The Six Quarters Should be Revered in the Training of the Noble One

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash SO I HAVE HEARD.  At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha, in the Bamboo Grove, the squirrels’ feeding ground. Now at that time the householder’s son Sigālaka rose early and left Rājagaha. With his clothes and hair all wet, he raised his joined palms to revere the quarters—east, south, west, north, below, and […]

Old Age

Photo by samer daboul from Pexels Old Age SO I HAVE HEARD.  At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in the Eastern Monastery, the stilt longhouse of Migāra’s mother. Then in the late afternoon, the Buddha came out of retreat and sat warming his back in the last rays of the sun. Then Venerable Ānanda went up to the Buddha, bowed, and […]

A fool suffers both in this life and the next, while the astute benefits in both respects

Photo by Daniel Reche from Pexels The Foolish and the Astute 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: “These are the three characteristics, signs, and manifestations of a fool. What three? A fool thinks poorly, speaks poorly, and acts poorly. If a fool […]

The Cause and Reason for Doing bad Deeds, for Performing bad Deeds

Photo by Snapwire from Pexels With Mahāli At one time the Buddha was staying near Vesālī, at the Great Wood, in the hall with the peaked roof. Then Mahāli the Licchavi went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to him: “What is the cause, sir, what is the reason for doing bad deeds, for performing […]

The Six Things Are Unsurpassable

Studying The Words of The Buddha Unsurpassable “Mendicants, these six things are unsurpassable. What six? The unsurpassable seeing, listening, acquisition, training, service, and recollection. And what is the unsurpassable seeing? Some people go to see an elephant-treasure, a horse-treasure, a jewel-treasure, or a diverse spectrum of sights; or ascetics and brahmins of wrong view and wrong practice. There is such a seeing, I don’t […]

The Discourse about the Leper Suppabuddha

THUS I HEARD:  At one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Rājagaha, in Bamboo Wood, at the Squirrels’ Feeding Place. Then at that time the leper known as Suppabuddha Wide Awake was in Rājagaha, a poor man, a wretched man, a miserable man. Then at that time the Gracious One was sitting teaching Dhamma surrounded by a great assembly. The leper […]

The Eight Things in the Noble One’s Discipline that Lead to the Cutting off of Affairs

Photo by Olga Khabarova on Unsplash To Potaliya THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living in the country of the Anguttarāpans where there was a town of theirs named Āpaṇa. Then, when it was morning, the Blessed One dressed, and taking his bowl and outer robe, went into Āpaṇa for alms. When he had wandered […]

You Don’t Get Good Things by Praying for them, But by How You Live

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash 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 things that are wished for, desired, agreeable, and rarely gained in the world. What five? Long life, householder, is wished for, desired, agreeable, and […]

When You Fear, You Should Recollect the Buddha or Dhamma or Saṅgha

Photo by Picography from Pexels At Savatthī. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus!” “Venerable sir!” those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, once in the past the devas and the asuras were arrayed for battle. Then Sakka, lord of the devas, addressed the Tavatiṃsa devas thus: ‘Dear sirs, when the devas are engaged in battle, if fear or […]

The Appearance of Five Treasures Is Rare in the World

At Sārandada At one time the Buddha was staying near Vesālī, at the Great Wood, in the hall with the peaked roof. Then the Buddha robed up in the morning and, taking his bowl and robe, entered Vesālī for alms. Now at that time around five hundred Licchavis were sitting together at the Sārandada shrine, and this discussion came up […]

The Reason of the true Dhamma to disappear

Photo by Syd Wachs on Unsplash THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Savatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapiṇḍika’s Park. Then the Venerable Mahakassapa approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, what is the reason, what is the cause, why formerly there were fewer training rules […]

The Same in Living

Photo by Asad Photo Maldives from Pexels On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Bhaggas in Suṃsumāragira in the deer park at Bhesakalā Grove. Then, in the morning, the Blessed One dressed, took his bowl and robe, and went to the residence of the householder Nakulapitā, where he sat down in the prepared seat. Then the householder Nakulapitā and the […]

Done with Ease by the Good Is Good

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels THUS I HEARD:  At one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Rājagaha, in Bamboo Wood, at the Squirrels’ Feeding Place. Then at that time venerable Ānanda on the Observance day, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up his bowl and robe, entered Rājagaha for alms. Devadatta saw venerable Ānanda walking for alms […]

