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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta
1. Ambapāli-Vagga

Sutta 2

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Great Chapter,
47: Kindred Sayings on the Stations of Mindfulness
Chapter I: Ambapālī

Sata Suttaɱ

Mindful

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying at Vesālī, in Ambapālī's Grove.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Lord" replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"A monk should dwell mindful and composed.

This is our instruction to you.

And how does a monk dwell mindful?

Herein a monk dwells as regards body contemplating body
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
that arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards feelings contemplating feelings
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind contemplating mind
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind-states contemplating mind-states
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

Thus is a monk mindful.

And how is a monk composed?[1]

Herein a monk, in his going forth
and in his returning,
acts composedly.

In looking in front
and looking behind
he acts composedly.

In bending
or relaxing (his limbs)
he acts composedly.

In wearing his robe
and in bearing bowl and outer robe
he acts composedly.

In eating,
drinking,
chewing
and tasting
he acts composedly.

In easing himself,
in going,
standing,
sitting,
in sleeping,
waking,
in speaking
and keeping silence
he acts composedly.

Thus is a monk composed.

A monk should dwell mindful and composed, monks.

This is our instruction to you."[2]

 


[1] Cf. Dialog. 1, 81.

[2] Comy. discusses this section at great length and repeats DA. i, 196,


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