47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
47: Connected Discourses on the Establisments of Mindfulness
III. Virtue and Duration
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Then, in the evening, the Venerable Sāriputta and the Venerable Mahā Moggallāna emerged from seclusion, approached the Venerable Anuruddha, and exchanged greetings with him.
When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, they sat down to one side, and the Venerable Sāriputta said to the Venerable Anuruddha:
"Friend Anuruddha, it is said, 'One beyond training, one beyond training.'
In what way, friend, is one beyond training?"
It is, friend, because one has completely developed the four establishments of mindfulness that one is a trainee.
Here, friends, 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 one has completely developed these four establishments of mindfulness that one is beyond training."