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 known to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a while purely oxen-like:
His belly basically grows and grows,
But his perception deepens not.
Who has a lot heard and learned,
But does despise him who's negative in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i feel of this type of one.
Thou stick with him who has heard much,
Then what's heard shall no longer 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 which means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped which 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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After the Exalted One had spoken these last words, he entered into the four jhánas and the formless spheres of meditation absorption, until he attained the stage of cessation of perception and feeling. He thus went once more through the whole sequence of meditation states up to that of cessation. ” He no longer addressed him as “friend,” but as a senior monk, although both had been ordained on the same day. Anuruddha, however, had the divine eye and corrected him: the Buddha was absorbed in the state of “cessation,” but had not yet passed away.
T. Suzuki. In both cases the deaths of the founders have become symbols for those who follow their teachings. The Awakened One then said that veneration for him through heavenly music, scents, and blossoms was not honoring him the right way: who, as a disciple of the Master, enters upon the proper way and practices the Dhamma, he honors the Perfect One with the highest reverence. Just then, the Venerable Upaváóa was fanning the Blessed One. When the Buddha requested Upaváóa to stand aside, Ánanda wanted to know why he was so summarily dismissed.
Nanda consoled him: he would understand the teaching, he was already beginning to break through the hard shell. 15). Thereupon Channa exclaimed how wonderful it was to have such wise brothers as teachers. 90). 27 7. Ána nda’s Co nver satio ns w i th t he Budd ha If one considers as conversation also the silent, inner rapport with a Dhamma discourse, then the whole of the Páli Canon actually consists of Ánanda’s conversations with the Buddha. He was almost always present when the Buddha gave a discourse, and not only during the time he was his attendant.