| Minor Stories Index
86: The Story of
the Dhamma Listeners
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the
Buddha uttered Verses (85) and
(86) of this
book, with reference to a congregation of people who had come to listen to a
discourse in Savatthi.
On one occasion, a group of people from Savatthi made special offerings to the
collectively and they arranged for some Bhikkhus to deliver discourses
throughout the night, in
their locality. Many in the audience could not sit up the whole night and they
returned to their
homes early; some sat through the night, but most of the time they were drowsy
There were only a few who listened attentively to the discourses.
At dawn, when the Bhikkhus told the Buddha about what happened the previous
replied, "Most people are attached to this world; only a very few reach the
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 85. Few among men reach the other shore (Nibbana); all the others only run
up and down on
Verse 86. But those who practice according to the well-expounded Dhamma will
reach the other
shore (Nibbana), having passed the realm of Death (i.e., samsara), very
difficult as it is to cross.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016