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Theragatha

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Theragatha
Khuddaka Nikaya

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Theragatha
Verses of the Elder Monks

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Selected suttas from the Theragatha

Chapter I
  • 1. Subhuti. Go ahead and rain!
  • 2. Mahakotthika. Evil mind-states vanish with the breeze.
  • 3. Kankharevata. Discernment, like a fire in the night.
  • 7. Bhalliya. Steadfast in oneself.
  • 14. Vanavaccha's pupil There's no tying down one who knows.
  • 16. Belatthasisa. A happiness not of the flesh.
  • 22. Cittaka. Peacocks.
  • 26. Abhaya. Splitting a horse's hair with an arrow.
  • 29. Harita. Shatter ignorance to bits!
  • 32. Suppiya. A fair trade.
  • 39. Tissa. Practice mindfully, as if your head were on fire.
  • 41. Sirivaddha. Lightning can't shake one in jhana.
  • 43. Sumangala. Free at last from three crooked things!
  • 49. Ramaneyyaka. The delight of a well-focused mind.
  • 50. Vimala. Where neither rain nor wind can reach.
  • 56. Kutiviharin. Don't waste your hut!
  • 68. Ekuddaniya. Free of sorrows.
  • 84. Nita. When will the fool awaken?
  • 93. Eraka. Sensual pleasures are stressful.
  • 95. Cakkhupala. Shun the evil companion!
  • 104. Khitaka. How light my body!
  • 111. Jenta. Ponder inconstancy, constantly.
  • 113. Vanavaccha. The happiness of the wilderness.
  • 118. Kimbila. Aging drops on us like a curse.
  • 120. Isidatta. Cutting through the roots of suffering.

Chapter II
  • 13. Heraññakani. The results of evil deeds will catch up with you.
  • 16. Mahakala. May I never lie with my head cracked open again!
  • 24. Valliya. Through persistence I shall reach the goal!
  • 26. Punnamasa. Shed the five hindrances, and what's left?
  • 27. Nandaka. Like a fine thoroughbred steed.
  • 30. Kanhadinna. No more passion for becoming.
  • 37. Sona Potiriyaputta. Better to die in battle than to survive, defeated.

Chapter III
  • 5. Matangaputta. It's too hot, too cold -- what's your excuse?
  • 8. Yasoja. Solitude in the forest: two's company, three's a hullabaloo!
  • 12. Abhibhuta. Rouse yourself! Scatter the army of death!
  • 14. Gotama. After wandering relentlessly through hell, heaven, the animal world, finally: peace!
  • 15. Harita (2). Careful: the wise can tell when your actions don't align with your deeds.

Chapter IV
  • 8. Rahula. The Buddha's son celebrates his own victory in the Dhamma.

Chapter V
  • 1. Rajadatta. Lusting after a corpse? That's the last straw for this monk.
  • 8. Vakkali. I'd rather stay in the forest.
  • 9. Vijitasena [K.R. Norman, trans.]. I shall tame you, my mind.
  • 10. Yasadatta. There's no time for quibbling!

Chapter VI
  • 6. Sappadasa. In despair, with knife poised to cut his veins, Sappadasa at last sees the Dhamma!
  • 9. Jenta, the Royal Chaplain's Son. Even arrogant fools can find liberation.
  • 10. Sumana the Novice. A seven year-old discovers arahantship.

Chapter VII
  • 1. Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan. While grappling with lust, this monk finally comes to his senses.

Chapter X
  • 5. Kappa. Are you enchanted by your physical appearance? This reflection may be just the cure.

Chapter XII
  • 2. Sunita the Outcaste. An outcaste tells his inspiring tale of victory.

Chapter XIV
  • 1. Revata's Farewell. By steadfastly maintaining his right resolve, this monk finally gains perfect release.
  • 2. Godatta. Criticism from the wise is better than praise from fools; the pain of meditation is better than pleasure from the senses.

Chapter XVI
  • 1. Adhimutta and the Bandits. A monk disarms some bandits with his talk on Dhamma.

Chapter XVIII
  • Maha Kassapa. In this poem -- one of the first examples of "wilderness poetry" -- an arahant monk celebrates the joys of practicing jhana in the solitude of the forest.

Chapter XIX
  • Talaputa [Bhikkhu Khantipalo, trans.]. A frank and inspiring eavesdropping into this monk's conversations with himself before becoming a monk and after.
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