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This is a partial index of the similes and metaphors that appear in the suttas available at Access to Insight. Only the imagery that illustrates points of Dhamma is included here; imagery that serves primarily a literary or narrative function is not included (e.g., Ambapali's description of her long-lost youthful beauty). The subject of each image is given in the braces {}. The tilde (~) stands for the head-word in a given entry.

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{watching after oneself/others} SN 47.19

Ancient city:

{awakening} SN 12.65

Animals bound together by a rope:

{lack of mindfulness}

SN 35.206


{brevity of life; heedfulness}

SN 20.6;

archer's apprentice {jhāna} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an09:an09.036.than|AN 9.36]]. See also //[[#arrow|Arrow]]//, //[[#fletcher|Fletcher]]//.

{dukkha} Sn 3.8; poisoned {speculative views} MN 63, {craving} MN 105, {contagiousness of evil} Iti 76; person shot with two ~ {physical and mental pain} SN 36.6; in the heart {sensuality} Sn 4.15; piercing a horsehair {subtlety of Dhamma} SN 56.45; Thag 1.26; removed {greed} SN 1.5; shot into the night {bad people} Dhp 304; straightened by a fletcher (see Fletcher). See also Doctor, Fletcher.


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destroyed by its own fruit {evil}

Dhp 164, Iti 50; spreading {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3

Bathman or bathman's apprentice:

{rapture of 1st jhāna} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39, MN 119, AN 5.28


{external sense media} SN 35.197

Barley reaper:

{defilements} Miln II.1.8

Beast of burden:

{persistence} Sn 1.4

Beauty queen:

{mindfulness} SN 47.20

Bee gathering nectar:

{sage} Dhp 49


escaping from net {rarity of heavenly birth} Dhp 174; leaving no track {arahant} Dhp 92; sighting shore {seeking the Buddha; meaning of Tathagata} DN 11, AN 6.54; spattered with dirt {mindfulness} SN 9.1; with wings as its only burden {contentment} DN 2, DN 11, MN 38,


{ignorance} MN 75

Blind men:

row of {ignorance} MN 95; and the elephant {ignorance} Ud 6.4

Boat being bailed out:

{defilements} Dhp 369


{sensuality} Sn 4.15

Boil, festering:

{the body} AN 9.15

Boiling the River Ganges:

{speech} MN 21


chain or heap {sensuality} MN 54, AN 5.76; mountain {length of samsara} Iti 24

Bottomless chasm:

{painful feeling} SN 36.4

Boulder thrown into lake:

{kamma} SN 42.6

Bowl of poison:

{passion} Thig 14

Branch, man grasping a:

{self-view} AN 4.178

Bubble on water:

{appropriate attention} SN 22.95


born into a herd of cattle {arahant} AN 5.179; yoked to a load {endurance} Thag 14.2. See also Cow.

Burning ghee or oil:

{meditation on the fire property} Ud 8.9, Ud 8.10

Burning grass or leaves:

{not-self} SN 35.101

Burning refuge:

{dukkha} Sn 3.8

Butcher or butcher's apprentice:

{meditation on the four properties} DN 22, MN 119; {trance of non-breathing} MN 36. See also Bull, Cow.

Butcher of goats:

{kamma} AN 3.99

Butter from water:

{wrong view} MN 126


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Calf not seeing its mother:

{change & alteration} SN 22.80. See also Cow.


{wearing down the effluents} SN 22.101; {self-control} Dhp 80, Dhp 145; {applied thought} Miln II.3.13

Cart wheel:

{suffering} Dhp 1

Catching arrows:

{brevity of life; heedfulness} SN 20.6


{the body; sensuality} Sn 4.2

Cesspool difficult to clean:

{impurities} Sn 2.6


{corrupt person} Sn 1.5, Sn 2.6; {dead body} SN 35.69; {others' faults} Dhp 252


{passions} AN 8.28


{anger} Dhp 222; {the body} Dhp 151; {concentration} AN 5.28; {mindfulness} MN 119; {world} Dhp 171

Chariots, relay:

{stages of insight} MN 24


{sense-restraint} Dhp 94


{others' errors} Dhp 252

Children playing with sand castles:

{aggregates} SN 23.2

City of bones:

{the body} Dhp 150

City superintendent at a crossroads:

