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The word 'pursuing' means that, after counting has been given up the in-breathings and out-breathings are without interruption pursued with mindfulness. But that does not mean that the breath should be pursued up to its beginning, middle, or end. Of the outgoing breath the navel is the beginning, the heart the middle, the nose the end. Of the incoming breath the nose-tip is the beginning, the· heart the middle, and the navel the end. If someone tries to follow it (all that way), his mind, distracted, will be thrown into turmoil and unrestful wavering.

2. He is the Fully Enlightened (samrnCisambuddho) because he has understood (buddhattCi) all clhannas correctly (sammCi) and by himself (sCimam). , that I fOnlook. Hence, Brahmin, am I Buddha,--One Awake' (8n 558). 3. He is perfect in his knowledr;e and conduct: Here 'knowledge' refers to either the three, or the eight, kinds of knowledge. 'Conduct' comprises these IS dharn1as: ( I) moral restraint, (2) guarding the doors of the senses, (3) moderation in eating, (4) cultivation of vigilance, (S)-(II) the seven good dharmas, and (12)-(15) the four formless trances.

II. The four /)airs of nun: there arc four pairs of men in the sense that those established in the first Path ancI in the first Fruit count as one pair, and 80 for the other three Paths. \,The eight persons,-whcn they are considered as individuals, there is one on the first Path and one at the first: Fruit, and so we get eight. ' ... III. ftprldJs peerless field of merit,-a quite incomparable pftece of ground on which the n1erit of all the world can gtrOV-i. n grow. For it is thanks to the Samgha that there is;;-hgrowth of the merits of the world which are conduciv to so n1anifold and so various benefits and happine .

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