‘When one is content with what is blameless,
trifling and easily gained;
when one’s mind is not distressed
because of a lodging,
robe, drink, and food,
one is not hindered anywhere.
These qualities, rightly said
to conform to the ascetic life,
are acquired by a bhikkhu
who is content and heedful.’
- Santuṭṭhi Sutta : Contentment AN 4.27
- Source : https://suttacentral.net/en/an4.27
‘Contentment (santuṭṭhi) is the ability to be happy and fulfilled in one’s present state.
The Buddha said: `Contentment is the highest wealth’ (Dhp.204), meaning that when we are content we do not need to get anything, go anywhere or be anything to be happy because we already are, and thus, contentment is more valuable than any possession or accomplishment.
The Buddha describes the monk’s contentment like this: `He is satisfied with a robe to cover his body and alms food to satisfy his stomach and having accepted no more than is sufficient he goes his way, just as a bird flies here and there taking with it no more than its wings’(D.I,71).’
- Source : www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=83
by Ajahn Sumedho
on ‘Complete contentment’
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Santuṭṭhi Sutta : Contentment SN 16.1
“Monks, Kassapa here is content with any old robe. He praises contentment with any robe, nor does he commit any offense of unseemliness or impropriety on account of a robe. If he has not got a robe, he does not worry; if he has got a robe he enjoys the use of it without clinging or foolish attachment, not committing any offense, aware of the danger and wisely avoiding it. Kassapa is content with whatever alms he gets… whatever lodging… whatever requisites in the way of medicines for sickness… he enjoys the use of these things without clinging or foolish attachment, not committing any offense, aware of the danger and wisely avoiding it.
“Therefore, monks, you should train yourselves thus: We will be content with whatever robe,… alms… lodging… medicines… we may get… We will enjoy the use of these things without clinging or foolish attachment, not committing any offense, aware of the danger and wisely avoiding it.
“Monks, I will exhort you by the example of Kassapa, or one like Kassapa. So exhorted, you should practice to gain the goal.”
by Ajahn Brahm
in March 2016.
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Maṅgala Sutta : Discourse on Blessings Khp 5
‘Gāravo ca nivāto ca santuṭṭhī ca kataññutā
‘To be respectful, humble, contented and grateful; and
to listen to the Dhamma on due occasions
this is the greatest blessing.’
Santuṭṭhi : Contentment.
This implies acceptance of conditions and situations as they arise, with equanimity and without grumbling. This is a quality which bhikkhus must have, as the commentary emphasizes when it does not mention lay people at all here. This is a much needed quality in those parts of the world and among those families where there is affluence.
Contentment spells peace of mind for the person who has it: craving more and more spells out the opposite. What should one be content with? With enough clothes, enough food, enough living room and enough medicines. But then what is enough and what is excess? “Enough” gives one little trouble to keep and maintain but more than that brings anxiety and worry.
This blessing should also not be misunderstood as counsel not to make an effort in life. Bhikkhus do not have to possess many things for happiness in their life but lay people need much more. Lay people must make effort to obtain what is necessary for a happy life without poverty and starvation. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether possessions will bring more happiness or more trouble. Being able to know this clearly is an aspect of wisdom.
- Life’s Highest Blessings : The Maha Mangala Sutta
translation and Commentary by Dr. R.L. Soni
revised by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
by Bhante Sujatha
on “Finding Happiness and Contentment”.
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‘Restlessness, Contentment, and “Kindfulness” ‘
by Ajahn Brahmavamso
not on the rudenesses of others,
not on what they’ve done
or left undone,
but on what you
have & haven’t done
- Dhammapada Verse 50
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- Posted by CFFong