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DHAMMA VANDANA

(HOMAGE TO THE DHAMMA)

Svakkhato Bhagavata Dhammo

Sanditthiko Akaliko

Ehipassiko Opanayiko


Paccattam veditabbo vinnuhi ti

Well-expounded is the Dhamma by the Blessed One

To be self-realised; with immediate fruit;

To be but approached to be seen; capable of being entered upon;

To be attained by the wise, each for himself.

 

 

The Buddha’s teaching or Dhamma, has six virtues, namely :-

In Pali

In English

(1)

SVAKKHATO

BHAGAVATA DHAMMO

Well-expounded;

Well proclaimed;

is the Dhamma by the Blessed One

(2)

SANDITTHIKO

To be self-realised

To be realised by oneself here and now

(3)

AKALIKO

With immediate fruit

Immediately effective

Not delayed

(4)

EHIPASSIKO

To be but approached to be seen

(Inviting one to) come and see

Inviting investigation

(5)

OPANAYIKO

Capable of being entered upon

Leading onwards

(6)

PACCATAM

VEDITABBO

VINNUHI

Individually

To be realised

By the wise

 

ti

(used to show that a sentence is finished).

 

 

A detailed explanation of these six virtues are as follows :-

(1)

SVAKKHATO BHAGAVATA DHAMMO

The Dhamma is well taught by the Buddha. His teaching is good in the beginning by way of hearing; good in the middle by way of practising; and good in the end by way of attaining Nibbana.

(2)

SANDITTHIKO

Sanditthiko means that if we study the Dhamma and put it into practice, we can experience the result oursleves here and now.

(3)

AKALIKO

The third virtue of the Dhamma is that produces immediate results.

(4)

EHIPASSIKO

Ehipassiko means inviting us to come and see the Dhamma ourselves, because it is found and because of its purity.

(5)

OPANAYIKO

All of the Buddha’s teachings lead towards Nibbana if we practise with diligence and intelligence.

(6)

PACCATAM VEDITABBO VINNUHI

This phrase implies that the Dhamma can be well experienced by all wise mean i.e. the Noble Ones (Ariyas) who have fully realised the Four Noble Truths.



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