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Majjhima Nikaya
III. Upari Pannasa
2. Anupada Vagga

The Middle Length Sayings
III. The Final Fifty Discourses
2. The Division of the Uninterrupted

Sutta 116

Isigili Suttam

Discourse at Isigili

Translated from the Pali by I.B. Horner, M.A.
Associate of Newham College, Cambridge
First Published in 1954

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[1][chlm][piya][upal] Thus I have heard:

At one time the Lord was staying near Rajagaha
on Isigili mountain.

While he was there the Lord addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Revered One," these monks answered the Lord in assent.

The Lord spoke thus:

"Do not you, monks, see this Vebhara[1] mountain?"

"Yes, revered sir."

[111] "There was another designation, monks, of this Vebhara mountain,
another name.

Do not you, monks, see this Pandava mountain?"

"Yes, revered sir."

"There was another designation, monks,
of this Pandava mountain,
another name.

Do not you, monks, see this Vepulla mountain?"

"Yes, revered sir."

"There was another designation, monks,
of this Vepulla mountain,[2] another name.

Do not you, monks, see this Gijjhakuta mountain?"[3]

"Yes, revered sir."

"There was another designation, monks,
of this Gijjhakuta mountain,
another name.

Do not you, monks, see this Isigili mountain?"

"Yes, revered sir."

"This has always been the designation, monks,
this always the name
of this Isigili mountain.

Once upon a time, monks,
five hundred paccekabuddhas[4]
dwelt for a long time
on this Isigili mountain.

They were seen
as they were entering this mountain,
but once they had entered
they were not seen.

People seeing this, spoke thus;

'This mountain swallows these seers' (isi gilati);[5]
so did Isigili receive the very designation Isigili.

I will point out to you, monks,
the names of the paccekabuddhas;
I will relate, monks,
the names of the paccekabuddhas;
I will tell, monks,
the names of the paccekabuddhas.

Listen, attend carefully
and I will speak."

"Yes, revered sir,"
these monks answered the Lord in assent.

The Lord spoke thus:

"Arittha,[6] monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Uparittha[7] monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Tagarasikhin[8] monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Yasassin[9] monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Sudassana[10] monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Piyadassin monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Gandhara monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Pindola monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

[112] Upasabha monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Nitha monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Tatha monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Sutava monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Bhavitatta monks,
was a paccekabuddha
who lived in this Isigili mountain for a long time.

Those essences of beings,[11]
unafflicted,[12]
without longing,
who individually have come to right enlightenment -
Listen to me
as I am relating the names of these barbless[13]
incomparable men:

Arittha, Uparittha, Tagarasikhin, Yasassin
and Sudassana, Piyadassin the enlightened;

Gandhara, Pindola, and Upasabha,
Nitha, Tatha, Sutava, Bhavitatta;

Sumbha, Subha, Methula and Atthama,
Athassumegha, Anigha, Sudatha
are paccekabuddhas whose conduits for becoming are destroyed;
Hingu and Hinga of great majesty,

the two sages Jalin,[14] and Atthaka,
then Kosala the awakened one, then Subahu,

Upanemi, this Nemi, this Santacitta, truthful, real, stainless and wise;

Kala, Upakala, Vijita and Jita and Anga and Panga and Gutijjita;

Passin renounced cleaving to the root of anguish, Aparajita defeated Mara's might;

Sattha, Pavatta, Sarabhanga, Lomahamsa, Uccangamaya, Asita, Anasava,

Manomaya, and Bandhuma the cutter away of pride, Tadadhimutta, and Ketuma the stainless;

Ketumbaraga and Matanga, Ariya, then Accuta, Accutagama, Byamaka,

Sumangala, Dabbila, Supatitthito, Asayha, Khemabhirata and Sorata,

Durannaya, Samgha, and then Ujjaya, and then the sage Sayha of sublime courage;[15]

[113] Ananda, Nanda, Upananda (making) twelve,[16] Bharadvaja bearing his last body,

Bodhi, Mahanama, then too the other Bharadvaja, hair-crested, beautiful,

Tissa, Upatissa, Upasidarin, the cutters away of the bonds of becoming, and Sidarin, the cutter away of craving;

The buddha[17] called Mangala, attachment-gone, Usabha who cut away the ensnaring root of ill;

Upanita who attained the peaceful path, Uposatha, Sundara, Saccanama,

Jeta, Jayanta, Paduma, Uppala and Padumuttara, Rakkhita and Pabbata;

Manatthaddlia, Sobhita, Vitaraga and the buddha[17] Kanha, well freed in mind -

These and others[18] are paccekabuddhas of great majesty, their conduits for becoming destroyed.

Praise all these immeasurable great seers who have attained final nibbana."

Discourse at Isigili;
The Sixth

 


[1] This and the four following names of mountains are the names of those surrounding Rajagaha; cf. SnA. 382.

[2] See S. ii. 190-193.

[3] This is "Mount Vulture-Peak."

"cannot teach". Not true. There are stories of their teaching. What they apparently lack is the inclination to teach, or they lack the charisma to attract followings.

p.p. explains it all - p.p.

[4] Those who win enlightenment by themselves without the aid of a teacher; but they cannot preach dhamma to others.

[5] MA. iv. 127 says that when these sages returned from their almsround the mountain would open like a huge pair of doors, and when they had entered it they stayed there and were to be seen no more.

[6] These thirteen names are to be found in D.P.P.N., with legends when they exist. I therefore give only a few references.

[7] Thag. 910.

[8] Ud. 50; UdA. 291; S. i. 92; Ja. iii. 299.

[9] Thag. 910.

[10] ThagA. i. 93; Ap. ii. 461.

[11] MA. iv. 129, "having spoken the names of the thirteen paccekabuddhas, now pointing out the names of those others who are the essences of beings ..." Sattasara, essences of beings, means: who have become the essences of beings, sattanam sarabhuta.

[12] anigha = niddukkha, MA. iv. 129.

[13] visalla; cf. S. i. 180; Sn. 17, 86, 367.

[14] Cula- and Maha-Jalin, MA. iv. 129.

[15] anomanikkhama; D. iii. 156, MA. iv. 129 read -nikkama, called viriyatta, at MA.

[16] Four Anandas, four Nandas and four Upanandas, MA. iv. 129.

[17] I.e. paccekabuddha.

[18] Among the five hundred paccekabuddhas, two and three and ten and twelve have the same name such as Ananda, etc.; these and others are not spoken of separately here, MA. iv. 130.


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