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AN.IV.113 Patoda Sutta Comparison of training horses with the way the Buddha trains his disciples:
1. Just as some horses think immediately of the task required of them at the sight of the goad -- in the same way, a well trained person will be inspired to earnest practice simply by hearing of a stranger who is suffering or dying;
2. Just as some horses need to be beaten by the goad before thinking of the task required of them -- in the same way, a less well trained person may need to wait until they see someone suffering or dying with their own eyes before being inspired to earnest practice;
3. Just as some horses need to be cut to the flesh by the goad before thinking of the task required of them -- in the same way, an even less well trained person may need to wait until they hear of a relation who is suffering or dying before being inspired to earnest practice, and;
4. Just as some horses need to be cut to the bone by the goad before thinking of the task required of them -- in the same way, an even less well trained person may need to wait until they themselves are afflicted by suffering or dying before being inspired to earnest practice.
35/303 Catukanipaata Tatiya Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.ii.


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