|Sutta Name||Nikaya||Vagga||Academic||PTS||PSA Plae||Keywords||Notes|
|Cuu.lahattipadopama||Majjhima||Muulapa.n.naasa, Opamma Vagga||MN.027||M.i.175ff.||18/470||identifying features of a Buddha||Janussoni meets Pilotika en route and hears the latter's praise of the Buddha. Pilotika said he was convinced of the authenticity of the Buddhas full-enlightenment as one would be convinced of the existence of a large elephant after seeing a large elephants footprint. Janusoni reports his conversation to the Buddha who warns that it is premature to base ones judgement of an elephant by its footprint. In the case of a true Buddh, other possibilities must first be considered: conforming to the life of a real recluse, the disciples of the Noble One and the attainments he reaches -- the truth-finders footprints. Following this the disciple makes further discoveries, until his mind is completely free of defilements -- which should be the true quest of a truth-finder.|
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