By Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema
82,000 Teachings from the Buddha i've got received;
2,000 extra from his disciples; Now, 84,000 are everyday to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a long time purely oxen-like:
His belly basically grows and grows,
But his perception deepens not.
Who has a lot heard and learned,
But does despise him who's bad in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i feel of one of these one.
Thou stick to him who has heard much,
Then what's heard shall now not decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian thou should’st be!
Knowing what comes first and final, figuring out good the that means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped that means he examines.
Keen in his sufferer application,
He strives to weigh the which means good. on the correct time he makes his attempt, And inwardly collects his mind.
— the Venerable Ánanda, Thag XVII.3 (vv. 1024-29)
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Pukkusa started his conversation with the statement how astounding it was, what a deep peace those could achieve who had gone forth into homelessness. Once his master had been so deeply concentrated that he did not see nor hear five-hundred carts passing by him and yet there was no question of his being asleep. The Buddha countered this with the question, whether it was more difficult to be so deeply concentrated while there was thunder and lightning, and rain torrents coming down. Pukkusa agreed with this.
Nanda’s behavior in the face of these accusations was exemplary: he submitted to the judgment of the other holy ones, although he, himself, could not see any wrongdoing, a fact which he did not fail to mention. Subsequently Ánanda reported the second instruction, which the Buddha had given immediately before his death, namely imposing the higher penalty on the monk Channa. The present assembly requested Ánanda to present this decision to Channa himself. Ánanda objected that Channa was a violent and unruly person.
But in reality it was exactly as Ánanda had said. The 46 Buddha showed in this way the difference between Ánanda’s confidence and his own, the Perfect One’s, insight. The least of the five-hundred monks present was a stream-winner, because the absence of doubt is one of the signs of this attainment. And once more the Master turned to the assembly of monks to give them his final words of farewell: Now, monks, I declare this to you: It is the nature of all formed things to dissolve. Strive with diligence!
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