Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Sick-Nurse

When a sick-nurse has five qualities, he is unfit to look after the sick: he is not clever at preparing medicine; he does not know what is and what is not suitable, so he brings what is unsuitable and takes away what is suitable; he looks after the sick for mercenary reasons rather that with thoughts of loving-kindness; he is squeamish about removing excrement, urine, spittle or vomit; he is not clever at instructing, urging, rousing and encouraging the sick with timely talk of the Dharma. When a sick-nurse has the five opposite qualities, he is fit to look after the sick.

~The Buddha, in The Mahavagga

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