Anyone Who Slaughters a Living Creature specially for the Realized One or the Realized One’s Disciple Makes much bad Kamma

Buddhist monks going to village for alms, Laos SO I HAVE HEARD.  At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha in the Mango Grove of Jīvaka Komārabhacca. Then Jīvaka went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to the Buddha: “Sir, I have heard this: ‘They slaughter living creatures specially for the ascetic Gotama. The […]

The Three Trainings

On one occasion the Blessed One was living in Vesālī, in the Great Wood. Then a certain Vajjian monk approached him and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One, “Lord, this recitation of more than 150 training rules comes every fortnight. I cannot train in […]

The Urgent Duties of a Monk

“There are these three urgent duties of a farming householder. Which three? “There is the case where a farming householder quickly gets his field well-plowed & well-harrowed. Having quickly gotten his field well-plowed & well-harrowed, he quickly plants the seed. Having quickly planted the seed, he quickly lets in the water & then lets it out. “These are the three […]

With Dārukammika

so i have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying at Nādika in the brick house. Then the householder Dārukammika went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. The Buddha said to him, “Householder, I wonder whether your family gives gifts?” “It does, sir. Gifts are given to those mendicants who are perfected or on the path to […]

To Mahanama

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying among the Sakyans at Kapilavatthu in the Banyan Park. Now at that time Mahanama the Sakyan had recovered from being ill, was not long recovered from his illness. And at that time many monks were at work making robes for the Blessed One, [thinking], “When the robes are […]

Mindfulness Directed to the Body

On one occasion the Blessed One was living among the Sumbhas, where there was a town of the Sumbhas named Sedaka. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus!” “Venerable sir!” the bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, suppose that on hearing, ‘The most beautiful girl of the land! The most beautiful girl of the land!’ a […]

Mindfulness of the Body

Thus have I heard: At one time the Lord was staying near Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Then when a number of monks had returned from the alms-gathering after the meal and were sitting down gathered together in an assembly hall, there arose this conversation: “It is marvellous, revered sirs, it is wonderful, revered sirs, that mindfulness […]

The Great Exposition of Kamma

THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Rajagaha, in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Feeding Place. Now on that occasion the venerable Samiddhi was living in a forest hut. Then the wanderer Potaliputta, walking and wandering for exercise, came to the venerable Samiddhi and exchanged greetings with him, and when the courteous and amiable […]

The Simile of the Cloth

THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. There he addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus.”—“Venerable sir,” they replied. The Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, suppose a cloth were defiled and stained, and a dyer dipped it in some dye or other, whether blue or yellow or red or carmine; […]

Three Causes for the Origination of Kamma

“Bhikkhus, there are these three causes for the origination of kamma. What three? Greed is a cause for the origination of kamma; hatred is a cause for the origination of kamma; delusion is a cause for the origination of kamma. (1) “Any kamma, bhikkhus, fashioned through greed, born of greed, caused by greed, originated by greed, ripens wherever the individual […]

Always Sleep Well

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Āḷavī on a heap of leaves spread out on a cow track in a siṃsapā grove. Then Hatthaka of Āḷavī, while walking and wandering for exercise, saw the Blessed One sitting there. He then approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to the […]

One is a Lay Follower

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Sakyans at Kapilavatthu in the Banyan Tree Park. Then Mahānāma the Sakyan approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “In what way, Bhante, is one a lay follower?” “When, Mahānāma, one has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the Dhamma, […]

More Difficult

Photo by Анна Рыжкова from Pexels On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesali in the Great Wood in the Hall with the Peaked Roof. Then, in the morning, the Venerable Ānanda dressed and, taking bowl and robe, entered Vesali for alms. The Venerable Ānanda saw a number of Licchavi youths practising archery in the training hall, shooting arrows from a […]

The Cause and Reason Why the true Dhamma endures long after a Tathagata has attained final Nibbāna

Dhamma Practice Course at Vimokkhavanaram Forest Monastery, Laos On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Savatthi, in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapiṇḍika’s Park. Then a certain brahmin approached the Blessed One and exchanged greetings with him. When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to the Blessed One: “Master Gotama, what […]

A Heap of the Wholesome

At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, if one were to say of anything ‘a heap of the unwholesome,’ it is about the five hindrances that one could rightly say this. For this is a complete heap of the unwholesome, that is, the five hindrances. What five?  The hindrance of sensual desire, the hindrance of ill will, the […]

Dwell Mindful and Clearly Comprehending

Sitting Meditation in the edge of forest On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesali in Ambapali’s Grove. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus!” “Venerable sir!” the bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu should dwell mindful and clearly comprehending: this is my instruction to you. “And how, bhikkhus, is a bhikkhu […]

How You Speak

“Bhikkhus, there are these three kinds of persons found existing in the world. What three? The one whose speech is like dung, the one whose speech is like flowers, and the one whose speech is like honey. (1) “And what, bhikkhus, is the person whose speech is like dung? Here, if he is summoned to a council, to an assembly, […]

Whatever is Subject to Origination is All Subject to Cessation

At Savatthi. Then a certain bhikkhu approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, in such and such a dwelling there is a certain newly ordained bhikkhu, not well known, who is sick, afflicted, gravely ill. It would be good, venerable sir, if the Blessed One would approach that […]

Impossible

Nadī Sutta SN 45.160 “Suppose, bhikkhus, that when the river Ganges slants, slopes, and inclines towards the east, a great crowd of people would come along bringing a shovel and a basket, thinking: ‘We will make this river Ganges slant, slope, and incline towards the west.’ What do you think, bhikkhus, would that great crowd of people be able to make […]

Bad Action, Bad Result

THE BUDDHA’S WORDS “Bhikkhus, the destruction of life, repeatedly pursued, developed, and cultivated, is conducive to hell, to the animal realm, and to the sphere of afflicted spirits; for one reborn as a human being the destruction of life at minimum conduces to a short life span. “Taking what is not given, repeatedly pursued, developed, and cultivated, is conducive to […]

The Four Noble Truths

“Bhikkhus, there are these Four Noble Truths. What four? The noble truth of suffering, the noble truth of the origin of suffering, the noble truth of the cessation of suffering, the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering. “And what, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering? It should be said: the five aggregates subject to […]

On the Fifteenth, the Uposatha Day, the Four Great Kings Themselves Wander Over this World

“Bhikkhus, on the eighth of the fortnight, the ministers and assembly members of the four great kings wander over this world, thinking: ‘We hope there are many people who behave properly toward their mother and father, behave properly toward ascetics and brahmins, honor the elders of the family, observe the uposatha, keep the extra observance days, and do meritorious deeds.’ On […]

The Wealth of Learning

Dhana Sutta AN 5.47 Here, a noble disciple has learned much, remembers what he has learned, and accumulates what he has learned. Those teachings that are good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end, with the right meaning and phrasing, which proclaim the perfectly complete and pure spiritual life—such teachings as these he has learned much […]

With Dīghāvu

The Lay Follower Dhīgāvu was sick, suffering, gravely il At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha, in the Bamboo Grove, the squirrels’ feeding ground. Now at that time the lay follower Dhīgāvu was sick, suffering, gravely ill. Then he addressed his father, the householder Jotika, “Please, householder, go to the Buddha, and in my name bow with your head to […]

Unprincipled Is the Biggest Problem for the World

THE WORDS OF THE BUDDHA “At a time when kings are unprincipled, royal officials become unprincipled. When royal officials are unprincipled, brahmins and householders become unprincipled. When brahmins and householders are unprincipled, the people of town and country become unprincipled. When the people of town and country are unprincipled, the courses of the moon and sun become erratic. … the courses of the stars […]