Ánanda Sutta
Ánanda (Instructions to Vangisa)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

 

On one occasion Ven. Ánanda was staying near Savatthi in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. Then early in the morning he put on his robes and, carrying his bowl and outer robe, went into Savatthi for alms with Ven. Vangisa as his attendant monk. Now at that time dissatisfaction with the chaste life had arisen in Ven. Vangisa. Lust invaded his mind. So he addressed Ven. Ánanda with this verse:

With sensual lust I burn.
My mind is on fire.
Please, Gotama, from compassion,
tell me how to put it out.

[Ven. Ánanda:]

From distorted perception
your mind is on fire.
Shun the theme of the beautiful
accompanied by lust.
See mental fabrications as other,
as stress,
and not-self.

    Extinguish your great lust.
Don’t keep burning again and again.

Develop the mind
— well centered and one —
in the foul,
through the foul.
Have your mindfulness
immersed in the body.
Be one who pursues
disenchantment.
Develop the theme-less.
Cast out conceit.
Then, from breaking through
conceit,
you will go on your way at peace.

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