The Discourse to Sigala
The Layperson's Code of Discipline
Translated from the Pali by
PTS: D iii 180
Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14)
, translated by
Narada Thera (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1985). Copyright © 1985 Buddhist
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Thus have I heard:
On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary,
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
"It is not thus, young householder, the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the