Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

Saṅkhāra — Activity

This is part 17 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

Our delusion tells us that we have to do something to fix the world, but in reality all our efforts are wasted if they are based in ignorance.

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 64, 81 and 82.

Extra Credit

  • This sutta (part of the “Long Discourses”) is too long to assign for homework but it weaves together several important aspects of karma and sankhārā, and might be an interesting read at this point.