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Buddha’s Wisdom, Chapters 22-28

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001 Title Page

001 Title Page

251 Chapter 22 Anger

251 Chapter 22 Anger


When the wife of a brahmin slips she calls out praise of the Buddha, which angers her husband. He sets out to question and refute the Buddha, but he converts, ordains and soon becomes a Worthy One.

252 Burning Away Anger

252 Burning Away Anger


A King takes away an ascetic’s former wife, but the ascetic, the Bodhisatta, doesn’t get angry, and the wife refuses the King’s advances. The King enquires as to why the ascetic doesn’t get angry.

253 Anger Burns 1

253 Anger Burns 1

254 Anger Burns 2

254 Anger Burns 2


The Buddha explains the things that foes wish upon each other, and then speaks some verses about the dangers of getting angry.

255 The Dangers of Anger

255 The Dangers of Anger


Two otters catch a huge carp but can’t decide how to divide it. They ask a jackal to arbitrate. He gives the tail to one, the head to another and runs off with the rest.

256 Quarreling leads to Loss

256 Quarreling leads to Loss


The King of Kosala is defeated three times by his nephew Ajātasattu, the King of Magadha, and takes to his bed in sorrow and despair.

257 The Truly Happy One

257 The Truly Happy One


A crow sees a ruddy goose, the Bodhisatta, and wonders why he is so handsome, thinking it must be because of his food. The goose explains it is because of good deeds that he is beautiful and the crow is ugly.

258 The Benefits of Friendliness

258 The Benefits of Friendliness


A barren woman brings home a young woman for her husband, but everytime the young wife conceives the barren wife contrives an abortion. Through life after life they consume each other’s children, until brought to the Buddha.

259 Hatred overcome by Love

259 Hatred overcome by Love


A young girl steals a hen’s eggs, and thereafter through 500 existences they destroy each other’s offspring.

260 No Happiness through Hatred

260 No Happiness through Hatred


The group of six monks chase off and attack the group of seventeen monks and take their rooms, which left the latter screaming.

261 Comparing Oneself with Others

261 Comparing Oneself with Others


Quails, led by the Bodhisatta, manage to foil a hunter by flying off together with their heads in the net, until one day they argue and the hunter catches them all.

262 The Results of Unity and Division

262 The Results of Unity and Division

263 Chapter 23 Fools

263 Chapter 23 Fools


A monk lives with the Buddha, but when questioned by visiting monks it is found he does not know even the fundamentals of the teaching. They tell this to the Buddha.

264 Fools cannot Learn

264 Fools cannot Learn


Two thieves go to listen to the Dhamma. One of them attains path and fruit, the other manages to undo a knot in someone’s clothes and steal some pennies.

265 The Fool who knows hes a Fool

265 The Fool who knows hes a Fool


A young man learns the art of stone-throwing, but uses it to kill a Paccekabuddha; he is reborn in Avīci hell, and later as a ghost who is constantly having his head crushed by sixty-thousand sledgehammers.

266 Learning only hurts a Fool

266 Learning only hurts a Fool


A king, Devadatta, is jealous of his elephant, the Bodhisatta, and tries to have it fall to its death. The elephant leaves for another Kingdom.

267 Fame brings the Unintelligent to Ruin

267 Fame brings the Unintelligent to Ruin


A King wants to enjoy himself at a festival and asks some monkeys to water his saplings. They agree, but not having much water, pull each one up first to measure the water needed. All the trees die.

268 Good done by the Fool causes Ruin

268 Good done by the Fool causes Ruin


A maid is asked by her Mother to clear the mosquitoes from her body. She does so with a pestle, killing her Mother at the same time.

269 Fools do more Bad than Good

269 Fools do more Bad than Good


The Bodhisatta is an ascetic who lives far from the haunts of men, when Sakka offers him a boon, this is part of what he asks for.

270 Never Seeing a Fool is Best

270 Never Seeing a Fool is Best


Sakka asks the Bodhisatta who is the truly wise man.

271 The Truly Wise Man

271 The Truly Wise Man


The Buddha explains to Nālaka the things conducive to becoming a sage, one of which is not being talkative.

272 Fools are Noisy

272 Fools are Noisy

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A King makes fun of his elders so Sakka, the Bodhisatta, makes fun of him to teach him a lesson.

div class="photocell center">273 Wisdom brings Respect

273 Wisdom brings Respect


When asked by Sakka what is the highest virtue this was the Bodhisatta’s reply.

274 Wisdom is Best say the Good

274 Wisdom is Best say the Good

275 Chapter 24 Mind

275 Chapter 24 Mind


Asked three questions by a god, this is how the Buddha responds.

