Multitude of Constituents

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This sutra, the Multitude of Constituents (Skt. Bahudhātuka; Tib. ཁམས་མང་པོ་པ།, Wyl. khams mang po pa) is a short discourse, also found in a similar form in the Pali Canon, in which the Buddha Shakyamuni gives a teaching to Ananda in which he confirms the suggestion that all negative experiences arise from being foolish, not from being learned, and goes on to summarize for Ananda what distinguishes a learned person from a foolish one. The learned person, he says, is learned in the constituents, in the sense fields, in dependent origination, and in knowing what is possible and impossible. He then elaborates briefly on each.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 297


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.