08.1 Sīsūpacālā Therī (196-203)

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196. A bhikkhunī, possessed of virtue, well-controlled in her faculties, should obtain the peaceful state, never causing surfeit, of sweet flavour.

197. “The Tāvatiṁsa and Yāma and Tusita divinities, the Nimmānarati deities, and the Vasavatti deities; apply your mind there, where you lived before.”

198. The Tāvatiṁsa and Yāma and Tusita divinities, the Nimmānarati deities, and the Vasavatti deities,

199. again and again, from existence to existence, are exposed to individuality, not passing beyond individuality, going to birth and death.

200. The whole world is ablaze, the whole world has flared up, the whole world is blazing, the whole world is shaken.

201. The Buddha taught me the doctrine, unshakable, incomparable, not cultivated by ordinary people. My mind was deeply attached to it.

202. I heard his utterance, and I dwelt delighting in his teaching. I have obtained the three knowledges. I have done the Buddha’s teaching.

203. Everywhere the enjoyment of pleasure is defeated; the mass of darkness [of ignorance] is torn asunder; in this way know, evil one, you are defeated, death.

Weingast

First one sister left.

Then the other.

Then it was my turn.

While meditating late one night,

I entered a deep stillness.

A figure emerged from the background.

It could be anyone.

Maybe someone you once loved.

Or maybe someone you still love.

Whoever it is, they’ll promise.

They’ll threaten.

They’ll say whatever will hurt the most.

Here in the stillness, you’ll break.

Or you won’t.

Many of you have already been practicing for some time.

Sooner or later you have to get in there

and see what you’re made of.

This isn’t about how green the grass is—

or how blue the sky.

This is about freedom.

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