Sutta Name Nikaya Vagga Academic PTS PSA Plae Keywords Notes
Cuu.laraahulovaada | Ambala.t.thikaraahulovaada Majjhima Majjhimapa.n.naasa, Bhikkhu Vagga MN.061 M.i.414-20, MA.ii.635ff. 20/263 telling lies The Buddha fiercely admonishes his son, the novice Rahula, on the dangers of lying. Like a minute drop of water is the recluseship of those who shrink not from deliberate lying, it is thrown away, upset; it is empty and void. There is nothing evil they would not do, they run every risk, like an elephant who guards not his own trunk. One should practice constant reflection on one's motives, thereby abandoningall things conducive to woe, either to oneself or to others, and develop self-control and purity. Rahula was evidently very young at the time of the sermon, for we find the Buddha making use of frequent similies and pointing them out to him.

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