the simile of the cloth

Vattha-Sutta

Majjhima Nikāya 7 of 152

Translated by: Bhikkhu Sujato
Read by: Roland Kitchen

Description

The many different kinds of impurities that defile the mind are compared to a dirty cloth. When the mind is clean we find joy, which leads to states of higher consciousness. Finally, the Buddha rejects the Brahmanical notion that purity comes from bathing in sacred rivers.