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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

Sutta 75

Paṭhama Vinaya-Dhara Sobhana Suttaɱ

The Illustrious (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, skilled in the discipline, is illustrious.[1]

Of what seven?[2]

He knows what is an offence;

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;

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.

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


[1] Sobhati

[2] The text repeats in full. [Ed. Reconstructed for this edition.]

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