The Fragrant Bhikkhu/Thera Sappadasa

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The Fragrant Bhikkhu/Thera Sappadasa

Postby yawares » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:35 am

Dear Members,

Bhikkhu Subhuti was declared chief of those who lived in remote
places and in peace and of those who were worthy of gifts because
whenever he went for alms round he would develop metta jhana at each door.

:candle: Subhuti:The Fragrant Bhikkhu :candle:
[Presented by Dr.Han Tun @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN]

He belonged to a clansman's family of Magadha, and, because of his
predisposition to renunciation, left domestic life and joined sectarian
ascetics. Dissatisfied with them and seeing the happiness enjoyed by Upatissa,
Kolita, Sela and others, after they had joined the Order, he too became a monk
under the Buddha, winning the favour of his teachers. He went into solitude with
an exercise for meditation, and soon afterwards attained arahantship.

In the time of Kassapa Buddha he belonged to a very rich family of Benares, and,
after hearing the Buddha preach, rubbed the Buddha's Gandhakuti eight times a
month with the four kinds of perfumes. As a result of this, he was born, in all
his births, with a fragrant body.

Special note***: He was the son of Sumanasetthi and the younger brother
of Anathapindika. After ordination, and, after obtaining a subject for
meditation, he lived in the forest. There he developed insight, and attained
arahantship on the basis of metta jhana. Teaching the Dhamma, without
distinction and limitation, he was declared chief of those who lived in remote
places and in peace (arannaviharina.m) and of those who were worthy of gifts
(dakkhi.neyyana.m). It is said that when he went for alms round he would
develop metta jhana at each door, hence every gift made to him was of the
highest merit.

Love Buddha's dhamma :heart:
yawares/sirikanya :heart:

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Re: The Fragrant Bhikkhu/Thera Sappadasa

Postby yawares » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:28 pm

Dear members,

This Saturday morning, I'm happy to tell a nice story/play a cute song for you all:

Every Little Stars:

:candle: Thera Sappadasa:The Snake :candle:
[Translated from the Pali by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.]

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (112) of this book, with reference to Thera Sappadasa.

Once a bhikkhu was not feeling happy with the life of a bhikkhu; at the same time he felt that it would be improper and humiliating for him to return to the life of a householder. So he thought it would be better to die. So thinking, on one occasion, he put his hand into a pot where there was a snake but the snake did not bite him. This was because in a past existence the snake was a slave and the bhikkhu was his master. Because of this incident the bhikkhu was known as Thera Sappadasa. On another occasion, Thera Sappadasa took a razor to cut his throat; but as he placed the razor on his throat he reflected on the purity of his morality practice throughout his life as a bhikkhu and his whole body was suffused with delightful satisfaction (piti) and bliss (sukha). Then detaching himself from piti, he directed his mind to the development of Insight Knowledge and soon attained arahatship, and he returned to the monastery.

On arrival at the monastery, other bhikkhus asked him where he had been and why he took the knife along with him. When he told them about his intention to take his life, they asked him why he did not do so. He answered, "I originally intended to cut my throat with this knife, but I have now cut off all moral defilements with the knife of Insight Knowledge." The bhikkhus did not believe him; so they went to the Buddha and asked. "Venerable Sir, this bhikkhu claims, that he has attained arahatship as he was putting the knife to his throat to kill himself. Is it possible to attain Arahatta Magga within such a short time?" To them the Buddha said, "Bhikkhus! Yes, it is possible; for one who is zealous and strenuous in the practice of Tranquillity and Insight Development, arahatship can be gained in an instant. As the bhikkhu walks in meditation, he can attain arahatship even before his raised foot touches the ground."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 112: Better than a hundred years in the life of a person who is idle and inactive, is a day in the life of one who makes a zealous and strenuous effort (in Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice).

Love Buddha's dhamma :heart:
yawares/sirikanya :heart:

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