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III. Tikanipāta
XI. Sambodhi Vagga

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
More-Numbered Suttas

Part III
The Book of the Threes

Chapter XI. Enlightenment

Sutta 103

Ruṇṇa Suttaɱ


Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


'Yes, lord,' they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

'This, monks, is reckoned to be lamentation[2]
in the discipline of the Ariyan,
namely, singing.

This is reckoned as causing madness[3]
in the discipline of the Ariyan,
namely, dancing.

This is reckoned as childishness
in the disciphne of the Ariyan,
namely, immoderate laughter
that displays the teeth.

Wherefore, monks, away with the bridge[4]
that leads to singing and dancing!

Enough for you,
if you are pleased righteously[5]
to smile just to show your pleasure.'[6]


[1] Comy. says this was a reprimand to the 'Monks of the Six,' who went about singing, dancing and laughing.

[2] Ruṇṇaɱ = roditaɱ.

[3] Ummattakaɱ. Comy. Text has ummatikaɱ.

[4] Setu-ghāto (bridge-destroying) = paccaya-ghāto. Comy. Cf. supra, text 220; ii, 145; Vin. i, 59; Buddh. Psych. Eth. 87 n.

[5] Dhamma-pamoditānaɱ sataɱ = kenacideva kāraṇena pamuditānaɱ santānaɱ. Comy.

[6] Alaɱ sitaɱ sita-mattāya = sitaɱ (karotha) ... pahaṭṭh'ākāra-mattaɱ dassanāya yeva yuttay. Comy.

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