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“So too, monks, I saw the ancient path, the ancient road traveled by the Perfectly Enlightened Ones of the past. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road? It is just this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”
~ The Buddha
SN 12:65

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The Alagaddupama Sutta Part One

Bhante Gunaratana

In this, “The Simile of the Snake Sutta,” the Buddha first criticizes a monk for holding a view contrary to the Buddha’s teaching. He then warns that the Dhamma should be learned and taught for the right reasons, not for winning in arguments and self-glory. The Buddha also points out that one should not cling even to the wholesome Dhamma let alone unwholesome dhamma. In a famous simile, the five aggregates are compared to grass, sticks, branches and leaves gathered for burning. The advice: abandon them!

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File Size: 20.0 MB
Durration: 1:27:00
Recorded: 9-27-07
Posted: 4-8-08