Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

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This is part 8 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series. Back to part 7.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

The three kinds of feeling — pleasant, painful, and neutral feelings — tend to lead us immediately into the three mental poisons: attachment, disgust, and ignorance. But they don't have to.

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 8, 9, and 12.

Reflections

A dart, a thorn, a strike, a fire — fast and painful, how does one avoid such afflictions? What does that tell us about feelings?