ItivuttakaItv 16 Paṭhama Sekha Sutta
The Trainee

Wise consideration is the most helpful factor for a trainee who has not yet attained liberation.

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

“Monks, with regard to internal factors, I do not see another single factor so helpful as wise consideration for a monk who is a trainee, who has not yet attained liberation, but lives aspiring for the supreme security from bondage, Nibbāna. Monks, a monk who reflects according to the Dhamma abandons what is unwholesome and develops what is wholesome”.

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

For a monk who is a trainee there is no other factor as helpful for reaching the highest goal, liberation, as the factor of wise consideration.

The monk who reflects on the Dhamma wisely and strives diligently will attain the end of suffering, Nibbāna.

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

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