5 Funny Buddhist Suttas That Have a Great Message

 
You wouldn’t expect the Buddha’s teachings to include anything funny would you? I mean we’re talking about the serious business of purifying our mind and becoming enlightened. But occasionally I’ve come across some Buddhist suttas that have surprised me and made me chuckle. In this video, I share with you five suttas from the Pali Canon that I’ve found amusing and also have a great message.

One a side note, I grew up watching a lot of British comedy, like Monty Python and John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, so I know I shouldn’t do this, but sometimes if I imagine these particular suttas being read in John Cleese’s voice, they do make them even funnier!
 
Suttas used in this video:

“Gadrabha Sutta: The Donkey” (AN 3.81), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.081.than.html.

“Sedaka Sutta: At Sedaka” (SN 47.19), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.019.than.html.

“Punna Sutta: To Punna” (SN 35.88), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 17 December 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.088.than.html.

“Akkosa Sutta: Insult” (SN 7.2), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn07/sn07.002.than.html.

“Nanda Sutta: About Nanda” (Ud 3.2), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 August 2012, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.3.02.than.html.

 

 
 
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