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Sutta 103

Ruṇṇa Suttaɱ


Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"This, monks, is reckoned to be lamentation[2]
in the discipline of the Ariyan,
namely, singing.

This is reckoned as causing madness[3]
in the discipline of the Ariyan,
namely, dancing.

This is reckoned as childishness
in the discipline of the Ariyan,
namely, immoderate laughter
that displays the teeth.

Wherefore, monks, away with the bridge[4]
that leads to singing and dancing!

Enough for you,
if you are pleased righteously[5]
to smile just to show your pleasure."[6]


[1] Comy. says this was a reprimand to the 'Monks of the Six,' who went about singing, dancing and laughing.

[2] Ruṇṇaɱ = roditaɱ.

[3] Ummattakaɱ. Comy. Text has ummatikaɱ.

Buddh. Psych. Eth. 87 n.: "Cf. D. i, 156, and MPS. 16, 17. It is striking that here and in the following answer no diminution of moho (dullness) is included. Cf., however, below, §1143. Ignorance (= dullness) is only realy conquered in the Fourth Path. The diminution is described (Asl. 238) as coming to pass in two ways; vicious dispositions arise occasionally and no longer habitually, and when they do arise it is with an attenuated intensity. They are like the sparse blades of grass remaining in a newly mown field, and like a flimsy membrane or a fly's wing."

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[4] Setu-ghāto (bridge-destroying) = paccaya-ghāto. Comy. Cf. supra, text 220; ii, 145; Vin. i, 59; Buddh. Psych. Eth. 87 n.

[5] Dhamma-pamoditānaɱ sataɱ = kenacideva kāraṇena pamuditānaɱ santānaɱ. Comy.

[6] Alaɱ sitaɱ sita-mattāya = sitaɱ (karotha) ... pahaṭṭh'ākāra-mattaɱ dassanāya yeva yuttay. Comy.

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