The Perfection of Patience - Analysis of the Elements IV
We read in the Commentary:
“He then wrote as follows:
‘The teachings of the Lord Buddha are well spoken,
they liberate beings from dukkha.
If you, my friend, can really grasp this, may you then enter monkhood!’
The King had wrapped around the golden sheet a blanket of animal hair of a
and had it placed into a strong box.
This box was placed into another box of gold,
and this golden box into a silver box,
and each box was successively placed into another precious box:
made of silver, pearl, coral, ruby, emerald, crystal, ivory, of all kinds of gems,
and then placed into a box made of a bamboo matting.
This he had placed into a strong container,
this again into a golden container,
and then successively into other containers,
in the same way as before in the case of the boxes.
The container made of all kinds of gems he had placed in a container made of bamboo matting,
and this in a container of hardwood.
Thus each container was placed in another one in the same way.
The box made of all kinds of gems which was placed in a box of bamboo
was wrapped around with cloth and stamped with the royal seal.
The King gave orders to the courtiers to adorn his auspicious elephant
and place the throne on his back,
to put over it the white multilevelled royal umbrella,
to decorate the streets in the city with beautiful ornaments and banners,
and pay respect with perfums, incense and flowers
all along the way the royal present would be carried.
With regard to the King himself,
he was adorned with all kinds of ornaments
and surrounded by his troops carrying musical instruments.
The King considered that he would accompany his present
until the border area of his country
and that he would give an official letter to the attendants
so that they would offer this to King Pukkusati.
The contents of that letter were as follows:
‘When you will receive this present,
do not receive it in the quarters of the female royal servants,
but may you go to the royal palace and receive it there.’
When the King had given the official letter, he thought,
‘The Teacher goes now to the border country’,
and he paid respect by the fivefold prostration,
kneeling and placing his hands and head on the floor,
and then he returned.”
The present which is superior is the Triple Gem. We have met each other life after
life in the cycle of birth and death, in some lives as friends, in other lives as
enemies or as parents and relatives. However, to be born as friends in the
Dhamma who are co-operating to spread the teachings is most beneficial. Such a
life is superior to other lives in the cycle of birth and death, where we were born
elsewhere without such an opportunity.
- Endurance with kusala
- Adhivasana khanti
- The unimpeded weapon of the good I
- The unimpeded weapon of the good II
- Reflection on patience
- Conduct of Buffalo King
- Dhamma Jataka
- Patience is the highest ascetism
- Analysis of the Elements I
- Analysis of the Elements II
- Analysis of the Elements III
- Analysis of the Elements IV
- Analysis of the Elements V
- Analysis of the Elements VI
- Analysis of the Elements VII
- Analysis of the Elements VIII
- Analysis of the Elements IX
- Analysis of the Elements X
- Analysis of the Elements XI
- When perfections is completed
- A wise man & a dull witted man
- He cannot endure
- The danger of impatience
- Right & wrong kind of patience
- The Ovada-patimokkha I
- The Ovada-patimokkha II
- The Ovada-patimokkha III
- It takes an endlessly long time
- Kassapamandiya Jataka I
- Kassapamandiya Jataka II
- Kassapamandiya Jataka III