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Buddha Vacana (August 27, 2555)

Bharadvaja asked the Lord: “What, good Gotama, is of great help in the attainment of truth?  We are asking about the thing that is of great help in the attaining of truth.”

Striving, Bharadvaja, is of great help in the attainment of truth, for if one did not strive one would not attain truth.  But if one does strive one will attain truth.

“But what is of great help to striving?”

Weighing things up is of great help in the attainment of striving, for if one does not weigh things up one would not strive.  But if one does weigh things up one will strive.

“But what is of great help in weighing things up?”

Making an effort is of great help in weighing things up, for if one does not make an effort one would not weigh things up.  But if one does make an effort one will weigh things up.

“But what is of great help in making an effort?”

Desire is of great help in making an effort, for if one had no desire one will not make an effort.  But if one desires one will make an effort.

“But what is of great help in generating desire?”

Approving of things is of great help in generating desire, for if one did not approve of something one would not generate desire.  But when one approves of something one generates desire.

“But what is of great help in approving of things?”

Testing the meaning is of great help in approving of things, for if one does not test the meaning one will not approve of things.  But if one does test the meaning one will approve of things.”

“But what is of great help in testing the meaning?”

Remembering the Dhamma is of great help in testing the meaning, for if one does not remember the Dhamma one could not test its meaning.  But if one does remember the Dhamma one can test it.

“But what is of great help in remembering the Dhamma?”

Hearing the Dhamma is of great help in remembering the Dhamma, for if one did not hear the Dhamma one could not remember it.  But if one does hear one can remember it.

“But what is of great help in hearing the Dhamma?”

Lending an ear is of great help in hearing the Dhamma, for if one did not lend an ear one would not hear the Dhamma.  But if one does lend an ear one will hear the Dhamma.”

“But what is of great help in leading an ear?”

Drawing close is of great help in lending an ear, for if one did not draw close one could not lend an ear.  But if one did draw close one can lend an ear.”

“But what is of great help in drawing close?”

Visiting is of great help in drawing close, for if one did not visit one could not draw close.  But if one does visit one will be able to draw close.

“Then, what is of great help in visiting?”

Faith is of great help in visiting, for if one did not have faith one would not visit.  But if one has faith one will visit.

-- M.II,174

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Faith is of great help in visiting, for if one did not have faith one would not visit. But if one has faith one will visit.”...ชอบประโยคนี้มากครับ ขอบคุณครับ

I think the "loop" (iteration) technique used in this Teaching (and many others) is one of the hallmark of the Buddha's Teaching. The whole list of repetitions, one links to another and another...

Technically, this Teaching is one onion (of life) we peel out layer by layer and in the end, when the last layer is peeled away, we have "nothing" in our hand.

No onion and no life. ;-)