[IV. In Rājagaha]

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[40: The Donation of the Bamboo Wood]

Then the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra, with the passing of that night, having had excellent food and drinks made ready, had the time announced to the Gracious One, (saying): “It is time, reverend Sir, the meal is ready.”

Then the Gracious One, having dressed in the morning time, after taking up his bowl and robe, entered Rājagaha, together with a great Community of monks, with a thousand monks all of whom were formerly yogis.

Then at that time Sakka, the Lord of the Gods, having created (for himself) the form of a young brāhmaṇa, went ahead of the Community of monks with the Buddha at its head singing these verses: Jā Nid explains that the whole citizenry of Rājagaha (1,800,000) had come out to the Laṭṭhivana and were blocking the road. Sakka's seat in Tāvatiṁsa became hot and he understood the Buddha might not get his meal, so he descended and opened up the way, praising the Buddha as he went.01

The Tamed One with the Tamed, with the former yogis, the Liberated One with the Liberated,
The Gracious One who has skin like a golden coin has entered Rājagaha.

The Freed One with the Freed, with the former yogis, the Liberated One with the Liberated,
The Gracious One who has skin like a golden coin has entered Rājagaha.

The One Gone Beyond with those Gone Beyond, with the former yogis, the Liberated One with the Liberated,
The Gracious One who has skin like a golden coin has entered Rājagaha.

The Peaceful One with the Peaceful, with the former yogis, the Liberated One with the Liberated,
The Gracious One who has skin like a golden coin has entered Rājagaha.

The One of Ten Abidings, Ten Strengths, knowing the Ten Things, endowed with Ten, Comm: the One of Ten Abidings means the one who has lived in the Ten Noble Abidings, knowing the Ten Things means knowing the ten courses of action, endowed with Ten means endowed with the ten factors of the one beyond training.02
The Gracious One surrounded by the ten-hundred has entered Rājagaha.”

This occurred to the people, after seeing Sakka, the Lord of the Gods: “Handsome, indeed is this young brāhmaṇa, beautiful, indeed is this young brāhmaṇa, pleasing, indeed is this young brāhmaṇa, now just who is this young brāhmaṇa?”

After this was said, Sakka, the Lord of the Gods, addressed those people with a verse:

“He who is firm, tamed in every way, pure, a person unmatched,
A Worthy One, a Fortunate One - I am his attendant in the world.”

Then the Gracious One approached the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra's residence, and after approaching he sat down on the prepared seat, together with the Community of monks. Then the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra, after serving and satisfying with his own hand the Community of monks with the Buddha at its head with excellent food and drinks, when the Gracious One had eaten and washed his hand and bowl, sat down on one side.

While sittting on one side this occurred to the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra: “Now where can the Gracious One dwell that is neither too far from a village nor too near, easy for coming and going, approachable for people who desire (to hear the Dhamma), uncrowded during the day, with little sound at night, little noise, which has a lonely atmosphere, lying hidden away from men, which is suitable for seclusion?”

Then this occurred to the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra: “This Bamboo Wood garden of ours is neither too far from the village nor too near, easy for coming and going, approachable for people who desire (to hear the Dhamma), uncrowded during the day, with little sound at night, little noise, which has a lonely atmosphere, lying hidden away from men, which is suitable for seclusion. Now what if I were to give the Bamboo Wood garden to the Community of monks with the Buddha at its head?”

Then the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra having taken a golden water vessel, dedicated (it) to the Gracious One, (saying): “Can I give this Bamboo Wood garden, venerable Sir, to the Community of monks with the Buddha at its head?”

The Gracious One accepted the park. Jā Nid: with the acceptance of that park, (knowing): “the roots of the Buddha's Dispensation have taken hold,” the great Earth shook. In the Land of the Rose Apples, apart from the Bamboo Wood, the great Earth never shook on the acceptance of a dwelling place.03 Then the Gracious One, after instructing, rousing, enthusing, and cheering the Magadhan King Seniya Bimbisāra with a Dhamma talk, having risen from his seat, went away. Then the Gracious One, with this as the basis, after giving a Dhamma talk, addressed the monks, (saying): “I allow, monks, a park.”