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Worthy of Offerings (1st) —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 6

1. Worthy of Offerings

1. Worthy of Offerings (1st)

1.1So I have heard. 1.2At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. 1.3There the Buddha addressed the mendicants, 1.4“Mendicants!”

1.5“Venerable sir,” they replied. 1.6The Buddha said this:

2.1“Mendicants, a mendicant with six factors is worthy of offerings dedicated to the gods, worthy of hospitality, worthy of a religious donation, worthy of veneration with joined palms, and is the supreme field of merit for the world. 2.2What six?

2.3It’s a mendicant who, when they see a sight with their eyes, is neither happy nor sad. They remain equanimous, mindful and aware.

2.4When they hear a sound with their ears …

2.5When they smell an odor with their nose …

2.6When they taste a flavor with their tongue …

2.7When they feel a touch with their body …

2.8When they know a thought with their mind, they’re neither happy nor sad. They remain equanimous, mindful and aware.

2.9A mendicant with these six factors is worthy of offerings dedicated to the gods, worthy of hospitality, worthy of a religious donation, worthy of veneration with joined palms, and is the supreme field of merit for the world.”

3.1That is what the Buddha said. 3.2Satisfied, the mendicants were happy with what the Buddha said.