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Verses of the Elder Monks

See also the Therigatha (Verses of the Elder Nuns).

The Theragatha, the eighth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya, contains 264 stories in verse form in which the early monks (bhikkhus) recount their struggles and accomplishments along the road to arahantship. These stories are told with often heart-breaking honesty and beauty, revealing the human side of these extraordinary men, and thus serve as inspiring reminders of our own potential to follow in their footsteps.

Selected suttas from the Theragatha

Chapter I

Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V Chapter VI Chapter VII Chapter X Chapter XII Chapter XIV Chapter XVI Chapter XVIII Chapter XIX
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Dhamma Essay:
Laying Down the Rod by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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