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Dec 15, 2011

A Heap of Bones

This was said by the Lord...

"Bhikkhus, the skeletons of a single person, running on and wandering in samsara for an aeon, would make a heap of bones, a quantity of bones as large as this Mount Vepulla, if there were someone to collect them and if the collection were not destroyed."

The bones of a single person
Accumulated in a single aeon 
Would make a heap like a mountain — 
So said the Great Sage. 
 
He declared it to be 
As great as Mount Vepulla 
To the north of Vulture's Peak
In the hill-fort of Magadha.
 
But when one sees with perfect wisdom 
The four noble truths as they are — 
Suffering, the origin of suffering, 
The overcoming of suffering, 
 And the noble eightfold path
Leading to relief from suffering — 
 
Having merely run on 
Seven times at the most, 
By destroying all fetters 
One makes an end of suffering. 
 
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Tipitaka {Iti 1.24; Iti 17}  
translated from the Pali by
John D. Ireland
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