Harita Jataka

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dzogchungpa
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Harita Jataka

Postby dzogchungpa » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:58 am

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/j3/j3132.htm
In certain cases a Bodhisatta may destroy life, take what is not given him, commit adultery, drink strong drink, but he may not tell a lie, attended by deception that violates the reality of things.

I find this interesting. Why is lying the only precept a Bodhisatta can't break?
The truly undisturbed mind is not a private experience; it is more "public". - Dza Kilung Rinpoche

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Re: Harita Jataka

Postby JamyangTashi » Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:47 am

I wonder if it's related to Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta's discussion:

Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta wrote:Having tossed away the little bit of left-over water, the Blessed One said to Ven. Rahula, "Rahula, do you see how this little bit of left-over water is tossed away?"

"Yes, sir."

"Rahula, whatever there is of a contemplative in anyone who feels no shame at telling a deliberate lie is tossed away just like that."


Without complete honesty, it's very easy to lie to oneself about the motivations behind any other action and the harm it causes.


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