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Kula Sutta

1. Kula Sutta.– Families consisting of many women and few men are molested by robbers; likewise a monk who has not developed emancipation of mind through love is easily molested by non-humans (S.ii.263).

2. Kula Sutta.– Asibandhakaputta visits the Buddha at the Pāvārikambavana in Nāḷandā at Nigaṇṭha Nāṭaputta's request, and tells the Buddha that he does wrong in obtaining alms from famine-stricken Nāḷandā. The Buddha replies that his begging does not come within the eight causes of injury to families: the actions of kings, robbers, fire, water, loss of savings, slothfulness, wastrels, and impermanence.

Asibandhakaputta becomes the Buddha’s follower (S.iv.322 f).

3. Kula Sutta.– The five advantages that accrue to families visited by holy men:

  1. they cleanse their hearts and attain to heaven;
  2. they greet the monks respectfully and are born noble;
  3. they conquer greed and gain power;
  4. give alms and obtain wealth;
  5. ask questions and become wise (A.iii.244 f).

4. Kula Sutta.– Seven reasons for which a family is not worth visiting:

  1. they are not pleased to rise from their seat (na manāpena paccuṭṭhenti),
  2. they are not pleased to pay homage (na manāpena abhivādenti),
  3. they are not pleased to provide a seat (na manāpena āsanaṃ denti),
  4. hide what they have (santamassa pariguhanti),
  5. though having much, they give little (bahukampi thokaṃ denti),
  6. though having superior things they give inferior things (paṇītampi lūkhaṃ denti),
  7. what they do give they give carelessly (asakkaccaṃ denti) (A.iv.10).

5. Kula Sutta.– Similar to the above. Nine reasons are given, the additional ones being:

  1. they show no desire to listen to the Dhamma (na upanisīdanti dhammassavanāya),
  2. they take no heed of what is taught (bhāsitamassa na sussūsanti). A.iv.387.


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