Dhammapada Verse 205
rasam upasamassa ca
niddaro hoti nippapo
Verse 205: Having had the taste of solitude and the taste of Perfect Peace of
Nibbana, one who drinks in the joy of the essence of the Dhamma is free from
fear and evil.
The Story of Thera Tissa
The Buddha uttered Verse (205) of this book at Vesali, with reference to
When the Buddha declared that in four months' time he would realize
parinibbana, many puthujjana bhikkhus were apprehensive. They were at a loss and
did not know what to do, and so they kept close to the Buddha. But Thera Tissa,
having resolved that he would attain arahatship in the life-time of the Buddha
did not go to him, but left for a secluded place to practise meditation. Other
bhikkhus, not understanding his behaviour, took him to the Buddha and said,
"Venerable Sir, this bhikkhu does not seem to cherish and honour you; he
only keeps to himself instead of coming to your presence." Thera Tissa then
explained to them that he was striving hard to attain arahatship before the
Buddha realized parinibbana, and that was the only reason why he had not come to
see the Buddha.
Having heard his explanation, the Buddha said to the bhikkhus,
"Bhikkhus! Those who love and respect me should act like Tissa. You are not
paying homage to me by just offering me flowers, perfumes and incense. You pay
homage to me only by practising the Lokuttara Dhamma, i.e., Insight
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 205: Having had the taste of solitude and the
taste of Perfect Peace of Nibbana, one who drinks in the joy of the
essence of the Dhamma is free from fear and evil.
At the end of the discourse Thera Tissa attained Sotapatti Fruition.