| Minor Stories Index
92: The Story of Thera Belatthasisa
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (92) of this
reference to Thera Belatthasisa.
Thera Belatthasisa, after going on an alms-round in the village, stopped on the
way and took his
food there. After the meal, he continued his round of alms for more food. When
collected enough food he returned to the monastery, dried up the rice and
hoarded it. Thus,
there was no need for him to go on an alms-round every day; he then remained in
concentration for two or three days. Arising from jhana concentration he ate the
dried rice he
had stored up, after soaking it in water. Other Bhikkhus thought ill of the
thera on this
account, and reported to the Buddha about his hoarding of rice. Since then, the
food by the Bhikkhus has been prohibited.
As for Thera Belatthasisa, since he stored up rice before the ruling on hoarding
was made and
because he did it not out of greed for food, but only to save time for
meditation practice, the
Buddha declared that the thera was quite innocent, and that he was not to be
The Buddha then spoke in verse as follows:
Arahats do not hoard (anything); when taking food they reflect well over it.
They have as their object liberation from
is, Nibbana which is Void and Signless.
Their destination, like the course of
birds in the air,
cannot be traced.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016