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In the Anguttara Nikaya, training in "higher virtue" includes following the Patimokkha, training in "higher mind" (sometimes simply referred to as "concentration") includes entering and dwelling in the four jhanas, and training in "higher wisdom" includes directly perceiving the Four Noble Truths or knowledge of destruction of the taints. 
In several canonical discourses, a more "gradual" instruction (anupubbikathā) is provided to receptive lay people (see also, gradual training). This latter instruction culminates in the teaching of the Four Noble Truths which in itself concludes with the Noble Eightfold Path, the constituents of which can be mapped to this threefold training (see below).
The Buddha's threefold training is similar to the threefold grouping of the Noble Eightfold Path articulated by Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna in Culavedalla Sutta ("The Shorter Set of Questions-And-Answers Discourse," MN 44): virtue (sīlakkhandha), concentration (samādhikkhandha), wisdom (paññākkhandha ). These three-part schemes simplify and organize the Eightfold Path as follows:
|Threefold Partition||Eightfold Path||Method of Practice|
|VIRTUE||Right Speech||Five Laymen Vows|
|MIND||Right Effort||Dwelling in the four jhanas (meditation)|
|WISDOM||Right View||Knowing Four Noble Truths|
|"Sīlaṃ samādhi paññā ca,|
vimutti ca anuttarā;
Iti buddho abhiññāya,
Translated by Vajira & Story (1998) (boldface added for emphasis) as:
|"Virtue, concentration, wisdom, and emancipation unsurpassed —|
These are the principles realized by Gotama the renowned;