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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Chakka Nipāta
X. Ānisaŋsa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sixes
Chapter X: Advantages

Sutta 105

Bhava Suttaɱ

Becoming[1]

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[309]

[1] 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, these three spheres of becoming
must be given up,
and there must be training
in three trainings.

 

§

 

What three spheres must be given up?

[310] The sphere of sense-desire,
the form-sphere[2]
and the formless spheres of becoming.

These three spheres
must be given up.

And in what three
must there be training?

In further[3] virtue,
in further thought
and in further insight.

In these three trainings there must be training.

 

§

 

Verily, monks, when by a monk these three spheres of becoming
have been given up
and in these three trainings
he in training has been trained,
the monk is said[4] to have cut off craving,
rolled back the bolts,
and mastering pride completely,
has made an end of Ill.'

 


[1] Cf. A. iv, 52.

[2] Rūpa-bhavo = the Brahma-world.

[3] Adhi-

[4] Cf. above V, § 200.


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