{consciousness} Miln II.3.12

Cleansing of the body with scouring balls and bath powder:

{cleansing the mind} AN 3.70

Cleansing of the head with paste and clay:

{cleansing the mind} AN 3.70

Cliff, frightful:

{fear of birth, aging, and death} SN 56.42

Cloth, person covered with white:

{4th jhāna} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39, AN 5.28; soiled {conceit} SN 22.89; to be dyed {defiled and undefiled mind} MN 7, Ud 5.3

Cock's feather in fire:

{unattractiveness} AN 7.46

Conch-trumpet blower:

{sublime attitudes} SN 42.8


{heedfulness} AN 10.15


walking to the end of the {suffering} AN 9.38

Cotton tuft:

{rapture} Thag 1.104

Couple eating their child:

{purpose of food} SN 12.63


butchered {meditation on the four properties} DN 22, MN 119; flayed {contact} SN 12.63; led to slaughter {inevitability of death} AN 7.70, Sn 3.8; milked dry {lack of moderation} MN 33, AN 11.18; producing milk, curds, butter, ghee, etc. {practice for oneself and others} AN 4.95; roaming in the mountains {mastery of jhāna} AN 9.35; skinned {sensuality} MN 146; that runs away {fool} SN 11.5; udder {brief time} SN 20.4. See also Bull, Butcher.


competent {skillfulness} MN 33, AN 11.18; counting another's cattle {heedlessness} Dhp 19; driving cattle {aging and death} Dhp 135; incompetent {unskillfulness} MN 33, AN 11.18; mindful of his cows {skillfulness} MN 19; prodding and poking his cows {skillfulness} MN 19; reflecting on the places his cattle have wandered {uposatha} AN 3.70. See also Bull, Cow.

Crafts, Trades, and Professions.:
Creeper pod:

{future dangers} MN 45

Crooked chariot wheels:

{faults} AN 3.15

Cymbals striking together:

{contact} Miln II.3.8


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Darkness, intergalactic:

{fear of birth, aging, and death} SN 56.46


{conviction} AN 6.45

Deer that wanders in the wilderness:

{solitude} Sn 1.3

Dewdrop on tip of grass blade:

{brevity of life} AN 7.70

Digging in earth:

{speech} MN 21


{purifying the mind} AN 3.100 (i-x)


{the Buddha} MN 63, MN 105. See also Arrow.


chasing swine {gratitude} SN 7.14; gnawing on a chain of bones {sensuality} MN 54; tied to a post {self-view} SN 22.99, SN 22.100.

Donkey that thinks it's a cow:

{insincerity with regard to the Dhamma} AN 3.81

Drawing pictures in space:

{speech} MN 21

Dream, waking from:

{sensuality} MN 54; {death} Sn 4.6

Drinking water:

{subduing hatred} from a clear pool AN 5.162; from a dirty pool AN 5.162; from a puddle in a hoofprint AN 5.162

Drum peg:

{listening to Dhamma} SN 20.7

Dry piece of wood:

{mindfulness} MN 119

Dung beetle:

{pride} SN 17.5


on a fingertip {dukkha} SN 13.1, {rarity of human birth} SN 20.2; thrown into wind {evil} Dhp 125

Dusty road:

{household life} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 36, MN 125


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{arahant} Dhp 95


and the blind men {ignorance} Ud 6.4; footprint {four noble truths} MN 28, {heedfulness} SN 3.17, AN 10.15; in battle {patient endurance} Dhp 320, Thag 3.8; in battle {sensual passion} AN 5.139, {sense-restraint} AN 5.140; in rut {self-control} Dhp 324, Dhp 326; in the wild {mature companion} Sn 1.3; relieves an itch {solitude in the wilderness} AN 9.40; renouncing its herd {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3; snared {attachments} MN 66; stuck in mud {heedfulness} Dhp 327; tamable {factors for exertion} MN 90; tamed {self-training} Dhp 322


{renunciation} MN 125

Embers in a pit:

{passion} Thig 14

Empty water pot:

{mindfulness} MN 119


five {aggregates} SN 35.197; sixth {passion/delight} SN 35.197

Eyes, man opening and closing his:

{faculties} MN 152


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False path in the forest:

{wrong eightfold path} MN 19

Farmer's urgent duties:

