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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.34 Cela Sutta
Clothes on Fire

What should we do if our clothes or head were to catch on fire?

“Monks, if somebody’s clothes or head were on fire, what would he do about it?”

“Bhante, if his clothes or head were on fire, he would apply intense enthusiasm, effort, zeal, vigor, perseverance, mindfulness, and wisdom in order to extinguish it.”

“Monks, regarding his burning head or clothes with equanimity, not paying attention to them, he should apply intense enthusiasm, effort, zeal, vigor, perseverance, mindfulness, and wisdom to truly comprehending the Four Noble Truths. What four? The noble truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.

“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 cessation of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.34 Cela Sutta: Clothes on Fire

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