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The Story of
Bhikkhus (Verse 6)
While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha uttered Verse
this book, with reference to the Bhikkhus of Kosambi.
The Bhikkhus of Kosambi had formed into two groups. One group followed the
Vinaya and the other followed the teacher of the Dhamma and they were often
quarrelling among themselves. Even the Buddha could not stop them from
quarrelling; so he
left them and spent the vassa, residence period of the rains, all alone in
near Palileyyaka forest. There, the elephant Palileyya waited upon the Buddha.
The lay disciples of Kosambi, on learning the reason for the departure of the
refused to make offerings to the remaining Bhikkhus. This made them realize
mistake and reconciliation took place among themselves. Still, the lay disciples
treat them as respectfully as before, until they owned up their fault to the
the Buddha was away and it was in the middle of the vassa; so the Bhikkhus of
spent the vassa in misery and hardship.
At the end of the vassa, the Venerable Ananda and five hundred Bhikkhus
Buddha and gave the message from Annathapindika and other lay disciples
to return. In due course the Buddha returned to the Jetavana monastery in
Bhikkhus followed him there, fell down at his feet, and owned up their fault.
rebuked them for disobeying him. He told them to remember that they must all die
day and therefore, they must stop their quarrels and must not act as if they
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows: Verse 6: People, other than the wise,
realize, "We in this world must all die," (and not realizing it continue their
wise realize it and thereby their quarrels cease.
At the end of the discourse, all the assembled Bhikkhus were established in
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016