Sermon

Once the Exalted One was staying at Kosambi in the Sisu Grove

Then the Exalted One gathered up a handful of the sisu I leaves and said to the monks: ‘What do you think monks? Which are the , more numerous, just this small handful of sisu leaves which I have here or those in the whole grove?’ 

‘Very few in number, Lord, are the leaves in the handful taken up by the Exalted One; much more in number are those in the whole grove.

‘Even so monks, much more in number are those things I have discovered but not disclosed: very few are the things I have disclosed.

And why, monks, have l not disclosed them?

Because they are not concerned with profit they are not the beginning of the holy life, they are not conduce to aversion to detachment, to cessation. to tranquility. to full comprehension, to the perfect wisdom, to Nibbana. That is why I have not disclosed them. And what is it, monks, that I have disclosed? 

 

Just that: “This is Suffering; this is the arising of suffering; this is the ceasing of suffering: this is the practice that leads to the ceasing of suffering” And why so?

Because monks, this is concerned with profit. it is the beginning of the holy life: it conduces to aversion, to detachment, to cessation to tranquility, to full comprehension, to the perfect wisdom, to Nibhana. Therefore have I disclosed it. 

Therefore, monks, an effort must be made to realize: “This is suffering: this is the arising of suffering: this is the ceasing of suffering; this is the practice that leads to the ceasing of suffering” 

Author//David Maurice
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