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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
Kakudha vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter X: Kakudha

Sutta 96

Sutadhara Sutta

The Learned

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][ati]bd] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

'Monks, possessed of five qualities a monk,
practising awareness
in breathing in and breathing out,[1]
will in no long time penetrate the immovable.
Of what five?

He is set on little,[2]
busied in little,
frugal,
well content with life's necessities;
taking food in little, he serves not his own belly;[3]
slothful in little, he is heedful in vigilance;
he is learned,
with a retentive and well-stored mind;
those things, lovely in the beginning,
lovely in the middle
and lovely in the end,
which set forth in spirit and letter
the godly life of purity,
perfect in its entirety
— those are fully learnt by him,
resolved upon,
made familiar by speech,
pondered over in mind,
fully understood in theory;
and he reflects on the mind as freed.

'Monks, possessed of five qualities a monk,
practising awareness
in breathing in and breathing out,
will in no long time penetrate the immovable.

 


[1]Ānāpānasati, see K.S. v, 257 ff. and references there.

[2]Appaṭṭha; cf. this first quality with It. 72; Sn 144

Romans 16.18: For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
— K.J.V.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[3]Anodarikattam anuyutto; cf. Romans xvi, 18


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