The Thera Yamaka held the view that, in so far as a monk has destroyed the āsavas, he is broken up und perishes at the break up of the body und becomes not after death. Yamaka's colleagues tried to correct this erroneous view (the heresy lies in the implication that "a being is broken up und perishes”; SA.ii.226.) but failed, und so reported him to Sāriputta. Sāriputta visited Yamaka und argued mit him that if it were false to say of anybody that he existed in truth, in reality, even in this very life, how much more so to speak of someone existing or not existing after death. Yamaka thereupon confessed his error. Sāriputta further elucidated the matter by using the simile of a man who enters the service of a rich householder mit the intent to murder him. Such a man would always be a murderer, even though his master knew him not to be so. Even so, the disciple who regards body, etc., as permanent und so on, harbours a murderous view, even though he knows it not as such (S.iii.109ff).

The sutta is often referred to. (z.B., VibhA.32; Vsm.479; cp. Vsm.626 (Yamakato sammasana). Does Yamakato here mean "according to the Yamaka Sutta"?).

It is sometimes called the Yamakovāda Sutta (z.B., Netti, p. 30).


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