Appamāda: Seriousness of Non-Distraction


The word used for “serious,” in the Pāli language of the Buddhist Canon, is garu (the equivalent of the Sanskrit guru); however, in the canonical texts, one cannot find the derivative abstract noun garutā. Instead, there is another key term that could be translated as “seriousness”: appamāda. Before his passing away, the Buddha told his disciples: “Strive on with appamāda”. Now, appamāda is a negative concept (a-ppamāda) that can be translated in many ways: for example, absence of negligence, distraction or laziness. According to Buddhaghosa’s commentary, the phrase of the Buddha means: “Carry out all things that need to be done with uninterrupted awareness”.
Essentially, in the Buddha’s vision, seriousness consists of constant non-distraction, which on the one hand is the means to awaken to reality, on the other is already a small awakening in itself. In their poems, the first Buddhist nuns have left a testimony of how non-distraction with respect to painful phenomena has helped them in their spiritual path.

Appamāda: Seriousness of Non-Distraction

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Numero 18 SERIOUSNESS December, 2016 - Autore:  Condividi


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