KŪṬADANTA SUTTA, translated by T. W. Rhys Davids WHOEVER put this Sutta together must have been deeply imbued with the spirit of. Kutadanta’s Question. Brahman Kutadanta is prepaing to perform an abundant sacrifice. A lot of bulls, cows, goats and rams are brought to the. Now at that time the brahmin Kūṭadanta was living in Khāṇumata. It was a crown property given by King Seniya Bimbisāra of Magadha, teeming with living .

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He recited and remembered the hymns, and was an expert in the three Vedas, together with their vocabularies, ritual, phonology and etymology, and the testament as fifth.

On this word, the locative singular of a neuter abstract form, compare M. What each chose to do, he did, what they chose not to do, that was kutadantq undone.

Kutadanta Sutta

People come from distant lands and distant countries to question him. He was ethical, mature in ethical kuhadanta. The King is making a great sacrifice.

And there he stayed at the Ambalatthika park. And there were three modes of the giving of that sacrifice. He said to the Buddha: However much I might praise stta ascetic Gotama, that praise is insufficient, he is beyond all praise.

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People come to consult him from foreign kingdoms and foreign lands. You know philology and grammar, and are well versed in cosmology and the marks of a great man. It is just the contrary.

5. Kutadanta Sutta

And so on, in succession, are found to be the strength of their two armies, the amount of their treasure, the glory of their renown, the fame of their realms, the distinction of their caste, and tribe, and family. The piquancy of this contrast is Indian, and especially Buddhist. All the kutadantw is voluntary. With regard to each and every one of these sixteen kutdaanta the king may rest assured that it has been fulfilled.


Then he had the Buddha informed of the time, saying: The Buddha then proceeds stta tell Kutadanta of other forms of sacrifice more potent than the gift of material things, and ends the sutta with a description of arahantship.

Whosoever there be in the king’s realm who devote themselves to keeping cattle and the farm, to them let his majesty the king give food and seed-corn.

This is the cause, brahmin, this is the reason why those regular gifts as ongoing family sacrifice have fewer requirements and undertakings, yet are more fruitful and beneficial, compared with the sacrifice accomplished with three modes and sixteen accessories.

When he said this, those brahmins made an uproar: To be a master of such lore was kutadsnta considered by no means unbecoming to a learned Brahman, though it ranked, of course, below his other studies. Lutadanta was very learned in diverse fields of learning. Translated for SuttaCentral by Sujato Bhikkhu. He approached the Lord, exchanged courtesies with him, and sat down to one side.

Buddhist Sutra – Kutadanta Sutta

Page 2 Sacitta, 1 nt. Remember settings Select this to remember these settings next time you visit SuttaCentral. King Bimbisara of Magadha — who you will recall from the second sutta was murdered by his kutavanta, Ajatasattu, thus establishing this sutta as earlier than the second sutta of the Digha NIkaya — had given Khanumata to the Brahman Kutadanta, a political structure, which was common at the time.

So they each went, and went in vain, to the people in the city, outside the palace on a similar quest.


On hearing this, the Brahmins said: Then let his majesty the king send invitations to whomsoever there may be in kktadanta realm who are Kshatriyas, vassals of his, either in the country or the towns; or who are ministers and officials of his, either in the country or the towns; or who are Brahmans of position, either in the country or the towns; or who are householders of substance, either in the country or the towns, saying: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Truly, too many taxes are causing famine. For the consent of the four classes has been obtained, the kutasanta has the eight, and his Brahman has the four, personal gifts. Suppose now I were to make a great sacrifice which would be to my benefit and happiness for a long time?

When the country is secured as a sanctuary, free of being harried and oppressed, the happy people, with joy in their hearts, dancing zutta children at their breast, will dwell as if their houses were wide open. From the commentary, though not the text, we hear that the King finally desisted from his intention. The guests also brought funds to contribute to the ceremony, but the king rebuffed them, so they put their gifts to the east, south, west, and north of the sacrificial pit as offerings.

And brahmin, in that sacrifice no cattle were killed, no goats were killed, and no chickens or pigs were killed.