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Anguttara Nikaya
Tikanipata

Sutta 78

Silabbata Sutta

Precept and Practice

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][olds] Then Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival,
having bowed down to him, sat to one side.
As he was sitting there,
the Blessed One said to him,

"Ananda, every precept and practice,
every life,
every holy life that is followed
as of essential worth:
is every one of them fruitful?"

"Lord, that is not [to be answered]
with a categorical answer."

"In that case, Ananda,
give an analytical answer."

"When
— by following a life of precept and practice,
a life, a holy life
that is followed as of essential worth —
one's unskillful mental qualities increase
while one's skillful mental qualities decline:
that sort of precept and practice,
life, holy life
that is followed as of essential worth
is fruitless.

But when
— by following a life of precept and practice,
a life, a holy life
that is followed as of essential worth —
one's unskillful mental qualities decline
while one's skillful mental qualities increase:
that sort of precept and practice,
life, holy life
that is followed as of essential worth
is fruitful."

That is what Ven. Ananda said,
and the Teacher approved.

Then Ven. Ananda, [realizing,]
"The Teacher approves of me,"
got up from his seat and,
having bowed down to the Blessed One
and circumambulating him,
left.

Then not long after Ven. Ananda had left,
the Blessed One said to the monks,
"Monks, Ananda is in still in training,
but it would not be easy
to find his equal in discernment."

 


 

See also: DN 16; AN III.72; AN IV.42; AN IV.192.

 


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