45. Magga Sa'nyuttaa
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Great Chapter,
Book I (Chapter 45): Kindred Sayings on the Way
Chapter II: Dwelling
Dutiya Kukku.taaraama Sutta.m
Cock's Pleasaunce (b)
Once the venerable Aananda
and the venerable Bhadda
were staying at Cock's Pleasaunce
Then the venerable Bhadda,
rising from his solitude at eventide,
came to see the venerable Aananda,
and on coming to him
greeted him courteously,
and after the exchange of greetings and courtesies
sat down at one side.
the venerable Bhadda said this
to the venerable Aananda:
"'The righteous life!
The righteous life!'
is the saying.
Pray, friend, what is the righteous life
and in what does the righteous life end?"
"Well said, well said, friend Bhadda!
Welcome is your penetration,
welcome your ready wit,
and goodly is your question.
You ask me the meaning of the righteous life
and in what does the righteous life end,
do you not?"
"I do, friend."
"Well, friend, it is just that Ariyan eightfold way,
and right concentration."
The destruction of lust,
the destruction of hatred,
the destruction of illusion, friend, -
that is what this righteous life ends in.