Visuddhimagga II-86

Kassa dhutaṅgasevanā sappāyāti rāgacaritassa ceva mohacaritassa ca.


Ñ(II,86): For whom the cultivation of ascetic practices is suitable: [they are suitable] for one of greedy temperament and for one of deluded temperament.

Kasmā? Dhutaṅgasevanā hi dukkhāpaṭipadā ceva sallekhavihāro ca. Dukkhāpaṭipadañca nissāya rāgo vūpasammati. Sallekhaṃ nissāya appamattassa moho pahīyati.


Ñ: Why? Because the cultivation of ascetic practices is both a difficult progress and an abiding in effacement; and greed subsides with the difficult progress, while delusion is got rid of in those diligent by effacement.

Āraññikaṅgarukkhamūlikaṅgapaṭisevanā vā ettha dosacaritassāpi sappāyā. Tattha hissa asaṅghaṭṭiyamānassa viharato dosopi vūpasammatīti ayaṃ dhutādīnaṃ vibhāgato vaṇṇanā.


Ñ: Or the cultivation of the forest-dweller's practice and the tree-root-dweller's practice here are suitable for one of hating temperament; for hate too subsides in one who dwells there without coming into conflict. This is the commentary 'as to "ascetic" and so on distinguished'. [82]

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