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AN 4:11 Training for Enlightenment

Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi


If while walking, standing, sitting or reclining when awake, a sensual thought, a thought of ill will, or a violent thought arises in a monk, and he tolerates it, does not abandon it, dispel it, eliminate it and abolish it, that monk—who in such a manner is ever and again lacking in earnest endeavour and moral shame —is called indolent and devoid of energy.

If while a monk is walking, standing, sitting or reclining while awake, a sensual thought, a thought of ill will, or a violent thought arises in him, and he does not tolerate it but abandons it, dispels it, eliminates it and abolishes it, that monk—who in such a manner ever and again shows earnest endeavour and moral shame—is called energetic and resolute.

Whether walking or standing, Whether sitting or lying down, One who cherishes evil thoughts Connected with the worldly life Is travelling down a treacherous path, Beguiled by delusive things. Such a monk cannot attain Enlightenment, the supreme goal.

Whether walking or standing, Whether sitting or lying down, One who overcomes these thoughts Finds delight in stilling the mind. Such a monk may well attain Enlightenment, the supreme goal.

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