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Anathapindika's Gift of a Monastery

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  • antony272b2
    When (Anathapindika s monastery) had been completed, the Enlightened One, with his monks, came to Savatthi to take up the residence at the new monastery. On
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2011
      "When (Anathapindika's monastery) had been completed, the Enlightened One, with his monks, came to Savatthi to take up the residence at the new monastery. On their arrival, Anathapindika invited them for an alms meal. After the meal he addressed the Buddha and asked: "How should I proceed with the offering of this Jetavana?" — "You may dedicate it to the Sangha of the four quarters, present and future." And so Anathapindika did. Then the Buddha expressed his appreciation to him in the following verses:

      "They ward off cold and heat and beasts of prey from there
      And creeping things and gnats and rains in the wet season.
      When the dreaded hot wind arises, that is warded off.
      To meditate and obtain insight in a shelter and at ease —
      A dwelling-place is praised by the Awakened One as chief gift to an Order.
      Therefore a wise man looking to his own weal,
      Should have dwelling-places built, so that
      Learned ones can stay therein.
      To these food and drink, raiment and lodgings
      He should give, to the upright, with mind purified.
      Then these will teach him Dhamma dispelling every ill;
      He, knowing that Dhamma, here attains Nibbana, cankerless."
      — Translated by I.B. Horner
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/hecker/wheel334.html
      From: Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor
      by Hellmuth Hecker
      For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk

      With metta / Antony.
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