19.10.12 : Matter Of Life & Death | How Subha Gave & Gained Her Eye | What Kind Of Dharma Speaker & Listener Are You?
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External beauty is only skin deep
and the skin is not very deep.
From the Therigatha, 'Verses of the Elder [Buddhist] Nuns', the world's earliest collection of poetry by women, is a dramatic incident, that almost climaxed in 'sex and violence', as rewritten here in brief:
Subha, in the forest alone,
asked the lustful man,
what infatuates him,
of her repulsive form.
Her eyes like a gazelle,
he says, like lotus buds,
spotless like gold,
which drives him wild.
Mad with desire for her,
even if she leaves, he says,
he will never forget them,
with their lashes and gaze.
This phantom body does not exist inherently, she says,
like a puppet cannot be without sticks and strings.
If it is not as it is without other conditions,
on what can he be fixated on?
Confusing the image for the real thing,
running after an empty mirage,
a puppet show,
a conjurer's trick!
An eye is a ball in a hollow,
with a bubble in the middle,
salty with tears,
She calmly plucks out her eye,
to give it to him,
Horrified, his passion dies,
Put it back, he begs,
He recovers from the poison of lust.
Subha visits the Buddha,
who sees her virtue,
and recovers her eye.
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How you receive and express the Dharma is
how you learn and practise the Dharma too.
"Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of Dhamma speakers. What four?(1) Here, bhikkhus, some Dhamma speaker speaks little and [his speech] is pointless, and his assembly is not skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.
(2) "Another Dhamma speaker speaks little but [his speech is] meaningful, and his assembly is skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.
(3) "Still another Dhamma speaker speaks much but [his speech is] pointless, and his assembly is not skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.
(4) "And still another Dhamma speaker speaks much and [his speech is] meaningful, and his assembly is skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly. These, bhikkhus, are the four kinds of Dhamma speakers."
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