GLADDENNING TALK BY THE BUDDHA ON THE OCCASION OF

OFFERING OF VELUVANA MONASTERY BY KING BIMBISARA

(From the Commentary to Buddhavamsa)

 

 

Though he be furnished with ten thousand mouths, who is the man able to tell the advantage of giving a dwelling place, except the Buddhas, the Lords of the World?  (1)

 

A person who donates a monastery to the Samgha is said to give long life, beauty, happiness, strength and intelligence, desired and extolled.  (2)

 

Because a donor of a dwelling place which wards off dangers of life such as cold and so on protects the life of the community (that accepts his monastery), he is the giver of life.  Thus said the wise of him.  (3)

 

For one who dwells in a place that is too warm or too cold, there is no strength, beauty and intelligence.  Therefore, the donor of the monastery is a giver of strength, beauty and intelligence.  (4)

 

Because a donor of a monastery at all times wards off many kinds of suffering caused by cold, heat and creeping creatures, and of suffering which springs from wind, sun and so on in the world, he is the one who gives happiness.  (5)

 

A donor of a monastery prevents suffering caused by cold, heat, wind, sun, bites of insects, rain, creeping creatures, wild animals and so on.  Therefore, he obtains happiness in his next life.  (6)

 

He who, with peaceful mind and joy, gives a monastery which is the cause of good existence and wealth, and is delightful to the mind, to those who have risen high with good qualities such as moral purity, is called an <all-giver?.  (7)

 

He who, getting rid of the stain of avarice and attachment, gives an abode to those who are the abode of good qualities, is reborn in the heavenly world without grief, as though carried and dropped there by other people.  (8)

 

A man should build lovely, charming and superb monasteries; he should have monks dwell therein; he should always give food, drinks and clothing to them with a pure heart and respect.  (9)

 

Therefore, Great King, as a result of giving the monastery, do you experience in great measure the enjoyments in lives and later reach happiness that is peaceful and sorrowless.  (10)