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Verse 81: The Story of Thera Lakundaka Bhaddiya

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (81) of this book, with
reference to Thera Bhaddiya.

Bhaddiya was one of the Bhikkhus staying at the Jetavana monastery. Because of his short
stature he was known as Lakundaka (the dwarf) to the other Bhikkhus. Lakundaka Bhaddiya
was very good natured; even when young Bhikkhus often  would tease him by pulling his nose or
his ear, or by patting him on his head. Very often they would jokingly say, "Uncle, how are you?
Are you happy, or are you bored with your life here as a Bhikkhu?", etc. Lakundaka Bhaddiya
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 never loses
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.


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