[INDOLOGY] Caste system and Buddhism
rajam at earthlink.net
Tue May 31 23:39:32 UTC 2016
This is interesting! The same concept seeps through old Tamil texts.
Specifically, the Tirukkural (திருக்குறள்) has a couplet which conveys the same idea: 'all are the same by birth and differ by their deeds’.
However, I’ve never been able to find out what those deeds are!
> On May 31, 2016, at 4:20 PM, Jambugahapitiya Dhammaloka <gahapitiyajambu at gmail.com> wrote:
> <mailto:mailmealakendudas at rediffmail.com>Dear Alakendu Das,
> Here are some references from Pali Buddhist canons. 93rd, Assalāyana sutta and 98th, Vāseṭṭha sutta in Majjhimanikāya describe the the Buddha's attitude towards the cast system, 'all are the same by birth and differ by their deeds'.
> http://metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/index.html <http://metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/index.html>
> Kind regards,
> Rev. J Dhammaloka
> PhD student,
> Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
> University of Canterbury,
> New Zealand.
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