Seed similies in the Pali Canon

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Seed similies in the Pali Canon

Postby Nibbida » Wed May 27, 2009 3:03 am

I know the Buddha used seed analogies in the Pali canon, particularly referring to kamma. Can anyone point out one (or more, if there are more) of these suttas? I hear them referred to by many teachers, but none name the original suttas.

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Re: Seed similies in the Pali Canon

Postby cooran » Wed May 27, 2009 3:55 am

Hello Nibbida,

Do you have access to the Sa.myutta Nikaya?

If so, there are two suttas entitled "Seeds". One is in the Maggasa.myutta XIV Strenuous Deeds 150 (2) p. 1553
And the other is in the Khandhasa.myutta 22 Engagement 54(2) p. 891

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Re: Seed similies in the Pali Canon

Postby gavesako » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:58 am

(AN 3:76/i, 223-24):

"It is said, lord, 'becoming, becoming.' In what way, lord, is there becoming?"
"if, Ananda, there were no kamma ripening in the sense realm, would sense-sphere becoming be discerned?"
"No, lord."
"Thus, Ananda, kamma is the field, consciousness is the seed, craving the moisture; for beings obstructed by ignorance and fettered to craving, consciousness becomes grounded in a low realm. Thus, Ananda, there is the production of re-becoming in the future. It is thus, Ananda, that there is becoming.
"If, Ananda, there were no kamma ripening in the fine-material realm, would fine-material becoming be discerned?"
"No, lord."
"Thus, Ananda, kamma is the field, consciousness is the seed, craving the moisture; for beings obstructed by ignorance and fettered to craving, consciousness becomes grounded in a middling realm. Thus, Ananda, there is the production of re-becoming in the future. It is thus, Ananda, that there is becoming.
"If, Ananda, there were no kamma ripening in the immaterial realm, would immaterial becoming be discerned?"
"No, lord."
"Thus, Ananda, kamma is the field, consciousness is the seed, craving the moisture; for beings obstructed by ignorance and fettered to craving, consciousness becomes grounded in a superior realm. Thus, Ananda, there is the production of re-becoming in the future. It is thus, Ananda, that there is becoming."
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Re: Seed similies in the Pali Canon

Postby Nibbida » Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:13 am

Perfect! Thank you. :anjali:
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