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Duṭṭhaṭṭhaka Sutta

The third sutta of the Aṭṭhakavagga of the Suttanipāta. (SN.vs.780‑87). The sutta was taught in reference to the calumny raised against the Buddha by the heretics who used the female ascetic Sundarī to further their ends (SNA.ii.518 f). Commentarial explanation of this is included in the Mahāniddesa (i.62 ff). The burden of the sutta is that he who praises his own virtue and is dependent upon varying dogmas of philosophy is constantly censured. The sage (muṇi) is one who has shaken off all systems of philosophy.

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