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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
47. Satipaṭṭhana Saŋyutta
4. Anussuta-Vagga

Sutta 35

Sata Suttaṃ

Minding

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds.

 


 

[1][pts][bodh][than] I HEAR TELL:

2. Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting, Anathapindika's Jeta-forest park.

3. Recollected, beggars, comprehending, this is how a beggar should live.

This is my advice to you.

4. And how, beggars, is a beggar recollected?

Here, beggars, a beggar, lives in the body over-seeing the body, ardent, comprehending, minding, removing worldly wants and disappointments.

Here, beggars, a beggar, lives in sense-experience over-seeing sense-experience, ardent, comprehending, minding, removing worldly wants and disappointments.

Here, beggars, a beggar, lives in the heart over-seeing mental states, ardent, comprehending, minding, removing worldly wants and disappointments.

Here, beggars, a beggar, lives in the Dhamma[1] over-seeing the Dhamma, ardent, comprehending, minding, removing worldly wants and disappointments.

5. And how, beggars, does a beggar have comprehending?

Here beggars, a beggar sees sense-experiences as they arise,
sees their manifestation,
sees their settling down.

Here beggars, a beggar sees thoughts as they arise,
sees their manifestation,
sees their settling down.

Here beggars, a beggar sees perceptions as they arise,
sees their manifestation,
sees their settling down.

6. Recollected, beggars, comprehending, this is how a beggar should live.

This is my advice to you.

 


 

Pali Olds Woodward Bhk. Thanissaro Bhk. Bodhi
sato recollected mindful mindful mindful
sampajāno comprehending composed alert clearly comprehending
kāye kāyānupassī viharati lives in the body over-seeing the body abides in body contemplating body remains focused on the body in and of itself dwells contemplating the body in the body
vedanā sense-experience feelings feelings feelings
cittā heart/mental states mind mind mind
dhammā Dhamma mind-states mental qualities phenomena
vitakkā thoughts train of thought thoughts thoughts

 

[1]Dhamma. This must either be 'things' (Bhk. Bodhi's phenomena will do.) or 'The Dhamma'. The term, as used in this connection, is defined clearly in terms of knowing the presence or absence in one and the arising, manifestation, and going home of several 'Dhammas' — categories of the Teaching: The Five Involvements, The Five Stockpiles, The Six Sense Realms, The Seven Dimensions of Awakening, The Four Aristocratic Truths. So this instruction is either to live in 'things' viewing 'things' through the medium of these 'things', or, more satisfactorily, living in the Dhamma, one oversees the Dhamma through these Dhammas. Some people live completely absorbed in the material. They live in the body. Some people live completely absorbed in what they feel. They live in sensation. Some people live completely absorbed by their mental state. They live in the heart. Some people live completely absorbed by the Dhamma. They live in the Dhamma. In any case, that's how I see it. As for defining 'Dhamma' as 'The Buddha's Teaching' it might be better to think: 'The Objects of the Awakened Mind.'

 


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