Minor Stories Index
The Story of the Thera Who Stayed Alone
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (305) or this
with reference to a Bhikkhu, who stayed by himself. Because he usually stayed
known as Thera Ekavihari.
Thera Ekavihari did not mix much with other Bhikkhus, but usually stayed by
alone, he would sleep or lie down, or stand, or walk. Other Bhikkhus thought ill
and told the Buddha about him. But the Buddha did not blame him; instead he
indeed, my son has done
well; for, a Bhikkhu should stay in solitude and
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 305. He who sits alone, lies down alone, walks alone, in diligent
and alone tames himself will find
& solace by living in the forest.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 October 2012