Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

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This is part 21 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series. Back to part 20.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

There is no meditation for he who lacks wisdom, nor wisdom for he who lacks meditation. He who has both indeed is close to Nibbana. ~ Dhp 372

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 6, 36, 49 and 65.

Reflection

Just as a rabbit cannot compare to an elephant, nor can any metal compare to gold, the “plowing” of tranquility and insight is incomparable in the world.