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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 [...]

How few are those who will enter into Nibbāna

2.5 (15) The Lay Follower (Upāsaka 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. A certain lay-follower from Icchānaṅgala had been staying in Sāvatthī in order to settle-up some business affairs. Afterwards, he approached the Blessed One and having bowed respectfully to him, sat down on one side. After a while, the Blessed One addressed the lay follower thusly: “It’s been a long time, Read more [...]

Be Not Attached

2.3 (13) The Stick (Daṇḍa 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. Nearby a large group of boys were beating a snake with a stick. Now the Lord, having dressed in his robe and outer cloak while carrying his alms-bowl, was walking towards Sāvatthī during the forenoon when he encountered those boys between Sávatthì and the Jeta Wood beating that snake with a stick. Thereupon realizing Read more [...]

The Nāga Lord is near, he’s very near…

2: Muccalinda 2.1 Muccalinda (11) (Muccalinda Sutta) Thus has it been made known. At one time the Blessed One was contemplating near Uruvelā, on the bank of the river Nerañjarā which nearby stood the Muccalinda Tree, when he arose from his Deep Samadhis at the end of seven days having thus newly realizing Enlightenment. Thereupon there arose an-out-of-season storm with driving winds and rain accompanied by an uncanny darkness surrounding it all like a shroud. Alerted to the gravity Read more [...]

How to Become an Arahant

1:10 (10) Bāhiya (Bāhiya Sutta) Thus has it been made known. On one occasion the Blessed One was residing near Sāvatthī, at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. On the same occasion, Bāhiya of the Bark-Cloth was living at the seashore near Suppāraka. He was highly esteemed, honored, venerated and was someone who was a recipient of robes, alms, lodgings and medicine in case of sickness. During his seclusion, a sudden reflection arose in his mind: “Am I also considered to Read more [...]

Child Support

1.8 (8) Saṅgāmaji (Saṅgāmaji 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 that time when Venerable Saṅgāmaji arrived in Sāvatthī to listen to the Dharma-Lord’s discourse. Meanwhile, his former wife heard that he was staying in the vicinity and thus tracked him down with his child in tow. As Venerable Saṅgāmaji was meditating at the root of a certain tree his Read more [...]

Is there a Goblin in the House?

1:6 Mahākassapa (6) (Kassapa 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. It was then that the Venerable Mahákassapa who was residing at the Pepper Cave suddenly became violently ill with a serious disease. After a period of time he recovered from the illness when the thought occurred to him, “What if I were to enter Rājagaha for a quest of alms?” Not far away as many as 500 Read more [...]

The Haughty Brāmin

1:4 Haughty (4) ((Huhuṅka Sutta) Thus it has been made known. At another time the Blessed One was contemplating near Uruvelā, on the bank of the river Nerañjarā which nearby stood the Ajapāla Banyan Tree, when he arose from his Deep Samadhis at the end of seven days having thus completed the contemplative session. It just so happened that a haughty Brāmin then approached him after making the usual courteous greeting. While he stood near him he inquired, “In what manner, Master Read more [...]
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