The longer simile of the elephant's footprint

Mahāhatthipadopama Sutta

Majjhima Nikāya 28 of 152

Translated by: Bhikkhu Sujato
Read by: Roland Kitchen


Sāriputta gives an elaborate demonstration of how, just as any footprint can fit inside an elephant’s, all the Buddha’s teaching can fit inside the four noble truths. This offers an overall template for organizing the Buddha’s teachings.