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Thread: Which sutta is special to you ?

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    Another one of my favourites to add to the list:

    SN 1.10 Arañña Sutta: The Wilderness

    translated from the Pali by
    John D. Ireland

    Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi, at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's monastery. Now when night was passing a certain devataa, lighting up the whole Jeta Grove with her surpassing beauty, approached the Lord. Having drawn near and prostrated herself she stood to one side.

    Standing there the devata said:

    "Those living in the forest,
    Peaceful and calm, of pure life,
    Eating but one meal a day:
    How is it they appear so radiant?"

    The Lord replied:

    "They sorrow not for what is past,
    They have no longing for the future,
    The present is sufficient for them:
    Hence it is they appear so radiant.

    By having longing for the future,
    By sorrowing over what is past,
    By this fools are withered up
    As a cut down tender reed."

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    I like the Khaggavisana Sutta. "The Rhinoceros Sutta" It speaks of being steadfast in our practice.

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    A pivotal sutta for me would be the Kalama sutta as was mentioned before. When I was wandering, wondering what to believe, if anything, I happened across it and said "Yea, I get that"

    'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.'

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