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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Chakka Nipāta
IX. Sīti Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sixes
Chapter IX: The Cool

Sutta 88

Sussūsati Suttaɱ

No Desire to Listen

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[305]

[1][than] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

"Monks, cumbered by six conditions,
though one listen to Saddhamma,
he cannot become one
to enter the right way
of right things.

He has no desire to listen,
incline the ear,
apply a heart of understanding;
when the Dhamma-discipline declared by the Tathāgata is taught,
he grasps the profitless,
rejects the profitable
and possesses not himself in harmony and patience.[ed1]

"Monks, cumbered by these six conditions,
though one listen to Saddhamma,
he cannot become one
to enter the right way
of right things.

 

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But, monks, unencumbered by six conditions,
if one listen to Saddhamma,
he can become one
to enter the right way
of right things.'

What six?

He has desire to listen,
incline the ear,
apply a heart of understanding;
when the Dhamma-discipline declared by the Tathāgata is taught,
he grasps the profitable,
rejects the profitless
and possesses himself in harmony and patience.

Monks, unencumbered by six conditions,
if one listen to Saddhamma,
he can become one
to enter the right way
of right things.'

This sutta should be read in conjunction with AN 6.86.

 


[ed1] The first item in Hare's translation counts as 3.


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