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The Story of Thera Tissa (Verses 3 and 4)

While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi,
the Buddha uttered Verses (3) and (4), with reference
to Thera Tissa.

Tissa, son of the Buddha's maternal aunt, was at one
time staying with the Buddha. He had become a Bhikkhu
only in his old age, but he posed as a senior Bhikkhu
and was very pleased when visiting Bhikkhus asked his
permission to do some service for him. On the other
hand, he failed to perform the duties expected of
junior Bhikkhus; besides, he often quarrelled with the
younger Bhikkhus. Should anyone rebuke him on account
of his behaviour he would go complaining to the
Buddha, weeping, very much dissatisfied and very
upset. The others also followed him to the presence of
the Buddha. The Buddha told them not to harbour
thoughts of enmity, for enmity could only be appeased
by not harbouring enmity.

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 3:. "He abused me, he ill-treated me, he got the
better of me, he stole my belongings;"... the enmity
of those harbouring such thoughts cannot be appeased.

Verse 4 "He abused me, he ill-treated me, he got the
better of me, he stole my belongings;" ... the enmity
of those not harbouring such thoughts can be appeased.

At the end of the discourse, one hundred thousand
Bhikkhus attained Sotapatti Fruition.


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


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