No Secret Teachings.

Many early Buddhist suttas are repetitive, covering the same ground as many other suttas.  However, every once in a while you come across one that has a very different message.   Interestingly, these messages tend not to get repeated a lot and at least in my opinion are useful for preventing people from going in a direction that isn’t useful.   Here is such a sutta:

Not A Secret Doctrine

AN 3:129; 128


In The Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon Edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Page 88

“These three things, monks, are conducted in secret, not openly.

What three? Affairs with women, the mantras of the brahmins, and wrong view.

“But these three things, monks, shine openly, not in secret.

What three?

The moon, the sun, and the Dhamma and Discipline proclaimed by the Tathagata.”


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