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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
III. Khandhaa Vagga:
34. Jhaana Sa.myutta.m

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings

Kindred Sayings on Jhaana (or Samaadhi)

Suttas 1-55

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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I

Sutta 1

Samaadhi-Samaapatti Sutta.m

Attainment in Concentration[1]

[1.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren,
who practise the Jhaanas.

What four?

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but is not skilled in the attainment thereof.

Again, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the attainments of concentration,
but is not skilled in concentration (itself).

Again, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the attainments thereof.

Again, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration and skilled in the fruits thereof.

Of the four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the attainments thereof, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as,[2] brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is [206] both skilled in concentration and skilled in the attainments thereof, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

Sutta 2

.Thiti Kusala Sutta.m

Steadfastness[3]

[2.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in steadfastness therein.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness therein.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness therein, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness therein, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 3

Vu.t.thaana Kusala Sutta.m

Emerging[4]

[3.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in emerging therefrom.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging therefrom.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging therefrom, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging therefrom, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 4

Kallavaa Kusala Sutta.m

Thorough[5]

[4.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not fully expert in skill therein[ed1].

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is fully expert in skills of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor fully expert in skills of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and fully expert in skills of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and fully expert in skills of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and fully expert in skills of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 5

Aaramma.na Kusala Sutta.m

Object[6]

[5.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 6

Gocara Kusala Sutta.m

Range[7]

[6.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 7

Abhiniihaara Kusala Sutta.m

Resolve[8]

[7.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the resolve of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the resolve of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

Sutta 8

Sakkaccakaari Sutta.m

Zeal[9]

[8.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled[ed2] in the zeal of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the zeal of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the zeal of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the zeal of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the zeal of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 9

Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Persevering[10]

[9.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 10

Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Profit[11]

[10.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the fitness of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the fitness of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the fitness of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the fitness of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the fitness of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the fitness of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

II

Sutta 11

Samaapatti.thiti Kusala Sutta.m

Steadfastness in Attainment

[11.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in steadfastness in attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 12

Samaapattivu.t.thaana Kusala Sutta.m

Emerging from Attainment

[12.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in emerging from attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 

§

 

Sutta 13

Samaapattikallita Sutta.m

Ease in Attainment[12]

[13.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in ease of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease of attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in ease of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in ease of attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in ease of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in ease of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 

§

 

Sutta 14

Samaapatti Aaramma.na Kusala Sutta.m

Object of Attainment

[14.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the object of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the object of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the object of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 

§

 

[208]

Sutta 15

Samaapatti Gocara Kusala Sutta.m

Range of Attainment

[15.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the range of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the range of attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the range of attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 16

Samaapatti Abhiniihaara Kusala Sutta.m

Resolve for Attainment

[16.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration,
but not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 17

Samaapatti Sakkacca Kusala Sutta.m

Zeal for Attainment

[17.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not in the zeal for attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
has zeal for attainment of concentration,
but is not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor the zeal for attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
and in the zeal for attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and in the zeal for attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and in the zeal for attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 

§

 

Sutta 18

Samaapatti Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Perseverance in Attainment

[18.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in concentration,
but not in perseverance in attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
has perseverance in attainment of concentration,
but is not skilled in concentration (itself).

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in concentration
nor in perseverance in attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in concentration
has perseverance in attainment of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in concentration
and in perseverance in attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in concentration
and in perseverance in attainment of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 19

Samaapatti Sappaaya-kaari Sutta.m

Profiting by Attainment[13]

[19.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in attainment of concentration,
but not in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
profits by concentration,
but is not skilled attainment of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled attainment of concentration
nor profits by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in attainment of concentration
and profits by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in attainment of concentration
and profits by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in attainment of concentration
and profits by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 

§

 

III

Sutta 20

.Thiti-Vu.t.thaana Sutta.m

Emerging from Steadfastness

[20.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but not in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but not in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and in emerging from concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and in emerging from concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and in emerging from concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

Sutta 21

.Thiti Kallita Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Ease)

[21.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 22

.Thiti Aaramma.na Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Object)

[22.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 23

.Thiti Gocara Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Range)

[23.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 24

.Thiti Abhinihaara Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Resolve)

[24.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in resolve for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 25

.Thiti Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Zeal)

[25.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 26

.Thiti Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Perseverance)

[65.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled the perseverance for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the perseverance for concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in the perseverance for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in perseverance for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in perseverance for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in perseverance for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 27

.Thiti Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Steadfastness in the Object (Profit)

[27.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in steadfastness in concentration,
but is not skilled profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in steadfastness in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in steadfastness in concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in steadfastness in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

IV

Sutta 28

Vu.t.thaana Kallita Sutta.m

Ease in Emerging (Ease)

[28.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in ease in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 29

Vu.t.thaana Aaramma.na Sutta.m

Emerging (Object)

[29.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 30

Vu.t.thaana Gocara Sutta.m

Emerging (Range)

[30.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 31

Vu.t.thaana Abhiniihaara Sutta.m

Emerging (Resolve)

[31.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 32

Vu.t.thaana Sakkacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Emerging (Zeal)

[32.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 33

Vu.t.thaana Saattacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Emerging (Perseverance)

[33.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled the perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in the perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in the perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 34

Vu.t.thaana Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Emerging (Profit)

