The Dhamma light

The Dhamma light

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One dwelt at Vesàli. The Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus and said:

- Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge. 

-"And how, Ananda, is a bhikkhu an island unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as his island, the Dhamma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge? 

- "When he dwells contemplating the body in the body, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world; when he dwells contemplating feelings in feelings, the mind in the mind, and mental objects in mental objects, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world, then, truly, he is an island unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; having the Dhamma as his island, the Dhamma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge. 

-"Those bhikkhus of mine, Ananda, who now or after I am gone, abide as an island unto themselves, as a refuge unto themselves, seeking no other refuge; having the Dhamma as their island and refuge, seeking no other refuge: it is they who will become the highest, if they have the desire to learn."

(Mahàparinibbàna sutta)

Buddha and five Bhikkhus
The Buddha and 5 Bhikkhus


Speech

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One dwelt at Vesàli. The Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus and said:

Bhikkhus, endowed with five characteristics, words are well said, not badly enunciated, not faulty and not found faulty by the wise. What five? 

Words told at the right time, truthful, words said politely, the essential words and words told with loving kindness. Bhikkhus, endowed with these five characteristics, words are well said, not badly enunciated, not faulty and not found faulty by the wise. 

( Anguttara Nikàya Sutra ) 


The Fruits of a Moral Life 

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One dwelt at Pataligama. The Blessed One addressed the devotees of Pataligama thus: 

"Five blessings, householders, accrue to the righteous man through his practice of virtue:

great increase of wealth through his diligence;a favorable reputation; a confident deportment, without timidity, in every society, be it that of nobles, brahmins, householders, or ascetics;a serene death;and, at the breaking up of the body after death, rebirth in a happy state, in a heavenly world." 

(Mahàparinibbàna sutta)
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The Fruits of an Immoral Life

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One dwelt at Kimbilà. The Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus and said:

- Bhikkhus, these five are the dangers for misbehaviour. What five? 

One blames oneself, the wise considering blame him, ill fame spreads, he dies a deluded death, after death he decreases and is born in hell. Bhikkhus, these five are the dangers for misbehaviour. 

Bhikkhus, these five are the benefits for right behaviour. What five? 

One does not blame oneself, the wise considering praise him, his fame spreads, he dies a non-deluded death, after death he increases and is born in heaven. Bhikkhus, these five are the benefits for right behaviour.

( Anguttara Nikàya Sutra ) 

Good Friends

Thus have I heard: 

On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary, near Rajagaha. The Blessed One addressed Sigala, a householder's son and said: 

"In five ways, young householder, should a clansman minister to his friends and associates as the North: 

(i) by liberality,
(ii) by courteous speech,
(iii) by being helpful,
(iv) by being impartial,
(v) by sincerity. 

"The friends and associates thus ministered to as the North by a clansman show compassion to him in five ways: 

(i) they protect him when he is heedless,
(ii) they protect his property when he is heedless,
(iii) they become a refuge when he is in danger,
(iv) they do not forsake him in his troubles,
(v) they show consideration for his family. 

"The friends and associates thus ministered to as the North by a clansman show their compassion towards him in these five ways. Thus is the North covered by him and made safe and secure. 

(Sigàlovàda sutta)

Master and his servants 

Thus have I heard: 

On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary, near Rajagaha. 

The Blessed One addressed Sigala, a householder's son and said:

"In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees as the Nadir: 

(i) by assigning them work according to their ability,
(ii) by supplying them with food and with wages,
(iii) by tending them in sickness,
(iv) by sharing with them any delicacies,
(v) by granting them leave at times. 

"The servants and employees thus ministered to as the Nadir by their master show their compassion to him in five ways: 

(i) they rise before him,
(ii) they go to sleep after him,
(iii) they take only what is given,
(iv) they perform their duties well,
(v) they uphold his good name and fame. 

"The servants and employees thus ministered to as the Nadir show their compassion towards him in these five ways. Thus is the Nadir covered by him and made safe and secure. 

(Sigàlovàda sutta)

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