The Long Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness

THUS I HEARD: at one time the Gracious One was dwelling amongst the Kurus near a market town of the Kurus named Kammāssadamma. There the Gracious One addressed the monks (saying): “Monks!” “Venerable Sir!” those monks replied to the Gracious One, and the Gracious One said this: “This is a one-way path, monks, for the purification of beings, for the […]

The Person Who Goes along with the Stream

Photo by Darina Çiço from Pexels Along With the Stream “Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of persons found existing in the world. What four? The person who goes along with the stream; the one who goes against the stream; the one who is inwardly firm; and the one who has crossed over and gone beyond, the brahmin who stands on high ground. […]

A Wheel-Turning Monarch

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels A Wheel-Turning Monarch At Sāvatthī. There the Buddha … said: “Mendicants, suppose a wheel-turning monarch were to rule as sovereign lord over these four continents. And when his body breaks up, after death, he’s reborn in a good place, a heavenly realm, in the company of the gods of the Thirty-Three. There he entertains himself […]

The Five Themes that Should often Be Reflected upon by a Woman or a Man, by a Householder or One Gone Forth

Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 from Pexels “Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a woman or a man, by a householder or one gone forth. What five? (1) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to old age; I am not exempt from old age.’ (2) […]