Sabba Pāpassa Akaranan….

“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 = pāpa + passa = discard immoral;  akarana = (a + karana) = do not engaged in
  • kualassa = kusala + assa = “take in” moral, upasampadā = upa + san + padä = sort out “san”; 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 äna =  All Buddhas’ niyama or principle
  • etan Buddhānasāsanan = that is Buddha Sāsana, where sāsana is the doctrine.

Note: assa” and “passa” same as “āna” and “pāna“; see, “What is Anapana?“. For an explanation on “san“, see, “What is “San”? – Meaning of Sansara“.

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)

This is the doctrine of the Buddhas”

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

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