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Gelañña Sutta
(One And Two) At the Sick Room [One]
Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika Thera For free distribution only

Once the Blessed One dwelt at Vesali, in the Great Forest, at the Gabled House. In the evening, after the Blessed One had risen from his seclusion, he went to the sick room and sat down on a prepared seat. Being seated he addressed the monks as follows: "O monks, mindfully and clearly comprehending should a monk spend his time! This is my injunction to you! "And how, O monks, is a monk mindful? He dwells practicing bodycontemplation on the body, ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. He dwells practicing feeling-contemplation on feelings, ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. He dwells practicing mindcontemplation on the mind, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. He dwells practicing mind-object-contemplation on mind-objects, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. So, monks, is a monk mindful. "And how, O monks, is a monk clearly comprehending? He applies clear comprehension in going forward and going back; in looking straight on and in looking elsewhere; in bending and in stretching (his limbs); in wearing the robes and carrying the alms bowl; in eating, drinking, chewing and savoring; in obeying the calls of nature; in walking, standing sitting, falling asleep waking, speaking and being silent -- in all that he applies clear comprehension. So, monks, is a monk clearly comprehending. "If a monk is thus mindful and clearly comprehending, ardent, earnest and resolute, and a pleasant feeling arises in him, he knows: 'Now a pleasant feeling has arisen in me. It is conditioned, not unconditioned. Conditioned by what? Even by this body it is conditioned. [1] And this body, indeed, is impermanent, compounded, dependently arisen. But if

it is not relished. how could such a painful feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both the body and the painful feeling he dwells contemplating impermanence. not unconditioned. is impermanent. dwells contemplating relinquishment. dwells contemplating relinquishment. compounded and dependently arisen. he knows it as impermanent. dwells contemplating cessation. it is not clung to. not unconditioned. dwells contemplating cessation. he knows: 'now a painful feeling has arisen in me. how could such a pleasant feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both body and the pleasant feeling he dwells contemplating impermanence. . indeed. compounded. indeed.. But if this painful feeling that has arisen is conditioned by the body which is impermanent. compounded and dependently arisen. "If a painful feeling arises in him. dwells contemplating evanescence. And this body. he knows. is conditioned by the body which is impermanent. he knows. dwells contemplating relinquishment. dependently arisen. dwells contemplating detachment. dwells contemplating detachment. dwells contemplating evanescence. "If he experiences a pleasant feeling. he knows. dwell contemplating detachment. Conditioned by what? Even by this body it is conditioned. Conditioned by what? Even by this body it is conditioned. it is not clung to. how could such a neutral feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both the body and the neutral feeling he dwells contemplating impermanence. he knows it as impermanent. he knows. the underlying tendency to resistance in regard to the body and painful feeling vanishes. It is conditioned.2 this pleasant feeling that has arisen. And in him who thus dwells. a neutral feeling. And in him who thus dwells. it is not relished. dependently arisen. compounded and dependently arisen. "If a neutral feeling arises in him. dwells contemplating evanescence. compounded. And in him who thus dwells. If he experiences a painful feeling. And this body. he knows: 'now a neutral feeling has arisen in me. But if this neutral feeling that has arisen is conditioned by the body which is impermanent.. It is conditioned. the underlying tendency to lust in regard to body and pleasant feeling vanishes. the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to body and neutral feeling vanishes. is impermanent. dwells contemplating cessation.

clearly comprehending and mindful. At the Sick Room [Two] Once the Blessed One dwelt at Vesali. he addressed the monks as follows: "O monks. In the evening.' And he knows: 'After the dissolution of the body. If he experiences a neutral feeling. is a monk mindful? He dwells practicing bodycontemplation on the body. he went to the sick room and sat down on a prepared seat. he feels it as one unfettered by it.3 "If he experiences a pleasant feeling. he feels it as one unfettered by it. clearly comprehending and mindful.'" Footnote: 1. even here. having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. The term body may be taken here as referring to the first five of the six bases of sense-impression (phassayatana). when life ends. when life ends. will come to final rest. He dwells practicing feeling-contemplation on feelings. Being seated. even here. he knows: 'I have a painful feeling endangering the body. in the Great Forest. If he experiences a painful feeling. at the Gabled House. all these feelings which are un-relished. "When having painful feelings endangering the body. he feels it as one unfettered by it. He dwells practicing mindcontemplation on the mind.' When having painful feelings endangering life he knows: 'I have a painful feeling endangering life. ardent. He dwells practicing mind-object-contemplation .' "It is like a lamp that burns by strength of oil and wick. O monks. having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. mindfully and clearly comprehending should a monk spend his time! This is my injunction to you! "And how. all these feelings which are un-relished will come to (final) rest. and if oil and wick come to an end. ardent. the flame is extinguished through lack of nourishment. Similarly this monk knows: 'After the dissolution of the body. after had arisen from his seclusion.

in eating. "If a neutral feeling arises in him. monks. And in him who thus dwells. chewing and savoring. dwells contemplating cessation. "And how. And this sense-impression. not unconditioned. not unconditioned. the underlying tendency to lust in regard to sense-impressions and pleasant feeling vanishes. is impermanent. he dwells contemplating impermanence. drinking. Conditioned by what? Even by this sense-impression [1] it is conditioned.4 on mind-objects. speaking and being silent -. is a monk clearly comprehending? He applies clear comprehension in going forward and going back. And in him who thus dwells. falling asleep waking. having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world. he knows: 'now a neutral feeling has arisen in me. It is conditioned. "If a painful feeling arises in him. But if this pleasant feeling that has arisen is conditioned by a sense-impression which is impermanent.in all that he applies clear comprehension. indeed. standing sitting. compounded. in obeying the calls of nature. is impermanent. indeed. dependently arisen. in walking. and a pleasant feeling arises in him. he knows: 'now a painful feeling has arisen in me. dwells contemplating relinquishment. he dwells contemplating impermanence. compounded and dependently arisen. dwells contemplating evanescence. O monks. And this senseimpression. dwells contemplating detachment. the underlying tendency to resistance in regard to sense-impression and painful feeling vanishes. how could such a painful feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both sense-impression and painful feeling. Conditioned by what? Even by this sense-impression it is conditioned. "If a monk is thus mindful and clearly comprehending. is a monk mindful. compounded. It is conditioned. dwells contemplating relinquishment. So. dwells contemplating evanescence. dependently arisen. he knows: 'now a pleasant feeling has arisen in me. Conditioned by . But if this painful feeling that has arisen is conditioned by a senseimpression which is impermanent. dwells contemplating cessation. It is conditioned. compounded. how could such a pleasant feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both sense-impression and the pleasant feeling. not unconditioned. and dependently arisen. in looking straight on and in looking elsewhere. So. earnest and resolute. in wearing the robes and carrying the alms bowl. is a monk clearly comprehending. monks. in bending and in stretching (his limbs). ardent. dwells contemplating detachment.

And this senseimpression. But if this neutral feeling that has arisen is conditioned by a senseimpression. indeed.5 what? Even by this sense-impression it is conditioned. is impermanent. . dwells contemplating detachment. or contact (phassa). the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to sense-impression and neutral feeling vanishes. which is impermanent. And in him who thus dwells. compounded and dependently arisen." Footnote: 1. how could such a neutral feeling be permanent?' "In regard to both sense-impression and neutral feeling. compounded. dwells contemplating relinquishment. dependently arisen. dwells contemplating cessation. he dwells contemplating impermanence. is a mental factor and does not signify physical impingement. Sense-impression. dwells contemplating evanescence.