Chapter IV: Flowers – Puppha

The partial clippings come from 

The Small Sweet Collection of Minor Stories: Khuddaka Nikāya:

Taken from

The Dhammapada  –  The Right Way      

Worthy & Honorable is the Perfectly Self-Enlightened Buddha!

Dhammapada, Flowers

Introit

WHO?
Who will fully comprehend this earth-world together
with the lower painful and higher divine worlds as well?
Who will investigate all the 37 sublime Dhammas, even as an
expert plucks delicate flowers? Who?

Background Story 44_45

Verses 44 and 45: The Story of Five Hundred Bhikkhus

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (44) and (45) of this book, with reference to five hundred Bhikkhus.

Five hundred Bhikkhus, after accompanying the Buddha to a village, returned to the Jetavana monastery. In the evening, while the Bhikkhus were talking about the trip, especially the condition of the land, whether it was level or hilly, or whether the soil was clayey or sandy, red or black, etc., the Buddha came to them. Knowing the subject of their talk, he said to
them, “Bhikkhus, the earth you are talking about is external to the body; it is better, indeed, to examine your own body and make preparations (for meditation practice).”

The Buddha then spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 44. Who shall examine this earth (i.e., this body)’ the world of Yama (i.e., the four Apayas) and the world of man together with the world of devas? Who shall examine the well-taught Path of Virtue (Dhammapada) as an expert florist picks and chooses flowers?

Verse 45. The Ariya Sekha* shall examine this earth (i.e., the body), the world of Yama (i.e.,the four Apayas) and the world of man together with the world of devas. The Ariya Sekha shall examine the well-taught Path of Virtue (Dhammapada) as an expert florist picks and chooses flowers. […]

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