SN 55.1: Raja Sutta — The Emperor

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SN 55.1: Raja Sutta — The Emperor

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Re: SN 55.1: Raja Sutta — The Emperor

Postby Coyote » Wed May 29, 2013 12:07 pm

It is interesting to note how self-view and clinging to rites-rituals fetters are not mentioned in this sutta and in other similar suttas in that portion of the Samyutta Nikaya. It is interesting to me because often discussion of stream entry is focused on those two aspects. Perhaps it is reflective of a more "positive" description rather than the negative fetter description more usually discussed, and of course the need to contrast the two figures- that of the noble one and the wheel-turning emperor. It is a comparison that is very striking, given the often divine and legendary status given to emperors and monarchs at that time.
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Re: SN 55.1: Raja Sutta — The Emperor

Postby gavesako » Wed May 29, 2013 12:51 pm

Indeed, compare for instance the enormous reverence for King Asoka, shown for example by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo at Wat Asokaram near Bangkok (some famous monks actually identified themselves with certain Buddhist kings of the past). But the important kings were often declared for ariya-puggalas or bodhisattvas.
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