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

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
47: Connected Discourses on the Establisments of Mindfulness
III. Virtue and Duration

Sutta 22

Ṭhiti Suttaɱ

Duration

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts] Thus have I heard.

On one occasion the Venerable Ānanda and the Venerable Bhadda were dwelling at Pāṭaliputra in the Cock's Park.

Then, in the evening, the Venerable Bhadda emerged from seclusion, approached the Venerable Ānanda, and exchanged greetings with him.

When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to the Venerable Ānanda:

"Friend Ānanda, what is the cause and reason why the true Dhamma does not endure long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna?

And what is the cause and reason why the true Dhamma endures long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna?"

"Good, good, friend Bhadda!

Your intelligence is excellent, your acumen is excellent, your inquiry is a good one.

For you have asked me:

'Friend Ānanda, what is the cause and reason why the true Dhamma does not endure long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna?

And what is the cause and reason why the true Dhamma endures long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna?'"

Yes, friend."

"It is, friend, because the four establishments of mindfulness are not developed and cultivated that the true Dhamma does not endure long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna.

And it is because the four establishments of mindfulness are developed and cultivated that the true Dhamma endures long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna.

What four?

Here, friend, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body ... feelings in feelings ... mind in mind ... phenomena in phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.

"It is because these four establishments of mindfulness are not developed and cultivated that the true Dhamma does not endure long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna.

And it is because these four establishments of mindfulness are developed and cultivated that the true Dhamma endures long after a Tathāgata has attained final Nibbāna."


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