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Endlessness, Eternalism


Mulapariyaya Resources
[MN 1]
PTS: Middle Length Sayings I, #1: Discourse on the Synopsis of Fundamentals, Horner, trans., pp 3.
WP: Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: The Root of All Things, Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans., pp 83
Examining the Mulapariyaya — Analysis
The Root Sequence, Bhikkhu Thanissaro, translation of the Mulapariyaya

Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
sassata Endlessness Eternalism Eternalism


Pali Text Society
Pali English Dictionary
Edited by T. W. Rhys Davids and William Stede

sassata: Sassata [Vedic sasvat] eternal, perpetual D I.13; III.31 sq., 137 sq.; M I.8, 426; A I.41;...dhuvasassata sure and certain...sassatiyā for ever...a-sassata...
-ditthi eternalism, the doctrine that soul and world are eternal Dhs 1315; S II.20; III.98; Nett 40, 127.
-mūla eternalist
-vada an eternalist, eternalism D I.13; III.108; S II.20; III.99, 182; IV.400...
-vādin eternalist...

With reference to the Mulapariyaya, — and I have no authority for this other than as it is the way I learned this from certain of my teachers whose credentials it would be very hard to check — I believe somehow "sabba" has been substituted for "Sassata" where the idea of the eternal, perpetual, the doctrine that soul and world are eternal, would fit better ... that is, in the sequence: ekatta, oneness; nanatta, diversity; s.; and Nibbana.


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