Future Dangers

“Monks, these five future dangers, unarisen at present, will arise in the future. Be alert to them and, being alert, work to get rid of them. Which five? “There will be, in the course of the future, monks desirous of fine robes. They, desirous of fine robes, will neglect the practice of wearing cast-off cloth; will neglect isolated forest and […]

Virtuous Behavior

Photo by Sergio Capuzzimati on Unsplash “Bhikkhus, for an immoral person, for one deficient in virtuous behavior, non-regret lacks its proximate cause. When there is no non-regret, for one deficient in non-regret, joy lacks its proximate cause. When there is no joy, for one deficient in joy, rapture lacks its proximate cause. When there is no rapture, for one deficient […]

Mindfulness of Breathing

Introductory Section THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in the Eastern Park, in the Palace of Migāra’s Mother, together with many very well known elder disciples—the venerable Sāriputta, the venerable Mahā Moggallāna, the venerable Mahā Kassapa, the venerable Mahā Kaccāna, the venerable Mahā Koṭṭhita, the venerable Mahā Kappina, the venerable Mahā Cunda, the […]

Possessing Four Qualities

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Sāvatthī in Migāramātā’s Mansion in the Eastern Park. Then Visākhā Migāramātā approached the Blessed One…. The Blessed One then said to her: “Visākhā, possessing four qualities, a woman is heading for victory in the present world and her life in this world succeeds. What four? […]

A Severe Illness

Beluvagamaka. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Come, bhikkhus, enter upon the rains wherever you have friends, acquaintances, and intimates in the vicinity of Vesali. I myself will enter upon the rains right here in Beluvagamaka.” “Yes, venerable sir,” those bhikkhus replied, and they entered upon the rains wherever they had friends, acquaintances, and intimates in the vicinity […]

The Four Ways of Living Together

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash On one occasion the Blessed One was traveling along the highway between Madhurā and Verañjā. A number of male and female householders were also traveling along the same highway. Then the Blessed One left the highway and sat down at the foot of a tree. The male and female householders saw the Blessed One […]

Some Fragrances Spread even against the Wind

Then Venerable Ānanda went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Sir, there are these three kinds of fragrance that spread only with the wind, not against it. What three? The fragrance of roots, heartwood, and flowers. These are the three kinds of fragrance that spread only with the wind, not against it. Is there a kind […]

Shopkeeper

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash “Bhikkhus, possessing three factors, a shopkeeper soon attains vast and abundant wealth. What three? Here, a shopkeeper has keen eyes, is responsible, and has benefactors. (1) “And how, bhikkhus, does a shopkeeper have keen eyes? Here, a shopkeeper knows of an item: ‘If this item is bought at such a price and sold at […]

About Sarakāni

At Kapilavatthu. Now at that time Sarakāni the Sakyan had passed away. The Buddha declared that he was a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening. At that, several Sakyans came together complaining, grumbling, and objecting, “It’s incredible, it’s amazing! Who can’t become a stream-enterer these days? For the Buddha even declared Sarakāni to be a stream-enterer after he passed […]

The World Interstices Is Dark; But Not Seeing the Four Noble Truths Is even Worse.

“Bhikkhus, there are world interstices, vacant and abysmal regions of blinding darkness and gloom, where the light of the sun and moon, so powerful and mighty, does not reach.” When this was said, a certain bhikkhu said to the Blessed One: “That darkness, venerable sir, is indeed great; that darkness is indeed very great. But is there, venerable sir, any […]

The Buddha teaches the four factors of stream-entry to Nandaka, the minister of the Licchavis

At one time the Buddha was staying near Vesālī, at the Great Wood, in the hall with the peaked roof. Then Nandaka the Licchavi minister went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. The Buddha said to him: “Nandaka, a noble disciple who has four things is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, […]

A Certain Monk died after Having Been Bitten by a Snake

Photo by Miriam Fischer from Pexels On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. Now, at that time in Savatthi a certain monk had died after having been bitten by a snake. Then a large number of monks went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As […]

The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint

Photo by Ronald Langeveld on Unsplash THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. There the venerable Sāriputta addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Friends, bhikkhus.”—“Friend,” they replied. The venerable Sāriputta said this: “Friends, just as the footprint of any living being that walks can be placed within an elephant’s footprint, and so the […]

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) […]

The Five Bases of Liberation

Learning the word of the Buddha Liberation “Bhikkhus, there are these five bases of liberation by means of which, if a bhikkhu dwells heedful, ardent, and resolute, his unliberated mind is liberated, his undestroyed taints are utterly destroyed, and he reaches the as-yet-unreached unsurpassed security from bondage. What five? (1) “Here, bhikkhus, the Teacher or a fellow monk in the […]

Do you remember the Four Noble Truths taught by the Buddha?

Photo by Joshua Medway on Unsplash Remembrance “Bhikkhus, do you remember the Four Noble Truths taught by me?” When this was said, a certain bhikkhu said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, I remember the Four Noble Truths taught by the Blessed One.” “But how, bhikkhu, do you remember the Four Noble Truths taught by me?” “I remember suffering, venerable sir, […]

Seven Qualities Leading to the Decline of a Lay Follower

Photo by Omotayo Tajudeen from Pexels Dutiyaparihāni Sutta AN 7.29 “These seven things lead to the decline of a lay follower. What seven? They stop seeing the mendicants. They neglect listening to the true teaching. They don’t train in higher ethical conduct. They’re very suspicious about mendicants, whether senior, junior, or middle. They listen to the teaching with a hostile, fault-finding mind. They seek outside of the Buddhist community for those […]

Identity (Sakkāya)

Photo by Sathyaprabha Rakkimuthu from Pexels Sakkāya Sutta SN 22.105 At Sāvatthī. “Mendicants, I will teach you identity, the origin of identity, the cessation of identity, and the practice that leads to the cessation of identity. Listen … And what is identity? It should be said: the five grasping aggregates. What five? That is, the grasping aggregates of form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness. This is called identity. And […]

A Lion’s Roar Terrifies Beasts, The Buddha’s Teaching Terrifies Devas

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Sīha Sutta AN 4.33 “Bhikkhus, in the evening the lion, the king of beasts, comes out from his lair, stretches his body, surveys the four quarters all around, and roars his lion’s roar three times. Then he sets out in search of game. “Whatever animals hear the lion roaring for the most part are filled with […]

There Are these Five Utilizations of Wealth

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. Then the householder Anāthapiṇḍika approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, and sat down to one side. The Blessed One then said to him: “Householder, there are these five utilizations of wealth. What five? (1) “Here, householder, with wealth […]

Nanda’s Mother

Photo by MIANDLA from Pexels SO I HAVE HEARD.  At one time the venerables Sāriputta and Mahāmoggallāna were wandering in the Southern Hills together with a large Saṅgha of mendicants. Now at that time the laywoman Veḷukaṇṭakī, Nanda’s mother, rose at the crack of dawn and recited the verses of “The Way to the Beyond”. And at that time the great king Vessavaṇa was […]

One Who Keenly Meditate like this, Tireless All Night and Day, Who truly Have that One Fine Night

One Fine Night SO I HAVE HEARD. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha addressed the mendicants, “Mendicants!” “Venerable sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this: “I shall teach you the passage for recitation and the analysis of One Fine Night. Listen and pay close attention, I will speak.” “Yes, sir,” they replied. The Buddha […]