Great Thoughts of a Good Man:
What are the 8 thoughts of a great
1: This Dhamma is for one who is modest, not for one who wants much.
2; This Dhamma is for one who is content, not for one who is discontent.
3: This Dhamma is for one who is reclusive, not for the socializing
4: This Dhamma is for one who is enthusiastic, not for one who is lazy.
5: This Dhamma is for one who is aware, not for one who is distracted.
6: This Dhamma is for one who is focused, not for one who is scattered.
7: This Dhamma is for one who understands, not for one who is confused.
8: This Dhamma is for one who enjoys unity, not for one who seeks
When you think these
8 thoughts of a great man, then you can easily attain the four
that provides a pleasant dwelling right here, and
right now in this very life..
Secondly, your rag-robe and simple alms-food, your dwelling at the
tree-root, your bed on a
spread of grass, and your smelly urine-herb-medicine will seem to
you as the best of the best.
Therefore you will live contented, in sweet
delight, satisfied, dwelling in cool calm comfort,
not agitated at all, and thus gradually approach
IV 227 (edited excerpt)
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this Rains Retreat in the Eastern
Bamboo Park, Ven.
dwelling alone, secluded, alert, ardent, and resolute, in no long time
and remained in that supreme goal of the holy life for which clansmen
forth into homelessness, and directly experiencing it himself he
"Rebirth is ended, this Noble life is completed, what should be done is
There is no further state beyond this in this world..." And thus Ven.
another one of the awakened Arahants.
More on Ven.
Buddha's cousin and one of his most eminent
Master of the Divine Eye by Hellmuth Hecker: