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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
II: Bala Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
II: The Powers

Sutta 19

N'eva Attahita-no Parahita Suttaɱ

For Whose Good? (c)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, possessed of five things
a monk is neither set on his own good,
nor the good of another.

Of what five?

Herein, monks, a monk is neither perfect in virtue himself,
nor does he strive to perfect virtue in another;
he is neither perfect in concentration himself,
nor does he strive to perfect concentration in another;
neither is his own release is perfected,
nor does he strive that another's should be;
neither is his own vision and knowledge of release are perfected,
nor does he strive that another's should be.

Monks, possessed of these five things
a monk is neither set on his own good,
nor the good of another.


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