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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 14

Cela Sutta.m

Ukkacelaa

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts][nypo] On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Vajjians at Ukkacelaa on the bank of the river Ganges, together with a great Bhikkhu Sa'ngha, not long after Saariputta and Moggallaana had attained final Nibbaana.

Now on that occasion the Blessed One was sitting in the open air in the midst of the Bhikkhu Sa'ngha.

Then the Blessed One, having surveyed the silent Bhikkhu Sa'ngha, addressed the bhikkhus thus:

"Bhikkhus, this assembly appears to me empty now that Saariputta and Moggallaana have attained final Nibbaana.

This assembly was not empty for me [earlier], and I had no concern for whatever quarter Saariputta and Moggallaana were dwelling in.

"The Arahants, the Perfectly Enlightened Ones, who arose in the past also had just such a supreme pair of disciples as I had in Saariputta and Moggallaana.

The Arahants, the Perfectly Enlightened Ones, who will arise in the future will also have just such a supreme pair of disciples as I had in Saariputta and Moggallaana.

"It is wonderful, bhikkhus, on the part of the disciples, it is amazing on the part of the disciples, that they will act in accordance with the Teacher's instructions and comply with his admonitions, that they will be dear and agreeable to the four assemblies, that they will be revered and esteemed by them.

It is wonderful, bhikkhus, on the part of the Tathaagath.it is amazing on the part of the Tathaagath that when such a pair of disciples has attained final Nibbaana,there is no sorrow or lamentation in the Tathaagath.

"How, bhikkhus, is it to be obtained here:

'May what is born, come to be, conditioned, and subject to disintegration not disintegrate!'?

That is impossible.

It is just as if the largest branches would break off a great tree standing possessed of heartwood: so too, bhikkhus, in the great Bhikkhu Sa'nghastanding possessed of heartwood, Saariputta and Moggallaana have attained final Nibbaana.

How, bhikkhus, is it to be obtained here:

'May what is born, come to be, conditioned, and subject to disintegration not disintegrate!'?

That is impossible.

"Therefore, bhikkhus, dwell with yourselves as your own island, with yourselves as your own refuge, with no other refuge; dwell with the Dhamma as your island, with the Dhamma as your refuge, with no other refuge ... (/as in Ii9/) ...

Those bhikkhus, either now or after I am gone, who dwell with themselves as their own island, with themselves as their own refuge, with no other refuge; with the Dhamma as their island, with the Dhamma as their refuge, with no other refuge - it is these bhikkhus who will be for me topmost of those keen on the training."


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