This is a complete translation of the Therigatha, one of the books of thePali Canon Found in the Khuddaka Nikaya.
Through this sacred book, you will meet the noble nuns who attained enlightenment when the Buddha was alive.
These exalted nuns achieved the essence of the Buddha’s path: the liberation through Arahantship and ultimate freedom. The account of their struggle for enlightenment is amazing. It is hard to imagine how they practiced the Dhamma with such extreme energy and determination, even at a risk to their own lives.
Saying “Saṅghaṁ saranaṁ gacchāmi,” we go for refuge to this community of noble disciples. How exalted and pure they are! We who are living in the twenty-sixth century of the Buddhist era can be overjoyed simply by recollecting the pure lives of such enlightened disciples.
While you are reading this sacred book, those Arahant nuns might seem to appear in front of you. You will feel like they are conversing with you. You will witness before you the display of the ultimate purity of their hearts. The community of the Buddha’s noble disciples is absolutely remarkable and magnificent.
A translation into English from the Sinhala translation by Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera.