of the Three Higher
The Blessed Buddha once explained:
There are, Bhikkhus, these 3 kinds of training:
1: Training in Higher Morality
2: Training in
Higher Consciousness (adhi-citta-sikkhā)...
3: Training in Higher Understanding
What, Bhikkhus, is the training in higher
Herein the monk is possessed of morality, is fully controlled by the monastic
of 227 disciplinary
rules, perfected in pure conduct & behaviour by recoiling from
even the minutest offense, he trains himself in these higher moral training
This is called the training in higher
What, Bhikkhus, is the training in higher consciousness?
Herein the monk, secluded from sensual desires, protected from any detrimental
mental state, enters & dwells in the 1st
jhāna of joy & pleasure born of solitude,
in directed & sustained thought. He enters the 2nd, 3rd & 4th absorption
This is called the training in higher consciousness!
What, Bhikkhus, is the training in higher understanding?
Herein the monk completely understands according to the actual reality:
Suffering is, What the
Cause of Suffering is,
Ceasing of Suffering is, and
Way leading to ceasing of Suffering is.
This is called the training in higher understanding!
More on the Noble
of the Noble Way,
Making Light Shine in a barren place!
Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha.
Anguttara Nikāya AN 3:88-89