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XVIII:6 The monk who practised medicine (Cula Sari)

One day, Cula Sari, a physician-monk, was returning to his dwelling place after ministering to a patient. On his way he met Venerable Sariputta and related to him how he had gone to treat a patient and how he had accepted some delicious food as payment for his services. He requested him to accept some of the food. Sariputta kept silent and continued on his way. He did not accept the food because Cula Sari had not observed the precept of abstaining from practising medicine for personal gain.

When informed of the matter, the Buddha said, 'Bhikkhus! A bhikkhu who is shameless, is coarse in thought, word and deed, he is arrogant like a crow. He will find a comfortable living by unlawful means. On the other hand, life for a bhikkhu who has a sense of moral shame is not easy.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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