Thig 1.1 The verse of a certain Arahant Nun (1) 1. Nun, you made this robe from a rag cloth. You can live very happily wearing it. You were freed from lust just like leaves that were burnt and shrivelled in a pot. This verse was said by a certain Arahant Nun. Thig 1.2 The […]
Thig 2.1 The Verses of Arahant Nun Gorgeous Nandā (19) 19. Nandā, see carefully this disgusting body that is diseased, impure, rotten, oozing, and filthy. With a well-concentrated mind, develop the meditation on the impurities of the body. 20. Develop insight meditation which is free from signs of defilements. Uproot the conceit in the mind. […]
39. Twenty-five years have passed since I became a nun. During this period my mind has not achieved any meditative happiness at all. 40. Without self-mastery over the mind, without any unification of the mind, and while recollecting the instructions of the Buddha, I experienced a sense of urgency. 41. I took the Dhamma practice […]
42. Previously, I didn’t have any unification of mind. I didn’t have any control over it. I would leave the monastery four or five times a day. 43. There was a certain nun in whom I had confidence. I approached her and she taught me the Dhamma about aggregates, elements and sense bases. 44. As […]
45. The seven aids for enlightenment were taught by the Buddha. I have developed all of them. 46. I developed the attainment of emptiness and the attainment of signlessness as I wished. Now I am a true daughter of the Buddha, born from the Blessed One’s heart. I always live delighting in Nibbāna. 47. All […]
48. Going out from my daytime resting place on Mount Gijjhakūṭa, on the riverbank I saw an elephant just after a bath. 49. A man, using a hook, demanded the elephant stretch out his foot. The elephant stretched out its foot and the man climbed up on its back. 50. This elephant was previously untamed. […]
51. [The Buddha:] In the forest, Ubbiri, you are sobbing and calling out, “Oh my daughter, Jīva!” Did you know that eighty-four thousand people were burnt in this cemetery, all whose name was Jīva? Which of them do you grieve for? 52. When I heard this, I plucked out the dart of sorrow I had […]
54. This nun Sukkā is teaching the Buddha’s Dhamma. What has happened to these people in the city of Rājagaha? If they don’t come to hear her, it is as though they are drunk and asleep. 55. But wise people don’t miss out on this Dhamma. This Dhamma’s nature is very sweet. It is juicy […]
57. [Māra:] There is nothing called Nibbāna in this world. So what are you doing here in seclusion? Go and enjoy sensual pleasures. Don’t regret it later! 58. [Nun Selā:] Hey Māra! Sensual pleasures are like poisoned swords. The five aggregates are like slabs of meat. What you call enjoyment is boring to me. 59. […]
60. [Māra:] Arahantship is very hard to attain. It is attained by Great Buddhas and seers. How could such a thing be realized by a woman with a two-finger intelligence? 61. [Nun Somā:] Hey Māra! If the mind is well-concentrated, what failure will this woman’s state bring? When wisdom is achieved with clear insight, what […]
63. The Great Arahant Kassapa is the son, the heir, of the Buddha. With a well-concentrated mind, he sees the past lives of beings and sees heaven and hell with his divine eye. 64. Having attained the destruction of rebirth, he has become a liberated one. Since he achieved the Triple Knowledge, he is a […]
I took to heart the Dhamma that was taught to me by that skillful nun.
