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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
26. Upasampadā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXVI: Acceptance

Sutta 252

Nissaya Suttaɱ

Protection

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[197]

[1] 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:

Protection. Nissaya. Bhk. Bodhi translates 'dependence' and defines: A procedure prescribed in the Vinaya by which a junior bhikkhu apprentices himself to a qualified senior bhikkhu, normally his preceptor or teacher. These are the qualifications for one giving dependence.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

"Monks, protection ought to be given
by a monk endowed with these five things.

What five?

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of virtue
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of concentration
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of insight
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of emancipation
with no need to train.

Herein, monks, the monk is endowed
with the whole body of knowledge and vision of emancipation
with no need to train.

Monks, protection ought to be given
by a monk so endowed.'


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