Archive for March, 2020

The Rape of Sundarī

4.8 (38) Sundarī (Sundarī Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was residing near Sāvatthī, at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. Throughout this time the Blessed One was highly honored and revered and much was deferred to him in supplies of robes and alms-food and medicinal prerequisites for the sick and disabled. But the wanderers of other sects detested wholeheartedly the attention shown to the Dharma Lord and his disciples. And so out of spite Read more [...]

A Tale of Two Solitaries

4:5 (35) The Nāga Elephant (Nāga Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was dwelling near Kosambī, in Ghosita's Resort. During this interval the Blessed-One was living in over-crowded conditions, with monks and nuns, both men and women lay followers, by royal ministers and sectarians and their followers. Living under such harried circumstances, the Dharma Lord spoke thusly to himself: “Here I am being hemmed-in from all sides, by people of sundry walks of life, Read more [...]

A Comedy of Errors

 4:4 (34) Moonlit (Juñha Sutta) Thus has it been made known. Once the Blessed One was staying near Rājagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Feeding Sanctuary. At about that time the Venerable Sāriputta and Venerable Mahāmoggallāna were staying in the Pidgeon’s Grotto. Upon one moonlit night, the Venerable Sāriputta with his head newly shaven, was sitting in the open air while undergoing a certain profound concentration. It was during this junction that two yakkhas who were Read more [...]

All that Glitters is not Gold

4: Meghiya 4:1 (31) Meghiya (Meghiya Sutta) Thus it was made known. On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Cālikā, on Cālikā mountain. It was during this time that Venerable Meghiya was his sole attendant. Venerable Medhiya approached the Dharma Lord and asked for permission to go into Jantu Village for alms-gathering. “If you feel it’s the time to do so,” responded the Blessed One, “then proceed.” Early in the morning Venerable Meghiya entered Jantu Village Read more [...]

Le Monde

3:10 (30) The World (Loka Sutta) Thus it was made known. On one blissful occasion the Blessed One was contemplating near Uruvelā, on the bank of the river Nerañjarā which nearby stood the Bodhi-Tree with its unsullied-roots, having just realized Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi. Throughout that most auspicious occasion the Blessed One remained seated in a singular position for seven days and came to experience the meritorious bliss of Final Release. Upon emerging from that supernal-concentration, Read more [...]

My habit-energy made me do it

3.6 (26) Pilindavaccha (Pilindavaccha Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At another time the Blessed One was staying near Rājagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Feeding Sanctuary. Around this time the Venerable Pilindavaccha was wont to accuse his neighboring monks as being social misfits. As a reaction to this, a great number of monks came to the Blessed One saying, “O’ Lord, the Venerable Pilindavaccha is calling us social misfits”. So the Blessed one invited one of the Read more [...]

Imperturbable Concentration

3:3 (23) Yasoja (Yasoja Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was residing near Sāvatthī, at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. It was during this time that 500 monks, supervised by Yasoja, had arrived in Sāvatthī with the purpose of seeing the Blessed One. The new arrivals greeted the resident monks, set-up their bedding and arranging their bowls and robes, while creating a great commotion as they engaged in these actions. Upon hearing this disconcerting Read more [...]

The Ripening

3: Nanda 3.1 (21) Kamma (Kamma Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was residing near Sāvatthī, at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. It occurred that a certain monk was seated nearby the Blessed One in a cross-legged posture, his body being stiff and erect whilst enduring tremendous-pounding pains, extremely piercing and severe that were the direct results of old kamma; throughout the endeavor he remained mindful and alert, regardless of suffering. Read more [...]

Ah, what bliss!

2:10 (20) Bhaddiya (Bhaddiya Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was dwelling near Anupiyā in the Mango Grove. There was a story circulating that the venerable Bhaddiya, Kāḷigodhā's son, would frequent a wooded-area near the base of a tree or an empty-place and exclaim to himself, “Ah, what bliss! What bliss!” It happened that a number of monks in the deep wood would hear him exclaiming, “Ah, what bliss! What bliss!” The thought dawned on them, “There Read more [...]

Let the Dead Bury their Dead

2:7 (17) The Only Son (Ekaputta Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was residing near Sāvatthī, at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. It came to pass that the son of a lay-follower had died. A large troupe of mourners with their clothes and hair still wet from washing, approached the Blessed One and did him homage. During their stay the Blessed One inquired, “Why have you arrived at the middle of the day (an inopportune time) with wet clothes and Read more [...]
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