III. Tika Nipāta
VI. Brāhmaṇa Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
III. The Book of the Threes
The Second Fifty
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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"Master Gotama, whoever has a sacrifice, a memorial meal, an offering dish, or something to be given should give the gift to brahmins who are masters of the threefold knowledge."
[The Blessed One said:]
"But how, brahmin, do the brahmins describe a brahmin who is a master of the threefold knowledge?"
"Here, Master Gotama, a brahmin is well born on both sides ... [as in 3:58] ... and [skilled]
in the marks of a great man.
It is in this way that the brahmins describe a master of the threefold knowledge."
Brahmin, a master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline is quite different from the one that the brahmins describe."
"But in what way, Master Gotama, is one a master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline?
It would be good if Master Gotama would teach me the Dhamma in such  a way as to make clear how one is a master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline."
"Well then, brahmin, listen and attend closely.
I will speak."
"Yes, sir," the brahmin Jāṇussoṇireplied.
The Blessed One said this:
"Here, brahmin, secluded from sensual pleasures ... [all as in 3:58, down to]
... This is the third true knowledge attained by him.
Ignorance is dispelled, true knowledge has arisen; darkness is dispelled, light has arisen, as happens when one dwells heedful, ardent, and resolute."
Possessing virtue and observances,
his mind mastered,
one-pointed, well concentrated;
one who knows his past abodes
and sees heaven and the plane of misery;
the sage consummate in direct knowledge,
who has reached the end of birth:
 by possessing these three knowledges
one is a triple-knowledge brahmin.
I call him a triple-knowledge master,
not the other who utters incantations.
"It is in this way, brahmin, that one is a master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline."
"A master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline, Master Gotama, is quite different from a master of the threefold knowledge according to the brahmins.
And a master of the threefold knowledge according to the brahmins is not worth a sixteenth part of a master of the threefold knowledge in the Noble One's discipline.
"Excellent, Master Gotama!
... Let Master Gotama consider me a lay follower who from today has gone for refuge for life."