Thoughts

A Single Breath

The Buddha asked a Śramaṇa,
‘Human life has what duration in between?’
In reply, ‘Several days in between.’
The Buddha said,
‘You have yet to know the path.’

Again asking a Śramaṇa,
‘Human life has what duration in between?’
In reply, ‘Eating a meal’s duration in between.’
The Buddha said,
‘You have yet to know the path.’

Again asking a Śramaṇa,
‘Human life has what duration in between?’
In reply, ‘That of breathing out and in between.’
The Buddha said, ‘Excellent, you know the path.’

The Buddha
(Section 38 of ‘The Sutra Of 42 Sections’) 

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