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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
II: Bala Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
II: The Powers

Sutta 12

Kūṭa Suttaɱ aka Sekhabalaagga Suttaɱ

The Peak

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[10] [7]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, there are these five powers of a learner.

What five?

The power of faith,
conscientiousness,
fear of blame,
energy and insight.

Monks, these are the five.

Monks, of these five learner's powers
this is the chief,
this is the binder,
this is the tie,
that to say:
the power of insight.

Monks,[1] just as in a house with a peaked roof,
this is the chief,
this is the binder,
this is the tie,[2]
that is to say:
the peak;
even so, monks,
of these five learner's powers
this is the chief,
this is the binder,
this is the tie,
that to say:
the power of insight.

Wherefore, monks, train yourselves thus:

We will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of faith;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of conscientiousness;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of fear of blame;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of energy;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of insight.

Train yourselves thus, monks.'

 


[1] This simile recurs at M. i,322; for allied similes sŪe below VI, Ī 53.

[2] Sanghātaniya, so Comy. and S.e,; M. sanghātanika, but see p. 557. P.E.D. does not notice the former.


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