II. Nidāna Vagga
The Tip of the Fingernail
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons
Which is greater:
the little bit of dust I have picked up with the tip of my fingernail,
or the great earth?"
The little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail is next to nothing.
It doesn't even count.
It's no comparison.
It's not even a fraction,
this little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail,
when compared with the great earth.
Far more are those reborn elsewhere.
'We will live heedfully.'
That's how you should train yourselves."