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Patala Sutta


Title: Patala Sutta: The Bottomless Chasm

Summary: The Buddha teaches that by meeting intense physical pain with mindfulness, we can spare ourselves from falling into a bottomless pit of anguish and suffering.

SN 36.4

PTS: S iv 206

CDB ii 1262

Patala Sutta: The Bottomless Chasm

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Nyanaponika


<p>“Monks, when an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person makes the statement, 'There is a bottomless chasm in the ocean,' he is talking about something that doesn't exist, that can't be found. The word 'bottomless chasm' is actually a designation for painful bodily feeling.

“When an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person is touched by a painful bodily feeling, he sorrows, grieves, & laments, beats his breast, becomes distraught. This is called an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person who has not risen up out of the bottomless chasm, who has not gained a foothold.

“When a well-instructed disciple of the noble ones is touched by a painful bodily feeling, he does not sorrow, grieve, or lament, does not beat his breast or become distraught. This is called a well-instructed disciple of the noble ones who has risen up out of the bottomless chasm, whose foothold is gained.”</p>

Whoever can't endure them once they've arisen —

painful bodily feelings
that could kill living beings —

who trembles at their touch, who cries & wails, a weakling with no resiliance:

he hasn't risen up
out of the bottomless chasm
or even gained
a foothold.

Whoever endures them once they've arisen —

painful bodily feelings
that could kill living beings —

who doesn't tremble at their touch:

he's risen up
out of the bottomless chasm,
his foothold is gained.

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