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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
XIII: Bhaya Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
XIII: Fears

Sutta 129

Ānanda Acchariya Suttaṃ

Marvels (c)[1]

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four
wonderful, marvellous things about Ānanda.

"What are the four?

[136] If a company of monks comes to visit Ānanda,
they are delighted at the sight of him.

Then if Ānanda speaks Dhamma,[2]
they are delighted with what he says.

Dissatisfied is the company of monks
when Ānanda becomes silent.

If a company of nuns comes to visit Ānanda,
they are delighted at the sight of him.

Then if Ānanda speaks Dhamma
they are delighted with what he says.

Dissatisfied is the company of nuns
when Ānanda becomes silent.

If a company of disciples who are laymen
comes to visit Ānanda,
they are delighted at the sight of him.

Then if Ānanda speaks Dhamma
they are delighted with what he says.

Dissatisfied is the company of disciples who are laymen
when Ānanda becomes silent.

If a company of disciples who are laywomen
comes to visit Ānanda,
they are delighted at the sight of him.

Then if Ānanda speaks Dhamma
they are delighted with what he says.

Dissatisfied is the company of disciples
that are laywomen
when Ānanda becomes silent.

These, monks, are the four wonderful, marvellous things about Ānanda.'

 


[1] D. ii, 145.

[2] Comy. here does not allow that A. preached Dhamma (as doctrine) to these people, but suggests that he 'asked about their health, whether they were attending to their exercises, and were dutiful to their superiors. Speaking to women, he asks whether they are observing the eight ordinances for behaviour towards monks. To layfolk, not 'Does your head ache? Are your children and wives well?' but, 'Do you keep the precepts? Do you feed holy men? But see Ī 169 below, where he is found teaching Dhamma, [?] and again ĪĪ 170, 204.

 


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