| Minor Stories Index
81: The Story of Thera Lakundaka Bhaddiya
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the
Buddha uttered Verse (81) of this
reference to Thera Bhaddiya.
Bhaddiya was one of the Bhikkhus staying at the Jetavana monastery. Because of
stature he was known as Lakundaka (the dwarf) to
the other Bhikkhus. Lakundaka
very good natured; even when young Bhikkhus often would tease him by pulling his nose
his ear, or
by patting him on his head. Very often they would jokingly say, "Uncle, how are
happy, or are you bored with your life here as a Bhikkhu?", etc. Lakundaka
never retaliated in anger, or abused them; in fact, even in his mind he did not get
angry with them.
When told about the patience of Lakundaka Bhaddiya. the Buddha said, "An Arahat
his temper, he has no desire to speak harshly or to think ill of others. He is
like a mountain of
solid rock; as a solid rock is unshaken, so also, an Arahat is unperturbed both
by scorn & praise."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 81. As a mountain of rock is unshaken by wind, so also,
the wise are
unperturbed both by blame & by praise.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016