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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tikanipāta
IX. Samaṇa Vagga

Sutta 88 [DTO 90]

Sikkha Sutta

Trainings (1)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Proofed against and modified in accordance with the revised edition at dhammatalks.org
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts] "There are these three trainings.

Which three?

The training in heightened virtue,
the training in heightened mind,
the training in heightened discernment.

"And what is the training in heightened virtue?

There is the case where a monk is virtuous.

He dwells restrained in accordance with the Pāṭimokkha,
consummate in his behavior and sphere of activity.

He trains himself,
having undertaken the training rules,
seeing danger in the slightest fault.

This is called the training in heightened virtue.

"And what is the training in heightened mind?

There is the case where a monk
— quite secluded from sensuality,
secluded from unskillful [mental] qualities —
enters and remains in the first jhāna:
rapture and pleasure born of seclusion,
accompanied by directed thought and evaluation.

With the stilling of directed thought and evaluations,
he enters and remains in the second jhāna:
rapture and pleasure born of concentration,
unification of awareness
free from directed thought and evaluation
— internal assurance.

With the fading of rapture he remains equanimous,
mindful and alert,
and senses pleasure with the body.

He enters and remains in the third jhāna,
of which the Noble Ones declare,
'Equanimous and mindful,
he has a pleasurable abiding.'

With the abandoning of pleasure and pain
— as with the earlier disappearance of elation and distress —
he enters and remains in the fourth jhāna:
purity of equanimity and mindfulness,
neither pleasure nor pain.

This is called the training in heightened mind.

"And what is the training in heightened discernment?

There is the case where a monk discerns
as it has come to be that
'This is stress ...
This is the origination of stress ...
This is the cessation of stress ...
This is the path of practice
leading to the cessation of stress.'

This is called the training in heightened discernment.

"These are the three trainings."

 


 

Of Related Interest:

AN 3.89.

 


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