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15. Aabhaa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XV: Splendour

Sutta 149

Vacii Sucarita Sutta.m

Right Practice

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four right practices.

What four?

Truthful speech,
speech not spiteful,
mild speech
and mantra speech."[1]

"These are the four right practices.


[1] Mantaa-bhaasaa: cf. infra, Ii 221. Comy. mantaa-sankhaataaya pa~n~naaya paricchinditvaa kathitakaa. For similar expl. cf. SnA. 204, etc., and P.Dict. s.v.; Nidd. 497 (= pa~n~na); SA. i, 273 (mantaa-vacana.m = subhaa-sita.m); D. ii, 246, mantaaya bodhabba.m.

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