Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
4. Catukka Nipāta
III. Uruvelā Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Fours
III. Uruvelā

Sutta 27

Santuṭṭhi Suttaɱ

Contentment

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[26] [414]

[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, there are these four trifles, easily gained and blameless.

What four? (1) "A rag-robe is a trifle among robes, easily gained [27] and blameless.

(2) A lump of almsfood is a trifle among meals, easily gained and blameless.

(3) The foot of a tree is a trifle among lodgings, easily gained and blameless.

(4) Putrid urine is a trifle among medicines, easily gained and blameless.

"These are the four trifles, easily gained and blameless.

When a bhikkhu is satisfied with what is trifling and easily gained, I say that he has one of the factors of the ascetic life."

When one is content with what is blameless,
trifling and easily gained;
when one's mind is not distressed
because of a lodging,
robe, drink, and food,
one is not hindered anywhere.

These qualities, rightly said
to conform to the ascetic life,
are acquired by a bhikkhu
who is content and heedful.


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