{self-training} AN 3.91


neglecting one's own {teaching Dhamma} DN 12; spoiled by weeds {passion} Dhp 356


{clinging} SN 12.52, SN 35.28, SN 44.9;

{discernment} Thag 1.3;

	{heedfulness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.02.than#dhp-31|Dhp 31]]; 
	{passion} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.18.than#dhp-251|Dhp 251]]; 
	{restlessness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn46:sn46.053.than#restlessness|SN 46.53]];
	{sluggishness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn46:sn46.053.than#sluggishness|SN 46.53]];
	fire's destination {nibbana} [[:de:tipitaka:sut:kn:uda:uda.8.10.than|Ud 8.10]]; fire not returning {solitude in the wilderness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.1.03.than#fire|Sn 1.3]]; 
	hidden in ashes {unskillful action} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.05.than#dhp-71|Dhp 71]]; 
	different types of fire {classes of consciousness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.038.than#fire-simile|MN 38]];
	different types of fire {virtue and results thereof} [[de:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.093.than#fire|MN 93]]

{sensuality} MN 36; {feeling} SN 48.39

Firebrand with excrement:

{practicing Dhamma for no one's benefit} AN 4.95; {failing to practice Dhamma} SN 22.80, Iti 91


caught in net {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3, {sensuality} Thag 4.8; caught in trap {sensuality} Ud 7.4; caught on a hook {six senses} SN 35.189; in dried-up puddle {self-view} Sn 4.2, SN 5.10; flip-flapping on dry land {unsteady mind} Dhp 34; rising through the water {recognizing a wise person} AN 4.192; rotten and wrapped in grass {associating with fools} Iti 76; struggling in water {quarreling} Sn 4.15


{Māra} SN 35.189


overthrown by wind{arahant} Sn 5.6; passed from one lamp to another {rebirth} Miln III.5.5; unbinding of {nibbana} Thig 5.10;

Fletcher straightening an arrow:

{exertion} MN 101; {training the mind} Dhp 33, Thag 1.29; {restraint} Dhp 145, Dhp 80. See also Arrow.

Flies' eggs:

{sensuality} MN 33, AN 11.18


{craving, sensuality, becoming, ignorance} SN 1.1, SN 45.171; {greed} Sn 4.15; sweeping away a sleeping village {death} Dhp 47, Dhp 286. See also River, Ocean.


blossom {speech} Dhp 51; heap {skillfulness} Dhp 53; scent {integrity} Dhp 54. See also Lotus.


{Dhamma follower} Dhp 44


{the body/form} SN 22.95, Dhp 46


{asking questions} MN 33, AN 11.18


{desire} Dhp 283; {Dhamma} Sn 2.1


{mind} Dhp 40


{heedfulness} flower AN 10.15; root AN 10.15; wood AN 10.15

Frontier fortress:

{the body} SN 35.204; {seven skillful qualities} AN 7.63; {liberation is not for everyone} AN 10.95; {guarding oneself} Dhp 315, Thag 14.1; foundation post {conviction} AN 7.63; moat {shame} AN 7.63; encircling road {concern} AN 7.63; weapons {learning} AN 7.63; army {persistence} AN 7.63; gate-keeper {mindfulness} AN 7.63; ramparts {discernment} AN 7.63; stores of grass {1st jhāna} AN 7.63; stores of rice {2nd jhāna} AN 7.63; stores of sesame {3rd jhāna} AN 7.63; stores of tonics {4th jhāna} AN 7.63

Fruit, ripe:

{death} Sn 3.8

Full moon:

{discernment} Thig 1.3. See Moon.

Full water pot:

{mindfulness} MN 119


{teaching Dhamma} MN 33, AN 11.18


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Gem with colored thread inside:

{clear seeing} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12

Gift of food:

{good will} SN 20.4

Goat butcher:

{kamma} AN 3.99


coins raining {sensuality} Dhp 186; disappearance of {disappearance of Dhamma} SN 16.13; ingot {discernment and virtue} Dhp 229; mountain {sensuality} SN 4.20; ornament {arahant} AN 4.28


purifying gold {purifying the mind} AN 3.100 (i-x), AN 3.100 (xi-xv); crafting any kind of article {supranormal powers} DN 2, DN 11


{applied and sustained thought} Miln II.3.14

Gourds in autumn:

