The Greater Discourse on the “Simile of the Heartwood”

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2009.

  • Reflecting on the kindness of benefactors who offers the fruits of their labor
  • Commentary on the Simile of the Heartwood Sutta (MN29)1
    • The pitfalls that one can face on the spiritual path
    • How one may become satisfied with lesser spiritual goals and not have the objective of seeking the heartwood, higher spiritual goals
    • Importance of setting motivation
    • Conviction/stable understanding of the Buddhist view in order to counter the eight worldly concerns

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 9 (download)


  1. In the references to the sutras MN refers to the Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. DN refers to the Digha Nikaya, the Long Discourses of the Buddha. 

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