MN 023 Vammika: The Ant-hill


Once when Kumāra Kassapa is meditating in Andha,vana, a non-returner brahma, who was his companion in the time of Kassapa Buddha, appears before him, and tells him a riddle of ten questions, which only the Buddha could answer... After reflecting
on its teachings, Kumāra Kassapa becomes an arhat.
... [some interesting background info not in the sutta text itself]
 During the time of Kassapa Buddha (the Buddha just before ours), when his teaching was declining, Kumāra Kassapa, together with six other monks, vowed to live a life of rigorous asceticism on a mountain-top to attain liberation. On reaching the summit with the help of a ladder, they threw it off, and began to meditate. The eldest attained arhathood in three days, and the second attained non-return, but the re-
maining five died of starvation on the seventh day without any attainment.
These five companions were Pukkusāti, Bāhiya Dārucīriya, Dabba Malla,putta, the wanderer Sabhiya and Kumāra Kassapa. It was the non-returner brahma who appeared before Kumāra Kassapa and gave him the riddle. This same brahma also suggested to the wanderer Bāhiya to meet the Buddha.
 
(excerpted from Piya Tan's comy. here )

English

MN 023 Vammika Sutta: The Discourse on the Ant-hill
Translator:  Piya Tansutta text
Read by frank_k,  15min 50s  14.5 MB Download
recorded on june 2011 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text ©2009 Piya Tan
backup copy at archive.org-mn  flac:39.7 MB 

Pali

MN 023 [1.3.3] Vammika (chant)
Translator BJT
Read by Bhikkhu Jiv., 26m 36s, 24.4 MB Download
recorded on 2012-02 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text BJT: Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka
Enhanced version on archive.org 64.4 MB FLAC
mn 23 tags: vammika ant hill  audtip.org


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