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A'nguttara-Nikaaya
Pa~ncaka-Nipaata
26. Upasampadaa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXVI: Acceptance

Sutta 251

Upasampaadetabba Sutta.m

Acceptance

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Saavatthii;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, acceptance[1] ought to be granted
by a monk endowed with these five things.

What five?

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of virtue
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of concentration
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of insight
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of emancipation
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of knowledge and vision of emancipation
with no need to train.[2]

Monks, acceptance ought to be granted
by a monk so endowed.'

 


[1] Upasampaaadetabba.m: this is the second stage of monkhood; there is first the pabbajjaa, the going forth, then the upasampadaa, the acceptance or 'full orders' (both by and of the monk).

[2] Cf. Vin. i, 62 ff.; above, Ii 108. 4


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