Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Numerical Discourses

Chapter 10: The Guarded Mind

6. The Stingy and the Tireless

1. Thus I have heard:[1] One time, the Buddha was staying at Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park in Jeta’s Grove of Śrāvastī.

2. It was then that the Bhagavān addressed the monks, “Just as I know now the source of the destinies of sentient beings, I also know the rewards of generosity. Even the last lump of food that one doesn’t eat themselves should be given to someone else. Then, they won’t allow themselves to have even a hair’s breadth of stinginess. These sentient beings don’t know the rewards of generosity like I know them in their entirety. They are no different than the rewards of an equitable heart. Therefore, sentient beings who aren’t capable of equitable generosity bring their own downfalls. Their minds are constantly wrapped in stingy thoughts.”

3. The Bhagavān then spoke in verse:

4. When the monks heard what the Buddha taught, they rejoiced and approved.


  1. This sūtra is similar to Iti 26. [back]

Translator: Charles Patton

Last Revised: 27 March 2023