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Dhammapada Verse 279



TRANSIENT ARE CONDITIONED THINGS
SORROWFUL ARE ALL CONDITIONED THINGS
EVERYTHING IS SOULLESS








Aniccalakkhana Vatthu
Dukkhalakkhana Vatthu
Anattalakkhana Vatthu

TRANSIENT ARE CONDITIONED THINGS
SORROWFUL ARE ALL CONDITIONED THINGS
EVERYTHING IS SOULLESS



Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā ti,
yadā paññāya passati,
atha nibbindatī dukkhe –
esa maggo visuddhiyā.


"Transient are all conditioned things":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.


Sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā ti,
yadā paññāya passati,
atha nibbindatī dukkhe –
esa maggo visuddhiyā.


"Sorrowful are all conditioned things":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.


Sabbe dhammā anattā ti,
yadā paññāya passati,
atha nibbindatī dukkhe –
esa maggo visuddhiyā.


"All Dhammas are without a soul":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.


Story: On Impermanence (Anicca)


Five hundred bhikkhus, after receiving their subject of meditation from the Buddha, went into the forest to practise meditation, but they made little progress. So, they returned to the Buddha to ask for another subject of meditation which would suit them better. On reflection, the Buddha found that those bhikkhus had, during the time of Kassapa Buddha, meditated on impermanence. So, he said, "Bhikkhus, all conditioned phenomena are subject to change and decay and are therefore impermanent."


Story: On Unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha)


The story is the same as the story on Anicca. Here, the Buddha on reflection found that another group of five hundred bhikkhus had meditated on dukkha. So, he said, "Bhikkhus, all khandha aggregates are oppressive and unsatisfactory; thus all khandhas are dukkha."


Story: On Insubstantiality or Non-Self (Anatta)


The story is the same as the stories on Anicca and Dukkha. Here, the Buddha on reflection found that still another group of five hundred bhikkhus had meditated on insubstantiality or non-self (anatta). So, he said, "Bhikkhus, all khandha aggregates are insubstantial; they are not subject to one's control."


Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

"Transient are all conditioned things":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.

"Sorrowful are all conditioned things":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.

"All Dhammas are without a soul":
when this, with wisdom, one discerns,
then is one disgusted with ill;
this is the path to purity.



At the end of the discourse all those five hundred bhikkhus attained Arahatship.


Dhamma


panna: Insight-wisdom (Vipassana panna).







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