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[Pali] Dhammacakkappavattanasutta, no 19.

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  • Nina van Gorkom
    Dear friends, Dhammacakkappavattanasutta, no 19, commentary. The Wheel of Dhamma (dhammacakka): this is penetrative understanding as well as the knowledge of
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      Dear friends,
      Dhammacakkappavattanasutta, no 19, commentary.

      The Wheel of Dhamma (dhammacakka): this is penetrative understanding
      as well as the knowledge of teaching. As to penetrative
      understanding, this understanding of the four truths in twelve modes
      arose in him while sitting under the Bodhitree. As to the knowledge
      of teaching the truth in twelve modes, this was set in motion when he
      was sitting in Isipattana. These two kinds of knowledge were in the
      heart of the person with the �Ten Powers� (dasa bala).
      The Wheel of Dhamma was set in motion when the blessed One proclaimed
      his teaching.
      In so far as the Thera �Konda~n~na who had
      understood� (a~n~naasiko.n.da~n~na) , together with eighteen times
      ten million (ko.tis) brahmans was established in the fruition of the
      �stream-enterer� (sotaapanna), in so far the Blessed One set in
      motion this Wheel of Dhamma, and because of this establishment it is
      said of the Wheel that it is set in motion.
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      N: The Ten Powers (dasabala) are explained in the �Middle Length
      Sayings, sutta 12, Mahaasiihanadasutta (I, 70, 71).These are
      knowledge of kamma and its result, knowledge of the �world�. which
      is, as the commentary states, the world of the khandhas, aayatanas
      (sensefields) and dhaatus (elements). These powers also include
      knowledge of his former lives, knowing the passing away and rebirth
      of other beings, knowledge of the disposition and the faculties of
      other beings, etc. .
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      Pali: Dhammacakketi pa.tivedha~naa.ne ceva desanaa~naa.ne ca.
      Bodhipalla`nke nisinnassa hi catuusu saccesu uppanna.m
      dvaadasaakaara.m pa.tivedha~naa.nampi, isipatane nisinnassa
      dvaadasaakaaraaya saccadesanaaya pavattita.m desanaa~naa.nampi
      dhammacakka.m naama. Ubhayampi heta.m dasabalassa ure
      pavatta~naa.nameva. Imaaya desanaaya pakaasentena bhagavataa
      dhammacakka.m pavattita.m naama. Ta.m paneta.m dhammacakka.m yaava
      a~n~naasiko.n.da~n~natthero a.t.thaarasahi brahmako.tiihi saddhi.m
      sotaapattiphale pati.t.thaati, taava na.m bhagavaa pavatteti naama,
      pati.t.thite ca pavattita.m naama.

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      Nina.

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