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cludes cetasikå vedanå as well as kåyikå (and even kåyikå vedanå is not necessarily kammavipåkajå—see S. iv,230. The Commentator (Manorathap¨ra~⁄), who relies on the traditional interpretation, speaks (as far as I remember) of ‘vipåkacetanå’—what else can he do? But he has to turn a blind eye to cetanåhaµ bhikkhave kammaµ vadåmi (A. iii,415), and he has altogether failed to observe that he has fallen into one of the three views denounced in this very Sutta: Yaµ kiñcåyaµ purisapuggalo pa†isaµvedeti sukhaµ vå dukkhaµ vå adukkhamasukhaµ vå sabbaµ taµ pubbe­ katahet¨ti (p. 173-74).) But until the advocates of the traditional interpretation can find a di††hisampanna who will uphold them, there is no burden of disproof resting on those who cannot accept this interpretation. Also see Sn. 123, verse 653, where the words pa†iccasamuppådadaså (i.e. kammaµ pa†icca kassako hoti, sippiko hoti, ‘what one is depends on what one does’) kammavipåkakovidå (’the result of acting in a certain way is that one is known accordingly’—for vipåka in this sense see A. iii,413: Vohåravepakkåhaµ bhikkhave saññå vadåmi etc., quoted at NoD, kamma) do not refer to the twelve nidånå but are to be understood in the context in which they occur. Satta (4) [It is a collective and concluding (serial) number; its application has been spread from the week of 7 days (or nights), and is based on astronomical conception (Babylon!), this science being regarded as mystic, it invests the number with a peculiar magic nimbus.]: Are we to gather from this that the number 7 was discovered by the Babylonians? If so, insert the following: ‘From the week of 7 days its application has so far spread that, in modern times at least, it applies to practically anything with the property of being seven in number.’ S⁄la: Since the expression dasa-s⁄la does not seem to appear in the Suttas at all, it is futile to discuss which set of ten items really are (or are not) the ‘ten s⁄las’. But it is simply perverse to maintain that kammapathas (which lie partly outside the province of s⁄la) are more properly s⁄las than sikkhåpadas (which lie wholly within the province of s⁄la).

Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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