actions that are performed; this is a 'Tathagata power' of the Tathagata.  Because of which power the Tathagata claims the leading position; roars the lion's roar in the assemblies; sets rolling the supreme wheel of Dhamma." (415)
  • [Can you imagine if Hegel had to phrase his philosophy into recitations?]
  • "he comprehends thus: 'It is not possible, not reasonable, that two worthy enlightened ones should arise simultaneously, such a thing is not possible... It is not possible, not reasonable, that a woman should be a worthy enlightened one; such a thing is not possible..." (441; para 809)
interrogation

none--contained in the explanation.

XVII. Small Items

  • no "discourses" or "interrogation"
  • summary and exposition divisions
  • onefold through by tenfold; meaning groups of singles, through groups of ten
  • e.g. Singlefold Summary: pride of birth, pride of clan, pride of health, pride of youth... pride of erudition, pride of accomplishment, pride of jhana, pride of dexterity... conceit, thinking about how not to die and/or eel wriggling (?), being honoured, thinking associated with not being despised...
  •  Twofold summary: Anger and grudging; smirching and disparaging, Ignorance and craving for becoming; Contumacy and having evil friends; non-straightness and non-gentleness.
  • there are 108 occurances of craving; 36 past future and present; 18 in connection with interal aggregates, 18 external; 18 x 2 x 3
  • also 62 wrong views in Brahmajala Exposition
  • eel wriggling:  Mentation, thinking, wrong thought associated with rigourous practice, associated with wrong view, connected with worldly matters...
  • Four inversions:  Inverted perception, inverted consciousness, inverted view "in impermanence there is permanence" or "in pain there is pleasure" or "in absense of soul there is soul" or "in absence of beauty there is beauty" these are the four inversions.
  • eight defects of a man:  of a monk being accused of wrongdoing: "I do not remember,"  "who are YOU to speak thus to ME,"  "You did it too, first you apologize!",  one just sits in the middle of the assembly and gesticulates senselessly; another "I am neither fallen into nor am I not fallen into (offence)", and annoys the gathering of bhikkus by being silent.  This is the sixth defect...  A seventh disregards and goes about his day. An eighth says "Why do you venerable ones worry so much about me now that I give up the precepts and return to worldly life?"
  • Nine types of perterbation, imagination, unsteadiness, obsession, (mental) conditions:
    1. am
    2. I am
    3. I this am
    4. I shall be
    5. I shall have form
    6. I shall have no form
    7. I shall have perception
    8. I shall have non perception
    9. I shall have neitther perception nor non-perception
  • cravings section goes on for a *while*

XVIII.  Heart of the Teaching

1) Section comprising all states

  • Five aggregates
  • twelve bases
  • eighteen elements
  • four truths
  • twenty two controlling faculties
  • nine roots
  • four nutrients (nutrient factor of... food, contact, volition, consciousness)
  • seven types of contact (eye contact...mind-element contact, mind consciousness element)
  • seven types of feeling (...)
  • seven types of perception (...)
  • seven types of volition (...)
  • seven types of consciousness (eye...mind-consciousness element, + mind element)

2) Section dealing with the arising and non-arising

  1. the element of the plane of desire
  2. ...plane of form
  3. ...plane of the formless
  4. states not included in the mundane

3) Section dealing with states included and not-included

  1. the element of the plane of desire
  2. ...plane of form
  3. ...plane of the formless
  4. states not included in the mundane

4) Section showing the states

  1. the element of the plane of desire
  2. ...plane of form
  3. beings without perception
  4. ...plane of the formless

5) Section showing the scope of the planes

6) Section dealing with productive action and age limit

interesting stuff here... Catumaharajika devas, Tavatimsa devas, Yama devas

7) Section to be fully known

8) Section that have objects, that have no objects

9) Section showing states seen, heard, etc

10) Section showing the triplets

11) material and mundane couplets

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