KŪṬADANTA SUTTA, translated by T. W. Rhys Davids WHOEVER put this Sutta together must have been deeply imbued with the spirit of. Kutadanta’s Question. Brahman Kutadanta is prepaing to perform an abundant sacrifice. A lot of bulls, cows, goats and rams are brought to the. Now at that time the brahmin Kūṭadanta was living in Khāṇumata. It was a crown property given by King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha, teeming with living .

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The King agreed, and did so. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article. If your Majesty were to tax this region, that would be the wrong thing to do.

Because beatings and throttlings are seen there. And, Reverend Gotama, I set free the seven hundred bulls, seven hundred bullocks, seven hundred heifers, seven hundred he-goats and seven hundred rams. The priest offers the king to obtain the consent of his citizens, and they approve of the idea of offerings. As to those who have wrong view, the outcome of that is theirs alone. And there at Khanumata he lodged in the Ambalatthika pleasaunce.

And when they heard this they went to Kutadanta, and persuaded him, on the same grounds as The Brahmans had laid before Sonadanda, not to go. He teaches a Dhamma that is lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle and lovely in its ending, in the spirit and in the letter, and he displays the fully-perfected, thoroughly purified holy life.

No regrets are felt at any stage of the sacrifice. No grass was reaped to strew over the place of sacrifice. Though the Buddhists did not accept this extreme position, there would seem therefore to be no valid reason for doubting the accuracy of the Buddhist tradition that their view of sacrifice was based on a very ancient belief which was, in fact, common ground to the wise, whether inside or outside, the ranks of the Brahmans.


With regard to each and every one of these sixteen conditions the king may rest assured that it has been fulfilled. While the king is performing the great sacrifice, someone might say that he does not possess the eight factors. The piquancy of this contrast is Indian, and especially Buddhist. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page.

And the country became quiet and at peace. It is all ironical, of course—just the very contrary, in every respect, of a typical Vedic sacrifice. For the high priest does indeed possess the four factors. You are attractive, good-looking, lovely, of surpassing beauty. Let the king know this as a reason to sacrifice, relinquish, rejoice, and gain confidence in his heart. He knew philology and grammar, and was well versed in cosmology and the marks of a great man.

I am kutadabta, as I am frequently when reading the words of the Buddha, of the poems mutadanta Laozi concerning government, thieves, and taxes. Inviting the Kshatriya Pali khattiya caste; Inviting advisers, counsellors, Brahmans, and householders; Being well born on both sides; and His chaplain being well born. By my count this is seven items, but possibly the text includes calumny, harsh, and frivolous speech as three additional items, making ten.

He is attended by four assemblies, revered, honored, esteemed and worshipped by them. He went forth from an eminent family of unbroken aristocratic lineage.

Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5) – Paliesque

And, brahmin, there is no other accomplishment of sacrifice which is better and finer than this. They are dealing with it only so far as is necessary to enforce their own contrary positions.

Click here to login or click here to become a member. Please teach me how to accomplish the sacrifice with three modes and sixteen accessories. Instead of answering him directly, the priest segues into a discussion of the state of the kingdom: Of the other, the king of Benares, it is said:.


Buddhist Sutra – Kutadanta Sutta

The priest then teaches the king to get rid of the kutadata that people of different qualities would come to the sacrifice ceremony: Now I do not understand all this, but I want to make a big sacrifice. No trees were felled for the sacrificial post. As we will see as we explore the suttas of the Pali Canon, this is exactly the method of the Buddha with respect to the mainstream practices of Brahmanism.

The king followed the advice and soon his country began to flourish. And The Blessed One signified, by silence, his consent.

5. Kutadanta Sutta

Here again, except in the last paragraph, there is nothing exclusively Buddhistic. Rather, he came by his fame due to his supreme knowledge and conduct.

When he went forth he abandoned abundant gold coin and bullion stored in dungeons and towers. Because cunning governs the state, The country is beset by thieves.

Try using the modern version anyway. Word meanings are from the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. At the King’s refusal, they went away to one side and consulted together.

Kutadanta Sutta

You know philology and kutadatna, and are well versed in cosmology and the marks of a great man. And they each — Kshatriyas and Ministers and Brahmans and householders — made alike reply: He went forth, leaving a great body of kinsmen. To those who take life, so will it be to them; but those who abstain from taking life will have a successful sacrifice and will rejoice in it, and their hearts may be calmed within.

And we should revere, honor, esteem and suttta guests.