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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
15. Ābhā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XV: Splendour

Sutta 149

Vacī Sucarita Suttaɱ

Right Practice

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four right practices.

What four?

Truthful speech,
speech not spiteful,
mild speech
and mantra speech."[1]

"These are the four right practices.


[1] Mantā-bhāsā: cf. infra, § 221. Comy. mantā-sankhātāya paññāya paricchinditvā kathitakā. For similar expl. cf. SnA. 204, etc., and P.Dict. s.v.; Nidd. 497 (= pañña); SA. i, 273 (mantā-vacanaɱ = subhā-sitaɱ); D. ii, 246, mantāya bodhabbaɱ.

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