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Re[2]: wings to awakening

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  • ������� ��������� (Dimitry Ivakhnenko)
    Hello: JD If I m not mistaken, I believe the word bodhipakkhiydhammaa is JD commentarial. Buddhaghosa explains the meaning of the term in the JD
    Message 1 of 7 , Feb 15, 2002
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      Hello:

      JD> If I'm not mistaken, I believe the word 'bodhipakkhiydhammaa' is
      JD> commentarial. Buddhaghosa explains the meaning of the term in the
      JD> Visuddhimagga as states or things 'partaking' of enlightenment,
      JD> but I don't think it appears in the Pali Canon.

      Well, 'bodhipakkhiyaa dhammaa' occurs many times in Samyutta Nikaya
      (5.231, etc.), with clear explanation 'bodhaaya sa.mvattati' 'leading
      to Enlightenment'.

      It also occurs several times in Anguttara Nikaya (3.70, 3.300, etc.)

      And why 'states'? Is, for example, 'faith' a state? It is clearly a
      'mental quality'.

      Metta,
      Dimitry
    • Oliver Cooper
      Dear Flavio, you are right that Wings to Awakening is a poetic translation. i was not aware that it is the common translation for bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma. If
      Message 2 of 7 , Feb 18, 2002
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        Dear Flavio,
        you are right that "Wings to Awakening" is a poetic translation. i was not
        aware that it is the "common" translation for bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma. If you
        want as complete an introduction to the 37 factors as you can get i suggest
        that you buy a copy of "The Buddhist Path to Awakening" by R M L Gethin,
        published last year by Oneworld books. It is available through Amazon in
        paperback. It was Dr Gethin's PhD thesis at Manchester University in England
        and is comprehensive account of the textual references to the 37 factors,
        covered by each factor and by group of factors. It is a wonderfully written
        book and it has been very helpful to me in coming to appreciate the
        interwoven complexity of the Buddha's teaching.

        Cheers
        O
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