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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
XIV: Puggala Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
XIV: On Persons

Sutta 133

Neyya Puggala Suttaɱ


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

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[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


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

"Monks, these four persons are found existing in the world.

What four?

He who learns by taking hints,
he who learns by full details:[2]
he who has to be led on (by instruction):[3]
he who has just the word (of the text)[4] at most.

These four persons are found existing in the world."


[1] Pugg., p. 41; Netti, 211; SA. i, 202, ii, 4; Pugg.A. 222; SnA, ii, 163.

[2] Ugghaṭitaññu = (brief-learner) = sankhepaññu.

[3] Vipañcitaññu (diffuse-learner) = vitthāritaññu. The usual spelling is vipacita.

[4] Neyyo = netabba (Netti, 211). One text has ñeyya.


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