Sutta analogy about flensed animal; reference, please

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Sutta analogy about flensed animal; reference, please

Postby fivebells » Thu May 16, 2013 9:33 pm

(Repost from Discovering Theravada forum, as posts there have to be approved by a moderator, and I would like to get an answer soon.)

There's an analogy somewhere in the Pali suttas about a flensed animal having its skin draped back over its body, so that the animal looks whole again, but the skin is actually separate. Anyone have a pointer to this?
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Re: Sutta analogy about flensed animal; reference, please

Postby cooran » Thu May 16, 2013 10:10 pm

Hmm. Probably not what you are seeking ....

The Uraga Sutta - The Worn Out Skin
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el241.html

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Re: Sutta analogy about flensed animal; reference, please

Postby daverupa » Thu May 16, 2013 10:11 pm

MN 146 wrote:"Just as if a skilled butcher or butcher's apprentice, having killed a cow, were to carve it up with a sharp carving knife so that — without damaging the substance of the inner flesh, without damaging the substance of the outer hide — he would cut, sever, & detach only the skin muscles, connective tissues, & attachments in between. Having cut, severed, & detached the outer skin, and then covering the cow again with that very skin, if he were to say that the cow was joined to the skin just as it had been: would he be speaking rightly?"
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: Sutta analogy about flensed animal; reference, please

Postby fivebells » Fri May 17, 2013 2:54 am

Thanks, daverupa! That's the one.
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