Upakkilesa Sutta: 2 definitions

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Upakkilesa 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»] — Upakkilesa Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Upakkilesa Sutta - Preached at Pacinavamsadaya to Anuruddha, Nandiya and Kimbila. It was at the time of the quarrel of the Kosambi monks; the Buddha, in search of quietness, goes to Balakalonaka, preaches there to Bhagu and proceeds to Pacinavamsadaya, where he tells his cousins how they should develop meditation, getting rid of all obstacles. M.iii.152ff. The verses of the sutta are also found in the Vinaya version (i.349ff). Some of the verses are included in the Dhammapada (vv.328-30) and in the Khaggavisana Butts of the Sutta Nipata (vv.11, 12).

2. Upakkilesa Sutta - Gold ore must be purified from all its dross before it can be used for making ornaments, etc.; similarly, the mind must be freed from its impurities - the five nivaranas - before it can be used for acquiring the higher knowledge (A.iii.16-19).

3. Upakkilesa Sutta - Four things prevent the sun and the moon from shining with their full brilliance - clouds, mist, smoke and dust and Rahu. Similarly four things diminish the holiness of ascetics and recluses - intoxicants, sex, money and wrong livelihood (A.ii.53f).

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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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