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Saṁyutta Nikāya 55.12 Brāhmana Sutta
Priests of the High Caste People

What is the real way to practice?

“Monks, the priests of the brahmins teach their followers a practice called udayatthagāmini. They instruct their followers saying, ‘Dear followers, you should wake up early in the morning and walk facing east. While walking, do not avoid a pit, a cliff, a pole, thorny ground, a dung pit, or a sewer. You should welcome death in the place that you fall. As a result, after death, you’ll be reborn in heaven.’

“Monks, but this walk taught by those priests is a foolish walk, a stupid walk. It doesn’t lead to detachment, dispassion, cessation, peace, true knowledge, enlightenment, or Nibbāna.

“Monks, but in the noble Dhamma taught by me, I teach my followers a practice called, ‘udayatthagāmini.’ This leads solely to detachment, dispassion, cessation, peace, true knowledge, enlightenment and Nibbāna.

“Monks, what is that udayatthagāmini practice? It’s when a noble disciple has unshakable confidence in the Buddha… the Dhamma… the Saṅgha… And he has virtue loved by the noble ones… leading to concentration. This is that udayatthagāmini practice which leads solely to detachment, dispassion, cessation, peace, true knowledge, enlightenment and Nibbāna.”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 55.12 Brāhmana Sutta: Priests of the High Caste People

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