| Minor Stories Index
The Story of a Resident Pupil of
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (61)
of this book, with
reference to a resident pupil of
Thera Mahakassapa was residing near Rajagaha, he had two young Bhikkhus
staying with him.
One of them was respectful, obedient and dutiful to the thera, but the other one
was not. When
the old thera chided the latter for his slackness in his duties, he was very
much offended. On one
occasion, he went to the house of a lay-disciple of the thera, and lied to them
that the thera was ill.
Thus, he got some choice food from them for the thera; but he ate the food on
the way. When
admonished by the thera for this, he became extremely angry. The next day, when the
his alms-round, the young foolish Bhikkhu stayed behind, broke the pots and pans
the forest hermitage.
When a Bhikkhu from Rajagaha told the Buddha about this, the Buddha said that it
been much better for
Thera Mahakassapa to live alone, than to live with such a foolish
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to
him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool.
At the end of the discourse, the Bhikkhu from Rajagaha attained Sotapatti
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016