The third volume of the mulapannasapali of the Majjima Nikaya

  • MN21 Kakacūpamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The Parable of the Saw/The Simile of the Saw - The Buddha tells the story of a wise servant who deliberately tests her mistress's patience. The Buddha invokes several memorable similes here to illustrate the correct way to develop patience.

  • MN22 Alagaddūpamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The Snake Simile/The Water-Snake Simile - Using two famous similes, the Buddha shows how the development of right view calls for the skillful application both of grasping and of letting-go. The sutta includes one of the Canon's most important expositions on the topic of not-self.

  • MN23 Vammikasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The simile of the ant hill - A riddle given by a deity to Ven Kumara Kassapa is explained by the Buddha to be synonymous to the quest to end desires.

  • MN24 Rathavinītasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    Relay chariots  - Using the simile of a set of relay chariots, Ven. Punna Mantaniputta explains the relationship of the factors of the path to the goal of the holy life to Sariputta.

  • MN25 Nivāpasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The simile of the deer feeder - The Buddha offers a strategy of attaining enlightenment using the simile of the deer feeder and wild animals looking for food.

  • MN26 Pāsarāsisuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The noble search  - Most of us spend a good part of our lives looking for happiness in all the wrong places. In this sutta the Buddha recounts the story of his own search and points out where a true and lasting happiness can be found.

  • MN27 Cūḷahatthipadopamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The shorter elephant footprint simile - At what point do we know for sure that the Buddha's awakening was genuine?.

  • MN28 Mahāhatthipadopamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The great elephant footprint simile  - An explanation of the four noble truths, focusing on the aggregate of physical form and showing (1) how all the aggregates are interrelated and (2) how all four noble truths, together with the principle of dependent co-arising, are related to the aggregates.

  • MN29 Mahāsāropamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The longer heartwood-simile discourse - The Buddha compares the rewards of the practice to different parts of a large tree, with total release the most valuable part of the tree: the heartwood.

  • MN30 Cūḷasāropamasuttaṃ ( 2 )

    The shorter heartwood-simile discourse - The Buddha uses the analogy of the search for heartwood to the search of more exalted qualities better than gain, honour and fame.