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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
11. Phāsuvihāra Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The book of the Fives
Chapter XI: The Abodes of Comfort

Sutta 108

Asekha Suttaɱ

No Need to Train[1]

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] 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 things
a monk is worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
meet to be reverently saluted,
the world's unsurpassed field for merit.

Of what five?

Herein,[2] monks,
a monk is possessed of the whole body of virtue,
with no need to train

a monk is possessed of the whole body of concentration,
with no need to train

a monk is possessed of the whole body of insight,
with no need to train

a monk is possessed of the whole body of emancipation,
with no need to train

a monk is possessed of the whole body of the knowledge and vision of emancipation,
with no need to train.

Verily, monks, possessed of these five things
a monk is worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
meet to be reverently saluted,
the world's unsurpassed field for merit.'

 


[1] Asekhiyā.

[2] This recurs at D. iii, 279; S. i, 99 (cf. v, 162); A. i, 162 (G.S. i, 144); v, 16; below p. 271 of text; for 3 see It. 51. In this and following sutta Nyāṇatiloka suppresses several terms.


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