Sutta Name Nikaya Vagga Academic PTS PSA Plae Keywords Notes
La.dukikopama | La.tukikopama Majjhima Majjhimapa.n.naasa, Bhikkhu Vagga MN.066 M.i.447-56, MA.ii.656-60 20/352 vikalabhojana, eighth precept, benefits of timely eating, breaking the bonds. Udayi recalls the rules made by the Buddha regarding the hours for meals, how such rules were added to, until, in the end, any meal out of hours was forbidden; and he mentions how, though at first these rules involved hardship, in the end they were very helpful in dispelling unwholesome states of consciousness and instilling wholesome ones. The Buddha agrees, but adds that many people are foolish and consider such sacrifices insignificant, growing discontented when asked to make them. But this insignificant thing develops a bond strong enough to hold them fast. Some people are like quails caught in traps, unable to escape from their bonds, others like mighty elephants, bursting their bonds and going where they wish. Thus there are four types of individuals differing according to whether they are attached to their bonds or detached from them.

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