|The Buddha and noble ones entered the stages of enlightenment -- experience bliss (FB).|
|Suppose one were to earn a buck. Would that person deserve to be called a capable person?|
|Kapilavastu: Bamyan, Buddhist-Afghanistan with world's largest Buddha statues (W).|
On arrival, they respectfully bowed and sat to one side. The Blessed One then said to them, "Shakyans, do you observe the eight-factored lunar observance day?"
"Sometimes we do, venerable sir, and sometimes we do not."
|The Buddha-to-come (flickr.com)|
"What do you think, Shakyans: Suppose someone of some profession or other, without encountering a bad day, were to earn half a kahapana. Would that person deserve to be called a capable person, full of initiative?"
|Does life seem like it's all about getting money?|
"Suppose a person of some profession or other, without encountering an bad day, were to earn a kahapana... two kahapanas... three... four... five... six... seven... eight... nine... ten... 20...30 ... 40... 50... 100 kahapanas. Would that person deserve to be called a capable person, full of initiative?"
"Yes, venerable sir."
|We work for money, wage slaves, to find bliss.|
"Yes, venerable sir."
|"Fare lonely like a rhinoceros" following the path-to-freedom and win true freedom (RobertoPazziPhotography.weebly.com/flickr.com)|
|The Buddha grew up in three seasonal capitals, one for the rains, winter, heat: Bamiyan (cool Kapilavastu by foothills), Mes Aynak (Copper Well), Kabul (administrative Kapilavastu)?|
|Bamiyan is the original Kapilavastu, a capital of Shakya Land (US military, 2012, wiki).|
"Now what do you think: Would that person, because of that money, on account of that wealth, with that wealth as the cause, live in bliss for a day, a night, half a day, or half a night?"
"No, venerable sir! Why? Sensual pleasures are inconstant, hollow, false, deceptive by nature."
|Bliss trumps cash, stream-winning tops all.|
"Let alone ten years, there is the case where a disciple, spending nine years... eight years... seven... six... five... four... three... two years... one year practicing as I instruct lives experiencing bliss for 100 years, 100 centuries, 100 millennia. And that person is a once-returner, a non-returner, or at the very least a stream-winner.
"Let alone one year, there is the case where a disciple, spending ten months... nine months... eight months... seven... six... five... four... three... two months... one month... half a month practicing as I instruct, lives experiencing bliss for 100 years, 100 centuries, 100 millennia. And that person is a once-returner, a non-returner, or at the very least a stream-winner.
|Afghan Shakya Land in Bactria, Scythia|
"It is no gain for you, Shakyans. It is ill-gotten that in this life, so endangered by grief, in this life so endangered by death, you sometimes observe the eight-factored observance and sometimes do not."
"Then from this day forward, venerable sir, we will observe the eight-factored observance."