The Agganna Sutta presents a Buddhist creation fable with a moral about castes. Here is a condensed version of the tale. AGGANNA SUTTA: On Knowledge of Beginnings. This is a text taken from a larger collection called the Long Discourses (Digha. Nikaya); the teachings. In contrast with the brahmin’s self-serving mythologies of the past, the Buddha presents an account of evolution that shows how human choices are an integral.

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But so long as they ate that ripe untilled rice, their bodies became more solid and they diverged in appearance. Then one of those beings of autta disposition thought: And the females developed female sex-organs, and the males developed male organs.

Long Discourses 27 The Origin of the World. Then those beings started to eat the bursting pods.

Then, mushroom -like plants began to grow so fast that they replaced the mud-like ocean. Vasettha sees his Teacher strolling, tells his friend, Bharadvaja, and suggests that they meet the Buddha to see if they can hear a Dhamma exposition from the Buddha.

Thus, greed started to seep in and it ate the substance voraciously, greedily, also calling its comrades who were flying above and on earth to join in the feast.

Views Read Edit View history. Aggahna the bursting pods had vanished, ripe untilled rice appeared to those beings. Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 9: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Sakyans show deference to King Pasenadi by bowing down, rising up, greeting him with joined palms, and observing proper etiquette for him.


DN27 Aggañña Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings

They came down in the morning for aggajna and in the evening for supper to the village, town, or royal capital seeking a meal. So, they appointed someone to rectify what is right and what sutha wrong, give warnings to those who need it, give punishment to those who deserve it, and in return, they will give him a share of their rice.

In an expanded study [3], Sugunasiri points to two other Suttas Brahmajala and Patika in which the Buddha presents dimensions of the cosmic process. There was already the distinction between male and female. But sooner or later, after a very long period, this world begins to expand again.

And there they dwell, mind-made, feeding on delight, self-luminous, moving through the air, glorious — and they stay like that for a very long time. DA says compiling the Vedas and teaching them. It was endowed with color, smell, and taste. Both these things occur like this, mixed up in these four castes—the dark and the bright, that which is praised and that which is criticized by sensible people.

They grieved on the sutts of evil amongst their people. However, the profound insight of the Buddha in two major fields: Note that this is an aid only, and is not always accurate. They made leaf-huts in forest places and meditated in them. Due to aggannna governance of Dhamma which became the root of all castes and people anyone, from any the caste, who did demerit and wrongdoings, lived a bad life of speech, thoughts, views, and wrongdoings, they would end up after their death, in the realm of sufferings, hell, loss, and torture.

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DN The Origin of the World—Bhikkhu Sujato

At this time, there were not yet seen the Moon and the Sunthere were not yet Night and Day, there were not yet names and identity or female or male. They would be profiting from their deeds, no matter what their caste might be. The people called them ‘Ajjhayaka’ which meant ‘They who don’t meditate’.

He is handsome, I am ugly.

Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies

Oh, what a taste! The sweet and honey-like rice flourished seeds abundantly. They enjoyed it, and craving was born in them. The Monarchy is also formed voluntarily, and the people elect the most righteous and capable person, which implied the Democracy concept.