Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma by Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema

By Hellmuth Hecker, Sister Khema

82,000 Teachings from the Buddha i've got received;
2,000 extra from his disciples; Now, 84,000 are usual to me.1
Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a while merely oxen-like:
His belly merely 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 sort of one.
Thou keep on 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 which 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 that 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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Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma

82,000 Teachings from the Buddha i've got received;
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Who not anything has heard2 and not anything understood, He a while purely oxen-like:
His abdominal in simple terms grows and grows,
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But does despise him who's bad in studying, Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So needs to i believe of this sort of one.
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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 which means, too,
Skilful in grammar and in different items,3 The well-grasped which means he examines.
Keen in his sufferer application,
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What remained as the fruit of his twenty-five years of service? This famous scene is often depicted in Buddhist art and is reminiscent of the weeping Christians beneath the cross. When the Buddha did not see Ánanda near him and inquired where he was, he had him summoned and said to him: “Do not sorrow. Have I not told you many times that everything changes and vanishes? How could something that came to being and was formed not be destroyed? For a long time, Ánanda, you have attended the Perfect One, gladly, sensitively, sincerely and without reserve, with bodily acts of loving-kindness, as well 43 as with speech and thoughts.

He had difficulty speaking, though. On the way he asked Ánanda to spread his robe as he was exhausted and wished to rest. Ánanda should bring him some water from the nearby stream. Ánanda would have preferred to bring water from the river, because the stream had been churned up by many carts. After the Buddha had repeated his request three times, however, the obedient Ánanda went to the stream and saw that the water had become quite clear in the meantime. He was delighted about his Master’s magical powers.

58 After the recitation of the Dhamma and Discipline, Ánanda mentioned those matters which the Buddha had left as a legacy with him to settle. He told the assembly that the Master had allowed the lesser rules to be abolished. ” Thereupon Kassapa suggested: the lay people would say that the monks had become slothful after the death of the Master, if now they abolished rules. Since it was not known which rules were meant, it would be best not to abolish any of them. In that case one would be sure not to act against the Master’s wishes.

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