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The Round of Rebirth

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Title: The Round of Rebirth: samsara

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The Round of Rebirth

<i>samsara</i>

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An ocean of tears

<p>“Which is greater, the tears you have shed while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is pleasing — or the water in the four great oceans?… This is the greater: the tears you have shed…

“Long have you (repeatedly) experienced the death of a mother. The tears you have shed over the death of a mother while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is pleasing — are greater than the water in the four great oceans.

“Long have you (repeatedly) experienced the death of a father… the death of a brother… the death of a sister… the death of a son… the death of a daughter… loss with regard to relatives… loss with regard to wealth… loss with regard to disease. The tears you have shed over loss with regard to disease while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is pleasing — are greater than the water in the four great oceans.

“Why is that? From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— SN 15.3</p>

This precious human birth

<p>“Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?”

“It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole.”

“It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, arises in the world. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world. Now, this human state has been obtained. A Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, has arisen in the world. A doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world.

“Therefore your duty is the contemplation: 'This is stressThis is the origination of stressThis is the cessation of stressThis is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.'”</p> <p class=“cite”>— SN 56.48</p>

Why do we wander in samsara?

<p>“It's because of not understanding and not penetrating four things that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I. Which four?

“It's because of not understanding and not penetrating noble virtue that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.

“It's because of not understanding and not penetrating noble concentration that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.

“It's because of not understanding and not penetrating noble discernment that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.

“It's because of not understanding and not penetrating noble release that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.

“But when noble virtue is understood & penetrated, when noble concentration… noble discernment… noble release is understood & penetrated, then craving for becoming is destroyed, the guide to becoming (craving & attachment) is ended, there is now no further becoming.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— AN 4.1</p>

<p><b>See also:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href=”../../sagga/index_en.html”>Heaven <i>(sagga)</i></a></li> <li><a href=”../sacca4/samma-ditthi/kamma_en.html”>Intentional action <i>(kamma)</i></a></li> <li>The Four Noble Truths</li> <li>The Thirty-one Planes of Existence</li> <li>”Samsara,” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.</li> <li>”Samsara Divided by Zero,” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.</li> </ul>

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