Dhammacariya Sutta | Sn II-6


6. Kapila Sutta (Dhammacariya Sutta)

Discourse on the Thera Kapila

276-7. Cultivating the mind for Insight-knowledge or for attainments in concentration is called supreme wealth.

Even though one has left one's home (lay-life) for a homeless life as a Bhikkhu, if he has a poisonous tongue and takes special delight in wounding other people's feelings, he would be considered as wild as a deer.

His being alive is wicked, for he is breeding his own dust of defilements (Kleśa). (1-2)

278. A Bhikkhu fond of quarrelling has his mind covered with folly and so cannot understand (comprehend) the good advice of the wise, nor what the Buddha preaches. (3)

279. One who causes pain to a morally-purified Arahant being led by folly, cannot see that he is inviting his own undoing in this life and that he is on the evil road to retribution in the nether world in his future existence. (4)

280. (Being ignorant of this ruinous course), he falls to the 4 lower worlds. He goes from one mother's womb into another, from one darkness to another.

This kind of Bhikkhu proceeds to miserable existences on his death. (5)

281. A pit of excrement having been filled for a period out of reckoning would be hard to clean up.

Similarly a Bhikkhu who happens to have been filling up his mind with the excrement of moral defilements would find it hard indeed to cleanse himself. (6)

282. O Bhikkhu, if you notice such a Bhikkhu leading an evil life and having an evil resort, with evil desires and evil thoughts soaked in sensuality - (7)

283. You all together should ostracize him like a piece of rubbish. Throw him out like a rotten shell. (8)

284. Expel him from the Saṅgha like you would send down chaff in the stream of a river. After thus expelling the imposters with evil desires, leading an evil life and having an evil resort; - (9)

285. The clean Bhikkhu must with mutual respect towards one another, associate with the other clean Bhikkhus and, living in harmony, cultivate their minds for ripe knowledge for liberation from woefulness (dukkha).

(Thus said the Buddha)

End of the Sixth Dhammacariya Sutta