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:
""By having developed and cultivated what things has the Venerable Anuruddha attained to greatness of direct knowledge?"
"It is, friend, because I have developed and cultivated the four establishments of mindfulness that I have attained to greatness of direct knowledge.
Here, friend, I dwell 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, friend, because I have developed and cultivated these four establishments of mindfulness that I directly know this thousandfold world."