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Samyutta Nikaya XX.6

Dhanuggaha Sutta

The Archer


Staying at Savatthi. "Monks, suppose there were four strong archers -- well-trained, practiced, & drilled -- standing in the four directions, and a man were to come along saying, 'I will catch & bring down the arrows let fly by these four strong archers -- well-trained, practiced, & drilled -- before they have fallen to the ground.' What do you think? Would that be enough to call him a swift man, endowed with the foremost speed?"

"Even if he were to catch & bring down the arrows let fly by one archer -- well-trained, practiced, & drilled -- before they fell to the ground, lord, that would be enough to call him a swift man, endowed with the foremost speed, to say nothing of four such archers."

"Faster than the speed of that man, monks, is the speed of the sun & moon. Faster than the speed of that man, faster than the speed of the sun & moon, is the speed of the devas who rush ahead of the sun & moon. Faster than the speed of that man, faster than the speed of the sun & moon, faster than the speed of the devas who rush ahead of the sun & moon, the force of one's life span comes to an end. Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will live heedfully.' That's how you should train yourselves."


See also: SN II.19; Sn IV.6.
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