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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta
3. Sīlaṭṭhiti-Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Great Chapter,
47: Kindred Sayings on the Stations of Mindfulness
Chapter III: Habit and Permanence

Sutta 27

Samatta Suttaɱ

Perfectly*

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion
the venerable Sāriputta
and the venerable Moggallāna the Great
and the venerable Anuruddha
were staying at Sāketa in Cactus Grove.

Now the venerable Sāriputta,
together with Moggallāna the Great,
rising from their solitude at eventide,
went to visit the venerable Anuruddha,
and on coming to him
greeted him courteously,
and, after the exchange of greetings and courtesies,
sat down at one side.

So seated
the venerable Sāriputta said this
to the venerable Anuruddha:

"'An adept!

An adept!'

is the saying, friend Anuruddha.

Pray, friend Anuruddha,
how far is this term applicable?"

"By the perfect cultivation, friend,
of four stations of mindfulness
one is called 'an adept.'

What are the four?

Herein, friend, a monk abides in body contemplating body
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
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.

It is by the perfect cultivation
of these four stations of mindfulness, friend,
that one is an adept."


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