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 wide-spread to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a while simply oxen-like:
His abdominal simply 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 feel of one of these 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, figuring out good the that 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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Then Mára appeared before the Buddha and reminded him of a promise made fortyfive years before, immediately after his enlightenment: Mára had then requested the Buddha to enter final Nibbána and not to teach. But the Buddha had replied that he would not die until he had established and 44 well taught the four kinds of disciples, and until the holy life was well advanced. But now that had been accomplished, Mára declared, and it was time to fulfill his promise. The Buddha replied that he would attain final Nibbána in three months from that time.
He was drawing his sword, when he remembered how grateful, he—a poor yokel—should be to the king and how wicked it was of him to have such a wish arise. He put his sword back in its sheath, but even a second and a third time he was overcome by the same desire. Feeling that this thought might rise in him again and again and could lead him on to very evil deeds, he threw away his sword, woke the king, prostrated before him and asked his forgiveness. The Bodhisatta forgave 32 him and said he could have the whole kingdom and he would be satisfied to serve as viceroy under him.
87. 19 Dukkha: Páli for every kind of unsatisfactoriness, including gross and subtle suffering. 20 Játaka tales: 547 stories of the Buddha’s past lives. 55 21 Reaching path and fruit: this expression means that a person not only knows the Noble Eightfold Path, but becomes the Noble Eightfold Path, and gains the fruits of this attainment, which is holiness. 22 Combines the function of toothbrush and toothpick. 23 Three knowledges: knowledge of past lives; knowledge of the arising and passing away of beings according to their kamma; exhaustion of the taints.
Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma by Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema