I have heard this sutta referenced in dhamma talks by Ajahn Thanissaro, although I don't have a specific talk to point to. I know I have also read the sutta, but I can't remember when. In the sutta, various monks state that they practice by contemplating something along the lines of "If I live so long as one year... one month... one day... one hour... one breath... the time it takes to chew one bite of food... then I can accomplish a lot in the practice." The Buddha then states that the last two monks who cast their intention across one breath or one bite of food are heedful, while the other monks are not.

Does anyone know which sutta this is?


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I found the sutta I was looking for:


It's AN 6.19.

  • And also > AN8.73:11.1: But the mendicants who develop mindfulness of death by wishing > AN8.73:11.2: to live as long as it takes to chew and swallow a single mouthful … > AN8.73:11.4: or to live as long as it takes to breathe out after breathing in, or to breathe in after breathing out …
    – OyaMist
    Jan 13, 2022 at 13:17

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