Daily Reading ~ November 21

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

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

And the Lord said: “Ãnanda, prepare a couch facing the mark between these two sal trees, for I am uneasy and wish to lie down.” So Ãnanda did as the Lord asked, and then the Lord lay down on his right side, resting one foot on another in the position of the lion, mindful and clearly conscious.

Then suddenly, the two sal trees burst into full bloom out of season and the flowers rained down out of respect for the Tathãgata. Celestial blossoms and heavenly sandalwood powder rained down, and heavenly music and voices could be heard, all out of respect for the Tathãgata.

Then the Lord addressed Ãnanda and said: “Look at these sal blossoms and heavenly flowers, sandalwood powder, music and voices. Yet, it is not like this that the Tathãgata is respected, venerated, esteemed, worshipped, and honoured with the highest respect.

But the monk and nun, the layman and the laywoman, who abide by the Dhamma, walk the way of Dhamma, practise the Dhamma—It is they respect, venerate, esteem, worship and honour the Tathãgata with the highest respect. Therefore, abide by the Dhamma, walk the way of the Dhamma, and practise the Dhamma. This is how you should train yourself.”