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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
48. Indriya Saŋyutta
VI. Sūkarakhata-vagga

Sutta 53

Sekho Suttaɱ

The Learner

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 Kosambi, at Ghosita's Park.

There he addressed the monks,

"Monks, is there a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner,'
and whereby a monk who is an adept,[1] standing at the level of an adept, can discern that 'I am an adept'?"

"For us, lord, the teachings have the Blessed One as their root, their guide, and their arbitrator.
It would be good if the Blessed One himself would explicate the meaning of this statement.
Having heard it from the Blessed One, the monks will remember it."

"In that case, monks, listen and pay close attention. I will speak."

"As you say, lord," the monks responded.

The Blessed One said,

"There is a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner,'
and whereby a monk who is an adept, standing at the level of an adept, can discern that 'I am an adept.'

"And what is the manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner'?

There is the case where a monk is a learner.
He discerns, as it actually is, 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 a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner.'

"Furthermore, the monk who is a learner reflects,
'Is there outside of this [doctrine and discipline] any priest or contemplative who teaches the true, genuine, and accurate Dhamma like the Blessed One?'

And he discerns,

'No, there is no priest or contemplative outside of this doctrine and discipline who teaches the true, genuine, and accurate Dhamma like the Blessed One.'

This too is a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner.'

"Furthermore, the monk who is a learner discerns the five faculties:
the faculty of conviction...
persistence...
mindfulness...
concentration...
discernment.

He sees clear through with discernment their destiny, excellence, rewards, and consummation, but he does not touch them with his body.

This too is a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is a learner, standing at the level of a learner, can discern that 'I am a learner.'

"And what is the manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is an adept, standing at the level of an adept, can discern that 'I am an adept'?

There is the case where a monk who is an adept discerns the five faculties:
the faculty of conviction...
persistence...
mindfulness...
concentration...
discernment.

He touches with his body and sees clear through with discernment what their destiny, excellence, rewards, and consummation are.

This is a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is an adept, standing at the level of an adept, can discern that 'I am an adept.'

"Furthermore, the monk who is an adept discerns the six sense faculties:
the faculty of the eye...
ear...
nose...
tongue...
body...
intellect.
He discerns,
'These six sense faculties will disband entirely, everywhere, and in every way without remainder,
and no other set of six sense faculties will arise anywhere or in any way.'

This too is a manner of reckoning whereby a monk who is an adept, standing at the level of an adept, can discern that 'I am an adept.'"

 


[1] I.e., an arahant.

 


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