45. Magga Saɱyutta
4. Paṭipatti Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
45. Kindred Sayings on the Way
4. On Conduct
Paṭhama Brahma-Cariya Suttaɱ
The Best Practice (a)
Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.
Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.
The Exalted One said:
"I will teach you, monks, both the best practice
and the fruits of the best practice.
Do ye listen to it.
And what, monks, is the best practice?
It is just this Ariyan eightfold way,
This is called
'the best practice.'
And what, monks, are
the fruits of the best practice?
They are the fruit of stream-winning,
the fruit of once returning,
the fruit of not returning
and the fruit of arahantship.
These, monks, are called
'the fruits of the best practice.'"