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On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM, Chanida <jchanida@...> wrote:
> Dear Frank,
> On preparing for the Sunday dhamma study class, I incidentally came across
> this relevant reference, being another version of the Buddha's guarantee to
> Nanda in the commentary to AN.I which is probably clearer than the one from
> Dhammapadaṭṭhakathā you referred to:
> "Nanda, evarūpā accharā samaṇadhammaṃ
> karontānaṃ na dullabhāti. Sace me, bhante bhagavā,
> pāṭibhogo hoti, ahaṃ samaṇadhammaṃ
> karissāmīti. Vissattho tvaṃ, nanda,
> samaṇadhammaṃ karohi. Sace te sappaṭisandhikā
> kālakiriyā bhavissati, ahaṃ etāsaṃ
> paṭilābhatthāya pāṭibhogoti." (AN-a 1.316-7)
> Rough translation:
> Buddha: "Nanda, such celestial nymphs are not hard to be obtained for
> those who practise samaṇa-dhamma."
> Nanda: If the Blessed one will be my guarantor, I will do it.
> Buddha: "Be confident, Nanda. Practise samaṇa-dhammmma. If there
> will be death with (future) rebirth for you, I am guarantor for the
> obtainment of those nymphs."
> As for another example of another killer who attained dhamma, see the
> story of Tambadāṭhikacoraghātaka in the
> Dhammapadaṭṭhakathā 2.202-208.
> As for the comparison of Ajātasattu, you may recollect that he did
> not practise himself according to Buddha's teachings as did Angulimala. The
> best Ajatasattu did was only 'dāna', and he has not abandoned any
> desire. See the story of Jotika where Ajātasattu's greed was mentioned.
> --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, Frank K <frank48k@...> wrote:
> > The problem is the Buddha guaranteed his cousin Nanda
> > celestial nymphs if he didn't disrobe and remained in the order. If the
> > Buddha had made the guarantee in a not so ironclad way, I wouldn't have a
> > problem with that either. For example, if he said, "Nanda, if you don't
> > disrobe, I will show you how to develop samatha to the point where you
> > could easily attain celestial nymphs." Then the Buddha would be stating a
> > truth, and not making ironclad guarantees that seem to be not something
> > enlightened being would say.
> > In the case of Angulimala, is there any other precedent in the Canon
> > someone can commit such heinous crimes as Angulimala and still attain
> > arahantship or even stream entry in that safe lifetime?
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