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The Near Shore —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 10

17. With Jāṇussoṇi

170. The Near Shore

1.1“Mendicants, I will teach you the near shore and the far shore. 1.2Listen and pay close attention, I will speak. … 1.3And what, mendicants, is the near shore? What is the far shore? 1.4Killing living creatures is the near shore, mendicants, and not killing living creatures is the far shore. 1.5Stealing is the near shore, and not stealing is the far shore. 1.6Sexual misconduct is the near shore, and avoiding sexual misconduct is the far shore. 1.7Lying is the near shore, and not lying is the far shore. 1.8Divisive speech is the near shore, and avoiding divisive speech is the far shore. 1.9Harsh speech is the near shore, and avoiding harsh speech is the far shore. 1.10Talking nonsense is the near shore, and avoiding talking nonsense is the far shore. 1.11Covetousness is the near shore, and contentment is the far shore. 1.12Ill will is the near shore, and good will is the far shore. 1.13Wrong view is the near shore, and right view is the far shore. 1.14This is the near shore, and this is the far shore.

2.1Few are those among humans
2.2who cross to the far shore.
2.3The rest just run
2.4around on the near shore.

3.1When the teaching is well explained,
3.2those who practice accordingly
3.3are the ones who will cross over
3.4Death’s domain so hard to pass.

4.1Rid of dark qualities,
4.2an astute person should develop the bright.
4.3Leaving home behind
4.4for the seclusion so hard to enjoy,

5.1you should try to find delight there,
5.2having left behind sensual pleasures.
5.3With no possessions, an astute person
5.4should cleanse themselves of mental corruptions.

6.1And those whose minds are rightly developed
6.2in the awakening factors;
6.3letting go of attachments,
6.4they delight in not grasping.
6.5With defilements ended, brilliant,
6.6they are extinguished in this world.”