[II. Progress of the Sāsana]
20: The Tale of the Good Group of Friends
Then the Fortunate One, having dwelt in Bārāṇasī as long as he liked, left on a walking tour for Uruvelā. This is where he had attained Awakening before coming to Bārāṇasī and Isipatana. It is strange indeed that the Buddha seems to have made this journey alone. Then the Fortunate One, having gone down from the road, approached a certain jungle thicket, Named as
Then at that time a group of thirty good friends, At the beginning of the commentary to the Kaṭhinakkhandhaka they are said to have been 30 brothers having the Kosalan king as father. together with their wives, In Mahāvastu this group are all said to be batchelors and they only bring along one harlot, who is named as
Then those friends, doing their friend a service, were searching for that woman and wandering around in that jungle thicket. They saw the Fortunate One sitting at the root of a certain tree, and after seeing (him) they approached the Fortunate One, and after approaching they said this to the Fortunate One: “Can the Fortunate One, venerable Sir, see a woman?”
“But why, young men, (look for) a woman?”
“Here, venerable Sir, we, a group of thirty good friends, together with our wives, were amusing ourselves in this jungle thicket. One, who was not married, had for that reason brought along a harlot. Then that harlot, venerable Sir, while we were amusing ourselves heedlessly, having taken his belongings, ran away. Therefore we, venerable Sir, doing our friend a service, are searching for that woman and wandering around in this jungle thicket.”
“What do you think of this, young men, what is better for you: that you should search for a woman, or that you should search for yourselves?” Horner: seek for the self; which gives the wrong impression, as though they were to seek for their Higher Self. The word
The Fortunate One spoke about the gradual teaching to them, that is to say: talk about giving, talk about virtue, talk about heaven, the danger, degradation, and defilement of sensual desires, and the advantages of renunciation, (these) he explained.
When the Fortunate One knew that they had ready minds, pliable minds, open minds, uplifted minds, confident minds, he explained to them the Dhamma teaching the Awakened Ones have discovered themselves: Suffering, Origination, Cessation, Path.
Just as it is known that a clean cloth without a stain will take the dye well, just so to them on that very seat, the dust-free, stainless Vision-of-the-Dhamma arose: Comm: to some arose the path of Stream-Entry, to some Once-Returning, to some Non-Returning.
“Whatever has the nature of arising, all that has the nature of ceasing.”
They, having seen the Dhamma, attained the Dhamma, understood the Dhamma, penetrated the Dhamma, crossed over uncertainty, being without doubts, having attained full confidence, having become independent of others in the Teacher’s teaching, said this to the Fortunate One: “May we receive the going-forth, venerable Sir, in the presence of the Fortunate One, may we receive the full ordination.” “Come, monks,” Notice that the Buddha is still giving the
The Tale of the Good Group of Friends is Finished
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