MN 075 Māgandiya: To Māgandiya

The Buddha uses an unforgettable simile about a leper scratching an insatiable itch from a cauterized wound to explain the nature of sensory pleasure and how an end can not be found by satisfying desire. There is also an explanation of what type of pleasure is far superior, and why we should pursue it.

Another interesting event in this sutta is how the Buddha scathingly denounces wrong views of certain other Brahmans in a very humorous way.


Sutta text is an excerpt only, missing first portion of sutta
Thanissaro Bhikkhusutta text
Read by frank_k,  17min 2s  15.5 MB Download
recorded on march 26, 2011 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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MN 075 [2.3.5] Māgandiya (chant)
Translator BJT
Read by Bhikkhu Jiv., 73m 5s, 66.9 MB Download
recorded on 2012-02 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text BJT: Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka
Enhanced version on 174.0 MB FLAC


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