Theragatha & Therigatha – The Refined Mindfulness Of The Original Sangha

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Introduction

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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.

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Therigatha - The Refined Mindfulness of the Original Nuns

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Therigatha One
Anonymous

Rest calmly, old woman, rest calmly,
clothed in a robe cobbled from rags,
passions stilled,
like an empty  pot of boiled lentils.

“Passions Stilled” is the cessation of ignorance of Four Noble Truths and so I-making. The Noble Eightfold Path is complete.

 

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Therigatha - The Refined Mindfulness of the Original Monks

Introduction To 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.

My comments below are italicized

Thag 1.1  Subhuti – A Comfortable Abode

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

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

Thag 1:2 Maha Kotthita – Awakened Calm

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

My mind is calm, restrained.
I counsel others with ease.
Hurtful qualities fall away,
as a leaf from a tree,
with a gentle breeze.

End Of Poem

Thag 1:3  Kaṅkhā Revata – Abandon Doubt

Understanding the wisdom
Of the Awakened Ones
This Dhamma is a fire in the night
Bringing light, Revealing Truth
For Those That Come And See
Doubts Abandoned

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