Dhammapada(Dhp XXV) - Bhikkhuvagga: Monks
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Restraint with the eye is good,good is restraint with the ear.Restraint with the nose is good,good is restraint with the tongue.Restraint with the body is good,good is restraint with speech.Restraint with the heart is good,good is restraint everywhere.A monk everywhere restrainedis released from all suffering & stress.
Hands restrained,feet restrainedspeech restrained,supremely restrained —delighting in what is inward,content, centered, alone:he’s what they calla monk.
A monk restrained in his speaking,giving counsel unruffled,declaring the message & meaning:sweet is his speech.
Dhamma his dwelling,Dhamma his delight,a monk pondering Dhamma,calling Dhamma to mind,does not fall awayfrom true Dhamma.
Gains:don’t treat your own with scorn,don’t go coveting those of others.A monk who covets those of othersattains no concentration.Even if he gets next to nothing,he doesn’t treat his gains with scorn.Living purely, untiring:he’s the onethat the devas praise.
For whom, in name & formin every way,there’s no sense of mine,and who doesn’t grievefor what’s not:he’s deservedly calleda monk.
Dwelling in kindness, a monkwith faith in the Awakened One’s teaching,would attain the good state,the peaceful state:stilling-of-fabrications ease.
Monk, bail out this boat.It will take you lightly when bailed.Having cut through passion, aversion,you go from there to Unbinding.
Cut through five,let go of five,and develop five above all.A monk gone past five attachmentsis said to have crossed the flood.
Practice jhana, monk,and don’t be heedless.Don’t take your mind roamingin sensual strands.Don’t swallow — heedless —the ball of iron aflame.Don’t burn & complain: ’This is pain.’
There’s no jhanafor one with no discernment,no discernmentfor one with no jhana.But one with both jhanaanddiscernment:he’s on the vergeof Unbinding.
A monk with his mind at peace,going into an empty dwelling,clearly seeing the Dhamma aright:his delight is morethan human.However it is,however it is he touchesthe arising-and-passing of aggregates:he gains rapture and joy:that, for those who know it,is deathless,the Deathless.
Here the first thingsfor a discerning monkare guarding the senses,contentment,restraint in line with the Patimokkha.He should associate with admirable friends.Living purely, untiring,hospitable by habit,skilled in his conduct,gaining a manifold joy,he will put an endto suffering and stress.
Shed passionand aversion, monks —as a jasmine would,its withered flowers.
Calmed in body,calmed in speech,well-centered and calm,having disgorged the baits of the world,a monk is calledthoroughlycalmed.
You yourself should reprove yourself,should examine yourself.As a self-guarded monkwith guarded self,mindful, you dwell at ease.
Your own self isyour own mainstay.Your own self isyour own guide.Therefore you shouldwatch over yourself —as a trader, a fine steed.
A monk with a manifold joy,with faith in the Awakened One’s teaching,would attain the good state,the peaceful state:stilling-of-fabrications ease.
A young monk who strivesin the Awakened One’s teaching,brightens the worldlike the moon set free from a cloud.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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