4. Catukka Nipāta
III. Uruvelā Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Fours
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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What four? (1) "A rag-robe is a trifle among robes, easily gained  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.