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Sutta Nipata
5
Sutta 10. Kappa-manava-puccha Sutta

[pali] [faus]

Kappa's Question

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

Kappa:

For one stranded in the middle of the lake,
in the flood of great danger -- birth --
overwhelmed with aging and death:
    Tell me the island, dear sir,
    and show me the island
    so that this may not happen again.

The Buddha:

For one stranded in the middle of the lake,
in the flood of great danger -- birth --
overwhelmed with aging and death,
    I will tell you the island, Kappa.

Having nothing,
clinging to no thing:
    That is the island,
    there is no other.
That's Unbinding, I tell you,
the total ending of aging and death.

Those knowing this, mindful,
        fully unbound
        in the here and now,
    don't serve as Mara's servants,
    don't come under Mara's sway.

 


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