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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
VIII. Vinaya Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter VIII: The Discipline[1]

Sutta 71

Paṭhama Vinaya-Dhara Suttaɱ

Skilled in the Discipline (a)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, possessed of seven qualities, a monk is skilled in the discipline.

Of wbat seven?

He knows what is an offence;[2]

he knows what is not;

he knows what is a trifling offence;

he knows what is a grave one;

he is virtuous,
he abides restrained by the restraint of the obligations,
perfect in behaviour and conduct,
seeing danger in the smallest fault,
accepting the training,
he trains himself accordantly;[3]

at will, easily and without trouble,
he attains to the four musings,
wholly mental,
bringing comfort both here and now;

by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the emancipation of the heart and wisdom,
which is cankerless,
and this state he knows and realizes for himself,
even in this life.[4]

Verily, monks, possessed of these seven qualities,
a monk is skilled in the discipline.'


[1] The text has 'Vinaya-vaggo,' the Comy. 'Vinaya-dhara-vaggo.'

Childers': Āpatti: Offence, guilt, sin, crime. ... appears sometimes to be used adjectively in the sense of "guilty," e.g. yo pabbājeyya āpatti dukkaṭassa, "he who shall ordain such a one shall be guilty of dukkaṭa" ... and anāpatti bhikkhu pārājikassa āpatti dukkaṭassa, "the priest is not guilty of pārājika, he is guilty of dukkaṭa." But in both these examples it is perhaps possible to take āpattīi as a noun ("there is the guilt of d.").

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[2] Apatti. Comy. As such; see DhS. trsl. 346; Childers s.v.

[3] This recurs at D. iii, 78; A. iii, 113; It. 96; Ud. 36; Vin. ii, 95, and passim.

[4] Above, p. 8.

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