{bones} Dhp 149


with sharp blades{wrong practice} Dhp 311; wild grass after rain {dukkha} Dhp 335

Green reed cut down:

{foolish person} SN 1.10

Ground far from the sky:

{foolish person} SN 5.10

Guest house:

{feelings in the body} SN 36.14

Guest refusing the host's food:

{insulting behavior} SN 7.2


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Handful of leaves:

{Dhamma} SN 56.31

Hands clapping:

{contact} Miln II.3.8

Hawk attacking quail:

{mindfulness} SN 47.6

Head of snake:

{sensuality} Sn 4.1

Head on fire:
Head sliced open with sword:

{pain} MN 36


{goal of the Dhamma} MN 29, MN 30, MN 35; {the Buddha} MN 18, MN 138;

{appropriate attention} SN 22.95; {not-self} SN 35.193

Hell, saved from:

{Dhamma} DN 12

Hen covering her eggs:

{virtue, etc.} MN 53, SN 22.101

Herd of cattle:

{arahant} AN 3.57

Herons wasting away:

{falling short of celibacy} Dhp 155


{good people} Dhp 304

Hog, fat and lazy:

{foolish person} Dhp 325

Honey ball:

{flavor of Dhamma} MN 18


{six senses} SN 35.189


awakened by the whip {conscience} SN 1.18; deprived of fodder {father of fools} SN 7.14; fast {wise person} Dhp 29; stallion {self-training} Dhp 94, Dhp 144, Dhp 380; stirred by a goad-stick {trainable person} AN 4.113; tamed {self-tamed person} Dhp 322; thoroughbred {arahant} Thag 2.27, Thig 5.10; thoroughbred {jhāna} AN 11.10; thoroughbred {qualities of a consummate monk} AN 3.94, AN 8.13; unbroken colt {jhāna} AN 11.10


{trainable person} AN 4.111


built from the bottom up {four noble truths} SN 56.44;

fireproof {mindfulness/awareness} SN 35.202;

	flammable {mindfulness/awareness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn35:sn35.202.than#shack|SN 35.202]];
	on fire {the body} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn01:sn01.041.than|SN 1.41]]; with poor roof {unguarded mind} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an03:an03.105.than|AN 3.105]].



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Illness, man recovering from:

{hindrances} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Incense wrapped in leaf:

{associating with people of integrity} Iti 76

Indra's pillar:

{arahant} Dhp 95

Inscription in rock or water:

{anger} AN 3.130

Insects falling into flame:

{ignorance} Ud 6.9

Iron ball aflame, eating or swallowing an:

{restraint} Dhp 307, Iti 48, Iti 91; {sensuality} Dhp 371


{self-control} Dhp 80, Dhp 145

Ivory carver or his assistant:

{supranormal powers} DN 2, DN 11


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{the perils of fame} SN 17.8

Jail, person thrown in:

{kamma} AN 3.99


filled with water {Rechte Konzentration} AN 5.28; filled with ghee or oil {virtue} SN 42.6, SN 55.21; made of clay {the body} Dhp 40


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hearing a lute {not-self} SN 35.205; renouncing kingdom {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3, Dhp 329; seeing no danger after victory {virtue} DN 2, DN 11.


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deep and calm {wise people} Dhp 82; dried-up {virtue} Dhp 155; free of mud {arahant} Dhp 95; person stranded in the middle {clinging} Sn 5.10; spring-fed {jhāna} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39, MN 119, AN 5.28; unruffled by wind {arahant} Iti 92.


going out{detachment} SN 54.8;

in a dark house {insight} Miln II.1.14; passing its flame to another {rebirth} Miln III.5.5; in the dark {stock exclamation of appreciation of the Dhamma} — see Uprighting what had been overturned

Leaf, yellowed:

{aging} Dhp 235

Leaky boat:

{pain} Sn 4.1


blown from a tree {unwholesome states} Thag 17.2; handful of {Dhamma} SN 56.31

Leper covered with sores:

{sensuality} MN 75

Lily/lotus crushed in hand:

{self-view} Dhp 285

Limb falling from tree:

{nibbana} SN 47.13

Linchpin in a moving cart:

{generosity and kindness} AN 4.32


in the wild {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3, Sn 3.1; unstartled by sounds {wise person} Sn 1.3, Sn 1.12

Line drawn on water:

{brevity of life} AN 7.70

Loan, man taking out a:

{hindrances} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Log in a stream:

{path of practice} SN 35.200. See also Stream.

