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XXVI:18 An Arahant does not cling to sensual pleasures*

Once, some bhikkhus were talking about the Arahant bhikkhuni Uppala Vanna being raped by a young man. In this connection, they asked the Buddha whether Arahants do enjoy sensual pleasures as they have the same physical make-up like other people. The Buddha replied, 'Bhikkhus! Arahants do not enjoy sensual pleasures; they do not indulge in sensual pleasures, for they do not cling to objects of sense and to sensual pleasures, just as water does not cling to the lotus leaf.'

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

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