45. Magga Saɱyutta
4. Paṭipatti Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
Chapter I (45): Connected Discourses on the Path
Paṭhama Sāmañña Suttaɱ
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Bhikkhus, I will teach you asceticism and the fruits of asceticism.
Listen to that....
"And what, bhikkhus, is asceticism?
It is this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view ... right concentration.
This is called asceticism.
"And what, bhikkhus, are the fruits of asceticism?
The fruit of stream-entry, the fruit of once-returning, the fruit of nonreturning, the fruit of arahantship.
These are called the fruits of asceticism."