Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma

Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma

Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema


82,000 Teachings from the Buddha i've got received;
2,000 extra from his disciples; Now, 84,000 are normal to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a long time simply oxen-like:
His abdominal simply grows and grows,
But his perception deepens not.
Who has a lot heard and learned,
But does despise him who's bad in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i believe of this type of one.
Thou persist with him who has heard much,
Then what's heard shall no longer decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian thou should’st be!
Knowing what comes first and final, realizing good the that means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped which means he examines.
Keen in his sufferer application,
He strives to weigh the which means good. on the correct time he makes his attempt, And inwardly collects his mind.
— the Venerable Ánanda, Thag XVII.3 (vv. 1024-29)

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