72. In the past, I was extremely beautiful and fit. I was intoxicated by all the luxurious comforts around me. I was self-absorbed and conceited. I despised other women. 73. Back then I decorated my body with beautiful ornaments. Having dressed in a way that foolish people praise, I would wait at the corner of […]
77. Previously, in the beginning of my life as a nun, I thought in the wrong way. I was overwhelmed by desire for sensual pleasures. My mind was distracted and I failed to control it. 78. Because my mind was preoccupied with signs of attractiveness, I was obsessed with defilements. Being under the influence of […]
82. Nandā, see wisely this disgusting body that is diseased, impure, rotten, oozing, and filthy. Develop the meditation on the impurities of this body with a well-concentrated mind. 83. Both this body and a dead body are the same. What is in the dead body is also in this body. This body smells bad and […]
87. I used to worship the fire god, the moon god, and the sun god. Having gone to rivers, I would plunge into the water to wash away my sins. 88. I practiced various types of vows. I shaved half my head. I slept on the ground. I ate nothing at night. 89. When I […]
92. Having given up the home life, I truly became a nun through faith. But then I became caught up in gain and honor. I wandered here and there longing only for those things. 93. I missed the highest good and went after the lowest things. I didn’t have any idea to achieve spiritual goals. […]
97. When I lived at home, I learned the perfect Dhamma from a monk. Through that Dhamma, I attained the undefiled, deathless Nibbāna. 98. I gave up my son, daughter, money, and property. Having shaved off my hair, I became a nun. 99. I started the practice while I was a trainee. I progressively eliminated […]
102. Because of having this body, I had to give birth to ten children. This made me very weak and aged. Finally, I approached a certain nun. 103. She taught me the Dhamma about aggregates, elements and sense bases. I took to heart the Dhamma taught by that nun. Shaving off my hair, I became […]
107. I used to lead a very strange life. I pulled out my hair with my hand. I didn’t brush my teeth. I wore only one piece of cloth. Back then I thought that wrong deeds were correct deeds and correct deeds were wrong deeds. 108. One day I saw the stainless Buddha surrounded by […]
112. When working the fields with plows, sewing seeds in the earth, and caring for wives and children, people generate wealth. 113. I am not lazy or arrogant. I possess a virtuous life and practice the Buddha’s training. So why am I not able to achieve Nibbāna? 114. I poured water on my feet to […]
117. Taking pestles, people grind grains. Taking care of their families, they find wealth. 118. Practice the Buddha’s training. Having practiced it, one does not regret. Wash your feet quickly and sit down quietly. Develop unification of mind and complete the Buddha’s path. 119. The Nun Patācarā instructed the nuns in this way. Those nuns […]
122. Formerly, as a widow without children, I suffered a lot. Without friends and relations, I did not obtain food or clothing. 123. Taking a clay bowl and a stick, I went begging from house to house. Suffering from the cold and heat, I wandered for seven years. 124. One day, I saw the nun […]
127. We don’t know where he came from. We don’t know where he goes to. That being the case, for whom do you lament, crying, “my son”? 128. But you do not grieve for a person who’s coming and going. The journey of saṁsāra is unknown to you. You realize that this is the nature […]
133. I couldn’t bear the pain of my son’s death. I went crazy and lost my mindfulness. I didn’t even wear clothes. With a messy head of hair, I wandered here and there. 134. I lived on heaps of rubbish in the streets, in cemeteries, and on highways. I wandered like this for three years, […]
139. [Māra:] Dear Khemā, you are still young and beautiful. I am also young and in my prime. Come, let us enjoy sensual pleasures and delight in sweet music. 140. [Nun Khemā:] Hey Māra, I am disgusted and ashamed of this foul body that is subject to disease and destruction. I have rooted out craving […]
145. One day I was well dressed and decorated with jewelry. I was wearing flower garlands. My body was smeared with sandalwood cream. I was surrounded by my female attendants. 146. Taking an abundance of food, drinks, sweets and snacks I went to the park to have fun. 147. Having enjoyed playing there, on my […]
151. I was born into an upper class family that had great comforts and wealth. I was extremely beautiful. I was the daughter of Megha, a very rich merchant. 152. Many princes and wealthy merchants desired me. They sent my father messengers saying, “Let me marry your daughter Anupamā. 153. “If you tell us how […]