Lost caravan leader:

{virtue} Sn 4.13


crushed in the hand {self-view} Dhp 285;

pond {jhāna} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39, MN 119, AN 5.28;

	pond {the world} [[de:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.026.than#pond|MN 26]]; rising above the water {Tathagata} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an10:an10.081.than#lotus|AN 10.81]]; scent of {self-view} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn22:sn22.089.than#lotus|SN 22.89]]; unsmeared by water {solitude in the wilderness} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.1.03.than#lotus|Sn 1.3]], [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.1.12.than#lotus|Sn 1.12]]; unsmeared by water {sensuality} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.4.09.than#lotus|Sn 4.9]]. See also //[[#flower|Flower]]//, //[[#waterlotus|Water on a lotus]]//.
Lute, disassembled:

{not-self} SN 35.205


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Magic show:

{the body} Thig 14


{consciousness} SN 22.95


burning different kinds of wood {persistence and exertion} MN 90; carrying burning grass torch {sensuality} MN 54; pursuing a woman {unworthy teacher} DN 12; repaid by king {feeling} Miln II.3.9; returning home after long absence {kamma} Dhp 219; seeking heartwood {seeking the goal of the Dhamma} MN 29, MN 30, MN 35;

seeking heartwood {seeking the Buddha} MN 18, MN 138; seeking heartwood {appropriate attention} SN 22.95; seeking heartwood {not-self} SN 35.193; with borrowed goods {sensuality} MN 54;

Man & woman in love {desire}„:
Meat thrown into a fire:

{brevity of life} AN 7.70

Merchant with caravan:

{avoiding evil} Dhp 123

Middle of the sea:

{stillness of mind} Sn 4.14


{evil deed} Dhp 71; from a cow {self-view} DN 9; from a cow's horn {wrong view} MN 126. See also Cow.


{the body} Dhp 46, Thig 14; {perception} SN 22.95

Mire, person stuck in the:

{ignorance} MN 8

Mirror of the Dhamma:

{stream-entry} DN 16


{uposatha observance} AN 10.46


caught in tar trap {mindfulness} SN 47.7; in forest {heedlessness} Dhp 334; swinging from branch to branch {untrained in Dhamma; inconstancy of mind} SN 12.61, Sn 4.4


{arahant} Dhp 413; {good will} Iti 27 (a), (b); {heedfulness} AN 10.15; {jhāna} Dhp 387; full {arahant} Thig 1.3; set free from a cloud {heedfulness, skillfulness} Dhp 172, Dhp 382, Iti 74; waning {unvirtuous person} DN 31, SN 5.10; waxing {virtuous person} DN 31;

Morning star:

{good will} Iti 27

Mother risking life for child:

{good will} Sn 1.8


of gold {sensuality} SN 4.20; of solid rock {arahant} Ud 3.4, Thag 14.1 of solid rock {imperturbability} AN 6.55; of solid rock {restraint} Dhp 7;

Mountains crushing in from all directions:

{brevity of life} SN 3.25

Mules, tamed:

{self-tamed person} Dhp 322

Muñja grass:

{resolve and determination} Sn 3.2

Mural painted on wall:

{the body} Thig 14

Murderer with sword:

{disenchantment} AN 6.103; {heedfulness} AN 7.46

Mustard seed:

{passion} Dhp 407; {sensuality} Dhp 401. (Note: the famous parable in which the Buddha challenges a grieving Kisa Gotami to fetch a mustard seed from any household that has never known death is found in the Commentaries to Thig 10.1 (ThigA X.1) and Dhp 114.)


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Noise from a soft catskin bag:

{speech} MN 21


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an abode for mighty creatures {Dhamma-vinaya} Ud 5.5; crossing over the {arahant} SN 35.187, Iti 69; slope of ~ floor {progress of Dhamma practice} Ud 5.5; greatness of {stream-entry} SN 13.8; intolerance to dead bodies {unvirtuous person} Ud 5.5; many treasures of {37 wings to awakening} Ud 5.5; middle of ~ is calm {stillness of mind} Sn 4.14; polluted by a pot of poison {abuse towards the Tathagata} Iti 89; salty taste of {release} Ud 5.5; stability of {restraint of the Vinaya} Ud 5.5; steady level of {nibbana} Ud 5.5. See also Flood.

