Contentment is the
The Blessed Buddha often noted contentment as the highest
There is the case where a Bhikkhu is
with whatever old robe,
with whatever old alms-food,
with whatever hut,
bitter medicine for curing sickness.
This Dhamma is for one,
who is content, not for one who is discontent!
Thus was it said. And with
reference to exactly this salient contentment
with whatever little
one has, was this simple, serene modesty well spoken...
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with whatever little one has!
How is a Bhikkhu
Just as a bird, wherever it goes, flies with its wings as its only burden,
even so is he content with a
single set of robes to protect his body and
to pacify his hunger. Wherever he goes, he takes only
these few simple necessities
as robes, belt, bowl, and razor along with him.
This is how a Bhikkhu is
There is the case where a Bhikkhu is content with whatever old robe at all,
with whatever old alms-food at all, with whatever old hut at all. He speaks
praise of being
content with any old requisite at all. He does not, for the
of any requisite, do anything unsuitable or inappropriate. When not
requisites, he is not troubled. When getting requisites, he just uses it without
being attached to it. He is not obsessed,
but blameless, and seeing the drawbacks
and dangers of possessions,
he realizes the escape from them. He does not, on
account of his
with any old requisite at all, exalt himself or disparage
others. Thus is he
modest, clever, energetic, alert, and always acutely aware!
This, Bhikkhus, is called a Bhikkhu standing quite
firm in the ancient,
original lineage of the Noble Ones (Ariyavamsa)...
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See also: About Forest Monks:
Good are friends, when
with just what one has.
Good is merit done well, when life is at the end.
Good is the elimination of all Suffering!
Solitude is happiness for one who is
has heard, and clearly understands The Dhamma.
Harmlessness is happiness
in all worlds!
Harmlessness held towards all breathing beings.
Therefore be capable, upright, and straight, easy to instruct, gentle,
and not proud,
and easy to support, with few daily duties,
living simply and lightly,
with peaceful abilities, mastering all qualities,
and with no greed for support. Do not do even a minor thing
that the wise
and noble would later criticize.
Sutta Nipāta I,
caused by rejoicing
Cause of Contentment,
Calm and Content!,
Guided Mudita Meditation on
Mutual Altruistic Joy Explanation