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VIII:7 The brahmin who sacrificed animals

Once Venerable Sariputta asked his friend, a brahmin, whether he was doing any meritorious deeds and he replied that he had been making sacrificial offerings on a big scale, hoping to get to the Brahma world in his next existence. Sariputta told him that his teachers had given him false hopes and that they themselves did not know the way to the Brahma world. Then he took his friend to the Buddha, who showed him the way to the Brahma world. To the friend of Sariputta, the Buddha said, 'Brahmin, paying respect to the Noble Ones (Ariyas) even for a moment is better than making sacrificial offerings, great or small, throughout the year.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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