Ajahn Brahm discusses sutta 22 of the Majjhima Nikaya: Alagagaddupama Sutta – The Simile of the Snake.
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A sutta about the importance of keeping precepts and monk’s Vinaya. One of the monks denies that prohibited conduct is really a problem. The monks and then the Buddha subject him to an impressive dressing down. The Buddha compares someone who understands only the letter of the teachings to someone who grabs a snake by the tail, and also invokes the famous simile of the raft.
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