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Buddhadharma : Summer 2014
SUMMER 2 0 1 4 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 55 The Bahiya Sutta I have heard that on one occasion, the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi, in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. At that time, Bahiya of the bark cloth was living in Supparaka by the seashore. A recipient of robes, alms food, lodging, and medical requisites for the sick, Bahiya was wor- shipped, revered, honored, venerated, and given homage. In seclusion, he began to wonder, “Am I an arahant?” Then a compassionate devata, desiring his welfare and knowing the question that had arisen, went to him and said, “You, Bahiya, are neither an arahant nor have you entered into the path of arahantship. You don’t even have the practice whereby you would ever become an arahant or enter that path.” Without hesitation, Bahiya asked her, “But who in this world is actually an arahant or has entered that path?” She said, “Bahiya, in the northern city of Savat- thi lives the Blessed One, a rightly self-awakened arahant. He is truly an arahant and teaches the dhamma that leads to arahantship.” Take a Good Hard Look Then Bahiya, deeply chastened by the devata, left Supparaka and in the space of one day and night went all the way to where the Buddha was staying. There he found a number of monks doing walking meditation outside and went directly up to them and asked, “Where, venerable sirs, is the Blessed One staying? I must see him imme- diately.” He was told that the Buddha had gone into the town for alms. Bahiya hurried immediately to the city, where he found the Buddha on alms round moving with great calm, his mind at peace, tranquil and poised with the restrained senses of a Great One. He approached the Buddha, threw himself to the ground before him with his head to the Buddha’s feet, and said, “Teach me the dhamma, O Blessed One! Teach me the dhamma, O Holy One, so that it will be for my long-term welfare and bliss!” The Buddha said to him, “This is not the time, Bahiya. We have entered the town for alms.” Bahiya pleaded with the Buddha a second time, “But Holy One, it is hard to know for sure what dangers there may be for the Buddha’s life, or what dangers there may be for mine. Please teach me the dhamma, O Blessed One, so that I may be happy and free.” And again the Buddha Sooner or later, everyone faces doubts about their progress on the path. But that’s a good thing, says Douglas Phillips, as long as we’re prepared to meet that doubt honestly. The Bahiya Sutta shows us how. PHOTO | LAURA CHENOWITH