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A Sutta Reference Question

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A Sutta Reference Question

Postby Dharmajim » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:39 am

Good Friends:

A friend of mine asked me the Pali source for the tradition of the Buddha having four encounters (a sick man, an old man, a funeral, and an ascetic). At first I thought it was the Airyapariyesana Sutta, MN 26, but that's not it. I'm fairly certain it's in the Jataka-Nidana, but she wants a Sutta citation and for some reason my brain isn't coming up with the proper reference. Your help is requested.

Thanks,

Dharmajim

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Re: A Sutta Reference Question

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:57 am

Greetings Jim,

Is it DN14: Mahapadana Sutta?

EDIT: Nope, doesn't look like it is.

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Re: A Sutta Reference Question

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:20 am

It is considered a legend, no direct reference in the Pali Canon. But there is some indication that it might have happened that way. See:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=4_Sights

Majjhima Nikaya I. 163
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Re: A Sutta Reference Question

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Re: A Sutta Reference Question

Postby Dharmajim » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:42 pm

That was fast, and informative. No wonder I couldn't find the reference.

Here's a followup that's a little obscure; does anyone know if the Four Sights are explicitly mentioned in the Sarvastivada Canon as it survives in Chinese translation?

Thanks again for your attention,

Jim

P.S. The story of the Four Sights appears in the Digha Nikaya discourse on the Lineage, but it refers to the previous Buddha Vipassi.


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