Saturday, May 3, 2008
The story of Thera Seyyasaka
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse(117) of this book, with reference to Thera Sayyasaka.
Once there was a thera by the name of Seyyasaka, who was in the habit of masturbating. When the Buddhan heard about this, he rebuked the thera for doing something that would lead one farther away from the attainment of Magga and Phala. At the same time, the Buddha laid down the discipline prohibiting such indulgence in sexual pleasures, i.e., Samghadisesa Apatti, offences which require penance and suspension from the Order. Then the Buddha added, "This kind of offence can only lead to evil results in this world as well as in the next".
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 117. If a man does evil, he should not do it again and again; he should not take delight in it the accumulation of evil leads to dukkha.
quoted by The Dhammapada chapter 9 Evil (Papavagga)