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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
XX. Brāhmaṇa Vagga

Sutta 191

Soṇa Suttaɱ

The Dog Discourse

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Sourced from the edition at dhammatalks.org
For free distribution only.

 


 

An example of how pointed the Buddha's sense of humor could be. The deadpan style is typical of humor in the Pali Canon.

 


 

[1][pts] "Monks, these five ancient brahmanical traditions are now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

Which five?

"In the past, brahman males mated only with brahman females and not with non-brahman females.

At present, brahman males mate with brahman females and with non-brahman females.

At present, male dogs mate only with female dogs and not with female non-dogs.

This is the first ancient brahmanical tradition that is now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

"In the past, brahman males mated with brahman females only in-season and not out-of-season.

At present, brahman males mate with brahman females in-season and out-of-season.

At present, male dogs mate with female dogs only in-season and not out-of-season.

This is the second ancient brahmanical tradition that is now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

"In the past, brahman males did not buy or sell brahman females, but took up cohabitation for the sake of reproduction simply through mutual attraction.

At present, brahman males buy and sell brahman females, and take up cohabitation for the sake of reproduction simply through mutual attraction.

At present, male dogs do not buy or sell female dogs, but take up cohabitation for the sake of reproduction simply through mutual attraction.

This is the third ancient brahmanical tradition that is now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

"In the past, brahmans did not make a stash of wealth, grain, silver, or gold.

At present, brahmans make stashes of wealth, grain, silver, and gold.

At present, dogs do not make a stash of wealth, grain, silver, or gold.

This is the fourth ancient brahmanical tradition that is now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

"In the past, brahmans searched for alms for their morning meal in the morning, and for their evening meal in the evening.

At present, brahmans, having eaten as much as they like, swelling their bellies, leave taking the leftovers.

At present, dogs search for alms for their morning meal in the morning, and for their evening meal in the evening.

This is the fifth ancient brahmanical tradition that is now observed among dogs but not among brahmans.

"These, monks, are the five ancient brahmanical traditions that are now observed among dogs but not among brahmans."

 


 

Of Related Interest:

DN 11;
MN 93;
SN 3:24

 


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