mikenz66 wrote:"Bhikkhus, the skeletons of a single person, running on and wandering in samsara for an aeon, would make a heap of bones, a quantity of bones as large as this Mount Vepulla, if there were someone to collect them and if the collection were not destroyed."
Lazy Eye: For a study group discussion, I guess we should ask whether the text raises any particular doctrinal questions or contextual/historical issues. One that comes to my mind is whether the passage implies anything about the relative frequency of human births. Although other beings have bones, my hunch is that it is human bones being talked about here (as in similar verses which speak of recurring events in the human world).
Some say that human births are exceedingly rare, to the point of occurring only a few times over multiple eons, but this verse seems to present them as more common.
I guess there is also the somewhat obvious question of whether the term "a single person" has atman-like connotations.
Finally, is there any special significance to the fact that the verse is included in the Itivuttaka, said to represent a lay disciple's recollections of what the Buddha taught?
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