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AN.IV.159 Bhikkhunii Sutta The following preconditions for the arising of our body must be relinquished:
1. food [aahaara] -- attachment for food can be overcome by reflection before eating;
2. craving [ta.nhaa] -- attachment to craving can be overcome by relieving oneself of defilements and gaining wisdom thereby;
3. view [maana] -- view can be overcome by releasing oneself from defilments and gaining wisdom thereby, and;
4. sexual intercourse [methuna] -- not expanded upon out of delicacy.
The nun had been enamoured of Aananda and he had chosen to give this teaching on unpleasant things (asubha-kathaa) to disillusion her of her passion. At the end of the sermon, she repents and asks Aananda's forgiveness.The thought occurs to him, 'I hope that I, too, will -- through the ending of the fermentations -- enter & remain in the fermentation-free release of awareness & release of discernment, having known & realized them for myself in the here & now.' Then, at a later time, he abandons craving, having relied on craving. 'This body comes into being through craving. And yet it is by relying on craving that craving is to be abandoned.' Thus it was said. And in reference to this was it said."'This body comes into being through conceit. And yet it is by relying on conceit that conceit is to be abandoned.' Thus it was said. And in reference to what was it said? There is the case, sister, where a monk hears, 'The monk named such-and-such, they say, through the ending of the fermentations, has entered & remains in the fermentation-free release of awareness & release of discernment, having known & realized them for himself in the here & now.' The thought occurs to him, 'The monk named such-and-such, they say, through the ending of the fermentations, has entered & remains in the fermentation-free release of awareness & release of discernment, having known & realized them for himself in the here & now. Then why not me?' Then, at a later time, he abandons conceit, having relied on conceit. 'This body comes into being through conceit. And yet it is by relying on conceit that conceit is to be abandoned.' Thus it was said, and in reference to this was it said."This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. The Buddha calls sexual intercourse a cutting off of the bridge."Then the nun -- getting up from her bed, arranging her upper robe over one shoulder, and bowing down with her head at Ven. Ananda's feet -- said, "A transgression has overcome me, venerable sir, in that I was so foolish, so muddle-headed, and so unskilled as to act in this way. May my lord Ananda please accept this confession of my transgression as such, so that I may restrain myself in the future.""Yes, sister, a transgression overcame you in that you were so foolish, so muddle-headed, and so unskilled as to act in this way. But because you see your transgression as such and make amends in accordance with the Dhamma, we accept your confession. For it is a cause of growth in the Dhamma and discipline of the noble ones when, seeing a transgression as such, one makes amends in accordance with the Dhamma and exercises restraint in the future."That is what Ven. Ananda said. Gratified, the nun delighted in Ven. Ananda's words.
35/376 Catukanipaata Catuttha Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.ii.


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