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    SN 42.7 Desana Sutta

    Would anyone like to share their thoughts about this sutta ? :


    SN 42.7 Desana Sutta : Teaching


    [At Nalanda the village headman Asibandhakaputta asks the Buddha:] "Does not the Blessed One dwell in compassion for all living beings?"

    "Indeed, headman, the Tathagata does dwell in compassion for all living beings."

    "Well then, Lord, does not the Blessed One teach Dhamma in full[1] to some, but not so fully to others?"

    "I will reply to this question, headman, with another. Answer as seems proper to you. What do you think? Suppose a peasant farmer has three fields, one excellent, one middling, and one poor, sandy, salty, with bad soil. Tell me: when the farmer wants to sow his seed, which field would he sow first: the excellent one, the middling one or the poor one that is sandy, salty and with bad soil?"

    "Lord, the farmer who wanted to sow his seed would sow the excellent field first. Having done that, he would sow the middling field next, and the one that was poor, sandy, salty, with bad soil he might or might not sow. Why? Well it might do for cattle-food."

    "Well, headman, that excellent field is like my monks and nuns. To them I teach the Dhamma which is lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle and lovely in its ending, in spirit and in letter,[2] I display to them the holy life, perfectly fulfilled and purified. Why? Because these people adhere to me as their island, their shelter, their resort, their refuge.

    "The middling field is like my male and female lay-followers. To these too I teach the Dhamma which is lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle and lovely in its ending, in spirit and in letter, I display to them the holy life, perfectly fulfilled and purified. Why? Because these people adhere to me as their island, their shelter, their resort, their refuge.

    "The poor field that is sandy, salty and with bad soil is like my wandering recluses and Brahmans of other sects.[3] To them I also teach the Dhamma which is lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle and lovely in its ending, in spirit and in letter, I display to them the holy life, perfectly fulfilled and purified. Why? Because if they only understand a single phrase, it would long be for their profit."


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    Quote Originally Posted by woodscooter View Post
    Would anyone like to share their thoughts about this sutta ? :
    I think that it seems to suggest that the Buddha didn't have any "hidden" or "secret" teachings in connection with the Dhamma.


    Last edited by Aloka; 17 Mar 16 at 15:14. Reason: forgot to add 'secret'

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    ...or maybe is about his infinite compassion for all [kind of] living beings as the sutta says at the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esho View Post
    ...or maybe is about his infinite compassion for all [kind of] living beings as the sutta says at the beginning.
    Hello Esho,

    Yes, that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloka View Post
    Hello Esho,
    Hi Aloka

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