Śāriputra

Disciple of Gautama Buddha
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Śāriputra (Sanskrit) or Sāriputta (Pali) was one of the chief disciples of Gautama Buddha.

Pali CanonEdit

Sutta PitakaEdit

Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses)Edit

  • Venerable sir, this is the entire holy life (brahmacariya), that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship.
    • SN 45.3 (Sāriputta Sutta), as translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (2000)
  • Sir, the factors of stream-entry are associating with good people, listening to the true teaching, proper attention, and practicing in line with the teaching.
    ...the stream is simply this noble eightfold path, that is: right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right immersion.
    ...anyone who possesses this noble eightfold path is called a stream-enterer, the venerable of such and such name and clan.
    • SN 55.5 (Dutiyasāriputta Sutta), as translated by Bhikkhu Sujato

Anguttara Nikaya (Numerical Discourses)Edit

  • One perception arose and another perception ceased in me: "The cessation of existence is nibbāna; the cessation of existence is nibbāna." Just as, when a fire of twigs is burning, one flame arises and another flame ceases, so one perception arose and another perception ceased in me: "The cessation of existence is nibbāna; the cessation of existence is nibbāna." On that occasion, friend, I was percipient: "The cessation of existence is nibbāna."
    • AN 10.7 (Sāriputta Sutta), as translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (2012)

MahayanaEdit

Vimalakirti SutraEdit

As translated by Burton Watson, Columbia University Press, 2000, ISBN: 0231106572.
  • Something I have never seen before, and never even heard of-now all the marvelous purity of the Buddha land is visible before me!
  • Shariputra said, "Why don't you change out of this female body?" (Shariputra assumes that any woman would naturally want to change into a man if she had the power to do so.)

    The goddess replied, "For the past twelve years I have been trying to take on female form, but in the end with no success. What is there to change? If a sorcerer were to conjure up a phantom woman and then someone asked her why she didn't change out of her female body, would that be any kind of reasonable question?"

    "No," said Shariputra. "Phantoms have no fixed form, so what would there be to change?"

    The goddess said, "All things are just the same-they have no fixed form. So why ask why I don't change out of my female form?"

    At that time the goddess employed her supernatural powers to change Shariputra into a goddess like herself, while she took on Shariputra's form. Then she asked, "Why don't you change out of this female body?"

    Shariputra, now in the form of a goddess, replied, "I don't know why I have suddenly changed and taken on a female body! " The goddess said, "Shariputra, if you can change out of this female body, then all women can change likewise. Shariputra, who is not a woman, appears in a woman's body. And the same is true of all women-though they appear in women's bodies, they are not women. Therefore the Buddha teaches that all phenomena are neither male nor female."

    Then the goddess withdrew her supernatural powers, and Shariputra returned to his original form. The goddess said to Shariputra, "Where now is the form and shape of your female body?"

    Shariputra said, "The form and shape of my female body does not exist, yet does not not exist."

    The goddess said, "All things are just like that-they do not exist, yet do not not exist. And that they do not exist, yet do not not exist, is exactly what the Buddha teaches."
    • Chapter VII

MiscEdit

  • Śroṇa, whatever ascetics or brahmins conceive "I am superior" or "I am equal" or "I am inferior" based on form … feeling … perception … volitional activities … consciousness that is impermanent, not lasting, not gratifying, of the nature to decay; this, Śroṇa, is nothing but those ascetics or brahmins not seeing in accordance with reality.
    • Sanskrit Fragment 89 (Śroṇa Sūtra), as translated by Bhikkhu Sujato (1907)
  • I do not seek for death, I do not seek for birth; I abide my time, when my time comes, I shall go.
    • T 1670 (Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra), translated by Guang Xing (2008)

Quotes about ŚāriputraEdit

  • Deep in wisdom, intelligent,
    expert in the variety of paths;
    Sāriputta, so greatly wise,
    teaches Dhamma to the mendicants.
    He teaches in brief,
    or he speaks at length.
    His call, like a myna bird,
    overflows with inspiration.
    While he teaches
    the mendicants listen to his sweet voice,
    sounding attractive,
    clear and graceful.
    They listen joyfully,
    their hearts uplifted.
    • Vaṅgīsa, SN 8.6 (Sāriputta Sutta), as translated by Bhikkhu Sujato

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