11. Phāsu-Vihāra Vagga
[A Monk] of the Four Directions
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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"There is the case where a monk is virtuous.
He dwells restrained in accordance with the Pāṭimokkha, consummate in his behavior and sphere of activity.
He trains himself, having undertaken the training rules, seeing danger in the slightest faults.
"He has heard much, has retained what he has heard, has stored what he has heard.
Whatever teachings are admirable in the beginning, admirable in the middle, admirable in the end, that — in their meaning and expression — proclaim the holy life that is entirely perfect, surpassingly pure: Those he has listened to often, retained, discussed, accumulated, examined with his mind, and well-penetrated in terms of his views.
"He is content with any old robe cloth at all, any old alms food, any old lodging, any old medicinal requisites for curing sickness at all.
"He attains — whenever he wants, without strain, without difficulty — the four jhānas that are heightened mental states, pleasant abidings in the here and now.
"He — with the ending of effluents — remains in the effluent-free awareness-release and discernment-release, having directly known and realized them for himself right in the here and now.
"Endowed with these five qualities, monks, a monk is one of the four directions."
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