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Ten reflections for a monk or nun:

1. I have become casteless.

2. My life is dependent on others

3. My behavior should be different [from that of householders]

4. Can I fault myself with regard to my virtue?

5. Can my knowledgeable fellows in the holy life, on close examination, fault me with regard to my virtue?

6. I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me

7. I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.

8. What am I becoming as the days and nights fly past?

9. Do I delight in an empty dwelling?

10. Have I attained a superior human attainment, a truly noble distinction of knowledge and vision, such that, when my fellows in the holy life question me in the last days of my life, I won't feel abashed?: a person gone forth should often reflect on this.

(from Anguttara Nikaya 10.48)


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