youtube: Amrapali Dance

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youtube: Amrapali Dance

Post by sraddha » Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:21 am

Now, I'm not sure if you all are familiar with Amrapali -- the story of Ambapali is first found in the Pali Mahaparinibbana Sutta.. however, her donated garden is a place where some major Mahayana discourses are given, including the Vimalkirti Nirdesh sutra.

She was considered one of the most beautiful women and dancers in ancient India in Buddhist scriptures and she even has verses attributed to her in the Therigatha.

I found this lovely dance when I did a search on Buddha on youtube! Do watch the entire clip, this also has english subtitles for you to understand! Sometimes it's nice for the stories you read to come to life.


And here is a beautiful chant in Pali, I think from the Dhammapada from the same movie, it's great to get the pronunciation of the language and how to pronounce the Tisarana at the end!

Pemato jayati soko pemato jayati bhayam
Pemato vipamuttassa n'atthi soko kuto bhayam

Yo sahassam sahassena sangame masuse jine
Ekam ca jeyyam attanam sa ve sangama-j'uttamo.

Na hi verena verani sammant'idha kudacanam
Averena ca sammanti esa dhammo sanantano.

From what's loved is born grief,
from what's loved is born fear.
For one freed from what's loved there's no grief
so how fear?

One may conquer a thousand men in a thousand battles. But the person who conquers just one person, which is one's own self, is the greatest conqueror

Hostilities aren't stilled through hostility
regardless, Hostilities are stilled through non-hostility
this, an eternal truth

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