Chapter Three

Venerable Ananda And The Outcaste Maiden One day, Ven. Ananda returned to the monastery from his alms-round. He took his meal and stepped out with the empty bowl to fetch some water. Ven. Ananda saw a young maiden obtaining water from a well near the road. He walked towards her and stood beside her with the empty bowl in hand, looking down. Prakirti (the maiden) What do you need, Ven. Sir Ven. Ananda Could I have some water, please Ven. Ananda I need only some water. Prakirti I am an outcaste...

Chapter Thirty Seven

King Kosala Praises Venerable Ananda On one occasion when the Buddha was residing at Jetavana Monastery Ven. Ananda went out on his alms round. In the afternoon, he went over to Purvarama. King Kosala, mounted on his elephant Ekapundarika, saw Ven. Ananda in the distance when he was on his way to Purvarama. tte king asked his Prime Minister Siriwardene whether that monk was Ven. Ananda. The Prime Minister replied Yes, that is Ven. Ananda. The king sent a royal messenger to meet Ven. Ananda and...

Chapter Fifty Six

Maha Kassapa addressed Ven. Ananda Ven. Ananda, we will reside at the city of Rajagaha for the rainy season. There, we will hold a council. Therefore, please retire to a forest and please make an eftort to win the three remaining Paths and attain arahanthood (sainthood). In response to those words Ven. Ananda took his robes and his alms-bowl, and went to the Kosala country. There, he entered a forest monastery and started making an eftort. On the second day itself he...

Chapter Fifty Two

Dialogue Between The Buddha And Venerable Ananda From Surangama Sutta in the Chinese Tipitaka e Buddha Ananda, you and I are both from the same blood-clan. In addition, the two of us live with brotherly affection for one another. I will put some questions to you. You must answer them freely. Why did you take an interest in Buddhism, initially How were you enamoured of your Buddhist way of life What made you give up worldly pleasures and your youthful sex desires Ven. Ananda My venerable Sir,...

Chapter Fifty Nine

Venerable Ananda And Venerable Sariputta ttere existed a very strange intimacy between Ven. Ananda and Ven. Sariputta. Whenever he received any delicacies, Ven. Ananda would offer them and share them with Ven. Sariputta. Ven. Ananda would ordain the children of his devotees and would give them higher ordination with Ven. Sariputta as the teacher and the preceptor. Ven. Sariputta, too, would adopt the same attitude towards Ven. Ananda. Panitani labhitva therassa deti. Attano upatthaka darake...