Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

Vitakka — Thought

This is part 18 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

We must be very careful where we place our thoughts, as one thought leads to another, leads to another, leads to...

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 23, 40 and 79.

Reflection

Like happiness, thought can be a double-edged sword. What is the most important factor in determining our thoughts?