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"Dogs do it better"

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"Dogs do it better"

Postby Individual » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:02 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: "Dogs do it better"

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:57 am

Hi Individual,

The only thing that comes to mind is the Soṇa Sutta (AN. iii. 221-2), where the Buddha describes the five ways in which dogs are better than brahmins, owing to the latter's discarding of their ancient customs. It's one of a series of suttas where the Buddha decries how the brahmins of his day had degenerated. To paraphrase:

1. Dogs only have sex with other dogs, whereas brahmins, though formerly having sex only with other brahmins, nowadays will do it with women from any caste.
2. Dogs only have sex when the bitch is in season, whereas brahmins will do it at any time.
3. Dogs don't buy and sell bitches, but rather, will mate according to mutual affection. Brahmins do buy and sell lady brahmins.
4. Dogs don't hoard silver, gold, grain etc., but brahmins do.
5. Dogs go looking for their evening meal in the evening and their morning meal in the morning. Brahmins stuff themselves silly and then keep the leftovers for the next meal.

"Verily, bhikkhus, these are the five ancient brahmin dhammas that are nowadays practised by dogs but not by brahmins."

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Re: "Dogs do it better"

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:17 am

And who said the Buddha did not have a sense of humor.

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Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:10 am

i think it may be a buddhadasa reference, or maybe ajahn chah? but i remember something about dogs from one of them....
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: "Dogs do it better"

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:10 pm

When you put it in English translation, it sort of sounds like one of the bad rap songs.
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Postby Jechbi » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:26 pm

Who let the dogggs out?

Boom. Boom. Boomboom.

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Re: "Dogs do it better"

Postby Individual » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:52 pm

The best things in life aren't things.


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Postby Sekha » Fri May 31, 2013 6:04 am

And what if this sutta was a late addition?

To me it sounds like pure ill-will and I cannot imagine the Buddha saying such things
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Postby Sekha » Fri May 31, 2013 6:46 am

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Re: "Dogs do it better"

Postby BlackBird » Fri May 31, 2013 9:27 am

Holy moley, a post or two from the Venerable Dhammanando.

:anjali:
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -


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