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“There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned. If, monks, there were no unborn… no escape would be discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. But because there is an unborn…, therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned.”
~ The Buddha
Ud 8:3

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The Alagaddupama Sutta Part Two

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, and compares the danger of wrong grasp of the Dhamma to catching a snake by the tail.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: 11.0 MB
Durration: 46:00
Recorded: 9-27-07
Posted: 4-15-08