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Bālapaṇḍita Sutta

1. Bālapaṇḍita Sutta.– The 129th Sutta of the Majjhimanikāya, taught at Jetavana. It deals with the disabilities of folly and the pain and anguish resulting there from, also with the advantages of wisdom and the bliss to which it leads. It contains, besides, descriptions of the horrors of the hells, expressed by means of various similes (M.iii.163 ff). The Sutta forms a kind of prose background to the Bāla Vagga and the Paṇḍita Vagga of the Dhammapada. Mahinda taught this Sutta at the Nandapavana in Anurādhapura, and one thousand women, who listened to him, became Stream-winners (sotāpanna). Mhv.xv.4.

2. Bālapaṇḍita Sutta.– The fool experiences pleasure and pain that is dependently arisen from the six senses, fettered by craving and ignorance. So too does the wise man. So what is the difference? The fool has not lived the holy life for the abandoning of ignorance and the destruction of craving. The fool fares on to another body, so is not freed from suffering.

The wise man has lived the holy life for the abandoning of ignorance and destruction of craving. He does not fare on to another body, so is freed from suffering. S.ii.23 f.

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