Buddha Statue in Udon Thani
Thailand is, of course, a predominantly Buddhist Country; estimates say 90% or higher of the people are Buddhists. This lovely Buddha image is found at Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani Province in northeastern Thailand (Isahn). The aging of the stone is a lovely reminder that everything which is created also eventually passes away.
Now while this discourse was being delivered the spotless, immaculate vision of the Dhamma arose in the venerable Kondanna thus: All that is subject to arising is subject to cessation.
Kondanna had his realization after the Buddha’s first teaching (“Setting Rolling the Wheel of the Dhamma”) to the 5 ascetics that he had been part of before he went his own way to find enlightenment.
This quote is in the Mahavagga 1:6 in the Vinaya Pitaka of the Buddhist Pali canon. I found it on page 44 of The Life of the Buddha by Bhikku Nanamol, published by the Buddhist Publication Society, 2001 edition.
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