Excess of Merriment


‘In the Ariyan discipline, Bhikkhus, music is lamentation.  In the Ariyan discipline, dancing is sheer madness.  In the Ariyan discipline, laughing that displays the teeth is childishness.

Wherefore, Bhikkhus, do you break down the bridge that causes music, dancing, laughter.  Enough for you just to smile if you have any cause to show your pleasure.’

                                                               Anguttara Nikaya, i. 261



Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F.L.Woodward, Oxford University Press, London, Madras, 1925.