Daily Reading ~ Decemebr 24

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

At the time, a certain monk called Thera was living alone and commending such a life. He entered the village alone, he returned alone, he sat alone and walked alone. So, a number of other monks went and told the Lord this, and he asked them to call that monk into his presence. When he came, the Lord said to him:

“Is it true as they say that you are living quite alone and that you commend such a life?”

“That is so, Lord.”

“In what way do you live and commend?”

“I enter the village alone, I return alone, I sit alone and walk alone.”

“That is living alone, it is true, Thera. But there is a way of bringing to perfection the solitary life that I will tell you. When the past is put away, when the future is given up and when there is no craving and desire in the present, then the solitary life has been perfection in full.”