[34.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in emerging from concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in emerging from concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in emerging from concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in emerging from concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

V

Sutta 35

Kalalita Aaramma.na Sutta.m

Ease and Object

[35.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the object of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 36

Kallitaa Gocara Sutta.m

Ease (Range)

[36.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 37

Kallita Abhiniihaara Sutta.m

Ease (Resolve)

[37.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 38

Kallita Sakkacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Ease (Zeal)

[38.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 39

Kallita Saataccakaari Sutta.m

Ease (Perseverance)

[39.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 40

Kallita Sappaayakaari Sutta.m

Ease (Profit)

[40.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in ease in concentration,
but is not skilled in the profit of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the profit of concentration,
but is not skilled in ease in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in ease in concentration
nor skilled in the profit of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the profit of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the profit of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in ease in concentration
and skilled in the profit of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

VI

Sutta 41

Aaramma.na Gocara Sutta.m

Object (Range)

[41.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the object of concentration
nor skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the range of concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 42

Aaramma.na Abhinihaara Sutta.m

Object (Resolve)

[42.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the object of concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 43

Aaramma.na Sakkacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Object (Zeal)

[43.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the object of concentration
nor skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 44

Aaramma.na Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Object (Perseverance)

[44.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the object of concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 45

Aaramma.na Sappaayakaari Sutta.m

Object (Profit)

[45.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the object of concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in the object of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the object of concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the object of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

VII

Sutta 46

Gocara Abhiniihaara Sutta.m

Range and Resolve

[46.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the range of concentration
nor skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the resolve for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 47

Gocara Sakkaccakaari Sutta.m

Range (Zeal)

[47.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the range of concentration
nor skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in the zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 48

Gocara Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Range (Perseverance)

[48.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the range of concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 49

Gocara Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Range (Profit)

[49.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the range of concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in the range of concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the range of concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the range of concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

VIII

Sutta 50

Abhinihaara Sakkaccakaari Sutta.m

Resolve

[50.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the resolve for concentration
nor skilled in zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in zeal for concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 51

Abhinihaara Saataccakaari Sutta.m

Resolve and Perseverance

[51.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the resolve for concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 52

Abhiniihaara Sappaaya-kaari Sutta.m

Resolve and Profit

[52.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the resolve for concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in the resolve for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the resolve for concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the resolve for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

IX

Sutta 53

Sakkacca Saatacca-kaarii Sutta.m

Zeal and Perseverance

[53.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in perseverance in concentration,
but is not skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the zeal for concentration
nor skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in perseverance in concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

Sutta 54

Sakkacca Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Zeal and Profit

[54.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in the zeal for concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in the zeal for concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in the zeal for concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in the zeal for concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


 

X

Sutta 55

Saatacca Sappaaya-kaarii Sutta.m

Persevering and Profiting

[55.1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Saavatthii
at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four, brethren, who practise meditation.

What four?

Herein' brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in persevering in concentration,
but is not skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is skilled in profiting by concentration,
but is not skilled in persevering in concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is neither skilled in persevering in concentration
nor skilled in profiting by concentration.

Herein, brethren, a certain one who practises meditation
is both skilled in persevering in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration.

Of these four, brethren, who practise meditation,
he who is both skilled in persevering in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the best,
pre-eminent,
supreme,
most excellent.

Just as, brethren,
from the cow comes milk,
from milk cream,
from cream butter,
from butter ghee,
from ghee come the skimmings of ghee,
and that is reckoned the best, -
even so, brethren, of these four who practise meditation
he who is both skilled in persevering in concentration
and skilled in profiting by concentration, -
he is the topmost,
he is the beat,
pre-eminent,
supreme
and most excellent."

 


[1] Samaadhi-samapatti. See Buddh. Psych. Eth., Ii 1329 f., n 4. Comy., 'the first jhaana has five stages, the second three. Thus he is skilled in eight in all.'

[2] Cf. A. ii, 95.

[3] .Thiti. See Dhs., Ii 11 (Buddh Psych. Eth. 11. Cittassa .thiti sa.nthiti ava.t.thiti, or 'stability, solidity, absorbed steadfastness of thought.'

[4] (V)u.t.taana 'ability in rising up or emerging from the jhaana or breaking it up at will.' Cf. M. i, 302; A. iii, 311. Dhs. loc. cit. supra.

[5] Kallavaa (kalla is soundness or fitness in anything).

[6] Aramma.na, the object of concentration, e.g., the kasina or device.

[7] Gocaro, the sphere or field of his exercise. Cf. Compendium, 206, n. 1. Comy., kamma.t.tfhaana-gocara.

[8] Abhiniihara

[9] Sakkacca.

[10] Saataccakaara, one who makes continuous or keeps the concentration going.

[11] Sappaaya'n.

[12] Samaapatti-kallita.

[13] Sappaaya-kaarii Comy. 'samaadhissa sappaaye upakaaraka-dhamme puretu'n.

 


[ed1] Woodward's abridgment if followed literally would read: "...but not skilled in fully expert therein." The Pali: 'Kallavaa Kusala' is 'fittingly skilled' or 'of sound skill'.

[ed2] IiIi 8, 9, and 10 do not use 'skilled' here.


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