Fond of Conceit
Manakāma Sutta  (SN 1:9)

Standing to one side, a devatā addressed the Blessed One with a verse:

“Here there’s no taming

for one fond of conceit,

no sagacity

for one unconcentrated.

One dwelling alone in the wilderness


won’t cross over beyond

Deaths’ realm.

The Buddha:

“Abandoning conceit,

his mind well-concentrated,

well-aware, everywhere


one dwelling alone in the wilderness


He will cross over beyond

Death’s realm.


1. For a discussion of the implications of this phrase, see The Paradox of Becoming, chapter 7.