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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
5. Sala 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
5. The Sixes

Sutta 98

Samvara Suttam

Restraint

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, I will teach you restraint and nonrestraint.

Listen to that. ...

"And how, bhikkhus, is there nonrestraint?

There are, bhikkhus, 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, he should understand this thus:

'I am declining away from wholesome states.

For this has been called decline by the Blessed One.'

"There are, bhikkhus, 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, he should understand this thus:

'I am declining away from wholesome states.

For this has been called decline by the Blessed One.'

"Such, bhikkhus, is nonrestraint.

"And how, bhikkhus, is there restraint?

There are, bhikkhus, forms cognizable by the eye that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu does not seek delight in them, does not welcome them, and does not remain holding to them, he should understand this thus:

[80] 'I am not declining away from wholesome states.

For this has been called nondecline by the Blessed One.'

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

If a bhikkhu does not seek delight in them, does not welcome them, and does not remain holding to them, he should understand this thus:

'I am not declining away from wholesome states.

For this has been called nondecline by the Blessed One.'

"Such, bhikkhus, is restraint."

 


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