Wednesday, March 3

Culadukkhakkhandha Sutta


Whilst browsing through the Middle Length Discourses [looking for a sutta I recall in which the Buddha stated that monks & nuns may be stream enterers, once-returners, non-returners, and arahants, while laymen and laywomen may be stream enterers, once-returners and non-returners. Still haven't found the sutta. I had wanted to have the citation ready in case it comes up during the Bhavana Program at BCBS], this passage from MN 14, The Shorter Discourse on the Mass of Suffering, caught my attention:

4. "Even though a noble disciple has clearly seen as it actually is with proper wisdom how sensual pleasures provide little gratification, much suffering, and much despair, and how great is the danger in them, as long as he still does not attain to the rapture and pleasure that are apart from sensual pleasures, apart from unwholesome states, or to something more peaceful than that, he may still be attracted to sensual pleasures. But when a noble disciple has seen clearly as it actually is with proper wisdom how sensual pleasures provide little gratification, much suffering, and much despari, and how great is the danger in them, and he attains to the rapture and pleasure that are apart from sensual pleasures, apart from unwholesome states, or to something more peaceful than that, then he is no longer attracted to sensual pleasures.

A tremendously encouraging excerpt; makes me feel a lot better. :-)

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