Maha Kotthita – Awakened Calm

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Introduction

This poem is from the Theragatha. The Theragatha preserves 264 poems of elder monks and is the eighth section in the Khuddaka Nikāya. The Khuddaka Nikāya is a collection of short texts in (mostly) verse. The Khuddaka Nikāya is the last Nikaya (collection) of the Sutta Piṭaka, the second book of the Pāli Canon.

In this poem, Kotthita describes the quality of an awakened mind directly and attainable – calm. [1]

Maha Kotthita – Awakened Calm

Theragatha 1:2

My mind is calm, restrained.

I counsel others with ease.

Evil qualities fall away,

as a leaf from a tree,

with a gentle breeze.

End Of Poem

 

  1. Eightfold Path – The Magga-Vibhanga Sutta

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