SN 16.3 Candūpamā Sutta: Like the Moon

“A bikkhu teaches the Dhamma to others with the thought ‘The Dhamma is well expounded by the Blessed One, directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise. Oh may they listen to the Dhamma from me! Having listened, may they understand the Dhamma! Having understood may they practice accordingly!’ Thus he teaches the Dhamma to others because of the intrinsic excellence of the Dhamma. He teaches from compassion and sympathy, out of tender concern. Such a bikkhu’s teaching of the Dhamma is pure”

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