Anguttara Nikaya


 

Anguttara Nikaya
Pancaka Nipata
I: Sekha-Bala Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
V. The Book of the Fives
I. The Trainee's Powers

Sutta 1

Sekha-Bala-Sankhitta Suttam

In Brief

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts][olds]. Thus have I heard.

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's Park.

There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus:

"Bhikkhus!"

"Venerable sir!" those bhikkhus replied.

The Blessed One said this:

"Bhikkhus, there are these five trainee's powers.

What five?

The power of faith, the power of moral shame, the power of moral dread, the power of energy, and the power of wisdom.

These are the five trainee's powers.

Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus:

'We will possess the power of faith, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of moral shame, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of moral dread, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of energy, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of wisdom, a trainee's power.'

Thus, bhikkhus, should you train yourselves."

[This is what the Blessed One said.

Elated, those bhikkhus delighted in the Blessed One's statement.]


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