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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And there were three modes of the giving of that sacrifice. What we have is a sort of pun, a play upon the words, a piece of dialectic smartness, delightful to the hearers then, and unfortunately quite impossible to be rendered adequately, in English prose, for readers now.

Kutadanta Sutta (DN 5) – Paliesque

The Buddha responds by giving a list of seven progressively subtler and more powerful practices, viz. Guide to Tipitaka by U Ko Lay. It is impossible not to see that to the early tellers and hearers of these legends, always striking, often with a special beauty of their own, the unreality of the whole thing was just as evident, and was meant to be as evident, as it is now to us.

But he has made a strange muddle between it and vidho. Let the king guarantee food and wages for those in government service. The ascetic Gotama is young, and has newly gone forth.

Then those people, being intent on their occupations, will not harm the kingdom. I was the Brahmin chaplain who conducted that sacrifice. Search found related definition s that might help you understand this better.

But the battle was really won by the Buddhists and their allies. And the combined ridicule and earnestness of our Sutta will have had its share in bringing about the victory. Because beatings and throttlings are seen there.


5. Kutadanta Sutta

At this the Brahmins shouted loudly and noisily: Were the king, so long as that is so, to levy a fresh tax, verily his majesty would be acting wrongly. And a hundred bulls, and a hundred steers, and a hundred heifers, and a hundred goats, and a hundred rams had been brought to the post for the sacrifice. And the doorkeeper told him. Apart from anything else, no Brahmin would ktuadanta consulted the Buddha, of all people, about how to perform a sacrifice which was supposed to be their specialty.

Then The Blessed One discoursed to Kutadanta The Brahman in due order; that is to say, he spake to him of generosity, of right conduct, of heaven, of the danger, the vanity, and the defilement of lusts, of the advantages of renunciation. No trees were cut down to be used as posts, no Dabbha grasses mown to strew around the sacrificial spot. This good report has been spread about him: So, having obtained the consent of his citizens and having prepared, the king announces about the forthcoming offering.

The king has eight personal qualifications, as has kutdanta chaplain. In other words, the state is responsible for maintaining the common infrastructure, which in turn supports the civil society that depends on it, the prosperity of the latter resulting from the actions of the former making the taxes that the state spends to maintain the infrastructure affordable.

View original text with suyta This only works with certain texts, which include translations by Sujato and Brahmali. Those who survived would later harm Your Majesty’s realm.

Kutadanta Sutta

On this question, as on the question of caste or social privileges, the early Buddhists took up, and pushed to its logical conclusions, a rational view held also by others. For if you do so, your reputation will diminish and his will increase. To be a kuttadanta of such lore was then considered by no means unbecoming to a learned Brahman, though it ranked, of course, below his other studies.


Both these passages from the epics are from later portions of sutta. Brahmin, I wish to perform a great sacrifice. And, Reverend Gotama, I set free the seven hundred bulls, seven hundred bullocks, seven hundred heifers, seven hundred he-goats and seven hundred rams.

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To those who have wrong views it will turn out accordingly, but those who have right views will have a successful sacrifice and will rejoice in it, and their hearts may be calmed within. And our views of Indian history must be modified accordingly. Should his majesty the king, when the great sacrifice has been offered, feel any such regret as: When he said this, those brahmins made an uproar: Therefore it is fitting for us to visit him.

Then he had the Buddha informed of the time, saying: These are the four factors that the brahmin high priest possessed. Suppose Your Majesty were to think: Bandits have been seen raiding villages, towns, and cities, and infesting the highways.

But perchance his majesty might think: Just then, Kutadanta sutts gone up to his verandah for his midday rest. Our Sutta is, then, merely the oldest extant expression, in so thorough and uncompromising a way, of an ancient and widely held trend of opinion.