SN IV 42.1 Caṇḍa Sutta

SN IV 42.1 Caṇḍa Sutta

 

Caṇḍa Sutta #

 

 

At Sāvatthi.

 

At that time, 

Caṇḍa the Furious went to the Awakened One

Paid respects, sat to the side and asked:

 

“Bhante, what is the cause and the reason why 

Some people are furious and are known to be furious?

 

And what is the cause and the reason why

some others are kind and known to be kind.”

 

[The Buddha]

Here headman,

 

(1) One has not abandoned selfish desire. [1]

When selfish desire is not abandoned, 

     one gets angry at others, [2]

Holding a mind of anger towards others, 

     one displays anger. [3]

 

Then one is known to be furious. [4]

 

(2) One has not abandoned dislike.[5]

Because dislike is not abandoned, 

     one gets angry at others,

Holding a mind of anger towards others, 

     one displays anger.

 

Then one is known to be furious.

 

(3)  One has not abandoned delusion.[6]

Because delusion is not abandoned, 

     one gets angry at others

Holding a mind of anger towards others, 

     one displays anger.

 

Then one is known to be furious.

 

This is the cause and the reason why

Some people are furious and are known to be furious.

 

 

Here headman, 

 

(1) One has abandoned selfish desires.

Because selfish desire is abandoned, 

                  one does not get angry at others. 

Not holding an angry mind towards others, 

                  one does not display anger.

 

Then one is known to be kind. [7]

 

(2) One has abandoned dislike.

Because dislike is abandoned, 

                  one does not get angry at others. 

Not holding an angry mind towards others, 

                  one does not display anger.

 

Then one is known to be kind.

 

(3) One has abandoned delusion.

Because delusion is abandoned, 

                  one does not get angry at others. 

Not holding an angry mind towards others, 

                  one does not display anger.

 

Then one is known to be kind.

 

This is the cause and the reason why

Some people are gentle and are known to be gentle.

 

When this was said, Caṇḍa the headman exclaimed:

 

“Wonderful Bhante, Wonderful!

 

Just as if what had fallen over had been set upright,

or as what had been hidden was uncovered,

or as if the way was shown to someone who was lost,

or as if a light was shone in the darkness, thinking:

 

“Let those with vision see!”

 

In the same way Bhante, 

The Awakened One Has brought forth 

And elucidated the Dhamma in countless ways.

 

Bhante, I go to the Awakened One as a refuge 

to the Dhamma 

and to the bhikkkhu saṅgha.

 

Let the Awakened one see me as a lay follower,

From today on, who has gone for refuge for life.”[8]

 


[1] ekaccassa rāgo appahīno hoti.

[2] Rāgassa appahīnattā pare kopenti,

[3] parehi kopiyamāno kopaṃ pātukaroti.

[4] So caṇḍotveva saṅkhaṃ gacchati.

[5] Doso appahīno hoti.

[6] Moho appahīno hoti.

[7] So soratotveva saṅkhaṃ gacchati.

[8] Upāsakaṃ maṃ bhagavā dhāretu ajjatagge pāṇupetaṃ saraṇaṃ gatan”ti.

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