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Mahā-Assapura Sutta

Taught at Assapura, in the Aṅga country.

Since monks are called recluses (samaṇa) they must train themselves to be true recluses and brahmins (brāhmaṇa); they should be:

  1. conscientious and scrupulous,
  2. pure in deed, word, and thought,
  3. guarding the doors of the senses,
  4. moderate in eating,
  5. ever vigilant, mindful, and self-possessed,
  6. striving to abandon the five hindrances (nivaraṇā) and cultivate absorption (jhāna).

Such an almsman can truly be called a recluse (samaṇa), a brahmin (brāhmaṇa), one who is cleansed (nhātaka), a sage (vedagū), a scholar (sottiya), a Noble One (ariya), and a worthy saint (arahaṃ). He is an ideal recluse. M.i.271‑80.

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