XII. Āpāyika Vagga
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons
From That the True Dhamma Might Last a Long Time:
Readings Selected by King Asoka,
translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
And what is bodily sagacity?
There is the case where a monk abstains from taking life,
abstains from theft,
abstains from unchastity.
This is called bodily sagacity.
And what is verbal sagacity?
There is the case where a monk abstains from lying,
abstains from divisive tale-bearing,
abstains from harsh language,
abstains from idle chatter.
This is called verbal sagacity.
And what is mental sagacity?
There is the case where a monk who
with the wasting away of the mental fermentations
remains in the fermentation-free awareness-release and discernment-release,
having known and made them manifest for himself
right in the here and now.
This is called mental sagacity.
These, monks, are the three forms of sagacity.
A sage in body, a sage in speech,
A sage in mind, without fermentation:
a sage consummate in sagacity
is said to have abandoned
everything. the All.