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Verse 117: The Story of Thera Seyyasaka

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (117) of this book,
with reference to Thera Seyyasaka.

Once there was a thera by the name of Seyyasaka, who was in the habit of masturbating.
When the Buddha heard about this, he rebuked the thera for doing something that would
lead one further away from the attainment of Magga and Phala. At the same time, the
Buddha laid down the discipline prohibiting such indulgence in auto sexual pleasures, i.e.,
Sangha-disesa Apatti = offences, which require penance and suspension from the Order.
Then, the Buddha added, "This kind of offence can only lead to evil results in this world
as well as in the next."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 117. If a man does evil, he should not do it again and again;
neither should he take delight in it; since the accumulation of evil
leads only to dukkha.

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


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