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Anguttara Nikaya
Dasaka-Nipāta
VII. Yamaka-Vagga

Sutta 70

Kathavatthu Sutta

Topics of Conversation (2)

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

 


 

[1][pts] I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Savatthi at Jeta's Grove,
Anathapindika's monastery.

Now at that time a large number of monks,
after the meal,
on returning from their alms round,
had gathered at the meeting hall and were engaged in many kinds of bestial topics of conversation:
conversation about kings, robbers, and ministers of state;
armies, alarms, and battles;
food and drink;
clothing, furniture, garlands, and scents;
relatives;
vehicles;
villages, towns, cities, the countryside;
women and heroes;
the gossip of the street and the well;
tales of the dead;
tales of diversity, the creation of the world and of the sea;
talk of whether things exist or not.

Then the Blessed One,
emerging from his seclusion in the late afternoon,
went to the meeting hall and,
on arrival,
sat down on a seat made ready. As he was sitting there,
he addressed the monks: "For what topic of conversation are you gathered together here? In the midst of what topic of conversation have you been interrupted?".

"Just now,
lord,
after the meal,
on returning from our alms round,
we gathered at the meeting hall and got engaged in many kinds of bestial topics of conversation: conversation about kings, robbers, and ministers of state;
armies, alarms, and battles;
food and drink;
clothing, furniture, garlands, and scents;
relatives;
vehicles;
villages, towns, cities, the countryside;
women and heroes;
the gossip of the street and the well;
tales of the dead;
tales of diversity, the creation of the world and of the sea;
talk of whether things exist or not.

"It isn't right,
monks,
that sons of good families,
on having gone forth out of faith from home to the homeless life,
should get engaged in such topics of conversation,
conversation about kings, robbers, and ministers of state;
armies, alarms, and battles;
food and drink;
clothing, furniture, garlands, and scents;
relatives;
vehicles;
villages, towns, cities, the countryside;
women and heroes;
the gossip of the street and the well;
tales of the dead;
tales of diversity, the creation of the world and of the sea;
talk of whether things exist or not.

"Monks,
there are these ten grounds for praise. Which ten?.

"There is the case where a monk himself is modest and instigates talk on modesty among the monks. The fact that he is modest and instigates talk on modesty among the monks is grounds for praise..

"He himself is contented and instigates talk on contentment among the monks....

"He himself is secluded and instigates talk on seclusion among the monks....

"He himself is non-entangled and instigates talk on non-entanglement among the monks....

"He himself has his persistence aroused and instigates talk on arousing persistence among the monks....

"He himself is consummate in virtue and instigates talk on being consummate in virtue among the monks....

"He himself is consummate in concentration and instigates talk on being consummate in concentration among the monks....

"He himself is consummate in discernment and instigates talk on being consummate in discernment among the monks....

"He himself is consummate in release and instigates talk on being consummate in release among the monks....

"He himself is consummate in knowledge and vision of release and instigates talk on being consummate in knowledge and vision of release among the monks. The fact that he is consummate in knowledge and vision of release and instigates talk on being consummate in knowledge and vision of release among the monks is grounds for praise..

"These are the ten grounds for praise."

 


 

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See also: AN X.69


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