Archive for the ‘Ariyapariyesanā Sutta’ Category

The Pile of Snares

This Sutta's cycle would have effectively wound-up at the completion of the last chapter on teaching. This apparent addition on “sensual pleasures” was a redaction added-on at a later date—most likely for the benefit of the community whose focus was a monastic counsel against carnal pleasures. The Tathāgata warns that adhering to the snare of sensuality will place one-square in the sights of Mara, the Evil One. The most effective remedial solution is to tune-into the eight-fold package Read more [...]

The Teaching of the Dhamma

25. “Then, bhikkhus, when I had stayed at Uruvelā as long as I chose, I set out to wander by stages to Benares. Between Gayā and the Place of Enlightenment the Ājīvaka Upaka saw me on the road and said: ‘Friend, your faculties are clear, the colour of your skin is pure and bright. Under whom have you gone forth, friend? Who is your teacher? Whose Dhamma do you profess?’ I replied to the Ājīvaka Upaka in stanzas: ‘I am one who has transcended all, a knower of all, Unsullied Read more [...]

Siddhattha’s Enlightenment

The following is what occurred during Siddhattha’s awakening beneath the Bodhi-Tree. The sacred snapshot of him sitting reflectively on a grassy knoll is known as sitting on the Throne of Wisdom. Having departed from the game of samsara at the age of twenty-nine, then practicing severe austerities for six years, he was now thirty-five years of age and thus more fully seasoned to be cloaked with the mantle of deathlessness. He was more fully prepared for Mara’s greatest molestations. Attempting Read more [...]

The Search for Enlightenment

13.“Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still only an unenlightened Bodhisatta, I too, being myself subject to birth, sought what was also subject to birth; being myself subject to ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, and defilement, I sought what was also subject to ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, and defilement. Then I considered thus: ‘Why, being myself subject to birth, do I seek what is also subject to birth? Why, being myself subject to ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, and defilement, Read more [...]

Two Kinds of Search

5.“Bhikkhus, there are these two kinds of search: the noble search and the ignoble search. And what is the ignoble search? Here someone being himself subject to birth seeks what is also subject to birth; being himself subject to ageing, he seeks what is also subject to ageing; being himself subject to sickness, he seeks what is also subject to sickness; being himself subject to death, he seeks what is also subject to death; being himself subject to sorrow, he seeks what is also subject to sorrow; Read more [...]

Gathering at Rammaka’s Hermitage

© Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications, 2009) 1.Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. 2.Then, when it was morning, the Blessed One dressed, and taking his bowl and outer robe, went into Sāvatthī for alms. Then a number of bhikkhus went to the venerable Ānanda and said to him: “Friend Ānanda, it is long since we heard a talk on the Dhamma from the Blessed Read more [...]

Ariyapariyesanā Sutta: The Noble Quest

A little shift from our accustomed fare as we shall now explore the flavor of the Majjhima Nikāya, most notably Discourse MN 26—Ariyapariyesanā Sutta, or the Noble Quest. Considered by scholars to be one of the earliest, if not “The” earliest sketch on the Buddha’s biographical background. One will soon notice that the usual foundation of the Four Noble Truths is conspicuously absent. Yet, this does not imply that they are lacking as the main thrust of this sutta is the critical difference Read more [...]