This seems to be from SN 15.5. You can find similar similes in other suttas of SN 15. SN is samyutta nikaya, in this case, not sutta nipata.
Then a mendicant went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side,
and asked him, “Sir, how long is an eon?”
“Mendicant, an eon is long. It’s not easy to calculate how many years,
how many hundreds or thousands or ...
A Theravada Buddhist lay attendant or steward is called a kappiyakāraka or Kappiya in short.
According to the PTS Pali-English dictionary entry on Kappiya:
Kappiyakāraka "one who makes it befitting," i. e. who by offering
anything to a Bhikkhu, makes it legally acceptable Vin i.206;
Basically, the lay attendant or steward, a kappiyakāraka, is the ...
Go on as a formal assistant to monks, even better as novice or monk, good householder, as it is good if you have ways to associate with the Venerables. The rest is all a matter of individual deeds (kamma). Do not waste one moment when kusala citta arises, as defilements are quick to return.
As for formal assistants: Community Officials:
All Community ...
Ud 8.7 tells the story of a junior monk accompanying the Buddha who disobeyed the Buddha, was disrespectful to him (please see this footnote for details), dropped the Buddha's possessions and abandoned him. He was shortly attacked by thieves.
I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was journeying along
a road in the Kosalan country with Ven. ...
The whole practice, paths and fruits, are fruits of kamma, and as it is known, those can be realized in this very existance, good householder. So stories are all full of such samples, even Arahat-ship by just "listen" some words.
If missing a formulation in regard that kamma may rip quick, later or in other lifetimes, maybe Deed-gained body helps ...
There are 56 samyutta's in the SN, the 47'th SN is devoted to the topic of "mindfulness" (sati).
SN 47 Sati-'paṭṭhāna 🐘 Saṃyutta
https://lucid24.org/sn/sn47/index.html (disclosure: my website, my translations are derived from B. Sujato)
The first 10 suttas especially are particularly important on the subject. But even reading various English ...
Therein what is mindfulness-awakening-factor? Herein a monk is
mindful, furnished with excellent mindfulness-penetration, he
remembers, remembers constantly, what has long been done and long been
said (concerning release). This is called
That which is mindfulness, recollection, recall, mindfulness,
Here is a good description of mindfulness (sati) directed to the body. It's similar for mindfulness directed to other things.
“Bhikkhus, suppose that on hearing, ‘The most beautiful girl of the
land! The most beautiful girl of the land!’ a great crowd of people
would assemble. Now that most beautiful girl of the land would dance
exquisitely and sing ...
In SN 15.5, SN 15.6, an individual monk and in SN 15.8, an individual brahmin lay person, spoke to the Buddha, and asked a question about the length of an eon. The Buddha answered it and then reflected on how samsara (translated by Ven. Sujato as "transmigration") has been going on for a very long time, with an unknown beginning, and tells the ...
This is as close as it gets afaik;
A2. "Because there actually is the next world, the view of one who
thinks, 'There is no next world' is his wrong view. Because there
actually is the next world, when he is resolved that 'There is no next
world,' that is his wrong resolve. Because there actually is the next
world, when he speaks the statement, 'There ...
Suppose a person was working under the sun for a hard days toil. He grew thirsty and went inside to find something to quench his thirst. Upon the table he saw a clear glass of liquid and assuming it was water that his wife prepared for him, he rushed and carelessly gulped down the whole thing. From the odd taste he quickly suspected something was wrong. ...
Isnt the pain from our faults push us to the correct path?
Pain and suffering certainly pushes people towards religion and spirituality in search for answers and a possible solution. At the same time pain and suffering, if used correctly as vehicles, can become fertilizer for spiritual growth.
What pushes us further on the (correct) path is clarity of mind, ...