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Verse 111: The Story of Khanu Kondanna

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (111) of this book, with
reference to Khanu Kondanna.

Thera Khanu Kondanna, after taking a subject of meditation from the Buddha, went into the jungle
to practice meditation and there attained Arahatship. Coming back to pay homage to the
Buddha, he stopped on the way because he was very tired. He sat on a large stone-slab, his
mind fixed in jhana Concentration. At that moment five hundred robbers after looting a large
village came to the place where the thera was. Taking him for a tree stump they put their
bundles of loot all over and around the body of the thera. When day broke they realized that
what they took to be a tree stump was, in fact, a living being. Then again, they thought it was
an ogre and ran away in fright.

The thera revealed to them that he was only a Bhikkhu and not an ogre and told them not to
get frightened. The robbers were awed by his words, and asked his pardon for having
wronged him. Soon after wards, all the robbers requested the thera to admit them into the
Order. From that time, Thera Khanu Kondanna came to be known as "Khanu Kondanna"
(meaning tree-stump Kondanna)

The thera accompanied by the new Bhikkhus went to the Buddha and told him all that had
happened. To them the Buddha said, "To live for a hundred years in ignorance, doing foolish
things, is useless; now that you have seen the Truth and have become wise, your life of one
day as a wise man is much more worthwhile."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 111. Better than a hundred years in the life of an ignorant person, who has no control over
his senses, is a day in the life of a wise man who cultivates Tranquillity and Insight Development
Practice.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


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