Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

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Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

Post by clyde » Sat May 18, 2019 10:38 pm

Many Buddhists are familiar with the Buddha’s admonition from the Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life):
“Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life.”

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
But upon re-reading and studying the sutta, this verse stuck me:
“It is in dependence on me [the Buddha] as an admirable friend that beings subject to birth have gained release from birth, that beings subject to aging have gained release from aging, that beings subject to death have gained release from death, that beings subject to sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair have gained release from sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair.”
The Buddha is saying that those who rely on him as a good friend(!) achieve liberation.
“Enlightenment means to see what harm you are involved in and to renounce it.” David Brazier, The New Buddhism

“The most straightforward advice on awakening enlightened mind is this: practice not causing harm to anyone—yourself or others—and every day, do what you can to be helpful.” Pema Chodron, “What to Do When the Going Gets Rough”

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Re: Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

Post by Spike » Sat May 18, 2019 11:18 pm

Contrast with or contextualize within his last teaching just before he died: "Atta sarana, ananna sarana" - rely on yourself, don't rely on anybody else.

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Re: Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

Post by fuki » Sat May 18, 2019 11:42 pm

clyde wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 10:38 pm

The Buddha is saying that those who rely on him as a good friend(!) achieve liberation.
He is saying things in relation to current causes and conditions (at that time), it means nothing as a text by itself, unless now to whoever it applies it carries some function for them. I rely on the Universal Teacher, which is neither Buddha nor sentient beings, yet can function through or via Buddhas and sentient beings.
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Re: Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

Post by clyde » Sun May 19, 2019 1:36 am

Interesting!

Spike notes one of the Buddha’s final teachings (but not his last teaching):
"Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .vaji.html
And Fuki relies on the Universal Teacher.

I read the verse from the Upaddha Sutta and was impressed that the Buddha suggested a relationship of friendship, not one of teacher-student.
“Enlightenment means to see what harm you are involved in and to renounce it.” David Brazier, The New Buddhism

“The most straightforward advice on awakening enlightened mind is this: practice not causing harm to anyone—yourself or others—and every day, do what you can to be helpful.” Pema Chodron, “What to Do When the Going Gets Rough”

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Re: Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life)

Post by Caodemarte » Sun May 19, 2019 1:45 am

The “other half” of the holy life is to be as solitary as a rhinoceros (The Rhinoceros Sutra or Khaggavisāṇa-sutta). You can well imagine the Buddha giving both sets of advice, one after another and in any order, to the same inquirer.

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