Oil from gravel:

{wrong view} MN 126

Oil lamp:

depends on wick and fuel {feeling} SN 36.7; flickering of {six senses} MN 146

Ornament of gold:

{arahant} AN 4.28


{suffering} Dhp 1; {person who doesn't listen} Dhp 152; eating corn {sensuality} SN 35.205; joined by a single yoke {sense-bases and their objects} SN 35.191


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Painting of a woman or man:

{not-self} SN 22.100; {nutriment} SN 12.64

Palm leaf dropping away:

{aversion} Iti 88

Palm tree:

with top cut off {awakening} MN 105; uprooted {awakening} MN 49, SN 22.3, SN 41.7, SN 44.1.


{mindfulness} MN 33, AN 11.18

Path, man showing the:

{Tathagata} SN 22.84


{jhāna} Sn 1.12

Peg in drum:

{listening to Dhamma} SN 20.7

Person looking down from a rocky crag:

{wise person} Iti 38

Person reflecting on another:

{higher knowledges} AN 5.28

Person riding a small wooden plank in the great ocean:

{laziness} Iti 78

Pillar at a bathing ford:

{wise person} Sn 1.12

Pit of embers:

{intellectual intention} SN 12.63; {sensuality} MN 54, Thig 14


{discernment} Sn 1.4. See also Yokes.


{evil deeds} Dhp 123

Poison, man drinking:

{restraint} MN 105; {volition} Miln II.3.11

Polished shell:

{life as a bhikkhu} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 36, MN 125, Ud 5.6


{integrity} delightful, SN 3.19; haunted, SN 3.19

Pool of water:

clear or muddy {mind} AN 1.45-46;

in a mountain glen {arahant} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Poor person:

{fetters} MN 66; {speech} AN 10.24


flattened metal {nibbana} Dhp 134; of pickled greens {passion} Thig 1.1; smashed by stone {delusion} Sn 3.2

Potter or potter's apprentice:

{supranormal powers} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12

Potter's clay vessels:

{inevitability of death} Sn 3.8

Princes of wattle-and-daub towns:

{heedfulness} AN 10.15

Prison, man released from:

{hindrances} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Propagation of plants:

{aggregates} SN 22.54


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Quail snared by a rotten creeper:

{attachments} MN 66


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Rabbit caught in snare:

{fetters} Dhp 342


{eightfold path} MN 22, SN 35.197, Sn 1.2

Rafters of house:

{defilements} Dhp 153; {heedfulness} AN 10.15

Rag, saving the good part of a:

{subduing hatred} AN 5.162


{austerity} Sn 1.4; entering hut {passion} Dhp 13; from a cloud {generosity} Iti 75; from a cloud {concentration} SN 54.9; from a thunderhead {discernment} AN 4.102; sent by devas {brevity of life} AN 7.70; stilling a cloud of dust {silencing one's thoughts} Iti 87, Thag 15.1

Rams butting heads:

{contact} Miln II.3.8

Reeds or rushes:

destroyed by their own fruit {defilements} SN 3.23; drawn from their sheaths{supranormal powers} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12; matted {craving} AN 4.199.

Reflection of one's face in mirror:

{mind-reading} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, AN 10.54; {„I am“ with possessiveness} SN 22.83

Reservoir with four inlets and outlets:

{virtuous conduct} AN 8.54


{solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3

Rich person:

{speech} AN 10.24

Riddle tree:

{purity of vision} SN 35.204

Ridge-pole of house:

{ignorance} Dhp 153


{craving} Dhp 251, Iti 109; flow down to the sea {heedfulness} AN 10.15; carrying everything with it {brevity of life} AN 7.70; swift current {hunger} Sn 4.15, {hindrances} AN 5.51; gives up its name upon reaching the sea {going-forth} Ud 5.5; person swept away by a {not-self} SN 22.93. See also Flood.


