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Author: Woodward, F.L.
Product Type: Hardcover Book
Pages or No. of Discs: 208
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Pali Text Society translation, by F.L. Woodward, of Udana and Itivuttaka, with an introduction by Mrs. Rhys Davids.
An udana is an utterance mostly in verse form, inspired by a particularly intense emotion. This treatise is a collection of eighty joyful utterances made by the Buddha on unique occasions of sheer bliss; each udana in verse is accompanied by an account in prose of the circumstances that led to its being uttered.
In the first watch of the night, when the principle of the origin of the whole mass of suffering was thoroughly grasped in a detailed manner in the order of arising, the Buddha uttered this first stanza of joy:"When the real nature of things becomes clear to the ardently meditating recluse, then all his doubts vanish, because he understands what that nature is as well as its cause."-Excerpt from U Ko Lay's Essence of Tipitaka.
The fourth treatise of the Khuddaka Nikaya, the Itivuttaka, contains 112 suttas divided into four nipatas with verses and prose mixed, one supplementing the other. Although the collections contain the inspired sayings of the Buddha as in Udana, each passage is preceded by the phrase, "iti vuttam bhagavata" ("thus was said by the Buddha"), and reads like a personal notebook in which are recorded short pithy sayings of the Buddha.
The division into nipatas instead of vaggas denotes that the collection is classified in ascending numerical order of the categories of the Dhamma as in the nipatas of the Anguttara.
From "The Twos, Itivuttaka" (p135):"A mortal having these two things,Habit that's good and view that's good,When body breaks up, strong in wisdom,Doth rise up in the heaven world."Excerpted from U Ko Lay's Essence of Tipitaka.