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Dhammapada
25 Bhikkhu Vagga
The Monk (360-382)

Cakkhunā saṃvaro sādhu,
sādhu sotena saṃvaro;
Ghānena saṃvaro sādhu,
sādhu jivhāya saṃvaro.

360. Restraint of the eye is good. Good is restraint of the ear. Restraint of the nose is good. Good is restraint of the tongue.

Kāyena saṃvaro sādhu,
sādhu vācāya saṃvaro;
Manasā saṃvaro sādhu,
sādhu sabbattha saṃvaro;
Sabbattha saṃvuto bhikkhu,
sabbadukkhā pamuccati.

361. Restraint of the body is good. Good is the restraint of speech. Restraint of the mind is good. Good is restraint in all circumstances. The monk who restrains in every way is freed from all suffering.

Hatthasaṃyato pādasaṃyato,
Vācāsaṃyato saṃyatuttamo;
Ajjhattarato samāhito,
Eko santusito tamāhu bhikkhuṃ.

362. The one with hands restrained, feet restrained, speech restrained, who is foremost among the restrained, delights in inward stillness, keeps to himself, and is content; he is called a monk.

Yo mukhasaṃyato bhikkhu,
mantabhāṇī anuddhato;
Atthaṃ dhammañca dīpeti,
madhuraṃ tassa bhāsitaṃ.

363. If a monk restrains his mouth, speaks insightfully, and is humble, he can illuminate the meanings and the Dhamma. Sweet is his speech.

Dhammārāmo dhammarato,
dhammaṃ anuvicintayaṃ;
Dhammaṃ anussaraṃ bhikkhu,
saddhammā na parihāyati.

364. The monk who dwells in the Dhamma, delights in the Dhamma, reflects on the Dhamma and recollects the Dhamma does not fall away from the true Dhamma.

Salābhaṃ nātimaññeyya,
nāññesaṃ pihayaṃ care;
Aññesaṃ pihayaṃ bhikkhu,
samādhiṃ nādhigacchati.

365. A monk should not despise what he has received from donors, nor envy the gains of others. The monk who envies the gains of others does not attain the stillness of mind.

Appalābhopi ce bhikkhu,
salābhaṃ nātimaññati;
Taṃ ve devā pasaṃsanti,
suddhājīviṃ atanditaṃ.

366. A monk who does not despise what he has received from donors, even though it be little, who is pure in livelihood and energetic, is praised even by the gods.

Sabbaso nāmarūpasmiṃ,
yassa natthi mamāyitaṃ;
Asatā ca na socati,
sa ve “bhikkhū”ti vuccati.

367. He who has no notion of “mine” for mentality and materiality, who does not sorrow on the absence of them—he is truly called a monk.

Mettāvihārī yo bhikkhu,
pasanno buddhasāsane;
Adhigacche padaṃ santaṃ,
saṅ­khā­rū­pasa­maṃ sukhaṃ.

368. The monk who dwells in loving-kindness and is deeply pleased with the Buddha’s path attains the destruction of formations, Nibbāna.

Siñca bhikkhu imaṃ nāvaṃ,
sittā te lahumessati;
Chetvā rāgañca dosañca,
tato nibbānamehisi.

369. Oh monk, from the boat of life, empty the water of inferior intentions! Emptied, it will sail lightly. Cutting off passion and hatred, you will quickly go to Nibbāna.

Pañca chinde pañca jahe,
pañca cuttari bhāvaye;
Pañca saṅgātigo bhikkhu,
“ oghatiṇṇo”ti vuccati.

370. Cut off the five lower bonds, abandon the five higher bonds, and cultivate the five spiritual facilities. The monk who has overcome the five bonds called passion, hatred, delusion, conceits, and views is called “the one who has crossed the flood”.

Jhāya bhikkhu mā pamādo,
Mā te kāmaguṇe ramessu cittaṃ;
Mā lohaguḷaṃ gilī pamatto,
Mā kandi “dukkhamidan”ti dayhamāno.

371. Oh monk, meditate! Do not be negligent! Do not let your mind whirl about in sense pleasures! Negligent, gone to hell, do not swallow red-hot iron balls, and then being burnt do not cry out, “Oh this is painful!”

Natthi jhānaṃ apaññassa,
paññā natthi ajhāyato;
Yamhi jhānañca paññā ca,
sa ve nibbānasantike.

372. There is no singleness of mind for one without wisdom. There is no wisdom for one without singleness of mind. He, who has both singleness of mind and wisdom, indeed, is close to Nibbāna.

Suññāgāraṃ paviṭṭhassa,
santacittassa bhikkhuno;
Amānusī rati hoti,
sammā dhammaṃ vipassato.

373. The monk who has entered an empty hut and has calmed his mind, who contemplates the true nature of the five groups of clinging, in him there arises a delight that transcends all human delights.

Yato yato sammasati,
khandhānaṃ udayabbayaṃ;
Labhatī pītipāmojjaṃ,
amataṃ taṃ vijānataṃ.

374. Whenever one sees with insight the arising and passing of the five groups of clinging, he is full of joy and happiness. To the person who has realized the truth, this joy is the sweetest taste.

Tatrāyamādi bhavati,
idha paññassa bhikkhuno;
Indriyagutti santuṭṭhi,
pātimokkhe ca saṃvaro.

375. These three factors form the bases for a monk in contemplating the true nature of the five groups of clinging: guarding the senses, contentment, and restraint according to the monastic rules.

Mitte bhajassu kalyāṇe,
suddhājīve atandite;
Paṭi­san­thā­ra­vut­yassa,
ācārakusalo siyā;
Tato pāmojjabahulo,
dukkhassantaṃ karissati.

376. Associate with noble friends who live purely and energetically, be skillful in conduct and duties, and engage in Dhamma discussion. Thus, full of joy, make an end to this suffering.

Vassikā viya pupphāni,
maddavāni pamuñcati;
Evaṃ rāgañca dosañca,
vippamuñcetha bhikkhavo.

377. Just as the jasmine creeper sheds its withered flowers, so, oh monk, shed passion and hatred from your mind!

Santakāyo santavāco,
santavā susamāhito;
Vantalokāmiso bhikkhu,
“upasanto”ti vuccati.

378. The monk who is calm in body, calm in speech, peaceful, stilled in mind, and has rejected sense desire, he truly is called “the calm one.”

Attanā codayattānaṃ,
paṭimaṃsetha attanā;
So attagutto satimā,
sukhaṃ bhikkhu vihāhisi.

379. By oneself one must censure oneself and investigate oneself. Oh monk, guarding yourself and establishing mindfulness, live at ease.

Attā hi attano nātho,
Attā hi attano gati,
tasmā saṃ­ya­ma­mattānaṃ;
Assaṃ bhadraṃva vāṇijo.

380. Oneself, indeed, is one’s own protector. One does, indeed, make one’s own destiny. Therefore, control yourself as the skilled merchant controls a fine horse.

Pāmojjabahulo bhikkhu,
pasanno buddhasāsane;
Adhigacche padaṃ santaṃ,
saṅ­khā­rū­pasa­maṃ sukhaṃ.

381. Due to Dhamma practise, the monk who is filled with joy and pleased with the Buddha’s path, attains peace, the destruction of formations, Nibbāna.

Yo have daharo bhikkhu,
yuñjati buddhasāsane;
Somaṃ lokaṃ pabhāseti,
abbhā muttova candimā.

382. Even a young monk engaged in the Buddha’s path illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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Dhammapada 25 Bhikkhu Vagga: The Monk (360-382)

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