DHAMMA TALK with Path Press (Hillside Hermitage)

📌 “SOLITUDE ISN’T OPTIONAL” By Nyanamoli Thero Nagaravindeyya Sutta MN 150

“If wanderers who follow other paths were to ask you: ‘But what reasons and evidence do you have regarding those venerables that justifies saying, “Clearly those venerables are free of greed, hate, and delusion, or practicing to be free of them”?’

“You should answer them: ‘It’s because those venerables frequent remote lodgings in the wilderness and the forest.”

“In such places there are no sights known by the eye to see and enjoy, there are no sounds known by the ear to hear and enjoy, no odors known by the nose to smell and enjoy, no flavors known by the tongue to taste and enjoy, and no touches known by the body to feel and enjoy.”

“These are the reasons and evidence that you have regarding those venerables that justifies saying, “Clearly those venerables are free of greed, hate, and delusion, or practicing to be free of them”.’ When questioned by wanderers who follow other paths, that’s how you should answer them.”

“When he had spoken, the brahmins and householders of Nagaravinda said to the Buddha, “Excellent, Master Gotama! Excellent”

“As if he were righting the overturned, or revealing the hidden, or pointing out the path to the lost, or lighting a lamp in the dark so people with good eyes can see what’s there, Master Gotama has made the Teaching clear in many ways.”

“We go for refuge to Master Gotama, to the teaching, and to the mendicant Saṅgha. From this day forth, may Master Gotama remember us as lay followers who have gone for refuge for life.”FULL SUTTA:https://suttacentral.net/mn150/en/sujato

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