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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 25

Brāhmaṇa Suttaɱ

A Certain Brahmin

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts] Thus have I heard.

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Sāvatthī, in Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then a certain brahmin approached the Blessed One and exchanged greetings with him.

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

"Master Gotama, 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 Tathāgatahas attained final Nibbāna?"

"It is, brahmin, 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 Tathāgatahas attained final Nibbāna.

What four?

... (/as in §22/) ...

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

When this was said, that brahmin said to the Blessed One:

"Magnificent, Master Gotama!

... From today let Master Gotama remember me as a lay follower who has gone for refuge for life."


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