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Itivuttaka 79 Parihāna Sutta
Falling Away

The Buddha explains three things that lead to the falling away of a training monk and three things that lead to the non-falling of a training monk.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, three things lead to the falling away of a trainee-monk. What are the three? Monks, a trainee-monk, neglecting meditation, enjoys duties, delights in duties, and is intent on his enjoyment of duties. He enjoys idle chatter, delights in idle chatter, and is intent on his enjoyment of idle chatter. He enjoys sleep, delights in sleep, and is intent on his enjoyment of sleep.

Monks, these are the three things that lead to the falling-away of a trainee-monk.

Monks, three things lead to the non-falling away of a trainee-monk. What are the three? Monks, a trainee-monk does not neglect mediation, does not enjoy duties, does not delight in duties, and is not intent on his enjoyment of duties. He does not enjoy idle chatter, does not delight in idle chatter, and is not intent on his enjoyment of chatter. He does not enjoy sleep, does not delight in sleep, and is not intent on his enjoyment of sleep.

Monks, these are the three things that do not lead to the falling-away of a trainee-monk.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

The monk who is restless, neglects meditation, seeks the distraction of duties, delights in chatter, and enjoys his sleep is incapable of attaining supreme liberation.

However, the calm monk with few duties and of little sleep is capable of attaining supreme liberation.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 79 Parihāna Sutta: Falling Away

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