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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
I. Ānisaŋsa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
I. Profit

Sutta 6

Samādhi Suttaɱ

Concentration (a) (by the Teacher).[1]

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[7] [6]

[1][than][olds][bodh] Now the venerable Ānanda went to see the Exalted One,
and on coming to him
saluted him and sat down at one side.
So seated he said this to the Exalted One:

"Pray sir, may it be
that a monk's winning of concentration
is of such a sort
that in earth he is unaware of earth,
in water unaware of water,
in heat unaware of heat,
in air unaware of it,
in the sphere of unbounded space unaware of it,
in the sphere of infinite intellection unaware of it,
in the sphere of nothingness unaware of it,
in the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception unaware of it;
that in this world he is unaware of this world,
in the world beyond unaware of it
and yet at the same time does perceive?"

"It may be so, Ānanda.

A monk's winning of concentration may be of such a sort
that in earth he is unaware of earth,
in water unaware of water,
in heat unaware of heat,
in air unaware of it,
in the sphere of unbounded space unaware of it,
in the sphere of infinite intellection unaware of it,
in the sphere of nothingness unaware of it,
in the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception unaware of it;
that in this world he is unaware of this world,
in the world beyond unaware of it
and yet at the same time he may perceive."

"But, sir, in what way
may a monk's winning of concentration
be of such a sort
that still he does perceive?"

[8] "Herein, Ānanda, a monk has this perception:

'This is the real,
this is the best, namely,
the calming of all activities,
the rejection of all substrate,
the ending of craving,
the fading of [7] interest, stopping, nibbāna.'

In such a way, Ānanda, a monk's winning of concentration may be of such a sort
that in earth he is unaware of earth,
in water unaware of water,
in heat unaware of heat,
in air unaware of it,
in the sphere of unbounded space unaware of it,
in the sphere of infinite intellection unaware of it,
in the sphere of nothingness unaware of it,
in the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception unaware of it;
that in this world he is unaware of this world,
in the world beyond unaware of it
and yet at the same time he does perceive."

 


[1] Repeated in the Elevens with the addition of one item.


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