Introduction to 1.2.5 Brahmajālasuttavaṇṇanā (So Rare)
The first collection of texts in the Pāli canon, the Dīghanikāyo presents suttas with long and detailed expositions on manifold topics. Because of their length these suttas can hardly be presented in this collection, but reference is given in order to inspire individual study of these valuable elucidations.
The Dīghanikāyo starts with the Brahmajālasutta:
After a wanderer, by the name of Suppiya had disparaged the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Saṅgha: - suppiyo paribbājako anekapariyāyena buddhassa avaṇṇaṃbhāsati,dhammassaavaṇṇaṃbhāsati,saṅghassaavaṇṇaṃbhāsati - the Buddha exhorts his monks not to get affected by either praise nor blame but simply to refute what is untrue: - itipetaṃ atacchaṃ, natthi cetaṃ amhesu, na ca panetaṃ amhesu saṃvijjatī’ti -but refer to the true essence of the Dhamma: itipetaṃ bhūtaṃ, itipetaṃ tacchaṃ, atthi cetaṃ amhesu, saṃvijjati ca panetaṃ amhesū’ti. He then compares the moral principles that are followed by the Saṅgha with those of others and uncovers the prevailing sixty-two wrong views of those times.
The chosen short selection from the Brahmajālasuttavaṇṇanā, the commentary on the Brahmajālasutta (vaṇṇanā: exposition) again emphasizes the rare opportunity we encounter. These words are quoted towards the end of serious long courses.
May all be inspired to put forth all efforts to gain the maximum benefit from the given opportunities.
Pāli lesson (with audio) 1.2.5
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