Visuddhimagga VII-99

157. Evaṃ suppaṭipannatādibhede saṅghaguṇe anussarato neva tasmiṃ samaye rāgapariyuṭṭhitaṃ cittaṃ hoti.

(僧随念的修法与功德)如是随念善行道等的僧德,[PTS 221] 那时则无被贪所缠之心,

Ñ(VII,99): As long as he recollects the special qualities of the Saṅgha in this way, classed as 'having entered on the good way', etc., [221] then: 'On that occasion his mind is not obsessed by greed,

Na dosa…pe… na mohapariyuṭṭhitaṃ cittaṃ hoti.


Ñ: or obsessed by hate, or obsessed by delusion;

Ujugatamevassa tasmiṃ samaye cittaṃ hoti saṅghaṃ ārabbhāti (a. ni. 6.10) purimanayeneva vikkhambhitanīvaraṇassa ekakkhaṇe jhānaṅgāni uppajjanti.


Ñ: his mind has rectitude on that occasion, being inspired by the Saṅgha' (A.iii,286).

So when he has suppressed the hindrances in the way already described (§66), the jhāna factors arise in a single conscious moment.

Saṅghaguṇānaṃ pana gambhīratāya nānappakāraguṇānussaraṇādhimuttatāya vā appanaṃ appatvā upacārappattameva jhānaṃ hoti.


Ñ: But owing to the profundity of the Community's special qualities, or else owing to his being occupied in recollecting special qualities of many sorts, the jhāna is only access and does not reach absorption.

Tadetaṃ saṅghaguṇānussaraṇavasena uppannattā saṅghānussaticceva saṅkhaṃ gacchati.


Ñ: And that access jhāna itself is known as 'recollection of the Saṅgha' too because it arises with the recollection of the Community's special qualities as the means.

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