Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
II. Rathakāra Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
III. The Book of the Threes
II. The Cart Maker

Sutta 19

Paṭhama Pāpaṇika Suttaɱ

Shopkeeper (1)

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts][upal] "Bhikkhus, possessing three factors, a shopkeeper is incapable of acquiring wealth not yet acquired or of increasing wealth already acquired.

What three?

Here, a shopkeeper does not diligently apply himself to his work in the morning, in the middle of the day, or in the evening.

Possessing these three factors, a shopkeeper is incapable of acquiring wealth not yet acquired or of increasing wealth already acquired.

"So too, possessing three factors, a bhikkhu is incapable of achieving a wholesome state not yet attained or of increasing a wholesome state already attained.

What three?

Here, a bhikkhu does not diligently apply himself to an object of concentration in the morning, in the middle of the day, or in the evening.

Possessing these three factors, a bhikkhu is incapable of achieving a wholesome state not yet attained or of increasing a wholesome state already attained.

"Bhikkhus, possessing three factors, a shopkeeper is capable of acquiring wealth not yet acquired and of increasing wealth already acquired.

What three?

Here, a shopkeeper diligently applies himself to his work in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the evening.

Possessing these three factors, a shopkeeper is capable of acquiring wealth not yet acquired and of increasing wealth already acquired.

"So too, possessing three factors, a bhikkhu is capable of achieving a wholesome state not yet attained and of increasing a wholesome state already attained.

What three?

Here, a bhikkhu diligently applies himself to an object of concentration in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the evening.

Possessing these three factors, a bhikkhu is capable of achieving a wholesome state not yet attained and of increasing a wholesome state already attained."


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