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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
VIII. Vinaya Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter VIII: The Discipline

Sutta 77

Tatiya Vinaya-Dhara Sobhana Suttaɱ

The Illustrious (c)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[96]

[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

"Monks, possessed of seven qualities, a monk, skilled in the discipline, is illustrious.

Of wbat seven?

He knows what is an offence;

what is not;

what is trifling;

what is grave;

he is firmly set in the discipline and is irrefutable[1]

at will, easily and without trouble,
he attains to the four musings,
wholly mental,
bringing comfort both here and now;

by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the emancipation of the heart and wisdom,
which is cankerless,
and this state he knows and realizes for himself,
even in this life.

Verily, monks, possessed of seven qualities, a monk, skilled in the discipline, is illustrious.

 


[1] Vinaye thito hoti asaŋhīro (the text reads -hiro); at Vin. ii, 96: vinaye cheko hoti asaŋhīro.


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