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The Noble Traditions —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

3. At Uruvelā

28. The Noble Traditions

1.1“Mendicants, these four noble traditions are original, long-standing, traditional, and ancient. They are uncorrupted, as they have been since the beginning. They’re not being corrupted now, nor will they be. Sensible ascetics and brahmins don’t look down on them. 1.2What four?

1.3Firstly, a mendicant is content with any kind of robe, and praises such contentment. They don’t try to get hold of a robe in an improper way. They don’t get upset if they don’t get a robe. And if they do get a robe, they use it untied, uninfatuated, unattached, seeing the drawback, and understanding the escape. 1.4But they don’t glorify themselves or put others down on account of their contentment. 1.5A mendicant who is deft, tireless, aware, and mindful in this is said to stand in the ancient, original noble tradition.

2.1Furthermore, a mendicant is content with any kind of alms-food … 2.2 2.3

3.1Furthermore, a mendicant is content with any kind of lodgings … 3.2 3.3

4.1Furthermore, a mendicant enjoys meditation and loves to meditate. They enjoy giving up and love to give up. 4.2But they don’t glorify themselves or put down others on account of their love for meditation and giving up. 4.3A mendicant who is deft, tireless, aware, and mindful in this is said to stand in the ancient, original noble tradition.

4.4These four noble traditions are original, long-standing, traditional, and ancient. They are uncorrupted, as they have been since the beginning. They’re not being corrupted now nor will they be. Sensible ascetics and brahmins don’t look down on them.

5.1When a mendicant has these four noble traditions, if they live in the east they prevail over discontent, and discontent doesn’t prevail over them. 5.2If they live in the west … 5.3the north … 5.4the south, they prevail over discontent, and discontent doesn’t prevail over them. 5.5Why is that? 5.6Because a wise one prevails over desire and discontent.

6.1Dissatisfaction doesn’t prevail over a wise one;
6.2for the wise one is not beaten by discontent.
6.3A wise one prevails over discontent,
6.4for the wise one is a beater of discontent.

7.1Who can hold back the dispeller,
7.2who’s thrown away all karma?
7.3They’re like a coin of mountain gold:
7.4who is worthy of criticizing them?
7.5Even the gods praise them,
7.6and by Brahmā, too, they’re praised.”