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 regularly occurring to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a long time simply oxen-like:
His abdominal simply grows and grows,
But his perception deepens not.
Who has a lot heard and learned,
But does despise him who's terrible in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i believe of this kind of one.
Thou stick with him who has heard much,
Then what's heard shall no longer decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian thou should’st be!
Knowing what comes first and final, realizing good the which means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped which means he examines.
Keen in his sufferer application,
He strives to weigh the that 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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Over fifty years he has been a monk and had expounded the Dhamma—and except adherence to Dhamma there will be no holy lifestyles. This brief discourse used to be enough for Subhadda, simply because it have been for Pukkusa, to gain the Dhamma in its manifold elements and to head for safe haven to the Buddha and ask for admission into the order of priests. The Buddha remarked concerning the rule, in accordance with which wanderers of different sects needed to be wear probation for 4 months. Subhadda agreed comfortably, he even desired to be wear probation for 4 years. Thereupon the Buddha accredited him instantly, creating a final exception, and this final monk disciple of the Buddha quickly grew to become an arahant. The 6th a part of this narrative which now follows, starts off with the final directions of the Buddha: to start with the clergymen should not imagine, after forty five his loss of life, that they now didn't have a instructor anymore, simply because now the Dhamma and Vinaya will be their instructor. To this present day, the be aware of the Buddha laid down within the texts is decisive for the fans of his educating. moment, after his loss of life the clergymen may still now not tackle each one fifty three different indiscriminately as “friend. ” The senior clergymen, senior in years within the Order, may possibly deal with the junior ones as “friend” or with their names, fifty four whereas the junior ones may still use “Venerable Sir. ” This rule additionally served as an confirmation of the culture which was once now to be lived via the senior clergymen as an instance, and which can be venerated in them rather than honoring the Buddha. this can be the way in which of reverence in response to seniority within the Order and doesn't depend upon any features that clergymen or nuns can have. The 3rd rule gave the clergymen permission to abolish the lesser and minor ideas and all they entailed, based on their very own judgment. After his loss of life a few info will be obscure and may be thought of petty. As a ensure that a minimum of the most ideas will be undefined, the meeting of clergymen may perhaps decree that minor principles might not be binding. Whoever sought after may well hold them, yet there will be no compulsion to any extent further. The fourth and final guide was once to impose the better penalty at the monk Channa. Ánanda requested how that was once to be understood. The Buddha defined that Channa used to be to not be spoken to or prompt or suggested, it doesn't matter what he did. After those basically exterior instructions which Ánanda was once to satisfy, the Buddha once again grew to become to the complete meeting of priests and requested them whether or not they had any doubt or challenge bearing on activities or teachings of the Enlightened One, the content material and which means of the Dhamma, the order of clergymen and, particularly, in regards to the course or the best way of perform. these have been the 4 details for questions. they need to think of them, in order that they wouldn't remorse it later whilst the voice of the trainer have been silenced. yet upon being requested thrice, the gang didn't reply. Thereupon Ánanda acknowledged it used to be extraordinary that no longer even one monk had any doubts. The Buddha corrected him once more, simply because Ánanda couldn't recognize needless to say that actually not anyone had any doubts.