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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga:
43: Asankhata Samyuttam

Sutta 12

Asankhata Suttam

The Unconditioned

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

"OBhikkhu Bodhi 2000., The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications, 2000)
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I I

Serenity

[1][pts] "At Savatthi.

"Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned.

Listen to that....

"And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned?

The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this is called the unconditioned.

And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Serenity.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned.

Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you.

These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts.

Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later.

This is our instruction to you."

 

I II

Insight

[2][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Insight.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned.

Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you.

These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts.

Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later.

This is our instruction to you."

 


Cha-Samadhi

Concentration


 

I III

[3][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Concentration with thought and examination

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I IV

[4][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Concentration without thought, with examination only.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I V

[5][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Concentration without thought and examination.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I VI

[6][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Emptiness concentration.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I VII

[7][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Signless concentration.

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I VIII

[8][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Undirected concentration:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Cattaro Satipatthana

The four Establishments of Mindfulness


 

I IX

 

[9][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned...."

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I X

[10][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating feelings in feelings, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world...."

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XI

[11][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating mind in mind, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world...."

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XII

[12][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells contemplating phenomena in phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Cattaro Sammappadhana

The Four Right Strivings


 

I XIII

[13][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu generates desire for the nonarising of unarisen evil unwholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XIV

[14][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu generates desire for the abandoning of arisen evil unwholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XV

[15][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu generates desire for the arising of unarisen wholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XVI

[16][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu generates desire for the continuance of arisen wholesome states, [365] for their nondecay, increase, expansion, and fulfilment by development; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Cattaro Iddhipada

The Four Bases for Spiritual Power


 

I XVII

[17][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the basis for spiritual power that possesses concentration due to desire and volitional formations of striving:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XVIII

[18][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the basis for spiritual power that possesses concentration due to energy and volitional formations of striving:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XIX

[19][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the basis for spiritual power that possesses concentration due to mind and volitional formations of striving:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XX

[20][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the basis for spiritual power that possesses concentration due to investigation and volitional formations of striving:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Panc'indriyani

The Five Spiritual Faculties


 

I XXI

[21][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the faculty of faith, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

 

I XXII

[22][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the faculty of energy, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXIII

[23][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the faculty of mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXIV

[24][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the faculty of concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXV

[25][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the faculty of wisdom, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Panca-Balani

The Five Powers


 

I XXVI

[26][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the power of faith, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXVII

[27][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the power of energy, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXVIII

[28][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the power of mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXIX

[29][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the power of concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXX

[30][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the power of wisdom, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Satta Sambojjhanga

The Seven Factors of Wisdom


 

I XXXI

[31][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXII

[32][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of discrimination of states, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXIII

[33][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of energy, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXIV

[34][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of rapture, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXV

[35][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of tranquillity, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXVI

[36][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXVII

[37][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of equanimity, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 


Atthangika Maggo

The Noble Eightfold Path


 

I XXXVIII

[38][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right view, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XXXIX

[39][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right intention, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XL

[40][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right speech, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XLI

[41][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right action, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XLII

[42][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XLIII

[43][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right effort, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XLIV

[44][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned. ..."

 

I XLV

[45][pts] "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release:

this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned.

Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you.

These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts.

Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later.

This is our instruction to you."


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