[i]‘Thus have I heard. At one time the Buddha was staying in Śrāvastī, at Jetṛ’s Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park. Then the Exalted One said to the bhikṣus:
There are these two modes of behaviour (dharma) which do not allow of a person’s being wise. Which are the two? (1) To have an aversion to consulting experienced and capable persons and (2) to be much given to slothness (middha) and lethargy (avīrya-citta). These are, monks, the two modes of behaviour that do not allow of a person’s being wise.
There are, therefore, two modes of behaviour which allow of a person’s obtaining perfect wisdom. Which two? (1) To be eager in asking others to clarify something and (2) to be full of vivacity rather than sloth. It is, O bhikṣus, these two modes of behaviour which allow of a person’s being wise.
One should train to overcome [the above-mentioned] modes of karmically unwholesome behaviour. Thus, O monks, one should actually train.
After listening to the Buddha’s words, the bhikṣus were pleased and respectfully applied themselves to practice.’
[i] CBETA, T02, no. 125, p. 594, c20-28. This translation originally published as Ekottaragama XXI, Buddhist Studies Review 14.1, 1997, p 50-51. Translated from the Chinese version by Thích Huyên-Vi and Bhikkhu Pāsādika in collaboration with Sara Boin-Webb.