What exactly did the Buddha tell Patacara?

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What exactly did the Buddha tell Patacara?

Postby lotuspadma » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:45 pm

What did he tell her when she came to see him after the deaths of her family, husband and children??

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Re: What exactly did the Buddha tell Patacara?

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:08 pm

At that time the Buddha was staying at the Jeta Grove, Anathapindika's Monastery. He saw Patacara approaching from afar and recognized that in a past life she had made an earnest resolve to become a nun well versed in the Law. Therefore, he instructed his disciples not to obstruct her, but to let her enter and come near him. As soon as she was close to the Buddha, through his supernatural powers, she regained her right mind. Then she also became aware of being naked and in her shame she crouched upon the ground.

One of the lay-followers threw her a cloak and after she had wrapped herself in it, she prostrated at the feet of the Buddha. Then she recounted to him the tragedy that had befallen her.

The Teacher listened to her with compassion and then made it clear to her that these painful experiences she had gone through were only tiny drops in the ocean of impermanence in which all beings drown if they are attached to that which rises and ceases. He told her that all through many existences, she had wept more tears over the loss of dear ones than could be contained in the waters of the four oceans. He said:

But little water do the oceans four contain,
Compared with all the tears that man hath shed,
By sorrow smitten and by suffering distraught.
Woman, why heedless dost thou still remain?


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... l#patacara

This story can be found in the Dhammapada commentary 2.268.

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