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11 factors that support spiritual growth in a monk:

1. There is the case where a monk is well versed in forms.

2. He is skilled in characteristics.

3. There is the case where a monk acquiesces with an arisen thought of sensuality or to ill-will. He does abandons it, dispels it, demolishes it, and wipes it out of existence.

4. There is the case where a monk, on seeing a form with the eye, grasps at themes or details by which; as he dwells with restraint over the faculty of the eye; as well as with the other sense doors.

5. There is the case where a monk teaches others in detail the Dhamma as he has heard and mastered it.

6. There is the case where a monk goes time and again to the monks who are learned, well versed in the tradition.

7. There is the case where a monk, when the Dhamma-Vinaya proclaimed by the Tathagata is being taught, gains knowledge of the meaning, gains knowledge of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma.

8. There is the case where a monk discerns, as it actually is, The Noble Eightfold Middle Path.

9. There is the case where a monk discerns, as they actually are, the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.

10. There is the case where a monk; when faithful householders invite him to accepts gifts of cloth, alms food, lodgings, and medicinal requisites for curing the sick; knows moderation in taking.

11. There is the case where a monk shows extra respect for the elder monks with seniority, who have been ordained long, who are leaders of the Community.

(from Anguttara Nikaya 11.18)

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