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Gilana Sutta

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Title: Gilana Sutta: Illness

Summary: Ven. Anuruddha explains to the other monks how he keeps the pain of his physical illness from invading the mind.

SN 52.10

PTS: S v 302

CDB ii 1757

Gilana Sutta: Illness

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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I have heard that on one occasion Ven. Anuruddha was staying near Savatthi in the Dark Forest — diseased, in pain, severely ill. Then a large number of monks went to Ven. Anuruddha and on arrival said to him, “What dwelling(1) are you dwelling in so that the pains that have arisen in the body do not invade or remain in the mind?”

“When I dwell with my mind well-established in the four frames of reference, the pains that have arisen in the body do not invade or remain in the mind. Which four? There is the case where I remain focused on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. I remain focused on feelings in & of themselves… mind in & of itself… mental qualities in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. When I dwell with my mind well-established in these four frames of reference, the pains that have arisen in the body do not invade or remain in the mind.”

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1.

I.e., mental dwelling.

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