Subhuti – A Comfortable Abode

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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.

Throughout the Pali Canon, the metaphor of the malevolent deva Mara is used to portray a mind confused and deluded arising from clinging to views ignorant of Four Noble Truths.

Here, the monk Subhuti describes in concise and profoundly sublime detail the quality of an awakened mind.

Subhuti – A Comfortable Abode

Theragahta 1:1

My hut is roofed, comfortable,
free of drafts.
My mind well-concentrated,
released. (From clinging to wrong views)

I remain mindful, ardent, and aware.
Mara has no lodging here,
so let it rain.

End Of Poem

Through whole-hearted engagement with the Eightfold Path, Subhuti has developed a calm and peaceful mind and a true refuge from the entanglements of worldly events – let it rain!

 

  1. Mara and Metaphor
  2. Satipatthana Sutta – Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  3. Anapanasati Sutta
  4. Samadhi and Jhanas
  5. Eightfold Path – The Magga-Vibhanga Sutta

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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made contextual edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

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