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The Buddha offers some preliminary guidance on developing these standards in his instructions to the Brahmin teenager Kapadika Bharadvaja.
The Chunky Sutra
[Kapadika Bharadvaja:] "To what extent is there an awakening to the truth? To what extent does one awaken to the truth? We ask Master Gautama about awakening to the truth."
[The Buddha:] "In one case, Bharadvaja, a Buddhist monastic lives in dependence on a certain village or town. Then a householder or child of a householder goes to that monastic to observe with regard to three mental characteristics:
- characteristics of greed (craving, grasping, clinging)
- characteristics of hatred (aversion, fear, antipathy)
- characteristics of delusion (wrong view, confusion, ignorance):
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"'Are there in this venerable one any such characteristics of delusion that, with his mind overcome by these [three] thing, one might say "I know" while not knowing or say "I see" while not seeing, or that one might urge another to act in a way that was for his/her long-term harm and pain?'
"As one observes one comes to know, 'There are in this venerable one no such characteristics of hatred...delusion... This person's bodily and verbal conduct are those of one free of hatred...delusion. And the Dharma this monastic teaches is deep, hard to know/see, hard to realize, tranquil, sublime, beyond the scope of mere speculation, subtle, to-be-directly-experienced only by the wise. This Dharma cannot easily be taught by a person who is hateful...deluded.
"When observing that the monastic is purified with regard to characteristics of hatred...delusion, one is filled with confidence (verified faith, conviction, saddha) in that practitioner.
- With the arising of confidence, one visits and grows close.
- Growing close one lends ear.
- Lending ear, one hears the Dharma.
- Hearing the Dharma, one remembers it.
- Remembering it, one penetrates the meaning of those teachings.
- Penetrating the meaning, one agrees by contemplating those teachings.
- There being an agreement through contemplating those teachings, zest (motivation, eagerness) arises.
- With the arising of zest, one becomes willing.
- Willing, one contemplates (weighs, compares).
- Contemplating, one makes an exertion.
- Exerting oneself, one both realizes the ultimate meaning of the truth with this body and sees by penetrating it with wisdom (discernment, insight, intuition).
[Kapadika Bharadvaja:] "Yes, Master Gautama, to this extent there is an awakening to the truth. To this extent one awakens to the truth. We regard this as an awakening to the truth. But to what extent is there the final attainment of the truth? To what extent does one finally attain the truth? We ask Master Gautama about the final attainment of the truth."
[The Buddha:] "The cultivation, development, and pursuit of these very same characteristics -- to this extent, Bharadvaja, there is the final attainment of the truth. To this extent one finally attains the truth. I describe this as the final attainment of the truth."— (MN 95) More