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Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

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Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

In the unessential they imagine the essential,
in the essential they see the unessential –
they who entertain (such) wrong thoughts
never realize the essence. (11)

What is essential they regard as essential,
what is unessential they regard as unessential –
they who entertain (such) right thoughts,
realize the essence. (12)


Upatissa and Kolita were two youths from Rajagaha. While watching a show they realised the unreality of things and decided to search for the way to liberation. First, they approached Sanjaya, the wandering ascetic at Rajagaha, but they were not satisfied with his teachings. So they separated and went all over the country after coming to an understanding that the one who found the true Dhamma should inform the other. Finally after much searching and not finding the true Dhamma, they came back to their native place.

One day, Upatissa came across Venerable Assaji and learned from him the gist of the Dhamma. The monk uttered the verse beginning with 'Ye dhamma hetuppabhava,' meaning, 'those phenomena which proceed from cause'. Listening to the verse, Upatissa attained Sotapatti. Then, as promised, he went to his friend Kolita, and explained that he, Upatissa, had attained the state of Deathlessness and repeated the verse to his friend. Kolita also attained Sotapatti at the end of the verse. They both remembered their former teacher and so went to Sanjaya and said to him, 'We have found one who can point out the Path to Deathlessness; the Buddha has appeared in the world; the Dhamma has been revealed; the Sangha has been formed. Come, let us go to the Teacher.' Sanjaya refused to go along with them.

So Upatissa and Kolita, with many of their followers, went to the Buddha, at Veluvana. There, they were admitted into the Order as bhikkhus. Kolita as son of Moggali became known as Moggallana and Kolita was given the name Sariputta. On the seventh day after the ordination, Moggallana attained Arahanthood. Sariputta achieved the same a fortnight after his ordination. The Buddha made them his two Chief Disciples.

The two Chief Disciples then related to the Buddha the meeting they had with their former teacher. Sanjaya had told them that he had been a teacher to so many pupils, and that for him to become the disciple of the Buddha would be like a jar turning into a drinking cup. Besides, only a few people were wise and the majority were ignorant. He suggested that the wise should go to the Buddha and the ignorant could follow him.

The Buddha then pointed out that Sanjaya's false pride was preventing him from seeing the truth as truth. He was mistaking untruth for truth and thus he would never realise the truth.

Teaching Focus: A person interested in spiritual progress must be aware of spiritual values. It is true that material things are also necessary. But they are not the values to be sought after for spiritual progress. If people were to give prominence to material values they cannot attain any spiritual heights. (11) The wise person who is able to recognize the true values leading to spiritual attainment, is capable of attaining to spiritual heights. Such a person is possessed of right views. (12)

Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Không chân, tưởng chân thật, chân thật, thấy không chân: chúng không đạt chân thật, do tà tư, tà hạnh. (11) Chân thật, biết chân thật, Không chân, biết không chân: chúng đạt được chân thật, do chánh tư, chánh hạnh. (12)
Le Français Dans ce qui n'est pas essentiel, ils voient l'essentiel, dans l'essentiel, ils voient le sans essence. Ceux qui demeurent dans le champ des idées fausses, jamais n'arrivent à l'essentiel. (11) Ce qui est essentiel, ils le connaissent comme essentiel, ce qui est sans essence, ils le connaissent comme sans essence. Ceux qui demeurent dans le champ des idées justes, arrivent à l'essentiel. (12)
Deutsch Was kernlos, fassen sie als Kern, den Kern sehn sie als kernlos an, - zum Kern gelangen diese nie, nur Fehlgedanken weiden sie. (11) Die Kern als Kern einmal erkannt, was kernlos ist als kernlos auch, - zum Kern gelangen solche wohl, nur Rechtgedanken weiden sie. (12)
Español Los que imaginan lo no esencial como esencial y lo esencial como no esencial, debido a tan equivocado juicio nunca llegan a lo Esencial (Nibbana, el supremo refugio más allá de las ataduras). (11) Pero aquellos que ven lo esencial en lo esencial y lo inesencial en lo inesencial, debido a su correcta visión, perciben la esencia. (12)
Pу́сский язы́к Мнящие суть в несути и видящие несуть в сути, они никогда не достигнут сути, ибо их удел – ложные намерения. (11) Принимающие суть за суть и несуть за несуть, они достигнут сути, ибо их удел – истинные намерения. (12)
Magyar Nyelv Ki lényegtelent fontosnak, s nem fontosnak hisz lényegeset, téves gondolkozásával a lényeghez sosem jut el. (11) Ki fontosat lát fontosnak, s nem fontosnak lényegtelent, helyes gondolkozásával a lényeghez eljut hamar. (12)
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The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
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  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
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  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

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