Thursday, February 23, 2006


We are slowly going through the first sentence in the commentary about the opening lines of the wisdom chapter in Master Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life. Soon we have the first sentence's words analyzed, and we could start analyzing the actual sentence itself. Two more sets!

Anyway, the la particle needs something on the right side to bind it to the left side, and this is 'chad pa. 'chad pa means explanation. The verb is actually 'chad, to teach, expound, explain. Note that there is another interpretation with the word 'chad, to be cut or broken, including a variation of 'chad pa that means cut into pieces or being separate.

Here again one needs to look at the context, we are dealing with a commentary, so there's a notion of explanations and teachings. So here 'chad pa is indeed about the explanation that is bound via la to the left side.

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