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Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan

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Title: Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan

Summary: url=index.html#thag.07.01.than While grappling with lust, this monk finally comes to his senses.

Thag 7.1

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Sundara Samudda and the Courtesan

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Ornamented, finely clothed

garlanded, adorned,

her feet stained red with lac,

she wore slippers:
	a courtesan.

Stepping out of her slippers —

her hands raised before me,
palm-to-palm over her heart —

she softly, tenderly,

in measured words
spoke to me first:

“You are young, recluse.

Heed my message:

Partake of human sensuality.

I will give you luxury.

Truly I vow to you,

I will tend to you as to a fire.

When we are old,

both leaning on canes,

then we will both become contemplatives,

winning the benefits of both worlds."

And seeing her before me —

a courtesan, ornamented, finely clothed,
hands palm-to-palm over her heart —
	like a snare of death laid out,

apt attention arose in me,

the drawbacks appeared,
	disenchantment stood
	at an even keel:

With that, my heart was released. See the Dhamma's true rightness! The three knowledges have been attained; the Buddha's bidding,

done.

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