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Anguttara-Nikaya
III. Tikanipata
V. Cula Vagga

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

Part III
The Book of the Threes

Chapter V
The Minor Section

Sutta 44

Kathapavatti Suttam

Respects

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][bodh][olds] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Savatthi.

Then he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, Lord,' replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said this:

'In three respects, monks, a (religious) talk is profitable.[1]

What three?

When he who teaches Dhamma
is able to penetrate
the letter and spirit thereof.

When he who hears Dhamma
is be able to penetrate
the letter and spirit thereof.

When both he who teaches Dhamma
and he who listens
is able to penetrate
the letter and spirit thereof.

In these three respects, monks, a (religious) talk is profitable."

 


[1] Pavattani, cf. supra on text 125.


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