Sabba Pāpassa Akaranan….

Revised June 6, 2020

“Sabba pāpassa akaranan,

Kusalassa upasampadā,

Sacitta pariyō dapanan,

Etan Buddhānasāsanan”

(Dhammapada verse 183)

Let us see what is meant by the verse:

  • Sabba = all;   pāpassa = immoral deeds/speech/thoughts; akarana = (a + karana) = do not engaged in
  • kualassa = moral deeds/speech/thoughts; upasampadā = upa + san + padā = sort out “san” and embrace kusala; see, “What is “San?
  • sacitta = sa + citta = one’s own thoughts;  pariyodapanan = pari ++dapanan = control at the onset (where “dapana” means control and “” means origin and “pari” means around)
  • Buddha āna =  All Buddhas’ niyama or principle. Another meaning is Buddha + anusāsana = Buddha’s advice or his “doctrine.”

Note: The process of “cleansing the mind” is what this website is about. See, “Sīla, Samādhi, Pannā to Pannā, Sīla, Samādhi” and “Living Dhamma.”

Therefore, we can summarize as follows:

“Discard all that is  immoral, what should not be done

Take in what is moral by sorting out “san.

Do this by controlling one’s own thoughts (mind)

That is the doctrine of the Buddhas.”

Here is a recording of the verse recited by a Venerable Thēro:

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