1.4.6 Free from Prattle and Chatter is this Assembly*

At that time the Bhagavā sat down under open sky at the Uposatha-day in the full moon night ending the four-month’s rain retreat. Having surveyed the silent and quiet Bhikkhusaṅgha he addressed them thus:

“Free from prattle, O’ Bhikkhus, is this assembly, free from chatter, O’ Bhikkhus, is this assembly, pure and established in essence. Such is this Bhikkhusaṅgha, O’ Bhikkhus, of such nature is, O’ Bhikkhus, this assembly, that it is truly an assembly that is worthy of offerings, worthy of hospitality, worthy of gifts, and well worth to be addressed with folded hands, an endless field of merit in this world. Such is this Bhikkhusaṅgha, O’ Bhikkhus, of such nature is, O’ Bhikkhus, this assembly, that a little gift given to this assembly leads to great result, and a greater gift to even greater result. Such is this Bhikkhusaṅgha, O’ Bhikkhus, of such nature is it, O’ Bhikkhus, that an assembly like this is rare to be seen in this world. Such is this Bhikkhusaṅgha, O’ Bhikkhus, of such nature is, O’ Bhikkhus, this assembly, that to be able to see an assembly like this it is surely worthwhile to walk with a provision bag even for a number of yojanas.

There are, O’ Bhikkhus, Bhikkhus in this Bhikkhusaṅgha, who are Arahants, completely freed from any defilements, who have reached perfection and done what ought to be done, laid down the burden and reached their goal, who have destroyed the fetters binding them to existence and are completely liberated by their own final knowledge—of such nature there are, O’ Bhikkhus, Bhikkhus in this Bhikkhusaṅgha.

There are also, O’ Bhikkhus, Bhikkhus in this Bhikkhusaṅgha, who have completely destroyed the five lower fetters with one spontaneous rebirth left, where they will realise full liberation and are unlikely to return to this world- of such nature there are Bhikkhus, O’ Bhikkhus, in this Bhikkhusaṅgha.

There are, O’ Bhikkhus, Bhikkhus in this Bhikkhusaṅgha, who are Sakadāgāmi- having completely destroyed the three fetters and reduced craving, aversion and illusion, they will return once more to this world and make an end to suffering—of such nature there are Bhikkhus, O’ Bhikkhus, in this Bhikkhusaṅgha.

There are, O’ Bhikkhus, Bhikkhus in this Bhikkhusaṅgha, who are Sotāpannā—having completely destroyed the three fetters they are not liable to return to the lower worlds but are assured to reach final liberation—of such nature there are Bhikkhus, O’ Bhikkhus, in this Bhikkhusaṅgha.



*Ānāpānassatisuttaṃ: ānāpāna + s + sati: in and out breathing + awareness

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