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Patala Sutta

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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

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“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.”

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.

en/tipitaka/sut/sn/sn36/sn36.004.than.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/11 04:34 by Johann