III. Tika Nipāta
IX. Samaṇa Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Threes
Chapter IX. The Recluse
Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.
 Thus have I heard:
On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Vesālī,
in Great Grove,
at the House with the Peaked Gable.
Now a certain monk
came to see the Exalted One
On coming to him
he saluted him
and sat down at one side.
As he sat at one side
that monk said this to the Exalted One:
"As to the saying,
'A pupil. A pupil,'
lord, pray, how far is one a pupil?'
That is why be is called a pupil.
And what does he train in?
He trains in the higher morality,
the higher thought,
the higher insight.
That, monk, is why one is called
To the pupil training, in the straight way walking,
By ending of his sins first cometh knowledge:
Straight follows gnosis: by that gnosis freed
He knows in very truth: Sure is my freedom,
By wearing out the fetter of becoming.'