VI: Nīvaraṇa Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
V. The Book of the Fives
Paṭhama Vuḍḍha-Pabbajita Suttaɱ
Gone Forth in Old Age (1)
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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It is rare to find one gone forth in old age
(1) who is astute;
(2) who has the proper manner;
(3) who is learned;
(4) who can speak on the Dhamma; and
(5) who is an expert on the discipline.
It is rare to find one gone forth in old age who possesses these five qualities."