Ambalatthika-rahulovada-sutta, Ambalatthikarahulovadasutta, Ambalatthika-rāhulovāda-sutta: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Preached by the Buddha at Ambalatthika (near Veluvana) to Rahula. It deals with falsehood. Like a minute drop of water is the recluse ship of those who shrink not from deliberate lying, it is thrown away, upset; it is empty and void. There is nothing evil they will not do, they run every risk, like an elephant who guards not his trunk. One should practise constant reflection, thereby abandoning all things conducive to woe, either to oneself or to others, and develop self control and purity (M.i.414-20). Rahula was evidently yet very young at the time of this sermon, for we find the Buddha making use of frequent similes, and pointing them out to him. According to the Cy., he was at the time only 7 years old (MA. ii. 636).

The Commentary says that it was preached because very young novices might be tempted to say things both proper and improper; they were likely to imagine things. This sutta is to warn Rahula against the use of lies (MA.ii.635f.; AA.i.145; ii.547).

The Ambalatthika Rahulovada Sutta is among the portions of scripture mentioned in the Bhabra Edict of Asoka as being essentially worthy of study by all monks (See Mookerji: Asoka, p.119) (v.l. Ambalatthiya).

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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