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Dhammapada Verses 277 — 279 Aniccalakkhana, Dukkhalakkhana and Anattalakkhana Vatthu 1

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Published: 2015-03-03 — Updated: 2018-11-09


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“All conditioned phenomena are impermanent”; when one sees this with Insight-wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.

“Sabbe sankhara anicca" ti
yada pannaya[1] passati
atha nibbindati dukkhe
esa maggo visuddhiya.

“Sabbe sankhara dukkha" ti
yada pannaya passati
atha nibbindati dukkhe
esa maggo visuddhiya.

“Sabbe dhamma anatta" ti
yada pannaya passati
atha nibbindati dukkhe
esa maggo visuddhiya.

Verse 277: "All conditioned phenomena are impermanent"; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.

Verse 278: "All conditioned phenomena are dukkha"; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.


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Verse 279: "All phenomena (dhammas) are without Self"; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.

Stories Relating to Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (277), (278) and (279) of this book, with reference to three groups of five hundred bhikkhus each.

On Impermanence (Anicca)

Five hundred bhikkhus, after receiving their subject of meditation from the Buddha, went into the forest to practise meditation, but they made little progress. So, they returned to the Buddha to ask for another subject of meditation which would suit them better. On reflection, the Buddha found that those bhikkhus had, during the time of Kassapa Buddha, meditated on impermanence. So, he said, “Bhikkhus, all conditioned phenomena are subject to change and decay and are therefore impermanent.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 277: “All conditioned phenomena are impermanent”; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.


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At the end of the discourse those five hundred bhikkhus attained arahatship.

On Dukkha

The story is the same as the story on Anicca. Here, the Buddha on reflection found that another group of five hundred bhikkhus had meditated on dukkha. So, he said, “Bhikkhus, all khandha aggregates are oppressive and unsatisfactory; thus all khandhas are dukkha.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 278: “All conditioned phenomena are dukkha”; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.

At the end of the discourse those five hundred bhikkhus attained arahatship.

On Insubstantiality or Non — Self (Anatta)

The story is the same as the stories on Anicca and Dukkha. Here, the Buddha on reflection found that still another group of five hundred bhikkhus had meditated on insubstantiality or non — self (anatta). So, he said, “Bhikkhus, all khandha aggregates are insubstantial; they are not subject to one's control.”


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Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 279: “All phenomena (dhammas) are without Self”; when one sees this with Insight — wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.

At the end of the discourse all those five hundred bhikkhus attained arahatship.

Notes

  1. panna: Insight — wisdom (Vipassana panna).

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