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The (Mahā) Cunda Sutta (AN 6.46)
May 8th, 2013
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The (Mahā) Cunda Sutta (AN 6.46).

There are a few Cunda in the Pāḷi Canon: a novice, two elders (Mahā-Cunda and Cūla-Cunda) with texts so confused it's often hard or impossible to know which one is referred to in a particular text, a pork butcher used as an example of the law of karma, and a rājakumāra (or 'prince'). There is also mention of a Cunda-Samanuddesa, although the commentaries identify him as Mahā-Cunda.


Mahā-Cunda is described in the Theragāthā commentary as the younger brother of Sāriputta, under whom he joined the Order, winning arahantship after arduous and strenuous effort.
As an elder, one clear teaching of his (on right speech) has reached us:

"Thus, friends, you should train yourselves: 'Being Dhamma-devotee monks, we will speak in praise of jhāna monks.' That's how you should train yourselves. Why is that? Because these are amazing people, hard to find in the world, i.e., those who dwell touching the deathless element with the body.

"And thus, friends, you should train yourselves: 'Being jhāna monks, we will speak in praise of Dhamma-devotee monks.' That's how you should train yourselves. Why is that? Because these are amazing people, hard to find in the world, i.e., those who penetrate with discernment statements of deep meaning."


Speak in praise of other practitioners, whether they focus on mastering the teachings (i.e. on "right view"), on meditating (i.e. on "concentration" and/or "mindfulness"), on leading the virtuous life (i.e. on "right livelihood" and/or "right speech" and/or "right action")… or even practise within other 'traditions' (buddhist or not!)… Appreciate, and praise, their "right effort" and "right intention"! For they are amazing people, even if they chose a different "dharma gate" than yours.


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(full sutta:
 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/an06.046.than.html)
(image: the eightfold path, in Chinese)