“Bhante, I have such confidence in The Buddha that I believe there’s no other teacher—whether past, future, or present—whose wisdom is superior to The Buddha when it comes to enlightenment.”
And what, friends, is the Noble Truth of Suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering; grief, lamentation, bodily pain, mental pain, and despair are suffering; not getting what one desires, that too, is suffering. In brief, the five aggregates of clinging are suffering.
When a fool takes birth, he has an axe inside his mouth with which the fool cuts himself when speaking harsh words.
Vangisa Bhante: Dear Devata, your mansion is very beautiful. Silver and golden nets dangle from walls made of crystal. There are beautifully decorated archways and golden sand spread throughout the compound. When the sun shines in autumn, darkness is dispelled in all directions and the sky blazes. Such is your mansion. It glows just like […]
Moggallana Bhante: Dear Deva, your mansion is very high in the sky and spreads over a hundred and twenty kilometers. Pillars of beryl and other gemstones, and seven hundred pinnacled buildings are in your estate. It is extremely beautiful. Inside the mansion, you drink and eat and enjoy the sweetness of heavenly food. The sweet […]
Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Ghost: I am a ghost, sir. I am suffering in the world of Yama. I have done an evil deed as a human […]
Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly. Your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Ghost: I was your mother in a previous life. Now I am living in the ghost world suffering from hunger and thirst. My […]
983. Without eating the last four or five mouthfuls, he should fill his stomach with water. This leads to the comfort of a monk who is diligent in reaching Nibbāna.
1029. I received eighty-two thousand Dhammas from the Buddha, and two thousand from the liberated monks. All together I memorized eighty-four thousand Dhammas.