AN 10.48 Dasadhamma Sutta:

AN 10.48
PTS: A v 87
Dasadhamma Sutta: Discourse on The Ten Dhammas
translated from the Pali by
Piyadassi Thera
Alternate translation: Thanissaro
Thus have I heard:
On one occasion the Blessed One was living near Savatthi at Jetavana at the monastery of Anathapindika.
Then the Blessed One addressed the monks, saying: "Monks." — "Venerable Sir," they said by way of reply. The Blessed One then spoke as follows:
"These ten essentials[1] must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth (to live the holy life). What are these ten?
1. "'I am now changed into a different mode of life (from that of a layman).' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
2. "'My life depends on others.' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
3. "'I must now behave in a different manner.' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
4. "'Does my mind upbraid me regarding the state of my virtue?'[2] This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
5. "'Do my discerning fellow-monks having tested me, reproach me regarding the state of my virtue?' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
6. "'There will be a parting (some day) from all those who are dear and loving to me. Death brings this separation to me.' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
7. "'Of kamma[3] I am constituted. Kamma is my inheritance; kamma is the matrix; kamma is my kinsman; kamma is my refuge. Whatever kamma I perform, be it good or bad, to that I shall be heir.' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
8. "'How do I spend my nights and days?' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
9. "'Do I take delight in solitude?' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
10. "'Have I gained superhuman faculties? Have I gained that higher wisdom so that when I am questioned (on this point) by fellow-monks at the last moment (when death is approaching) I will have no occasion to be depressed and downcast?' This must be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.
"These, monks, are the essentials that should be reflected again and again by one who has gone forth (to live the holy life)."
So spoke the Blessed One. Those monks rejoiced at the words of the Blessed One.

Notes

1.
Dhammas.
2.
Sila.
3.
Literally action — mental, verbal, and physical.
Provenance:
©1999 Buddhist Publication Society.
From The Book of Protection, translated by Piyadassi Thera (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1999). Copyright © 1999 Buddhist Publication Society. Used with permission.
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AN 10.48
PTS: A v 87
Dasadhamma Sutta: Ten Things
translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Alternate translation: Piyadassi
"There are these ten things that a person gone-forth should reflect on often. Which ten?
"'I have become casteless': a person gone forth should often reflect on this.
"'My life is dependent on others'...
"'My behavior should be different [from that of householders]'...
"'Can I fault myself with regard to my virtue?'...
"'Can my knowledgeable fellows in the holy life, on close examination, fault me with regard to my virtue?'...
"'I will grow different, separate from all that is dear & appealing to me'...
"'I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir'...
"'What am I becoming as the days & nights fly past?'...
"'Do I delight in an empty dwelling?'...
"'Have I attained a superior human attainment, a truly noble distinction of knowledge & vision, such that — when my fellows in the holy life question me in the last days of my life — I won't feel abashed?': a person gone forth should often reflect on this.
"These are the ten things that a person gone-forth should reflect on often."
Provenance:
©1994 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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How to cite this document (one suggested style): "Dasadhamma Sutta: Ten Things" (AN 10.48), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 4 July 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.048.than.html . Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
 





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