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At the Peacocks’ Feeding Ground —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 11

1. Dependence

10. At the Peacocks’ Feeding Ground

1.1At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha, at the monastery of the wanderers in the peacocks’ feeding ground. 1.2There the Buddha addressed the mendicants, 1.3“Mendicants!”

1.4“Venerable sir,” they replied. 1.5The Buddha said this:

2.1“Mendicants, a mendicant who has three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans. 2.2What three? 2.3The entire spectrum of an adept’s ethics, immersion, and wisdom. 2.4A mendicant with these three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans.

3.1A mendicant who has another three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans. 3.2What three? 3.3A demonstration of psychic power, a demonstration of revealing, and a demonstration of instruction. 3.4A mendicant with these three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans.

4.1A mendicant who has another three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans. 4.2What three? 4.3Right view, right knowledge, and right freedom. 4.4A mendicant with these three qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans.

5.1A mendicant who has two qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans. 5.2What two? 5.3Knowledge and conduct. 5.4A mendicant with these two qualities has reached the ultimate end, the ultimate sanctuary, the ultimate spiritual life, the ultimate goal. They are best among gods and humans. 5.5Brahmā Sanaṅkumāra also spoke this verse:

6.1‘The aristocrat is best of those people
6.2who take clan as the standard.
6.3But one accomplished in knowledge and conduct
6.4is best of gods and humans.’

7.1Now, that verse spoken by Brahmā Sanaṅkumāra is well spoken, not poorly spoken. It’s beneficial, not pointless, and I agree with it. 7.2I also say:

8.1‘The aristocrat is best of those people
8.2who take clan as the standard.
8.3But one accomplished in knowledge and conduct
8.4Is best of gods and humans.’”

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