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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
XIII: Bhaya Vagga

Sutta 124

Jhana Sutta

Mental Absorption (2)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

[1][pts] "Monks, there are these four types of individuals to be found existing in the world.

Which four?

"There is the case where an individual,
withdrawn from sensuality,
withdrawn from unskillful qualities,
enters and remains in the first jhana:
rapture and pleasure born from withdrawal,
accompanied by directed thought and evaluation.

He regards whatever phenomena there
that are connected with form,
feeling,
perception,
fabrications,
and consciousness,
as inconstant,
stressful,
a disease,
a cancer,
an arrow,
painful,
an affliction,
alien,
a disintegration,
an emptiness,
not-self.

At the break-up of the body,
after death,
he reappears in conjunction with the devas of the Pure Abodes.

This rebirth is not in common with run-of-the-mill people.

"Again, there is the case where an individual...

enters the second jhana...

the third jhana...

the fourth jhana...

He regards whatever phenomena there
that are connected with form,
feeling,
perception,
fabrications,
and consciousness,
as inconstant,
stressful,
a disease,
a cancer,
an arrow,
painful,
an affliction,
alien,
a disintegration,
an emptiness,
not-self.

At the break-up of the body,
after death,
he reappears in conjunction with the devas of the Pure Abodes.

This rebirth is not in common with run-of-the-mill people.

"These are four types of individuals to be found existing in the world."

 


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