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Verse 129: The Story of a Group of Six Bhikkhus:

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (129) of this book, with
reference to a group of six Bhikkhus (chabbaggi), who picked a quarrel with another group
comprising seventeen Bhikkhus.

Once seventeen Bhikkhus were cleaning up a building in the Jetavana monastery-complex
with the intention of occupying it, when another group comprising six Bhikkhus arrived on the
scene. The group of six said to the first group, "We are senior to you, so you had better give
way to us; we will take this place." The group of seventeen did not give in, so the chabbaggis
beat up the other group, who cried out in pain. The Buddha learning about this reprimanded
them and laid down the disciplinary rule forbidding Bhikkhus to beat others.

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 129. All are afraid of the stick, all fear death.
Putting oneself in another's place,
one should neither beat nor kill others.

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


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