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Translated from the Pali by John D. Ireland
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Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Wood at Anathapindika's monastery. On that occasion a certain bhikkhu was sitting cross-legged not far from the Lord, holding his body erect, mindful and clearly comprehending, enduring without complaint feelings that were painful, acute, sharp and severe, the ripening of former action.
The Lord saw that bhikkhu sitting cross-legged not far away ... enduring without complaint feelings that were painful, acute, sharp and severe, the ripening of former action.
Then, on realizing its significance, the Lord uttered on that occasion this inspired utterance:
A bhikkhu who has left behind all action,
Shaking off the dust of former deeds.
The stable one, unselfish, steady,
Has no need to address people.
Revised: 10 November 1999