276 The Authority of the Mind

276 The Authority of the Mind


A herdsman offers alms to the Buddha and his disciples for seven days, and soon afterwards is killed by a hunter. The commentary notes that no explanation was given as to why this was so as the monks did not ask.

277 The Dangers of a Badly-Directed Mind

277 The Dangers of a Badly-Directed Mind


A man develops lust for an Arahant and is instantly changed into a woman. Later he asks for forgiveness and he changes back into a man!

278 The Benefits of a Well-Directed Mind

278 The Benefits of a Well-Directed Mind


A teacher’s mind is overcome by worldly affairs and he begins to forget his teaching. The Bodhisatta advises him thus.

279 An Unagitated Mind sees Clearly

279 An Unagitated Mind sees Clearly


A passing yakkha hits Ven. Sāriputta on the head with a mighty blow, which he hardly feels, but afterwards the yakkha falls into hell.

280 The Unwavering Mind is Free from Pain

280 The Unwavering Mind is Free from Pain


A quail, the Bodhisatta, is caught by a fowler but refuses to take food and no one will buy him. When examined by the fowler he manages to fly away.

281 The Fruit of Careful Thought

281 The Fruit of Careful Thought


A demon will only release people he has captured if they know what is true godliness. The Bodhisatta is captured, answers correctly and is released, as are his brothers, and the demon renounces his evil ways.

282 True Godliness

282 True Godliness


An ascetic falls in love with a courtesan and is admonished by his brother.

283 Equanimity

283 Equanimity


The Bodhisatta is captured by a yakkha who has been convinced to tear out his heart and give it to a nāga queen. He offers to teach the Dhamma of Good People before he dies. The nāga agrees and this is the exchange.

284 A Follower of the Path 1

284 A Follower of the Path 1

285 A Follower of the Path 2

285 A Follower of the Path 2


A King judges a case without considering both sides and his councillor, the Bodhisatta, reproves him.

286 Those who are Not Good

286 Those who are Not Good


A sage who has great attainments is beguiled by the sight of a naked Queen and falls into wrong thereby losing his attainments. When questioned by the King he cannot lie, and admits he was overcome by defilements.

287 The Four Great Powers

287 The Four Great Powers


A King hires a disabled man who is skilled in shooting pellets to fill up the belly of his talkative Family Priest, who thereby learns his lesson. The King gives him a village in each of the four directions.

288 Craft brings Reward

288 Craft brings Reward

289 Chapter 25 Women

289 Chapter 25 Women


A woman eases herself modestly in public which greatly impresses the King, and he decides to make her his wife.

290 Good Training

290 Good Training


The Bodhisatta is a childless King and he asks his Queen to pray for a son. Sakka hears her prayer and goes to question her about her virtues. Hearing her answers he readily grants her request.

291 The Gods visit the Virtuous

291 The Gods visit the Virtuous


The Bodhisatta is banished to the forest when the people decide he is over-generous with the wealth of the Kingdom. His wife goes along with him, and this is part of what she says.

292 Wives and Husbands 1

292 Wives and Husbands 1

293 Wives and Husbands 2

293 Wives and Husbands 2


The householder Uggaha invites the Buddha for a meal and asks him to give advice to his daughters who are going to their husbands’ homes to live.

294 A Wifes Duties 1

294 A Wifes Duties 1

295 A Wifes Duties 2

295 A Wifes Duties 2


The Buddha describes the seven types of wife that are found in the world, and what their destiny is.

296 The Seven Types of Wife 1

296 The Seven Types of Wife 1

297 The Seven Types of Wife 2

297 The Seven Types of Wife 2

298 The Seven Types of Wife 3

298 The Seven Types of Wife 3


The Buddha explains the four ways in which a husband and wife may live together.

299 Four Types of Couples 1

299 Four Types of Couples 1

300 Four Types of Couples 2

300 Four Types of Couples 2


A King is about to lose the Bodhisatta, his wise minister, before he goes he asks him about the life of a householder.

301 The Ideal Householder 1

301 The Ideal Householder 1

302 The Ideal Householder 2

302 The Ideal Householder 2

303 Chapter 26 Children

303 Chapter 26 Children


The Buddha explains why parents should be respected and by what names they are known, and summarises it with a verse.

304 Respect for Mother and Father

304 Respect for Mother and Father


The Buddha explains the three types of children that are found in the world.

305 The Three Types of Children

305 The Three Types of Children


The Buddha explains the five reasons parents want a child.

