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Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:26 pm
The Theragàthà and the Therigàthà are two books in the Khuddaka Nikaya, the fifth part of the Sutta Pitaka, the first division of the Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Buddhism.
Thera is a title given to someone who has been a monk for more than ten years and means ‘elder.’ The equivalent title for a nun is theri. The word gàthà means ‘a verse.’ Both of these works contain poems composed by the Buddha’s disciples. There are 263 poems in the Theragàthà and seventy three in the Therigàthà, many of considerable literary merit. Some celebrate the joy of enlightenment, others the beauty of the forest and yet others praise the compassion of the Buddha.
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:33 pm
My hut is roofed, comfortable, free of drafts; my mind, well-centered, set free. I remain ardent. So, rain-deva. Go ahead & rain.
Th 1.1 Subhuti
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:20 pm
How light my body! Touched by abundant rapture & bliss, like a cotton tuft borne on the breeze it seems to be floating my body!
Th 1.104 Khitaka
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:51 pm
Going forth is hard; houses are hard places to live; the Dhamma is deep; wealth, hard to obtain; it's hard to keep going with whatever we get: so it's right that we ponder continually continual inconstancy.
Th 1.111 Jenta
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:52 pm
With clear waters & massive boulders, frequented by monkeys & deer, covered with moss & water weeds, those rocky crags refresh me.
Th 1.113 Vanavaccha
Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:34 pm
As if sent by a curse, it drops on us aging. The body seems other, though it's still the same one. I'm still here & have never been absent from it, but I remember myself as if somebody else's.
Th 1.118 Kimbila
Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:39 pm
Calmed, restrained, giving counsel unruffled, he lifts off evil states of mind as the breeze, a leaf from a tree.
Th 1.2 Mahakotthika
Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:06 am
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Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:57 pm
The five aggregates, having been comprehended, stand with their root cut through. For me the ending of stress is reached; the ending of fermentations, attained.
Th 1.120 Isidatta
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:40 pm
I'm not afraid of danger, of fear. Our Teacher's adept in the Deathless. Where danger, where fear do not remain: that's the path by which the monks go.
Th 1.21 Nigrodha
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:12 am
Peacocks, crested, blue, with gorgeous necks, cry out in the Karamvi woods, thrilled by the cold wind. They awaken the sleeper to meditate.
Th 1.22 Cittaka
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:56 pm
I having eaten honey-rice in a bamboo patch and rightly grasping the aggregates' arising-disbanding will return to the hillside, intent on seclusion.
Th 1.23 Gosala
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:45 pm
Like splendor, his mind, continually fruitful: Attack a monk like that, you Dark One, and you'll fall into pain.
Th 1.25 Nandiya (to Mara)
Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:17 pm
Harita, raise yourself up-right and, straightening your mind like a fletcher, an arrow shatter ignorance to bits.
Th 1.29 Harita
Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:20 pm
See this: the discernment of the Tathagatas, like a fire ablaze in the night, giving light, giving eyes, to those who come, subduing their doubt.
Th 1.3 Kankharevata
Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:25 pm
I'll make a trade: aging for the Ageless, burning for the Unbound: the highest peace, the unexcelled rest from the yoke.
Th 1.32 Suppiya
Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:41 pm
As if struck by a sword, as if his head were on fire, a monk should live the wandering life mindful for the abandoning of sensual passion.
Th 1.39 Tissa
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:00 pm
Lightning lands on the cleft between Vebhara & Pandava, but, having gone to the cleft in the mountains, he's absorbed in jhana the son of the one without compare, the one who is Such.
Th 1.41 Sirivaddha
Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:45 pm
So freed! So freed! So thoroughly freed am I from three crooked things: my sickles, my shovels, my plows. Even if they were here, right here, I'd be done with them, done. Do jhana, Sumangala. Do jhana, Sumangala. Sumangala, stay heedful.
Th 1.43 Sumangala