The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

the parable of the poisoned arrow

The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow is one of the Buddha’s most famous parables which is contained in the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (aka The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya) which is part of the middle length discourses called the “Mjjhima Nikaya”. A Monk’s Unanswered Questions The sutta (or sutra in the Sanskrit language) takes place in a monastery garden named Jetavana where the monk named Malunkyaputta becomes troubled by the fact that the Buddha replies with silence to his questions about the nature of the universe. He then meets with the Buddha and demands the answers … Continue reading