| Minor Stories Index
The Story of
Thera Cakkhupala (Verse
While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha uttered Verse
this book, with reference to Cakkhupala, a blind thera.
On one occasion, Thera Cakkhupala came to pay homage to the Buddha at the
monastery. One night, while pacing up and down in meditation, the thera
stepped on some insects. In the morning, some Bhikkhus visiting the thera found
insects. They thought ill of the thera and reported the matter to the Buddha.
asked them whether they had seen the thera killing the insects. When they
the negative, the Buddha said, "Just as you had not seen him killing, so also he
seen those living insects. Besides, as the thera had already attained Arahatship
have no intention of killing and so was quite innocent." On being asked why
was blind although he was an Arahat, the Buddha told the following story:
Cakkhupala was a physician in one of his past existences. Once, he had
a woman patient blind. That woman had promised him to become his slave, together
her children, if her eyes were completely cured. Fearing that she and her
have to become slaves, she lied to the physician. She told him that her eyes
worse when, in fact, they were perfectly cured. The physician knew she was
him, so in revenge, he gave her another ointment, which made her totally blind.
As a result
of this evil deed the physician lost his eyesight many times in his later
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows: Verse 1: All mental phenomena have
their forerunner; they have mind as their chief; they are mind-made. If one
speaks or acts
with an evil mind, 'dukkha' follows him just as the wheel follows the hoofprint
of the ox
that draws the cart.
At the end of the discourse, thirty thousand Bhikkhus attained Arahatship
Analytical Insight (Patisambhida).
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016