47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
47: Connected Discourses on the Establisments of Mindfulness
V. The Deathless
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Bhikkhus, there are these three taints.
The taint of sensuality, the taint of existence, the taint of ignorance.
These are the three taints.
The four establishments of mindfulness are to be developed for the full understanding of these three taints.
Here, bhikkhus, 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.
"These four establishments of mindfulness, bhikkhus, are to be developed for the full understanding of these three taints."