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XXV.BHIKKHUVAGGA. THE BHIKKHU OR MENDICANT MONK

360. Good is restraint in the eye; good is restraint in the ear; good is restraint in the nose; good is restraint in the tongue.

361. Good is restraint in deed; good is restraint in speech; good is restraint in mind; good is restraint in everything. The bhikkhu restrained everywhere is freed from all sorrow.

362. He who is controlled in hand, foot, speech, and in the highest (head), he who delights in meditation, and is composed, he who is alone and contented, him they call a bhikkhu.

363. That bhikkhu who is controlled in tongue, who speaks wisely, who is not puffed up, who explains the meaning and the text, sweet, indeed, is his speech.

364. That bhikkhu who dwells in the Dhamma, who delights in the Dhamma, who meditates on the Dhamma, who well remembers the Dhamma, does not fall away from the sublime Dhamma.

365. Let him not despise what he has received, nor fare envying (the gains) of others. The bhikkhu who envies (the gains) of others does not attain concentration.

366. Though a recipient of little, if a bhikkhu does not despise what he has received, even the gods praise him who is pure in livelihood and is not slothful.

367. He who has no thought of "I and mine" whatever towards mind and body, he who grieves not for that which he has not, he is indeed called a bhikkhu.

368. The bhikkhu who abides in loving-kindness, who is pleased with the Buddha's teaching, attains to that state of peace and happiness, the stilling of conditioned things.

369. Empty this boat, O bhikkhu! Emptied by you it will move swiftly; cutting off lust and hatred, to Nibbăna you will thereby go.

370. Five cut off, five give up, five further cultivate. The bhikkhu who has gone beyond the five bonds is called a "Flood-Crosser".

371. Meditate, O bhikkhu! Be not heedless. Do not let your mind whirl on sensual pleasures. Do not be careless and swallow a lead-ball. As you burn cry not "This is sorrow."

372. There is no concentration to one who lacks wisdom, nor is there wisdom to him who lacks concentration. In whom are both concentration and wisdom, he, indeed, is in the presence of Nibbăna.

373. The bhikkhu who has retired to a lonely abode, who has calmed his mind, who clearly perceives the Doctrine, experiences a joy transcending that of men.

374. Whenever he reflects on the rise and fall of the aggregates, he experiences joy and happiness. To the knowing ones that (reflection) is Deathless.

375. And this becomes the beginning here for a wise bhikkhu: sense-control, contentment, restraint with regard to the fundamental Moral Code (Pătimokkha), association with beneficent and energetic friends whose livelihood is pure.

376. Let him be cordial in his ways and refined in conduct; thereby full of joy he will make an end of ill.

377. As the jasmine creeper shreds its withered flowers, even so, O bhikkhus, should you totally cast off lust and hatred.

378. The bhikkhu who is calm in body, calm in speech, calm in mind, who is well-composed, who has spewed out worldly things, is truly called a "peaceful one".

379. By self do you censure yourself, by self do you examine yourself. Self-guarded and mindful, O bhikkhu, you will live happily.

380. Self, indeed, is the protector of self; self, indeed, is one's refuge; control therefore your own self as a merchant, a noble steed.

381. Full of joy, full of confidence in the Buddha's Teaching, the bhikkhu will attain the Peaceful State, the stilling of conditioned things, the bliss (supreme).

382. The bhikkhu who, while still young, devotes himself to the Buddha's teaching, illumines this world like the moon freed from a cloud.



Foreword ][ Preface ][ Introduction

The Twin Verses ][ Heedfulness ][ The Mind ][ Flowers ][ Fools ][ The Wise
The Arahat ][ Thousands ][ Evil ][ Punishment or the Rod ][ Old Age ][ The Self
The World ][ The Buddha ][ Happiness ][ Affections ][ Anger ][ Taints ][ The Just and the Righteous
The Way ][ Miscellaneous ][ Hell ][ The Elephant ][ Craving ][ The Bhikkhu or Mendicant Monk ][ The Brahmana

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