Chapter XXV - BHIKKHU VAGGA - The Bhikkhu or The Mendicant

GUARD THE SENSES

GUARD THE SENSES

Cakkhuna samvaro sadhu sadhu sotena samvaro
Ghanena samvaro sadhu sadhu jivhaya samvaro.
[360]


Good is restraint of the eye; good is restraint of the ear;
good is restraint of the nose; good is restraint of the tongue. [360]


HE WHO GUARDS HIS SENSES IS RELEASED FROM SORROW

Kayena samvaro sadhu sadhu vacaya samvaro
Manasa samvaro sadhu sadhu sabbattha samvaro
Sabbatha samvuto bhikkhu sabba dukkha pamuccati.
[361]


Good is restraint of the body. Good is restraint of speech. Good is restraint of the mind.
Restraint everywhere is good. The bhikkhurestrained in every wayis freed from all suffering. [361]



XXV:01 Bhikkhus should control their senses

Once, there were five bhikkhus in Savatthi. Each of them practised restraint of just one out of the five senses and each of them claimed that what he was practising was the most difficult, and they could not come to an agreement. Finally, they reported their disagreements to the Buddha who told them, 'Each of the senses is just as difficult to control as the others, but the bhikkhu who controls all the five senses will escape from suffering.'

Notes:

  1. Bhikkhuis exclusively a Buddhist term. 'Mendicant monk' may be suggested as the best English equivalent.
  2. That is, in all senses, literally, everywhere.