Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
III: Gahapati-Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
III. Householders

Sutta 23

Hatthaka Āḷavaka Suttaɱ

Hatthaka (1)

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[216] [1152]

[1][pts][than] On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Āḷavī at the AggĀḷava Shrine.

There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus....

[217] "Bhikkhus, you should remember Hatthaka of Āḷavī as one who possesses seven astounding and amazing qualities.

What seven?

(1) Hatthaka of Āḷavī is endowed with faith.

(2) He is virtuous, and (3) has a sense of moral shame and (4) moral dread.

(5) He is learned, (6) generous, and (7) wise.

You should remember Hatthaka of Āḷavī as one who possesses these seven astounding and amazing qualities."

This is what the Blessed One said.

Having said this, the Fortunate One rose from his seat and entered his dwelling.

Then, in the morning, a certain bhikkhu dressed, took his bowl and robe, and went to the residence of Hatthaka of Āḷavī.

When he arrived, he sat down on the seat that was prepared for him.

Then Hatthaka of Āḷavī approached the bhikkhu, paid homage to him, and sat down to one side.

The bhikkhu then said to him:

"Friend, the Blessed One declared that you possess seven astounding and amazing qualities.

What seven?

'Bhikkhus, Hatthaka of Āḷavī is endowed with faith.

He is virtuous and has a sense of moral shame and moral dread.

He is learned, generous, and wise.'

The Blessed One declared that you possess these seven astounding and amazing qualities."

"I hope, bhante, that no white-robed layman was present."

"No, friend. No white-robed layman was present."

"That's good, bhante."

Then that bhikkhu, having received almsfood at the residence of Hatthaka of Āḷavī, rose from his seat and departed.

After his meal, on returning from his alms round, he approached the Blessed One, [218] paid homage to him, sat down to one side, [and reported to him all that had happened].

[The Blessed One said:]

"Good, good, bhikkhu!

That clansman has few desires, since he does not want his inner wholesome qualities to be known by others.

Therefore, bhikkhu, you should remember Hatthaka of Āḷavī as one who possesses this eighth astounding and amazing quality, that is, (8) fewness of desires."


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