Sutta Name Nikaya Vagga Academic PTS PSA Plae Keywords Notes
Brahmanimantanika Majjhima Muulapa.n.naasa, Cuu.layamaka Vagga MN.049 M.i.326ff. 19/441 eternalism, mara, miracle, vanishing The Buddha tells the monks of his visit to Baka Brahma who holds the view that the world is eternal. The Buddha tells Baka that his view is false, whereupon Mara, having taken possession of one of the Brahmins, protests and urges the Buddha not to be recalcitrant. Baka himself agrees with the Buddha who tells him of planes of existence of which Baka knows nothing. Baka then says that he will vanish from the Buddha’s presence, but finds himself unable to do so. The Buddha then vanishes and repeats a stanza for the Brahmins to hear. Baka admits defeat, but the Mara enters into a Brahmin and asks the Buddha not to communicate his doctrine to others. The Buddha refuses to agree to this. The Sutta is so called because it was preached on account of Baka Brahmin’s challenge.

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