Chapter XXV - BHIKKHU VAGGA - The Bhikkhu or The Mendicant

HE WHO FINDS PLEASURE IN THE DHAMMA DOES NOT FALL

HE WHO FINDS PLEASURE IN THE DHAMMA DOES NOT FALL

Dhammaramo dhamma rato dhammam anuvicintayam
Dhammam anussaram bhikkhu saddhamma na parihayati.
[364]


That bhikkhu who dwells in the Dhamma, who delights in the Dhamma, who meditates on the Dhamma,
who well remembers the Dhamma, does not fall away from the sublime Dhamma. [364]



XXV:04 The way to respect the Buddha (Dhammarama)

When the Buddha announced that he would attain parinibbana in four months' time most of the bhikkhus who had not attained Arahanthood felt extremely depressed and were at a loss and did not know what to do. Most of them just stayed close to the Buddha, hardly ever leaving his presence. However, there was a bhikkhu by the name of Dhammarama who kept to himself and did not come to see the Buddha. Other bhikkhus misunderstood his attitude and reported the matter to the Buddha. Dhammarama respectfully explained that the greatest homage he could pay him was to attain Arahanthood before his parinibbana.


The Buddha applauded Dhammarama's attitude, 'My son, you have done very well. A bhikkhu who loves and respects me should act like you. Only those who really practise the Dhamma are the ones who truly pay homage to me.'