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312 311 310 LESSON 29 28 27 06 2011 Dhammassavana Sutta Listening to the Dhamma Dhana
Sutta Treasure
 Lokapala Sutta Guardians
of the World
Dhaniya Sutta FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and
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Dhammassavana Sutta: Listening to the
Dhamma

“There are
these five rewards in listening to the Dhamma. Which five?

“One hears
what one has not heard before. One clarifies what one has heard before. One
gets rid of doubt. One’s views are made straight. One’s mind grows serene.

“These are the
five rewards in listening to the Dhamma.”

Dhana Sutta: Treasure

“Monks, there
are these seven treasures. Which seven? The treasure of conviction, the
treasure of virtue, the treasure of conscience, the treasure of concern, the
treasure of listening, the treasure of generosity, the treasure of discernment.

“And what is
the treasure of conviction? There is the case where a
disciple of the noble ones has conviction, is convinced of the Tathagata’s
Awakening: ‘Indeed, the Blessed One is worthy and rightly self-awakened,
consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the
world, unexcelled as a trainer for those people fit to be tamed, the Teacher of
divine & human beings, awakened, blessed.’ This is called the treasure of
conviction.

“And what is
the treasure of virtue? There is the case where a disciple of
the noble ones abstains from taking life, abstains from stealing, abstains from
illicit sexual conduct, abstains from lying, abstains from taking intoxicants
that cause heedlessness. This, monks, is called the treasure of virtue.

“And what is
the treasure of conscience? There is the case where a disciple
of the noble ones feels shame at [the thought of engaging in] bodily
misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct. This is called the treasure
of conscience.

“And what is
the treasure of concern? There is the case where a disciple
of the noble ones feels concern for [the suffering that results from] bodily
misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct. This is called the treasure
of concern.

“And what is
the treasure of listening? There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
has heard much, has retained what he/she has heard, has stored what he/she has
heard. Whatever teachings are admirable in the beginning, admirable in the
middle, admirable in the end, that — in their meaning and expression — proclaim
the holy life that is entirely complete and pure: those he/she has listened to
often, retained, discussed, accumulated, examined with his/her mind, and
well-penetrated in terms of his/her views. This is called the treasure of
listening.

“And what is
the treasure of generosity? There is the case of a disciple of
the noble ones, his awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess, living at
home, freely generous, openhanded, delighting in being magnanimous, responsive
to requests, delighting in the distribution of alms. This is called the
treasure of generosity.

“And what is
the treasure of discernment? There is the case where a
disciple of the noble ones is discerning, endowed with discernment of arising
& passing away — noble, penetrating, leading to the right ending of stress.
This is called the treasure of discernment.”

These, monks, are the seven treasures.
The treasure of conviction, the treasure of virtue, the treasure of conscience
& concern, the treasure of listening, generosity, & discernment as the
seventh treasure. Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures is said not to be
poor, has not lived in vain. So conviction & virtue, confidence &
Dhamma-vision should be cultivated by the wise, remembering the Buddhas’
instruction.

 

Lokapala Sutta: Guardians of the
World

 

Alternate translation: Ireland

This sutta (plus a concluding series
of verses) also appears at Iti 42.

“Monks, these
two bright qualities guard the world. Which two? Conscience & concern.[1]

If these two bright qualities did not guard the world, there would be no
recognition of ‘mother’ here, no recognition of ‘mother’s sister,’ ‘uncle’s
wife,’ ‘teacher’s wife,’ or ‘wife of those who deserve respect.’ The world
would be immersed in promiscuity, like rams with goats, roosters with pigs, or
dogs with jackals. But because these two bright qualities guard the world,
there is recognition of ‘mother,’ ‘mother’s sister,’ ‘uncle’s wife,’ ‘teacher’s
wife,’ & ‘wife of those who deserve respect.’”

Sn 1.2 Dhaniya Sutta

From The
Dhamma Encyclopedia

Dhaniya
Sutta: Dhaniya the Cattleman

translated
from the Pali by

Thanissaro
Bhikkhu

Dhaniya
the cattleman:[1]

“The
rice is cooked, my milking done. I live with my people along the banks of the
Mahi; my hut is roofed, my fire lit: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead &
rain.”

The
Buddha:

“Free
from anger, my stubbornness gone,[2] I live for one night along the banks of
the Mahi; my hut’s roof is open, my fire out:[3] so if you want, rain-god, go
ahead & rain.”

Dhaniya:

“No
mosquitoes or gadflies are to be found. The cows range in the marshy meadow
where the grasses flourish. They could stand the rain if it came: so if you
want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

The
Buddha:

“A
raft, well-made, has been lashed together.[4] Having crossed over, gone to the
far shore, I’ve subdued the flood. No need for a raft is to be found:[5] so if
you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

Dhaniya:

“My
wife is compliant, not careless, is charming, has lived with me long. I hear no
evil about her at all: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

The
Buddha:

“My
mind is compliant, released, has long been nurtured, well tamed. No evil is to
be found in me: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

Dhaniya:

“I
support myself on my earnings. My sons live in harmony, free from disease. I
hear no evil about them at all: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead &
rain.”

The
Buddha:

“I’m
in no one’s employ,[6] I wander the whole world on the reward [of my
Awakening]. No need for earnings is to be found: so if you want, rain-god, go
ahead & rain.”

Dhaniya:

“There
are cows, young bulls, cows in calf, & breeding cows, & a great bull,
the leader of the herd: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

The
Buddha:

“There
are no cows, no young bulls, no cows in calf or breeding cows, no great bull,
the leader of the herd:[7] so if you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

Dhaniya:

“The
stakes are dug-in, immovable. The new muñja-grass halters, well-woven, not even
young bulls could break: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead & rain.”

The
Buddha:

“Having
broken my bonds like a great bull, like a great elephant tearing a rotting
vine, I never again will lie in the womb: so if you want, rain-god, go ahead
& rain.”

The great
cloud rained down straightaway, filling the lowlands & high. Hearing the
rain-god pour down, Dhaniya said: “How great our gain that we’ve gazed on
the Blessed One! We go to him, the One with vision, for refuge.

May you
be our teacher, Great Sage. My wife & I are compliant. Let’s follow the
holy life under the One Well-gone. Gone to the far shore of aging & death,
let’s put an end to suffering & stress.”

Mara:[8]

“Those
with children delight because of their children. Those with cattle delight
because of their cows.

A
person’s delight comes from acquisitions, since a person with no acquisitions
doesn’t delight.”

The
Buddha:

“Those
with children grieve because of their children. Those with cattle grieve
because of their cows.

A
person’s grief comes from acquisitions, since a person with no acquisitions
doesn’t grieve.”


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