Contemplating the Purity of
One who wants to develop the recollection of
virtue should go into
retreat and recollect his own different kinds of virtue in
qualities of being completely pure and untorn, as follows:
"Indeed, the integrity of my morality is untorn, unbroken, unspotted,
unmottled, liberating, praised by the wise, detached, and productive
of concentration" (AN III 286). Laymen
should recollect them at the
level of laymen's morality, while the one gone forth into homelessness
should recollect it at the degree of vinaya virtue of those gone forth.
And when a bhikkhu is devoted to this
recollection of virtue, then he
has respect for the training. He lives in communion with his fellows in
the life of purity. He is tireless in welcoming. He is devoid of the fear
of any self-reproach. He fears as evil danger even the slightest fault!
He attains to fullness of faith. He has much happiness and gladness...
If he penetrates no higher, he is at least headed for a happy destiny.
Audio: Moral Purity is Prime
Now when a man is truly wise, his constant task will surely be
recollection of the Morality blessed with such mighty potency.
Visuddhimagga I 222
perfect cause of Pure Morality: