Buddha Vacana (August 11, 2555)
Once, while the Lord was staying near Kosambi in the Ghostia Park, Venerable Udayin, sat teaching the Dhamma surrounded by a great gathering of lay people. Now Ananda saw this and he went to the Lord and told him what he had seen, and the Lord said: “Truly, Ananda, it is not easy to teach Dhamma to others. In teaching Dhamma to others, first establish five things and then teach. What five? Teach Dhamma to others thinking:
‘I will speak Dhamma in a gradual way.
I will speak with the goal in mind.
I will speak with kindliness.
I will not speak as a means of gain.
I will speak neither to my own harm, nor to the harm of others.’
Truly, Ananda, it is not easy to teach Dhamma to others. So in teaching Dhamma to others, first establish well these five things.’
Note. This is another verse that tells of the Buddha standing on the side line while His disciples deliver the Dhamma. The Buddha offered praise and NOT OWNERSHIP of the Dhamma (no 'atta' there).
And I should once again say 'the Buddha Vacana' I have posted are all taken from the Digital Pali Reader (DPR), a Firefox extension, developed by the venerable Yuddhadhammo. DPR is very useful for learning Pali and the Tipitaka. DPR can be downloaded free (of charge) for Mozzila's Firefox Browser.