Home  |  Minor Stories Index

Verse 148: The Story of Theri Uttara

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (148) of this book,
with reference to Then Uttara.

Theri Uttara, who was one hundred and twenty years old, was one day returning from her
alms-round when she met a Bhikkhu and requested him to accept her offering of alms-food.
The inconsiderate Bhikkhu accepted all her alms-food; so she had to go without food for
that day. The same thing happened on the next two days. Thus Then Uttara was without food
for three successive days and she was feeling weak. On the fourth day, while she was on her
alms-round, she met the Buddha on the road where it was narrow. Respectfully, she paid
obeisance to the Buddha and stepped back, While doing so, she accidentally stepped on her
own robe and fell on the ground, injuring her head. The Buddha went up to her and said,
"Your body is getting very old and infirm, it is ready to crumble, it will soon perish."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows

Verse 148: This body is worn out-with age, it is the seat of sickness, it is subject to decay.
This putrid body disintegrates; life, indeed, always and inevitably ends in death.

At the end of the discourse, Theri Uttara attained Sotapatti Fruition.

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


Saved: 24 December 2016  https://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/KN/Dhammapada.Verse_148.story.htm