| Minor Stories Index
87, 88 and
Story of Five Hundred Visiting Bhikkhus
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (87), (88) and (89) of
this book. with reference to five hundred visiting Bhikkhus.
Five hundred Bhikkhus who had spent the vassa in Kosala came to pay homage to
monastery, at the end of the vassa.
uttered the following three verses to suit their various temperaments.
Verse 87 &
88. The man of wisdom, leaving the home of craving and having
as his goal,
should give up dark, evil ways and cultivate pure, good ones. He should seek
great delight in
solitude, detachment and
Nibbana, which an ordinary man finds so difficult to enjoy. He should
also give up sensual pleasures, and clinging to nothing, should cleanse himself
of all impurities of
Verse 89. Those, with mind well-developed in the
seven Factors of Enlightenment
having rid themselves of all craving, rejoice in their abandonment of
attachment. Such men, with
all moral intoxicants eradicated, and powerful (with the light of Arahatta
Nibbana in this world (i.e., with Khandha aggregates remaining).
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
19 February 2016