| Minor Stories Index
65: The Story of Thirty Bhikkhus
While residing at the
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (65)
of this book, with
reference to thirty Bhikkhus from Paveyyaka.
Thirty youths from Paveyyaka were, on one occasion, enjoying themselves with a
prostitute in a
forest, when the prostitute stole some of their valuable ornaments and ran away.
for her in the forest, they met the Buddha on the way. As the Buddha delivered
them a discourse
the youths attained Sotapatti Fruition, and all of them joined the Order of the
followed him to the
monastery. While staying at the monastery, they
the austerity or purification practice (dhutanga). Later, when the Buddha
Anamatagga Sutta (Discourse on Countless Existences), all those Bhikkhus
When other Bhikkhus commented that Paveyyaka Bhikkhus were very quick in
the Buddha replied to them in verse, as follows:
An intelligent man, even though he is associated with a wise man only for a
quickly understands the Dhamma, just as the tongue knows the taste of soup.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016