Sigalovada Sutta

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1 Home » Tipitaka » Sutta » Digha » About | Index | Abbrev | Glossary | Help | DN 31 Sigalovada Sutta The Discourse to Sigala The Layperson's Code of Discipline Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera Alternate translation: Kelly/Sawyer/Yareham PTS: D iii 180 Source: From Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14) , translated by Narada Thera (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1985). Copyright © 1985 Buddhist Publication Society. Used with permission. Copyright © 1985 Buddhist Publication Society. Access to Insight edition © 1996 For free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted, and redistributed in any medium. It is the author's wish, however, that any such republication and redistribution be made available to the public on a free and unrestricted basis and that translations and other derivative works be clearly marked as such. Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary, near Rajagaha. Now at that time, young Sigala, a householder's son, rising early in the morning, departing from Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worshipped with joined hands the various quarters — the East, the South, the West, the North, the Nadir, and the Zenith. Then the Exalted One, having robed himself in the forenoon took bowl and robe, and entered Rajagaha for alms. Now he saw young Sigala worshipping thus and spoke to him as follows: "Wherefore do you, young householder, rising early in the morning, departing from Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worship, with joined hands these various quarters — the East, the South, the West, the North, the Nadir, and the Zenith?" "My father, Lord, while dying, said to me: The six quarters, dear son, you shall worship. And I, Lord, respecting, revering, reverencing and honoring my father's word, rise early in the morning, and leaving Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worship with joined hands, these six quarters." "It is not thus, young householder, the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the noble."
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2 "How then, Lord, should the six quarters be worshipped in the discipline of the noble? It is well, Lord, if the Exalted One would teach the doctrine to me showing how the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the noble." "Well, young householder, listen and bear it well in mind; I shall speak." — "Very good, Lord," responded young Sigala. And the Exalted One spoke as follows: "Inasmuch, young householder, as the noble disciple (1) has eradicated the four vices in conduct, 1 (2) inasmuch as he commits no evil action in four ways, (3) inasmuch as he pursues not the six channels for dissipating wealth, he thus, avoiding these fourteen evil things, covers the six quarters, and enters the path leading to victory in both worlds: he is favored in this world and in the world beyond. Upon the dissolution of the body, after death, he is born in a happy heavenly realm. (1)
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