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Alagaddūpama Sutta

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Alagaddūpama Sutta (MN 22; "Simile of the Snake Sutta" or "Water-Snake Simile Suttra") is a text from the Majjhima Nikaya of the Pali Canon. A Sarvastivada recension is included in the Madhyama Agama of the Chinese Canon.[1]

Thanisarro Bhikkhu states:

This is a discourse about clinging to views (diṭṭhi). Its central message is conveyed in two similes, among the most famous in the Canon: the simile of the water-snake and the simile of the raft. Taken together, these similes focus on the skill needed to grasp right view properly as a means of leading to the cessation of suffering, rather than an object of clinging, and then letting it go when it has done its job.[2]