Aŋguttara Nikāya


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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
V. Akkosa Vagga

Sutta 48

Dasa-Dhamma Suttaɱ

Ten Things

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Proofed against and modified in accordance with the revised edition at dhammatalks.org
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][piya][olds] "There are these ten things that a person gone-forth should reflect on often.

Which ten?

"'I have become casteless':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'My life is dependent on others':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'My behavior should be different [from that of householders]':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'Can I fault myself
with regard to my virtue?':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'Can my observant fellows in the holy life,
on close examination,
fault me with regard to my virtue?':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'I will grow different,
separate from all that is dear and appealing to me':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'I am the owner of actions (kamma),
heir to actions,
born of actions,
related through actions,
and have actions as my arbitrator.

Whatever I do,
for good or for evil,
to that will I fall heir':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'What am I becoming
as the days and nights fly past?':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'Do I delight in an empty dwelling?':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"'Have I attained a superior human attainment,
a truly noble distinction of knowledge and vision,
such that —
when my fellows in the holy life question me
in the last days of my life —
I won't feel abashed?':
a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

"These are the ten things that a person gone-forth should reflect on often."

 


 

Of Related Interest:

SN 35:97;
SN 55:40;
AN 5:57;
AN 5:77—80;
AN 5:114


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