AN V 159 Udayī Teaching the Dhamma

AN V 159 Udayī Teaching the Dhamma

 

Udāyī Sutta #

 

 

Thus I have heard

At one time, the Awakened One was staying in Kosambi, 

in a well renowned ashram.[1]

 

At that time, the venerable Udāyī

Was sitting, teaching Dhamma,

 surrounded by a large company 

of home practitioners, [2]

 

The Venerable Ānanda saw him.

and approached the Awakened One,

paid loving homage, 

sat down in front of him and asked:

 

‘Bhante, the Venerable Udāyī is sitting, 

teaching Dhamma, 

surrounded by a large company 

of home practitioners, 

 

[The Buddha replied:]

“It is not easy Ānanda 

to teach the Dhamma to others.”[3]

 

One who teaches Dhamma to others,

should only teach, 

attending to five guidelines for oneself.[4]

 

What five?

 

One should teach Dhamma to others [thinking:]

 

 

(1) I will give a gradual talk.

(2) I will give a talk my means of comparisons.

(3) I will deliver a talk rooted in compassion.

(4) I will give a talk with no personal gain in mind.

(5) I will give a talk without hurting myself nor others. [5]

 

It is not easy to teach Dhamma to others Ānanda.

 

One who teaches Dhamma to others,

should only teach, 

attending to these five guidelines for oneself.

 

 


[1] ghositārāme

[2] mahatiyā gihiparisāya parivuto dhammaṃ desento nisinno hoti.

[3] “Na kho, ānanda, sukaraṃ paresaṃ dhammaṃ desetuṃ.

[4] Paresaṃ, ānanda, dhammaṃ desentena pañca dhamme ajjhattaṃ upaṭṭhāpetvā paresaṃ dhammo desetabbo.

[5] ‘Anupubbiṃ kathaṃ kathessāmī, attānañca parañca anupahacca kathaṃ kathessāmī, pariyāyadassāvī kathaṃ kathessāmī, anuddayataṃ paṭicca kathaṃ kathessāmī, na āmisantaro kathaṃ kathessāmī

 

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