This booklet, the third in a series of four, features 13 stories from the Buddhist Commentaries which explain the background of some of the verses of the Dhammapada ("Sayings of the Buddha").
The Dhammapada, one of the most commonly quoted sources of the Enlightened One's teaching, consists of over 400 succinct and profound verses uttered by the Buddha on various occasions.
These thirteen lively moral fables from the Dhammapada Commentaries not only provide a vivid description of the daily life of the Buddha and his followers, but deepen the meaning of the brief verses from the Dhammapada.
" 'I am discontented, Reverend Sir.' 'Why are you discontented?' In reply the younger monk related the whole story of his experiences, from the day he received the robes worn by monks in residence to the moment when he struck the Elder on the head with his palm leaf fan.'Reverend Sir,' said he, 'That is why I ran away.'
"Said the Teacher, 'Come, monks; be not disturbed. The mind has a way of dwelling on subjects that are far off. One should strive to be free from the bonds of Lust, Hatred, and Delusion.' So saying, He pronounced the following Stanza:
37. Faring far, wandering alone,formless and lying in a cave—those who do restrain the mindare freed from Māra's bonds." (p. 176)
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