MN 066 Laṭukikopama: Simile of Quail


Two of the interesting themes in this sutta are the relativity of snares that bind humans to worldly life, and how the Buddha encourages followers to keep going beyond fourth Jhāna to develop the formless attainments until there is no greater attainment (in contrast to many suttas where four material Jhānas seem to be sufficient).

An excerpt from Thanissaro's translation on ATI [ MN 66 ]:
"Suppose there were a poor person, penniless & indigent, with a single little shack — dilapidated, open to the crows, not the best sort; and a single bed — dilapidated, not the best sort; and a single pot of rice & gourd seeds — not the best sort; and a single wife — not the best sort. He would go to a park and see a monk — his hands & feet washed after a delightful meal, sitting in the cool shade, committed to the heightened mind. The thought would occur to him: 'How happy the contemplative state! How free of disease the contemplative state! O that I — shaving off my hair & beard and donning the ochre robe — might go forth from the household life into homelessness!' But being unable to abandon his single little shack — dilapidated, open to the crows, not the best sort; his single bed — dilapidated, not the best sort; his single pot of rice & gourd seeds — not the best sort; and his single wife — not the best sort — he wouldn't be able to shave off his hair & beard, to don the ochre robe, or to go forth from the household life into homelessness. And suppose someone were to say, 'That single little shack... that single bed... that single pot... and that single wife — not the best sort — by which that man was snared, which he was unable to abandon, and because of which he couldn't shave off his hair & beard, don the ochre robe, and go forth from the household life into homelessness: for him they were a weak snare, a feeble snare, a rotting snare, an insubstantial snare.' Would the person speaking that way be speaking rightly?"

English

MN 066 Laṭukikopama: The Quail Simile
Translator Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Read by frank_k, 35m 38s, 32.6 MB Download
recorded on 2012-04 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text (c) 2003 Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Enhanced version on archive.org 95.7 MB FLAC

Pāḷi

MN 066 [2.2.6] Laṭukikopama (chant)
Translator BJT
Read by Bhikkhu Jiv., 63m 27s, 58.1 MB Download
recorded on 2012-02 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text BJT: Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka
Enhanced version on archive.org 156.2 MB FLAC


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