II. Nidāna Vagga
21. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
21. Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Thera-Nāmo or Thera-Namaka Suttaɱ
Senior by Name
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying at Rājagaha
in the Bamboo Grove at the Squirrels' Feeding-ground.
He entered the village alone for alms,
he returned alone,
alone he sat in private [meditation]
and alone he practised his terrace-walk.
"Come thou, brother,
tell my word to Brother Senior: —
'The Master, friend Senior, calls for thee.'"
"So be it, lord," responded the brother, and called the venerable Senior.
"Is it true what they say, Senior,
that you are living quite alone
and commending such a life?"
"That is so, lord."
there is a way of perfecting the solitary life in detail
which I will tell you.
and give your mind thoroughly."
"Even so, lord."
It is when that which is past
is put away;
when that which is future
is given up,
and when, with regard to present self-states
that we have got,
will and passion have been thoroughly mastered.
It is thus, Senior,
that the solitary life is perfected in detail."
The Wellfarer so saying, the Master spake this yet further: —
Who overcometh all, who understandeth all,
Whoso is very wise, in all things undefiled,
Who all abandoning, in death of craving free,
That is the man of whom I'd say, 'He lives alone.'