You Should Encourage Your Friends in the Four Noble Truths

Mitta Sutta SN 56.26  SN v 434 Friends “Bhikkhus, those for whom you have compassion and who think you should be heeded—whether friends or colleagues, relatives or kinsmen— these you should exhort, settle, and establish for making the breakthrough to the Four Noble Truths as they really are. “What four? The noble truth of suffering, the noble truth of the origin of suffering, […]

You Should Encourage Your Friends to Practice the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

Mitta Sutta SN 47.48  SN v 189 “Bhikkhus, those for whom you have compassion and who think you should be heeded—whether friends or colleagues, relatives or kinsmen—these you should exhort, settle, and establish in the development of the four establishments of mindfulness. “What four? Here, bhikkhu, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness […]

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

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels “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, […]

The Cause and Condition Lead Some Beings Go to Hell and Heaven

Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash On one occasion the Blessed One was wandering by stages in the Kosalan Country with a large Sangha of bhikkhus, and eventually he arrived at a Kosalan brahmin village named Sālā. The brahmin householders of Sālā heard: “The recluse Gotama, the son of the Sakyans who went forth from a Sakyan clan, has been wandering in the […]

The Four Types of Individuals Are Found Existing in the World

Developing Mindfulness of Breathing “Monks, these four types of individuals are found existing in the world. Which four? The one who practices for his own benefit but not for that of others. The one who practices for the benefit of others but not for his own. The one who practices neither for his own benefit nor for that of others. […]

One Who Speaks What Is Untrue Goes to Hell

Photo by Anthony DeRosa from Pexels At one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, in Jeta’s Wood, at Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Then at that time the Gracious One was venerated, respected, revered, honoured, esteemed, and in receipt of robes, almsfood, dwellings, and medicinal requisites to help when sick; also the Community of monks was venerated, respected, revered, honoured, esteemed, and in receipt […]

The Realized One Is the One Who Shows the Way

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in the Eastern Monastery, the stilt longhouse of Migāra’s mother. Then the brahmin Moggallāna the Accountant went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him. When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to the Buddha: “Master Gotama, in […]

The Four Kinds of Happiness

Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna from Pexels Ānaṇya Sutta AN 4.62 Then the householder Anāthapiṇḍika approached the Blessed One…. The Blessed One said to him: “Householder, there are these four kinds of happiness that may be achieved by a layperson who enjoys sensual pleasures, depending on time and occasion. What four? The happiness of ownership. The happiness of enjoyment. The happiness of freedom from […]

A Noble Disciple Who Develops Four Powers Overcomes Five Fears.

Photo by /panpics on Unsplash The Four Powers “Bhikkhus, there are these four powers. What four? The powers of wisdom, energy, blamelessness, and inclusiveness. And what is the power of wisdom? One has clearly seen and clearly contemplated with wisdom those qualities that are skillful and considered to be skillful; those that are unskillful … blameworthy … blameless … dark … bright … to be cultivated […]

The Conditions of the Arising of the Realized One, the Perfected One, the Fully Awakened Buddha

Bodhi Tree, the Enlightened Place of the Buddha, Bodh Gaya in India Three Things “Bhikkhus, if three things were not found, the Realized One, the perfected one, the fully awakened Buddha would not arise in the world, and the teaching and training proclaimed by the Realized One would not shine in the world. What three? Rebirth, old age, and death. If these three […]

The Sutta You Should Learn on Visakha Puja Day

Photo by Aileen David on Unsplash With Saṅgārava At one time the Buddha was wandering in the land of the Kosalans together with a large Saṅgha of mendicants. Now at that time a brahmin lady named Dhanañjānī was residing at Caṇḍalakappa. She was devoted to the Buddha, the teaching, and the Saṅgha. Once, she tripped and was inspired to exclaim three times: “Homage to that […]

Sick

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash Sick At one time the Buddha was staying in the land of the Sakyans, near Kapilavatthu in the Banyan Tree Monastery. At that time several mendicants were making a robe for the Buddha, thinking that when his robe was finished and the three months of the rains residence had passed the Buddha would set out wandering. Mahānāma the […]