TEN SUBJECTS FOR FREQUENT RECOLLECTION BY ONE WHO HAS GONE FORTH
Bhikkhus, there are ten dhammas which should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth. What are these ten?
I am no longer
living according to worldly aims and values.
My very life is
sustained through the gifts of others.
I should strive
to abandon my former habits.
Does regret over my conduct
arise in my mind?
Could my spiritual
companions find fault with my conduct?
I am the owner
of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born of my kamma, related to my kamma,
abide supported by my kamma, whatever kamma I shall do, for good or
for ill, of that I will be the heir.
The days and nights are relentlessly
passing, how well am I spending my time?
Do I delight in solitude or
Has my practice borne fruit
with freedom or insight so that at the end of my life I need not feel
ashamed when questioned by my spiritual companions?
Bhikkhus, these are the ten dhammas to be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.