Daily Reading ~ July 23

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

Once, when I was resting under the goatherd’s Banyan tree on the banks of Nerañjarã just after my enlightenment.

Mãra came to see me and said: “Pass away now, now is a good time for the Lord to die.”

But I spoke to Mãra and said: “I shall not die until the monks, the nuns, the laymen, and the laywomen have become deeply learned, wise, and well trained, remembering the teachings, proficient in the lesser and greater doctrines, virtuous and having learned the teachings themselves, until they are able to tell it to others, teach it, make it known, establish it, open it up, explain it, and make it clear, until they are able to to refute false doctrines taught by others and to spread the convincing and liberating truth abroad. I shall not die until the holy life has become successful, prosperous, undespised and popular, until it has become well proclaimed among both gods and men.”