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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 11

The Buddha said, “Feeding a hundred ordinary persons is not as good as feeding one good person. Feeding a thousand good persons is not as good as feeding one person who keeps the five precepts. Feeding ten-thousand people who keep the five precepts is not as good as feeding one śrotaāpanna (stream-enterer). Feeding a million śrotaāpannas is not as good as feeding one sakṛdāgāmin (once-returner). Feeding ten-million sakṛdāgāmins is not as good as feeding one anāgāmin(non-returner). Feeding a hundred-million anāgāmins is not as good as feeding one arhat (worthy one). Feeding a billion arhats is not as good as feeding one pratyekabuddha (solitary buddha). Feeding ten-billion pratyekabuddhas is not as good as feeding one buddha. Feeding a hundred-billion buddhas is not as good as being free of thoughts, free from abiding, free from cultivation, and free from realization.”