Dhammapada Verse 377
Vassika viya pupphani
evam raganca dosanca
Verse 377: O bhikkhus! As the jasmine (vassika)
plant sheds its withered flowers, so also, should you shed passion and ill will.
The Story of Five Hundred Bhikkhus
While residing at the Jetavana
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (377) of this book, with reference to five
Five hundred bhikkhus from
Savatthi, after taking a subject of meditation from the Buddha, set out for the
forest to practise meditation. There, they noticed that the jasmine flowers
which bloomed in the early morning dropped off from the plants onto the ground
in the evening. Then the bhikkhus resolved that they would strive hard to free
themselves from all moral defilements even before the flowers were shed from the
plants. The Buddha, through his supernormal power, saw them from his Perfumed
Chamber. He therefore sent forth his radiance to them and made them feel his
presence. To them the Buddha said, "Bhikkhus! As the withered flower is
shed from the plant, so also, should a bhikkhu strive to free himself from the
round of rebirths."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as
|Verse 377: O bhikkhus!
As the jasmin (vassika) plant sheds its withered flowers, so also,
should you shed passion and ill will.
At the end of the discourse the five hundred bhikkhus attained arahatship.