The Buddha's Words Vs Mnemonics

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The Buddha's Words Vs Mnemonics

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:08 pm

You don't have to read many suttas out of the Pali Canon before you notice that most suttas follow patterns. Are these the Buddha's words or the Buddha's ideas placed into mnemonic templates for memorization?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: The Buddha's Words Vs Mnemonics

Postby cooran » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:32 pm

Hello Jhana4,

I think you have asked a similar question a while ago:

with metta
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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