|Sutta Name||Nikaya||Vagga||Academic||PTS||PSA Plae||Keywords||Notes|
|Mahaasu~n~nataa | Ga.nabheda||Majjhima||Uparipa.n.naasa, Su~n~nata Vagga||MN.122||M.iii.109-18||23/014||tranquility, solitude, monastic practice||Buddha tells of the joys of tranquility and solitude. A monk should dwell apart and concentrate his mind internally and thus develop the four jhanas. He then knows that, whatever his posture, he will be free from evil dispositions, his speech will be free from faults, his thoughts pure. A monk should always search his heart to discover if he has any traffic with pleasures of the senses. A disciple should follow his masterís footsteps, not in order to obtain interpretations of canonical law, but solely to hear words which are conducive to passionlessness, illumination and Nirvana.
The ten subjects for discussion or topics of talk among the monks (kathaavatthu) are enumerated: 1. talk about or favourable to wanting little (appicchakathaa); 2. talk about or favourable contentment (santu.t.thikathaa); 3. talk about or favourable to seclusion (pavivekakathaa); 4. talk about or favourable to not mingling together (asa.msaggakathaa); 5. talk about or favourable to striving (viriyaarambhakathaa); 6. talk about or favourable to virtue or good conduct (siilakathaa); 7. talk about or favourable to meditation (samaadhikathaa); 8. talk about or favourable to wisdom (pa~n~naakathaa); 9. talk about or favourable to liberation (vimuttikathaa), and; 10. talk about or favourable to the knowledge and vision of liberation (vimutti~naa.nadassanakathaa) at M.iii.113.
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