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Sa'nyutta Nikaaya,
V: MahaaVagga
47. Satipa.t.thana Sa'nyutta
2. Naalandaavaggo

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
47: Connected Discourses on the Establisments of Mindfulness
II. Naalandaa

Sutta 11

Mahaapurisa Sutta.m

A Great Man

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts][olds] At Saavatthii.

Then the Venerable Saariputta approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him:

"Venerable sir, it is said, 'a great man, a great man.'

In what way, venerable sir, is one a great man?"

"With a liberated mind, I say, Saariputta one is a great man.

Without a liberated mind, I say, one is not a great man.

"And how, Saariputta does one have a liberated mind?

Here, Saariputta a bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.

As he dwells contemplating the body in the body, the mind becomes dispassionate, and by nonclinging it is liberated from the taints.

"He dwells contemplating feelings in feelings ... mind in mind ... phenomena in phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.

As he dwells contemplating phenomena in phenomena, the mind becomes dispassionate, and by nonclinging it is liberated from the taints.

"It is in such a way, Saariputta that one has a liberated mind.

With a liberated mind, I say, Saariputtaone is a great man.

Without a liberated mind, I say, one is not a great man."

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