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Anguttara Nikaya
Pancaka Nipata
9. Thera Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
IX. The Elder

Sutta 89

Pathama Sekha Suttam

The Monk in Training (a)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Savatthi;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, these five conditions
lead to the decline
of a monk in training.

What five?

Delight in business;[1]
delight in gossip;
delight in sleeping;
delight in company;
and he does not reflect on the mind as freed.[2]

Monks, these are the five conditions,
that lead to the decline
of a monk in training.

 


 

Monks, these five conditions
do not lead to the decline
of a monk in training.

What five?

Non-delight in business;
Non-delight in gossip;
Non-delight in sleeping;
Non-delight in company;
and he does reflect on the mind as freed.

Monks, these are the five conditions,
that do not lead to the decline
of a monk in training.

 


[1] Cf. A. iv, 22; It. 72; below VI, II 14, 21. Busmess = kamma.

[2] Yathavimuttam cittam na paccavekkhati. Comy. as if it were a mind freed (yathassa cittam vimuttam); the faults got rid of and the good won - he reflects on those, but makes no effort to win higher ones. Cf. below V, I 95 ff.


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