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Madhupiṇḍika Sutta

Daṇḍapāṇī meets the Buddha at the Mahāvana near Kapilavatthu and questions him as to his tenets. The Buddha explains that his tenets are such that they avoid all strife and make a man dwell above all pleasures of sense, etc., Daṇḍapāṇī shakes his head and walks on, without comment.

Later in the evening the Buddha visits the Nigrodhārāma and tells the monks there briefly how to get rid of all obsessions, so that all evil and wrong states of mind are quelled and pass away entirely. After the Buddha’s departure the monks seek Mahā-Kaccāna and ask him to expound in detail what the Buddha has told them in brief. Kaccāna explains that where there is eye and visible form, visual consciousness arises, this begets contact, contact conditions feeling, what a man feels he perceives, what he perceives he reasons about, and this leads to obsession. It is the same with the other senses. The monks report this explanation to the Buddha, who approves of it and praises Kaccāna’s earning and insight. Ānanda praises the discourse, comparing it to a delicious honey-flavoured ball (madhupiṇḍika), and the Buddha suggests that the sutta should be remembered by that name. (M.i.108‑14).

Nāgita was; among those present when the sutta was taught. He was thereby persuaded to enter the Order, and soon after became an Arahant. ThagA.i.183.

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