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Sanyutta Nikaya,
V: MahaVagga
47. Satipatthana Sanyutta
1. Ambapali-Vagga

Sutta 1

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Great Chapter,
47: Kindred Sayings on the Stations of Mindfulness
Chapter I: Ambapali

Ambapali Suttam

Ambapali

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying at Vesali, in Ambapali's Grove.[1]

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Lord" replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"This, monks, is the sole way[2]
that leads to the purification of beings,
to the utter passing beyond sorrow and grief,
to the destruction of woe and lamentation,
to the winning of the Method,[3]
to realizing Nibbana,
to wit:

The four stations of mindfulness.

What are the four?

Herein a monk abides in body contemplating body[4]
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained[5] the dejection in the world[6]
[120] arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards feelings contemplating feelings
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind contemplating mind
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind-states[7] contemplating mind-states
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

This, monks, is the sole way
that leads to the purification of beings,
to the utter passing beyond sorrow and grief,
to the destruction of woe and lamentation,
to the winning of the Method,
to realizing Nibbana,
to wit:

The four stations of mindfulness.

Thus spake the Exalted One,[ed1]
and those brethren were pleased at the words of the Exalted One and welcomed them.

 


[1] Ambapali-vana; D. ii, 94. For Ambapali (mango-guard), a courtezan, who presented this grove to the Buddha, see D. ii, 95-8; Dialog. ii, 102 ff.: Sisters, 120 ff.

[2] Ekayano (text misprints twice as ekaya no). Comy. reads ekayanayan; below there is a vl. ekayanvayan. Cf. M. i, 55, ekayano ayan maggo; i, 74; D. iii, 221; Pts. of Contr. 105, 107, 'the sole conveying path'; Mahanidd. i, 455. Comy. ekayano = eka maggo; maggassa hi maggo pantho patho pajjo anjasan vatumayanan, etc. ... na dvedha patha-bhuto (not diverging).

[3] Naya = ariyo atthangiko maggo. Comy.

[4] Cf. K.S. iv, 142 n.

[5] Vineyya. Comy. tadanga-vinayena va vikkambhana-vinayena va vinayitva.Loke=kdye. Comy. which refers to Vibhanga s.v.

[6] Loke = kaye. Comy. which refers to Vibhanga s.v.

[7] Dhammesu.

 


[ed1] Conclusion omitted by Woodward. Picked up from SN 4.35.28


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