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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.3 Kulaputta Sutta
Sons 1

What does someone who wants to leave the household life need to understand?

“Monks, any sons who rightly became monks in the past, they all did so in order to truly comprehend the Four Noble Truths. Monks, any sons who will rightly become monks in the future, they all will do so in order to truly comprehend the Four Noble Truths. Monks, any sons who rightly become monks in the present time, they all do so in order to truly comprehend the Four Noble Truths.

“What four? The Noble Truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the end of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. Whatever sons—in the past, future, or present—rightly become monks, they all do so in order to truly comprehend the Four Noble Truths.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand: ‘This is suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the origin of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the end of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the end of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.3 Kulaputta Sutta: Sons 1

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