306 Good Children 1

306 Good Children 1

307 Good Children 2

307 Good Children 2



The Buddha explains the five reasons parents want a child.

308 The Elder Brothers Burden

308 The Elder Brothers Burden

309 Chapter 27 Advice

309 Chapter 27 Advice


More of the conversation with the man-eating King by which the Bodhisatta persuades him to give up his evil inclination.

310 Friendship with the Wise

310 Friendship with the Wise


A young brahmin learns a charm for producing mangoes out of season from an outcaste, the Bodhisatta, who warns him not to deny him or his charm would disappear. Nevertheless, ashamed, he does deny him, loses his charm and dies forlorn.

311 Truth knows no Caste

311 Truth knows no Caste


A poor brahmin ordains with Ven. Sāriputta and proves to be amenable to correction. In no long time he attains Awakening.

312 Welcoming Correction

312 Welcoming Correction


Some monks are behaving badly, the Buddha sends the two Chief Disciples to reprove them; some amend their ways and some leave the Community.

313 The Good like Those who Advise

313 The Good like Those who Advise


A student, against the advice of his teacher, the Bodhisatta, keeps a viper named Bamboo as a pet. One day the snake gets angry and kills him.

314 Following Good Advice

314 Following Good Advice


Some merchants are shipwrecked and seduced by demonesses (rakkhasī). The Bodhisatta is a cloud-horse and offers to carry them away. Half agree and are taken to safety, half stay behind and are devoured.

315 Heeding Good Advice

315 Heeding Good Advice


An ascetic gives advice on controlling one’s anger to a King and the King rewards him royally; he gives the same advice to a boatman and gets thumped in the mouth!

316 Giving Advice Carefully

316 Giving Advice Carefully


A monk is very good at preaching, but is greedy and doesn’t follow his own advice. The Buddha reproves him.

317 Practicing before Teaching

317 Practicing before Teaching


An elephant, a monkey and a partridge find out who is the elder amongst them and pay him due homage.

318 Paying Homage to Elders

318 Paying Homage to Elders


A King rules justly and travels incognito through his Kingdom to find out if anyone blames him. He meets the Bodhisatta, an ascetic, who explains that when the King rules justly everyone follows suit.

319 People follow their Leaders 1

319 People follow their Leaders 1

320 People follow their Leaders 2

320 People follow their Leaders 2


The King goes to quell a disturbance at the borders leaving the Bodhisatta to rule in his absence. The Queen, his step-mother, tries and fails to seduce him. When the King returns she makes false allegations and the Bodhisatta is taken out for execution.

321 Enquiring before Punishment 1

321 Enquiring before Punishment 1

322 Enquiring before Punishment 2

322 Enquiring before Punishment 2

323 Chapter 28 Heedful

323 Chapter 28 Heedful


A childless King adopts three birds as his children, which his courtiers scorn. To prove their worth he asks them for advice in ruling the Kingdom, and this is part of what his ‘son’ says.

324 The Power of Wisdom 1

324 The Power of Wisdom 1

325 The Power of Wisdom 2

325 The Power of Wisdom 2


Questioned by King Pasenadi the Buddha claims to be Fully Awakened, but the King doubts it as he is still so young. The Buddha explains there are four things deserving respect whether young or not.

326 Four Deserving Respect

326 Four Deserving Respect


The General Sīha pays a visit to the Buddha at Vesālī and asks him what is the visible result of giving, and the Buddha explains these four benefits.

327 One Who Gives is Held Dear

327 One Who Gives is Held Dear


Two verses by two different gods spoken before the Buddha on the subject of generosity. The Buddha commends them.

328 Selfishness and Selflessness

328 Selfishness and Selflessness


Two brahmins are discussing what really makes one a brahmin but they cannot settle the question so they go to see the Buddha, and this is part of what he said.

329 A Person is made by Deeds 1

329 A Person is made by Deeds 1

330 A Person is made by Deeds 2

330 A Person is made by Deeds 2


King Pasenadi asks the Buddha if there is one thing that is beneficial both for this world and the next.

331 The Heedful are Happy in both Worlds

331 The Heedful are Happy in both Worlds


King Udena’s Queen Sāmavatī and 500 of her court die in a fire started by the Uncle of her rival Māgaṇḍiyā. The King tricks Māgaṇḍiyā and sends for her relatives and has them all slaughtered. The monks ask about their respective fates.

332 The Heedful attain the Deathless

332 The Heedful attain the Deathless

Chapters 22-28

 

Text by Ānanadajoti, Photos by Andreas Dīpaloka

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