I find this interesting. Why is lying the only precept a Bodhisatta can't break?In certain cases a Bodhisatta may destroy life, take what is not given him, commit adultery, drink strong drink, but he may not tell a lie, attended by deception that violates the reality of things.
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It takes a great being to be daring enough to cultivate a bad reputation. - Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
I wonder if it's related to Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta's discussion:
Without complete honesty, it's very easy to lie to oneself about the motivations behind any other action and the harm it causes.Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta wrote: Having tossed away the little bit of left-over water, the Blessed One said to Ven. Rahula, "Rahula, do you see how this little bit of left-over water is tossed away?"
"Rahula, whatever there is of a contemplative in anyone who feels no shame at telling a deliberate lie is tossed away just like that."
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