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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
Vinaya Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter VIII: The Discipline

Sutta 76

Dutiya Vinayadhara Sobhana Suttaɱ


The Illustrious (b)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


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

'Monks, possessed of seven qualities, a monk, skilled in the discipline, is illustrious.

Of wbat seven?

He knows what is an offence;
what is not;
what is trifling;
what is grave;
both[1] Obligations have been properly and fully handed down to him,
regulated and resolved into sutta and into detail;
at will, easily and without trouble,
he attains to the four musings,
wholly mental,
bringing comfort both here and now;
by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the emancipation of the heart and wisdom,
which is cankerless,
and this state he knows and realizes for himself,
even in this life.

Verily, monks, possessed of seven qualities, a monk, skilled in the discipline, is illustrious.'


[1] Comy. Of monk and nun. This passage recurs at below, p. 186; Vin. i, 65; A. v, 71.

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