the simile of the snake


Majjhima Nikāya 22 of 152

Translated by: Rupert Gethin
Read by: Roland Kitchen


The sutta falls into two parts. The first part concerns the monk Arittha who has wrong views concerning the teaching. The Buddha reprimands Arittha and gives two similes (of the snake and raft) which illustrate different ways in which someone might miss the point of his teachings. The second part of the sutta details issues connected with views of the self.