The First Dharma Council
Again, the Arhats pondered further, "Who is able to clearly compile the treasury of the Abhidharma?" They thought, "Among the five hundred Arhats, the Venerable Ananda is foremost in the comprehension of the meaning of the Sutras. Let us now request his assistance." They then summoned him, saying, "Arise. Go and sit upon the the lion's seat. Where did the Buddha first set forth the Abhidharma?"
Ananda accepted the instruction of the Sangha. He sat in the lion's seat and declared, "Thus I have heard, at one time, the Buddha was at the town of Sravasti.
"At that time the Buddha told the Bhikshus, 'If throughout one's existences, five dreadables, five violations and five despicables are not expelled and are not destroyed, then on account of these causes and conditions, during this very life, one's body and mind undergo immeasurable suffering. Moreover, in subsequent incarnations, one falls into the bad paths.'"
To be continued