| Minor Stories Index
99: The Story of a Woman
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (99) of this
reference to a woman of doubtful character.
A Bhikkhu, after taking a subject of meditation from the Buddha, was practising
an old garden. A woman of doubtful character came into the garden and, seeing
tried to attract his attention and seduce him. The thera got frightened; at the
same time, his
whole body was diffused with some kind of delightful satisfaction. The Buddha
saw him from
his monastery, and with his supernormal power, sent rays of light to him, and
received this message, which said, "My son, where worldlings seek sensual
pleasures is not the
place for Bhikkhus; Bhikkhus should take delight in forests, where worldlings
find no pleasure."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 99. Forests are delightful, but the worldlings find no delight in them;
only those who are
free from passion will find delight in them, for they do not search for sensual
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016