Sariputta makes an interesting assertion in the Sampasādanīya Sutta. He boldly declares that “there never has been, there will never be, and there is now no other recluse or brahmin who is better or wiser than the Blessed One.” Wow! Sounds intense. Let’s dig deeper.
The belief in relative voidness gives rise to a mind that clings to the notion of annihilation. Emptiness as “voidness” just doesn’t exist 😉 .
Attain serene confidence! Look through the Stainless Dhamma Eye.
Watch the doors.
All states of mind are altered states of mind.
Offering some observations on Right Speech and ‘the Two Truths’,
for my dharma sisters and brothers everywhere.
I’ve been exploring DN 10. “To Subha”. A Brahmin named Subha wants to see Ananda. Buddha just died. Ananda is old. There is a passage that seems to imply that Ananda was taking some sort of intoxicant. That is interesting! What was it?
Such a strange and powerful question.. Interestingly enough, there is a very specific answer provided in the Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha. Let’s look at it!
In the Subha Sutta, Ananda is asked to visit Subha. Ananda declines because he is intoxicated, under the influence of some substance– the time is “not proper”.
In Sutta 10 (“Subhasuttam”) of the Digha Nikaya we hear of an occasion where Ananda is asked to go visit Subha, but replies that the day is not right because he has taken ‘medicine’.