07.3 Upacālā Therī (189-195)

Norman 189. Possessed of mindfulness, possessed of vision, a bhikkhunī with developed faculties, I pierced the peaceful state, which is not cultivated by evil men. 190. “Why do you not approve of birth? Anyone who is born enjoys sensual pleasures. Enjoy the delights of sensual pleasures; do not repent afterwards.” 191. For anyone who is… Continue reading 07.3 Upacālā Therī (189-195)

07.2 Cālā Therī (182-187)

Weingast titles this “Chala[sic.] ~ the First Sister.” Norman 182. Summoning up mindfulness, a bhikkhunī with developed faculties, I pierced the peaceful state, the stilling of the constituent elements, happiness. 183. “Following whose teaching have you shaved your head? You seem like an ascetic, but you do not approve of sectarians. Why do you practise… Continue reading 07.2 Cālā Therī (182-187)

06.4 Sujātā Therī (145-150)

Norman 145. Ornamented, well-dressed, wearing a garland, smeared with sandalwood-paste, covered with all my ornaments, attended by a crowd of slave-women, 146. taking food and drink, food hard and soft, in no small quantity, going out from the house I betook myself to the pleasure garden. 147. Having delighted there, having played, coming back to… Continue reading 06.4 Sujātā Therī (145-150)

09.1 Vaḍḍha’s mother (204-212)

Read aloud in the New Book Network Podcast. Weingast’s title is “Vaddha’s Mother ~ A Mother’s Mother” Norman 204. “May you not have, Vaḍḍha, craving for the world at any time. Child, do not share in pain again and again. 205. “The sages dwell happily indeed, Vaḍḍha, free from lust, with doubts cut off, become… Continue reading 09.1 Vaḍḍha’s mother (204-212)

16.1 Sumedhā Therī (448-512)

Norman 448. In the city of Mantāvatī there was Sumedhā, a daughter of King Koñca’s chief queen; she was converted by those who comply with the teaching. 449. Virtuous, a brilliant speaker, having great learning, trained in the Buddha’s teaching, going up to her mother and father she said, “Listen, both of you. 450. “I… Continue reading 16.1 Sumedhā Therī (448-512)

15.1 Isidāsī Therī (400-447)

Norman 400. In the city named after a flower, Pataliputta, in the best part of the earth, there were two bhikkhunīs, members of the Sakya clan, possessed of good qualities. 401. One of them was called Isidāsī; the second was called Bodhi. Both possessed virtue, delighted in meditation and study, and had great learning. They… Continue reading 15.1 Isidāsī Therī (400-447)

13.2 Rohiṇī Therī (271-290)

Weingast’s poem available at BCBS website. Norman 271. “Lady, you fell asleep saying ‘Ascetics’; you wake up saying ‘Ascetics’; you praise only ascetics; assuredly you will be an ascetic. 272. “You bestow much food and drink upon ascetics; Rohini, now I ask you: Why are ascetics dear to you ‘? 273. “Not dutiful, lazy, living… Continue reading 13.2 Rohiṇī Therī (271-290)

10.1 Kisāgotamī Therī (213-223)

Norman 213. The state of having noble friends has been praised by the sage with reference to the world; if he resorted to noble friends, even a fool would be wise. 214. Good men are to be resorted to; in this way the wisdom of those who resort to them increases. Resorting to good men… Continue reading 10.1 Kisāgotamī Therī (213-223)

06.6: Mahā Pajāpatī Gotamī (157-162)

Norman 157. Buddha, hero, homage to you, best of all creatures, who released me and many other people from pain. 158. All pain is known; craving as the cause is dried up; the noble eightfold way has been developed; I have attained cessation. 159. Formerly I was mother, son, father, brother, and grandmother; not having… Continue reading 06.6: Mahā Pajāpatī Gotamī (157-162)

06.5 Anopamā Therī (151-156)

Norman 151. I was born in an exalted family, which had much property and much wealth. I possessed a good complexion and figure, being Majjha’s own daughter. 152. I was sought after by kings’ sons, longed for by merchants’ sons; one sent my father a messenger, saying, “Give me Anopama. 153. “However much that daughter… Continue reading 06.5 Anopamā Therī (151-156)