Sandaka Sutta: 1 definition


Sandaka Sutta means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sandaka Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Ananda, staying at the Ghositarama in Kosambi, visits the Pilakkhaguha near Devakata pool, where the Paribbajaka Sandaka is staying with some five hundred followers. Ananda is asked to give a discourse on the Buddhas teachings, and speaks of the four antitheses to the higher life: there is the teacher who holds that it does not matter whether actions are good or bad; the teacher who holds that no evil is done by him who acts himself or causes others to act; the teacher holding that there is no cause for either depravity or purity; and, lastly, the teacher who holds, among other things, that men make an end of ill only when they have completed their course of transmigrations, like a ball of twine which continues rolling as long as there is string to unwind. On these heresies cf. Saleyyaka Sutta. The reference is evidently to the teachings of Purana Kassapa, Makkhali Gosala and others.

Ananda then proceeds to explain the four comfortless vocations: the teacher who claims to be all knowing and all seeing; the teacher whose doctrine is traditional and scriptural; the rationalist of pure reason and criticism teaching a doctrine of his own reasoning; and, lastly, the teacher who is stupid and deficient. Ananda then describes the Buddhas own teaching, leading up to the four Jhanas. Sandaka and his followers accept the Buddha as their teacher. M.i.513-24.

context information

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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