Sacred Books of the Buddhists
Dialogues of the Buddha
Is the Soul Distinct from the Body?
Translated from the Pali by T.W. Rhys Davids
Originally published under the patronage of
His Majesty King Chulālankarana,
King of Siam
by The Pali Text Society, Oxford
The Mahāli Sutta must have already included, when the Dīgha was put together, this Jāliya episode. For there would otherwise be no reason for the Mahāli Sutta being put into the Sīlakkhanda Vagga, the Sīlas being contained only in that episode.
Why then should the episode appear also again, in full, as a separate Sutta? Is it merely because of the importance of the question? We have another instance of a similar kind, where the episode of Nigrodha's question, only referred to at § 23. of the Kassapa-Sīhanāda Sutta, is set out afterwards, in full, in the Udumbarīka Sīhanāda Sutta (No. 25 in the Dīgha). But there the whole episode is not given twice in full. Such cross-references are fairly frequent in the Piṭakas, and are of importance for the history of the literature. One of the most striking cases is where the Saŋyutta quotes a Sutta, now contained in the Dīgha, by name. (Sakkapañha Sutta, S. III, 13; compare Sum. I, 51; Mil. 350.)]
[Contents ] [Preface ] [#1. Brahma-gāla Suttanta: ] [#2. Sāmañña-phala Suttanta: ] [#3. The Ambaṭṭha Suttanta: ] [#4. The Soṇadaṇḍa Suttanta: ] [#5. The Kūṭadanta Suttanta: ] [#6. The Mahāli Suttanta: ] [#7. Gāliva Suttanta: ] [#8. Kassapa-Sīhanāda Suttanta: ] [#9. The Poṭṭhapāda Suttanta: ] [#10. Subha Suttanta: ] [#11. Kevaddha Suttanta: ] [#12. Lohikka Suttanta: ] [#13. Tevigga Suttanta: ]