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III. Tika Nipāta
XII. Āpāyika Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
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Sutta 118

Paṭhama Soceyya Suttaɱ

Purity (a)

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][than] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these three forms of purity.[1]

What three?

Purity of body,
purity of speech,
purity of mind.




And of what sort is purity of body?

Herein a certain one
abstains from taking life,
from stealing,
from wrong practice in sensual lusts.

This is called
'purity of body.'

And of what sort is purity of speech?

Herein a certain one
abstains from falsehooda,
bitter speech,
idle babble.

This is called
'purity of speech.'

[250] And of what sort is purity of mind?

Herein a certain one
is not covetous
or malevolent of heart
and has right view.

This is called
'purity of mind.'

These are the three forms of purity."


[1] Soceyyaɱ = suci-bhāva. Comy.

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