{eightfold path} MN 33, AN 11.18; dangerous {evil deeds} Dhp 123


broken in two {sphere of nothingness} MN 105; in wind {wise person} Dhp 81

Roots, medicinal:

{craving} Dhp 337

Rubbish pile with lotus:

{Buddha} Dhp 58

Rust eating iron:

{evil deeds} Dhp 240


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Sack full of grains:

{the body} DN 22, MN 119


in water {evil deed} AN 3.99; taste of ocean {Dhamma} Ud 5.5

Sand castles:

{aggregates} SN 23.2

Saw used by an attacking bandit:

{patient endurance} MN 21, MN 28


{conviction} Sn 1.4; bitter {wrong view} AN 10.104; capable of sprouting {kamma} AN 3.33; mustard ~ {sensuality} Dhp 401; mustard ~ {passion} Dhp 407; rotting in a field: SN 5.10; sweet: AN 10.104. See also Mustard seed.

Seedling not watered:

{change & alteration} SN 22.80.


{anger} Dhp 251

Servant murdering his master:

{not-self} SN 22.85

Shack, flammable:

{mindfulness/awareness} SN 35.202. See also House.

Shadow that never leaves:

{kamma} SN 3.4, SN 3.20, Dhp 1

Sheaf of barley thrashed repeatedly:

{foolish person} SN 35.207

Sheaves of reeds:

{dependent co-arising} SN 12.67

Ship left ashore over winter:

{fetters} SN 22.101


far {nibbana} SN 35.197; far {external sense media} SN 35.200; near {self-view} SN 35.197; near {internal sense media} SN 35.200. See also Stream.

Shot with arrow:

{craving} Sn 2.10, Sn 4.1; {present kamma} MN 101


{wise person} Sn 1.12


{purifying the mind} Dhp 239, Sn 4.16

Sick man, taking pity on a:

{hatred} AN 5.162

Slavery, man freed from:

{hindrances} DN 2, DN 11 DN 12, MN 39


giving one's hand to a poisonous ~ {sense-restraint} MN 105; pulled from its slough {mind-made body} DN 2, DN 11; shedding its skin {defilements} Sn 1.1; water-snake bites man {wrong grasp of Dhamma} MN 22

Snapping one's fingers:

{equanimity} MN 152


{delusion} Dhp 251

Sound of drums:

{clairaudience} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12

Soup tasted by ladle:

{wise person and fool} Dhp 64

Space gathered under the term „house“:

{form} MN 28


{good-will} SN 20.5

Spider snared in its own web:

{passion} Dhp 347


{equanimity} MN 152

Spring-fed lake:

See Lake.

Staircase build at a crossroads:

{wrong view} DN 9


See Horse.

Stick thrown up into the air:

{rebirth} SN 15.9

Stone ball thrown into wet clay:

{mindfulness} MN 119


{perception} Miln II.3.10

Storm cloud:

{evil} Thag 14.1


sinking in the middle of {passion} SN 35.200; snared by a whirlpool {sensuality} SN 35.200; washed up on high ground of {conceit} SN 35.200; See also Shore.

String, ball of:

{craving} AN 4.199; thrown against a door {mindfulness} MN 119; unwinding to its end {end of suffering} DN 2.

Strong man:

nourished on royal food {foolish person} Sn 4.8; extending his arm {appearance/disappearance of devas} DN 20, SN 6.1, SN 6.2; extending his arm {equanimity} MN 152;

Suckling calf going to its mother:

{desire} Dhp 284, Ud 7.4. See also Cow.


dispelling the dark {absence of delusion} Iti 88; filling the sky {heedfulness} AN 10.15; filling the sky {awakening} Ud 1.3; speed of {death} SN 20.6


{merit} Iti 27; {virtue/concentration/discernment} Iti 59; not landing on ground {consciousness} SN 12.64


see Doctor


flying {enlightened ones} Dhp 175; taking off from a lake {mindful ones} Dhp 91.

Swift pair of messengers:

{samatha-vipassana} SN 35.204

Sword drawn from its scabbard:

{mind-made body} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12


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Tall building in central square:

{passing away and re-appearance of beings} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Tangled skein:

{craving} AN 4.199

Tank filled with water:

{supranormal powers} AN 5.28

Tendon in fire:

{perception of the unattractive} AN 7.46

Thief shot with spears:

{consciousness} SN 12.63


See Horse.


