By Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema
82,000 Teachings from the Buddha i've got received;
2,000 extra from his disciples; Now, 84,000 are commonly used to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a while in simple terms oxen-like:
His belly merely grows and grows,
But his perception deepens not.
Who has a lot heard and learned,
But does despise him who's terrible in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i believe of this type of one.
Thou stick with him who has heard much,
Then what's heard shall now not decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian thou should’st be!
Knowing what comes first and final, understanding good the which means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped that means he examines.
Keen in his sufferer application,
He strives to weigh the that means good. on the correct time he makes his attempt, And inwardly collects his mind.
— the Venerable Ánanda, Thag XVII.3 (vv. 1024-29)
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Sixteen) below the suggestions of this holy one, Ánanda was once brought into the monk’s self-discipline. He used to be a keen and diligent student and used to be capable of reach the fruit of eight stream-entry already in the course of his first rains retreat (Cv VII. 1). Later Ánanda instructed his fellow priests, that the venerable Puóóa Mantániputta were of significant support to him in the course of his studying interval. He had taught Dhamma to the recent priests and had defined to them that the “I am” conceit doesn't come up and not using a cause—namely, it truly is caused via shape, feeling, perceptions, psychological formations, and awareness. For a greater realizing of this, the venerable Puóóa had given a becoming analogy: If an individual may want to see his mirrored image or picture, he may perhaps achieve this basically via a reason, specifically a reflect or a transparent nine physique of water. within the similar manner do the 5 aggregates mirror just like “I am. ” so long as one relies on them and is supported via them, see you later will an “I” be mirrored. in simple terms while one doesn't depend upon them any further, will a twin of “I” disappear. —SN XXII. eighty three Ánanda considered this analogy time and again and ever extra deeply, till he penetrated the affliction, impermanence and no-self facets of the 5 aggregates, and not relied upon them as his 2 support. He then started to take advantage of monkhood, starting with the fruit of stream-entry. Ánanda was once consistently good content material together with his lifestyles as a monk. He understood the advantages of renunciation and had entered upon the trail, 10 that's a pleasure to tread if you can go the circulation in corporation with likeminded pals. in the course of the first years of his lifestyles as a monk, Ánanda was once absolutely excited about the purification of his personal brain; he mixed simply into the Sangha and slowly constructed a growing number of resilience and psychological power. whilst the Buddha and Ánanda have been either fifty five years of age, the Buddha known as a gathering of the priests and declared: “In my twenty years as a monk, as Father of the Sangha, i've got had many various attendants, yet none of them has particularly stuffed the submit completely, as repeatedly a few willfulness has develop into obvious. Now i'm fifty five years outdated and it is vital for me to have a reliable and trustworthy attendant. ” without delay all of the noble disciples provided their companies. however the Buddha didn't settle for them. Then the nice priests checked out Ánanda, who had held again modestly, and requested him to return ahead voluntarily. because of his impeccable habit as a monk, he appeared predestined for the put up. while he was once requested why he used to be the one one that had no longer provided his companies, he responded that the Buddha knew top who was once compatible as his attendant. He had loads self belief within the Blessed One, that it didn't ensue to him to specific his personal needs, even supposing he might have beloved to turn into the attendant of the Buddha. Then the Buddha declared that Ánanda will be exciting to him and that he sought after him as his attendant. Ánanda used to be under no circumstances proud that the grasp had most well-liked him to his maximum disciples, yet as a substitute requested a prefer of getting 8 stipulations fulfilled.