Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

Course Home > Vyāpāda — Hatred and Aversion

This is part 4 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series. Back to part 3.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

The opposite of love, acceptance, and compassion, vyāpāda hollows us out.

First, read Analayo’s Craving chapter 3, then:

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes numbered: 52, 61, 66 and 70.

Reflections

The images here have a distinct character of disgust: charnel ground, flies, bitter seeds. How do such images encourage you to overcome aversion?