Anguttara Nikaya


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Anguttara Nikaya
Sattakanipata

Sutta 6

Dhana Sutta

Treasure

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][upal] "Monks, there are these seven treasures.
Which seven?

The treasure of conviction,
the treasure of virtue,
the treasure of conscience,
the treasure of concern,
the treasure of listening,
the treasure of generosity,
the treasure of discernment.

"And what is the treasure of conviction?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
has conviction,
is convinced of the Tathagata's Awakening:
'Indeed, the Blessed One is worthy
and rightly self-awakened,
consummate in knowledge and conduct,
well-gone,
an expert with regard to the world,
unexcelled as a trainer
for those people fit to be tamed,
the Teacher of divine and human beings,
awakened,
blessed.'

This is called the treasure of conviction.

"And what is the treasure of virtue?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
abstains from taking life,
abstains from stealing,
abstains from illicit sexual conduct,
abstains from lying,
abstains from taking intoxicants
that cause heedlessness.

This, monks, is called the treasure of virtue.

"And what is the treasure of conscience?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
feels shame
at [the thought of engaging in] bodily misconduct,
verbal misconduct,
mental misconduct.

This is called the treasure of conscience.

"And what is the treasure of concern?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
feels concern
for [the suffering that results from] bodily misconduct,
verbal misconduct,
mental misconduct.

This is called the treasure of concern.

"And what is the treasure of listening?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
has heard much,
has retained what he/she has heard,
has stored what he/she has heard.
Whatever teachings are admirable in the beginning,
admirable in the middle,
admirable in the end, that
— in their meaning and expression —
proclaim the holy life
that is entirely complete and pure:
those he/she has listened to often,
retained,
discussed,
accumulated,
examined with his/her mind,
and well-penetrated
in terms of his/her views.

This is called the treasure of listening.

"And what is the treasure of generosity?

There is the case of a disciple of the noble ones,
his awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess,
living at home,
freely generous,
openhanded,
delighting in being magnanimous,
responsive to requests,
delighting in the distribution of alms.

This is called the treasure of generosity.

"And what is the treasure of discernment?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones
is discerning,
endowed with discernment
of arising and passing away
— noble, penetrating,
leading to the right ending of stress.

This is called the treasure of discernment."

These, monks, are the seven treasures.
The treasure of conviction,
the treasure of virtue,
the treasure of conscience and concern,
the treasure of listening, generosity,
and discernment as the seventh treasure.
Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures
is said not to be poor, has not lived in vain.
So conviction and virtue, confidence and Dhamma-vision
should be cultivated by the wise,
remembering the Buddhas' instruction.

 


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