| Minor Stories Index
The Story of the Bhikkhu who Contemplates The Body as a
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (46)
of this book, with
reference to a certain Bhikkhu.
On one occasion, a certain Bhikkhu, after taking a subject of meditation from
went to the forest. Although he tried hard he made little progress in his
meditation; so he
decided to go back to the Buddha for further instruction. On his way back he saw
which, after all, was only an illusive appearance on a sheet of water. At that
instant, he came
to realize that the body also was insubstantial like a mirage. Thus keeping his
mind on the
insubstantiality of the body he came to the bank of the river
While sitting under a
tree close to the river, seeing big froths breaking up, he realized the
impermanent nature of
Soon, the Buddha appeared in his vision and said to him, "My son, just as you
this body is impermanent like froth and insubstantial like a mirage."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 46. One who knows that this body
is impermanent like froth, and comprehends that it is
insubstantial like a mirage, will cut the flowers of Mara (i.e., the three kinds
of vatta or
rounds), and pass out of sight of the King of Death.
At the end of the discourse the Bhikkhu attained Arahatship.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016