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A Compassionate Mendicant —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 5

24. A Resident Mendicant

235. A Compassionate Mendicant

1.1“Mendicants, a resident mendicant with five qualities shows compassion to the lay people. 1.2What five? 1.3They encourage them in higher ethics. 1.4They equip them to see the truth of the teachings. 1.5When they are sick, they go to them and prompt their mindfulness, saying: 1.6‘Establish your mindfulness, good sirs, in what is worthy.’ 1.7When a large mendicant Saṅgha is arriving with mendicants from abroad, they go to the lay people and announce: 1.8‘A large mendicant Saṅgha is arriving with mendicants from abroad. Make merit! Now is the time to make merit!’ 1.9And they eat whatever food they give them, coarse or fine, not wasting a gift given in faith. 1.10A resident mendicant with these five qualities shows compassion to the lay people.”