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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
XVIII. Upāsaka Vaggo

Sutta 176

Piti Sutta

Rapture

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

 


 

[1][pts] Then Anathapindika the householder,
surrounded by about 500 lay followers,
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,

"Householder,
you have provided the community of monks
with robes, alms food, lodgings,
and medicinal requisites for the sick,
but you shouldn't rest content with the thought,
'We have provided the community of monks
with robes, alms food, lodgings,
and medicinal requisites for the sick.'

So you should train yourself,
'Let's periodically enter and remain in
seclusion and rapture.'
That's how you should train yourself."

When this was said,
Ven. Sariputta said to the Blessed One,

"It's amazing, lord.
It's astounding, how well put that was
by the Blessed One:
'Householder,
you have provided the community of monks
with robes, alms food, lodgings,
and medicinal requisites for the sick,
but you shouldn't rest content with the thought,
"We have provided the community of monks
with robes, alms food, lodgings,
and medicinal requisites for the sick."
So you should train yourself,
"Let's periodically enter and remain in
seclusion and rapture."
That's how you should train yourself.'

"Lord, when a disciple of the noble ones
enters and remains in seclusion and rapture,
there are five possibilities
that do not exist at that time:
The pain and distress
dependent on sensuality
do not exist at that time.
The pleasure and joy
dependent on sensuality
do not exist at that time.
The pain and distress
dependent on what is unskillful
do not exist at that time.
The pleasure and joy
dependent on what is unskillful
do not exist at that time.
The pain and distress
dependent on what is skillful
do not exist at that time.
When a disciple of the noble ones
enters and remains in seclusion and rapture,
these five possibilities
do not exist at that time."

[The Blessed One said:]
"Excellent, Sariputta. Excellent.
When a disciple of the noble ones
enters and remains in seclusion and rapture,
there are five possibilities
that do not exist at that time:
The pain and distress
dependent on sensuality
do not exist at that time.
The pleasure and joy
dependent on sensuality
do not exist at that time.
The pain and distress
dependent on what is unskillful
do not exist at that time.
The pleasure and joy
dependent on what is unskillful
do not exist at that time.
The pain and distress
dependent on what is skillful
do not exist at that time.
When a disciple of the noble ones
enters and remains in seclusion and rapture,
these five possibilities
do not exist at that time."

 


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