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56.81–90 Tatiya Āmakadhañña Peyyālavagga
Third Raw Grain Repetition Series

Most people do not keep the higher virtues.

SN 56.81 Naccagīta Sutta: Dancing and Singing

One day the Buddha, putting a little bit of dirt on his fingernail, asked the monks: “What do you think, monks? Which is more: the little bit of dirt on my fingernail, or this great Earth?”

“Bhante, the great Earth is certainly more. The little bit of dirt on your fingernail is tiny. Compared to the great earth, it can’t be reckoned or compared; it’s not even a fraction.”

“Monks, in the same way, the beings who refrain from dancing, singing, music, and seeing shows are few, while those who don’t refrain from those are many. Why is that? It’s because they haven’t seen the Four Noble Truths. What four? The Noble Truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the end of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand: ‘This is suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the origin of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the end of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the end of suffering.’”

SN 56.82 Uccāsayana Sutta: High Beds

“… the beings who refrain from using comfortable and luxurious beds are few, while those who don’t refrain from using those are many. …”

SN 56.83 Jātarupa Sutta: Gold, Silver and Money

“… the beings who refrain from accepting gold, silver and money are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting gold and money are many. …”

SN 56.84 Āmakadhañña Sutta: Raw Grain

“… the beings who refrain from accepting raw grain are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting raw grain are many. …”

SN 56.85 Āmakamaṁsa Sutta: Raw Meat

“… the beings who refrain from accepting raw meat are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting raw meat are many. …”

SN 56.86 Kumārika Sutta: Accepting Women and Girls

“… the beings who refrain from accepting women and girls are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting women and girls are many. …”

SN 56.87 Dāsidāsa Sutta: Servants

“… the beings who refrain from accepting male and female servants are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting male and female servants are many. …”

SN 56.88 Ajelaka Sutta: Goats

“… the beings who refrain from accepting goats and sheep are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting goats and sheep are many. …”

SN 56.89 Kukkutasukara Sutta: Chickens and Pigs

“… the beings who refrain from accepting chickens and pigs are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting chickens and pigs are many. …”

SN 56.90 Vaḷavā Sutta: Elephants, Cows, Horses, and Mares

“… the beings who refrain from accepting elephants, cows, horses, and mares are few, while those who don’t refrain from accepting elephants, cows, horses, and mares are many. …”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.81–90 Tatiya Āmakadhañña Peyyālavagga: Third Raw Grain Repetition Series

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