Vasijata Sutta, Vāsijata-sutta: 1 definition



Vasijata Sutta means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Vasijata Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The asavas are destroyed only by self training, not by merely wishing for their destruction. A hen may wish for her chicks to break through their eggs with foot, or claw, or mouth, or beak, but they will not do so till they are fully warmed, fully brooded over by the hen. When they are ready to break through, they will do so, irrespective of the hens wish. A carpenter knows that his adze handle has worn away, not by looking at the finger marks on the handle, but just by its wearing away.

A seagoing vessel, stranded without water and beaten on by wind and sun, will fall to pieces easily and without effort. So will the asavas in a monk who dwells attentive to self training. S.iii.152f.; cp. A.iv.126f.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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