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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
46. Bojjhanga Saŋyutta
II. Gilāna-Vaggo

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
V: The Great Chapter
46: Kindred Sayings on the Limbs of Wisdom
II. The Sick Man

Sutta 11

Pāṇā Suttaɱ

Creatures

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Just as, monks, whatsoever creatures adopt the four postures,
now going,
now standing still,
now sitting,
now lying,
all do so in dependence on the earth;
even so, monks,
dependent on virtue,
supported by virtue,
does a monk cultivate the seven limbs of wisdom,
make much of the seven limbs of wisdom.

And how does a monk,
dependent on virtue,
supported by virtue,
cultivate and make much of
the seven limbs of wisdom?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

That, monks, is how a monk,
dependent on virtue,
supported by virtue,
cultivates and makes much of
the seven limbs of wisdom.


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