157. The Buddha, the Great Hero, and the best of all beings, I pay my homage to you. It was you who released me and many other people from the suffering of cycle of rebirths. 158. I understood suffering; eradicated craving, the cause of suffering; developed the Noble Eightfold Path and attained Nibbāna, the cessation […]
163. Guttā, having given up your dear children and wealth, you became a nun with a noble wish. Therefore you should work towards that wish only. Don’t get tricked by your mind! 164. These beings get tricked by the mind, and then they live delighting in Māra’s objects. They don’t see the true nature of […]
169. Previously being unable to control my mind, I didn’t have any unification of mind. I left the monastery four or five times a day. 170. Finally I approached the Nun Khemā. I questioned respectfully and learned the Dhamma from her. She taught me the Dhamma about aggregates, elements and sense bases. 171. She taught […]
175. Taking pestles, people grind grains. Taking care of their families, they find wealth. 176. Practice the Buddha’s training; having practiced it, one does not regret anything. Wash your feet quickly and sit down quietly. 177. With a well-concentrated, unified mind, investigate wisely that all conditioned things are selfless and not belonging to self. 178. […]
182. Having established clear mindfulness, the nun lives with developed spiritual faculties. Her life is established in the peace that comes from stilling all formations. She has achieved the peace of stilling all formations, Nibbāna. 183. [Māra:] For whose sake did you shave your head? You seem like a nun, but why don’t you be […]
189. That nun lives with clear mindfulness and with eyes of Dhamma. She has developed Spiritual Faculties. As a result of the association with noble people, she has achieved peaceful Nibbāna. 190. [Māra:] Why don’t you like to be reborn? When you are born you enjoy sensual pleasures. Delight in sensual pleasures and enjoy them. […]
196. That nun is very virtuous, her senses are well controlled. She obtained the taste of Nibbāna which has a sweet flavour. 197. [Māra:] There are deities in the heavens of Tāvatiṃsa, Yāma, Tusita, Previously, you lived in those heavens. Focus your mind to be reborn there. 198-9. [Nun Sisūpacālā:] Hey Māra! Those deities in […]
204. [Vaḍḍhamātā:] Son Vaḍḍha, may a forest of defilements not grow for you in this world! Son, do not be an owner of suffering again and again. 205. Vaḍḍha, the sages who have eradicated defilements and doubts live in peace. They are well tamed and cooled. 206. Vaḍḍha, you too should follow the path which […]
213. Associating with noble friends has been praised by the Great Sage, the Buddha, for the well-being of the world. Through the association of noble friends, even a fool becomes wise. 214. One should associate with wise, noble people. It is through this association that one’s wisdom is increased. The one who associates with wise, […]
224. The two of us, my mother and I, were co-wives of the same husband. This situation was shocking to me, unusual, and hair-raising. 225. A curse on sensual pleasures. They are impure, foul smelling, and cause many troubles. Due to these sensual pleasures a mother and her daughter had to become co-wives of the […]
236. [Maid Puṇṇā:] I am a maid who carries water. Fearing punishment and the insults of my house owner, I have always gone down to the river to get water, even in the coldest of weather. I didn’t want to get blamed for any error. 237. But, Brāhmin, who do you fear that makes you […]
252. In the past my hair was black, like the color of bees, with curly ends. But because of old age, now it is like dried, rotten bark. The words of the truth speaker, the Buddha, aren’t false. 253. In the past, my hair was fragrant, covered in flowers like a perfumed books. But because […]
274. My dear father, only now, after a long time, you have questioned me about the monks. I will now tell you about their wisdom, virtue and effort.
307. Ah! Please tell the unsurpassed protector of the world that I worship him. Yes, worship respectfully and dedicate the merit to me.
335. Enlightened One, you are the Buddha, you are the Great Teacher, and I am your daughter. I was born from your heart, and born from your Dhamma path. Eradicating all taints, I have completed the path to end suffering.
345. Oh, dear relatives, why, like enemies, do you urge me towards sensual pleasures? Please understand that I became a nun because I saw fear in sensual pleasures.
388. I’m a disciple of the Buddha. I travel in the vehicle called the Noble Eight Fold Path. I have pulled out the dart of lust and destroyed the taints. My heart only delights in an empty hut.
432. I worshiped my father, mother, and the community of my relatives. I became a nun. Seven days after becoming a nun, I attained the Triple Knowledge.
453. My dear mother, the majority of people in this world don’t know the Four Noble Truths taught by the excellent Buddha. They long only for rebirth in heaven.