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Upāli Sutta

1. Upāli Sutta.– Records the events that lead to the conversation of Upāli-Gahapati. The Buddha is asked, first by Dīghatapassī and then by Upāli, as to which of the three kinds of deeds — of body, speech, and mind — are the most blameworthy. Those of mind, says the Buddha; those of body, say the followers of Nāṭaputta. By various illustrations the Buddha convinces Upāli that his contentions are wrong. The sutta concludes with a series of verses (the Upāli Gāthā) in which Upāli sings the Buddha’s praises. M.i.371 ff.

2. Upāli Sutta.– Upāli Thera visits the Buddha and asks him for what purpose the various precepts have been laid down for disciples and why the Pāṭimokkha has been recited? For ten purposes, says the Buddha, and proceeds to enumerate them. Similarly, ten reasons are given that justify the suspension of the Pāṭimokkha. A.v.70 f.

3. Upāli Sutta.– Upāli Thera visits the Buddha and expresses a desire to retire to the solitude of the forest. Such a step is not desirable for those who have not attained to tranquillity of mind, says the Buddha, and explains his meaning by various similes. A full-grown elephant could disport himself in a deep lake according to his fancy, not so a hare or a cat. The sutta goes on to describe how, as a result of the arising of a Tathāgata in the world, a householder would listen to the Dhamma, renounce the world, give up all evil practices and gradually attain to full development of the four absorptions (jhāna). Upāli is advised to live among the monks and not go into the forest. A.v.201 ff.

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