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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
4. Channa Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Second Fifty
4. Channa

Sutta 88

Punna Suttam

Punna

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[60] [1167]

[1][pts][than] Then the Venerable Punna approached the Blessed One ... and said to him:

"Venerable sir, it would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute."

"Punna, there are forms cognizable by the eye that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu seeks delight in them, welcomes them, and remains holding to them, delight arises in him.

With the arising of delight, Punna, there is the arising of suffering, I say.

There are, Punna, sounds cognizable by the ear ... mental phenomena cognizable by the mind that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu seeks delight in them, welcomes them, and remains holding to them, delight arises in him.

With the arising of delight, Punna, there is the arising of suffering, I say.

"Punna, there are forms cognizable by the eye ... mental phenomena cognizable by the mind that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

[61] If a bhikkhu does not seek delight in them, does not welcome them, and does not remain holding to them, delight ceases in him.

With the cessation of delight, Punna, there is the cessation of suffering, I say.

"Now that you have received this brief exhortation from me, Punna, in which country will you dwell?"

"There is, venerable sir, a country named Sunaparanta.

I will dwell there."

"Punna, the people of Sunaparanta are wild and rough.

If they abuse and revile you, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta abuse and revile me, then I will think:

'These people of Sunaparanta are excellent, truly excellent, in that they do not give me a blow with the fist.'

Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"But, Punna, if the people of Sunaparanta do give you a blow with the fist, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta give me a blow with the fist, then I will think:

'These people of Sunaparanta are excellent, truly excellent, in that they do not give me a blow with a clod.'

Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"But, Punna, if the people of Sunaparanta do give you a blow with a clod, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta give me a blow with a clod, then I will think:

'These people of Sunaparanta are excellent, truly excellent, in that they do not give me a blow with a rod.'

[62] Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"But, Punna, if the people of Sunaparanta do give you a blow with a rod, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta give me a blow with a rod, then I will think:

'These people of Sunaparanta are excellent, truly excellent, in that they do not stab me with a knife.'

Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"But, Punna, if the people of Sunaparanta do stab you with a knife, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta stab me with a knife, then I will think:

'These people of Sunaparanta are excellent, truly excellent, in that they do not take my life with a sharp knife.'

Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"But, Punna, if the people of Sunaparanta do take your life with a sharp knife, what will you think about that?"

"Venerable sir, if the people of Sunaparanta take my life with a sharp knife, then I will think:

'There have been disciples of the Blessed One who, being repelled, humiliated, and disgusted by the body and by life, sought for an assailant.

But I have come upon this assailant even without a search.'

Then I will think thus, Blessed One; then I will think thus, Fortunate One."

"Good, good, Punna!

Endowed with such self-control and peacefulness, you will be able to dwell in the Sunaparanta country.

Now, Punna, you may go at your own convenience."

Then, having delighted and rejoiced in the Blessed One's statement, the Venerable Punna rose from his seat, paid homage to the Blessed One, [63] and departed, keeping him on his right.

He then set his lodging in order, took his bowl and outer robe, and set out to wander towards the Sunaparanta country.

Wandering by stages, he eventually arrived in the Sunaparanta country, where he dwelt.

Then, during that rains, the Venerable Punna established five hundred male lay followers and five hundred female lay followers in the practice, and he himself, during that same rains, realized the three true knowledges.

And during that same rains he attained final Nibbana.

Then a number of bhikkhus approached the Blessed One ... and said to him:

"Venerable sir, the clansman named Punna, who was given a brief exhortation by the Blessed One, has died.

What is his destination? What is his future bourn?"

"Bhikkhus, the clansman Punna was wise.

He practised in accordance with the Dhamma and did not trouble me on account of the Dhamma.

The clansman Punna has attained final Nibbana."

 


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