By Rune E. A. Johansson

ISBN-10: 0700700633

ISBN-13: 9780700700639

Pali is likely one of the center Indian Idioms and the classical language of Theravada
Buddhism. it's for this reason vital either to linguists and to scholars of Buddhism. This
book is a straightforward advent to it. however it isn't really a e-book concerning the language - it really is a
plunge at once into it It facilities on a suite of unique texts, every one chosen as an
especially vital or appealing formula of a few Buddhist concept. via a
vocabulary. translation and remark, each one textual content is defined so concretely that you
can learn It without delay, with no uninteresting arrangements. a lot consciousness is dedicated to the many
technical phrases, that have annoyed such a lot of Western explorers of Buddhism. For
reference, a grammar is supplied And the linguist will locate Sanskrit parallels to many of
the phrases and a distinct bankruptcy evaluating the 2 languages.

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After he died he took rebirth as a cow belonging to his wife’s family. A butcher then bought this cow, slaughtered it and sold the meat. The hunter was reborn seven 32 the path of a person of initial scope times as a cow belonging to the same family, and in this way became food for other people. In Tibet there is a lake called Yamdroktso, where many people from the nearby town used to spend their whole lives fishing. ’ What he meant was that the people of the town who enjoyed fishing were reborn as the fish, the food of other people, and the fish in the lake were reborn as the people who enjoyed fishing.

This would be foolish because our intention and actions would be no different from the intention and actions of animals who are only concerned with this life alone. The great Yogi Milarepa once said to a hunter called Gonpo Dorje: Your body is human but your mind is that of an animal. You, a human being, who possess an animal’s mind, please listen to my song. Normally we believe that solving the suffering and problems of our present life is most important, and we dedicate our whole life for this purpose.

Having repeatedly contemplated these points, we mentally repeat over and over again ‘I may die today, I may die today’, and concentrate on the feeling it evokes. We transform our mind into this feeling ‘I may die today’ and remain on it single-pointedly for as long as possible. We should practise this meditation repeatedly until we spontaneously believe each and every day ‘I may die today’. Eventually we shall come to a conclusion: ‘Since I shall soon have to depart from this world, there is no sense in my becoming attached to the things of this life.

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