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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
47: Connected Discourses on the Establisments of Mindfulness

Suttas 51-104

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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VI. Gaŋga Peyyāla

VI. Ganges Repetition Series

Suttas 51-62

The River Ganges — Eastward, Etc.

[1][pts] At Sāvatthī.

"Bhikkhus, just as the river Ganges slants, slopes, and inclines towards the east, so too a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the four establishments of mindfulness slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna,

"And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu develop and cultivate the four establishments of mindfulness so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna?

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

It is in this way, bhikkhus, that a bhikkhu develops and cultivates the four establishments of mindfulness so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna."

(/The remaining suttas of this vagga are to be similarly elaborated parallel to 45:92-102./)

Six about slanting to the east

And six about slanting to the ocean.

These two sixes make up twelve:

Thus the subchapter is recited.

 


 

VII. Appamāda-vagga

VII. Diligence

Suttas 63-72

The Tathāgata, Etc.

[63.1][pts]

(/To be elaborated by way of the establishments of mindfulness parallel to 45:139.148./)

Tathāgata, footprint, roof peak,
Roots, heartwood, jasmine,
Monarch, the moon and sun,
Together with the cloth as tenth.

 


 

VIII. Balakaraṇīya-vagga

VIII. Strenuous Deeds

Suttas 73-84

Strenuous, Etc.

[73.1][pts]

(/To be elaborated parallel to 45:149-160./)

Strenuous, seeds, and nāgas,
The tree, the pot, the spike,
The sky, and two on clouds,
The ship, guest house, and river.

 


 

IX. Esana-vagga

IX. Searches

Suttas 85-94

Searches, Etc.

[85.1][pts]

(/To be elaborated parallel to 45:161-170./)

Searches, discriminations, taints,
Kinds of existence, threefold suffering,
Barrenness, stains, and troubles,
Feelings, craving, and thirst.

 


 

X. Ogha-vagga

X. Floods

Suttas 95-104

Floods, Etc.

[95.1][pts]

(/To be elaborated parallel to 45:171-180./)

 


 

Sutta 104

Higher Fetters

[104.1][pts]

"Bhikkhus, there are these five higher fetters.

What five?

Lust for form, lust for the formless, conceit, restlessness, ignorance.

These are the five higher fetters.

The four establishments of mindfulness are to be developed for direct knowledge of these five higher fetters, for the full understanding of them, for their utter destruction, for their abandoning.

"What four?

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.

He dwells contemplating feelings in feelings ... mind in mind ... phenomena in phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.

These four establishments of mindfulness are to be developed for direct knowledge of these five higher fetters, for the full understanding of them, for their utter destruction, for their abandoning."

 


 

Floods, bonds, kinds of clinging,
Knots, and underlying tendencies,
Cords of sensual pleasure, hindrances,
Aggregates, fetters lower and higher.

The Connected Discourses on the Establishments of Mindfulness is to be elaborated in the same way as the Connected Discourses on the Path.


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