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Silāyūpa Sutta

Sāriputta tells the monks that when a monk is wholly freed, objects, sounds, scents, etc., that come within the range of his senses, cannot overwhelm his mind. It is like a stone column sixteen cubits ¹ (kukkuka) long, one half of it buried in the ground, which cannot be shaken by the wind.

The sutta was taught as the result of a conversation between Sāriputta and Candikāputta regarding the teachings of Devadatta. A.iv.402 f.

Sāriputta contradicts the explanation given by Candikāputta regarding the teaching of Devadatta.

¹ A measure. Bhikkhu Bodhi translates it as a metre. A cubit is the measure from the elbow to the tip of the forefinger, which is about half a metre — a more reasonable measure for use by stone-masons (ed).

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