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Anguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
7. Saññā Vagga

The Numbers Bag
The Book of Fives

Sutta 62

Second Perceptions Sutta

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town, Anathapindika's Park, came-a revisiting. There, to the Beggars gathered round, he said:

Beggars!

And: "Broke Tooth!" the Beggars gathered round responded.

Then Bhagava said:

"Beggars! These five perceptions when made become,
when made a big deal of,
are of great fruit,
of great advantage,
plunge into the deathless
conclude in the deathless.

What five?

Perception of transience,
perception of not-self,
perception of death,
perception of the disgusting nature of food,
perceiving nothing to delight in in all the world.

Beggars! These five perceptions when made become,
when made a big deal of,
are of great fruit,
of great advantage,
plunge into the deathless
conclude in the deathless.

 


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