Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quite A Mouthfull

Monks, there are these four dangers for those who go down to the water. What four? The danger or waves, of crocodiles, of whirlpools and the danger of sharks. So too, there are four dangers for one who has gone forth from home into homelessness as a monk equivalent to the four dangers of the water…And what is the danger of crocodiles? Monks, ‘crocodiles’ is a term for gluttony (M.I,160-61).

1 comment:

Terasi said...

But some monks on Youtube look emaciated... Someone should tell them to eat more. Those starving bones could scare a newcomer. There is even one monk who said that successful meditation makes one do not need much sleep. Won't it be harmful for health?