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Samyutta Nikaya
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56.6 Dutiya Samanabrāhmana Sutta
Monks 2

What do ascetics and brahmins strive to understand?

“Monks, whatever monks revealed that they were awakened in the past, they all revealed that they truly awakened to the Four Noble Truths. Monks, whatever monks who will reveal that they are awakened in the future, they all will reveal that they truly awakened to the Four Noble Truths. Monks, whatever monks who reveal that they are awakened in the present time, they all reveal that they truly awakened to 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 56.6 Dutiya Samanabrāhmana Sutta: Monks 2

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