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Anguttara-Nikaya
Pancaka-Nipata
26. Upasampada Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXVI: Acceptance

Sutta 251

Upasampadetabba Suttam

Acceptance

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, acceptance[1] ought to be granted
by a monk endowed with these five things.

What five?

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of virtue
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of concentration
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of insight
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of emancipation
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of knowledge and vision of emancipation
with no need to train.[2]

Monks, acceptance ought to be granted
by a monk so endowed.'

 


[1] Upasampaadetabbam: this is the second stage of monkhood; there is first the pabbajja, the going forth, then the upasampada, the acceptance or 'full orders' (both by and of the monk).

[2] Cf. Vin. i, 62 ff.; above, I 108. 4


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