{conviction} SN 3.24; {discernment} AN 4.102

Tortoise evading a jackal:

{sense-restraint} SN 35.199

Track of ox:

{kamma} Dhp 1

Trader watching over a fine steed:

{self-training} Dhp 380

Trail in space:

{arahant} Dhp 254


from village to village {recollection of past lives} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39; in desolate country {hindrances} DN 2, DN 11, DN 12, MN 39

Treasure, doorways leading to:

{doors to the Deathless} MN 52, AN 11.17


changing {inconstancy} MN 146;

gold {the body} Thig 14;

	growing back after having been cut {craving} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.24.than#dhp-338|Dhp 338]];
	growing on mountain {craving} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an03:an03.048.than#tree|AN 3.48]];
	haven for birds {conviction} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an05:an05.038.than#tree|AN 5.38]];
	killed by vine {vice} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.12.than#dhp-162|Dhp 162]], {three unskillful roots} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an03:an03.069.than|AN 3.69]];
	leaning to the east {virtue} [[de:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn55:sn55.022.than#tree|SN 55.22]];
	overcome by wind {restraint} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:dhp:dhp.01.than#dhp-7|Dhp 7]];
	pliant {the mind} [[de:tipitaka:sut:an:an01:an01.047.than|AN 1.47]];
	shedding its leaves {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3 ([[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.1.03.than#tree1|a]], [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:snp:snp.1.03.than#tree2|b]]);
	with delicious fruit {sensuality} [[de:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.054x.than#tree|MN 54]];
	with roots cut {aggregates} [[de:tipitaka:sut:kn:thig:thig.05.08.than#tree8|Thig 5.8]]
Tuning a stringed instrument:

{right effort} AN 6.55

Turban or head on fire, person with:

{aroused persistence} AN 6.20 (a, b), AN 10.51, AN 10.54, Thag 1.39

Turban tightening around one's head:

{pain} MN 36

Turner or turner's apprentice:

{mindfulness} DN 22


lanced by harpoon {the perils of fame} SN 17.3; blind sea turtle poking its head up through a yoke {rarity of human birth} MN 129, SN 56.48


see Elephant.


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Uprighting what had been overturned:


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empty {internal sense media} SN 35.197; leaving one's {jhāna} MN 105


creeping {craving} Dhp 334; killing a tree {vice} Dhp 162


{elements} SN 35.197

Vomit, person eating his or her own:

{fetters} MN 105

Vulture forced to drop his prey:

{sensuality} MN 54


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{celibacy} AN 5.75, AN 5.76; {Buddha} Dhp 387; untrained {hindrances} SN 3.24, {worthy monk} AN 4.181

Waste-water pool:

{ignorance} AN 4.178


container filled to brim {mindfulness} MN 119 (a, b); drawn from a pond {stream-entry} SN 13.2; drops in a hot pan {mindfulness} MN 66, SN 35.203, {equanimity} MN 152; filling a jar {evil} Dhp 121; person sinking in {factors of awakening} AN 7.15; ripples {preoccupations} Sn 4.15; rolling off a lotus leaf {equanimity} MN 152, {dukkha} Sn 4.6, Dhp 336, {sensuality} Dhp 401, {greed} Iti 88;

Weigher holding a scale:

{virtuous conduct} AN 8.54

Well in desert:

{nibbana} SN 12.68

Wet piece of wood:

{mindfulness} MN 119


four {prosperity} AN 4.31; of cart {kamma} Dhp 1

Wild deer:

{arahant} Ud 2.10, {sensuality} MN 26


blowing across the sky {feeling} SN 36.12; blowing cotton fluff {dukkha} Sn 3.8; blowing leaves from a tree {awakening} Thag 17.2; coming out of bellows {exertion} MN 36; overcoming a tree {restraint} Dhp 7; unsnared by a net {solitude in the wilderness} Sn 1.3, {wise person} Sn 1.12


{faults of others} Dhp 252

Woman meeting her father-in-law:

{urgency} MN 28

Wood scrap:

{the body} Dhp 41

Wounded man wandering in jungle:

{restraint} SN 35.206

Wounds, dressing:

{restraint} MN 33, AN 11.18


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Yellow leaf:

{aging} Dhp 235; turning green {imperturbable} MN 105


{sense-bases and their objects} SN 35.191, {rarity of human birth} SN 56.48, {sensuality, becoming, etc.} AN 4.10, {discernment} Sn 1.4

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