The Discourse: ‘In Brief’
(AN 8.53)



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At one time the Fortunate One was dwelling near Vesālī, in the Great Wood, at the Gabled Hall.

Then Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī approached the Fortunate One, This discourse is partially parallel to AN 7.83, The Discourse on the Teacher’s Dispensation (Satthusāsanasuttaṁ) but there it is Ven. Upāli who requests a teaching in brief, and the answer is not as detailed as here, but just a summary: those things that lead for sure to weariness (with the world), dispassion, cessation, peace, deep knowledge, Complete Awakening, and Emancipation, Upāli, you should surely bear it in mind: ‘This is Dhamma, this is Vinaya, this is the Teacher’s Dispensation; and the reverse.01 and after approaching and worshipping the Fortunate One, she stood on one side.

While standing on one side Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī said this to the Fortunate One: “It is good for me, reverend Sir, let the Fortunate One teach the Dhamma in brief, having heard that Dhamma from the Fortunate One, I can dwell secluded, heedful, ardent, and resolute.

“Gotamī, of those things which you can know:

‘These things lead to passion, not to dispassion,
lead to being fettered, not to being unfettered,
lead to increase, not to decrease,
lead to great desire, not to little desire,
lead to discontent, not to content,
lead to association, not to solitude,
lead to indolence, not to being energetic,
lead to difficulty in support, not to ease in support,’

Gotamī, you should surely bear it in mind: ‘This is not Dhamma, this is not Vinaya, this is not the Teacher’s Dispensation.’

Gotamī, of those things which you can know:

‘These things lead to dispassion, not to passion,
lead to being unfettered, not to being fettered,
lead to decrease, not to increase,
lead to little desire, not to great desire,
lead to content, not to discontent,
lead to solitude, not to association,
lead to being energetic, not to indolence,
lead to ease in support, not to difficulty in support,’

Gotamī, you should surely bear it in mind: ‘This is Dhamma, this is Vinaya, this is the Teacher’s Dispensation.’ ”