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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
I: Sekha-Bala Vagga

The Numbers Bag
The Book of Fives
I. Seeker's Allies[1]

In the Name of the Potter, Aristocrat, #1 Wide-Awakened One

Sutta 1

The Seeker's Allies — In Sum

Translated from the Pali
Michael M. Olds



[1][pts][bodh] I Hear Tell:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Sāvatthi-town, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park, came-a revisiting.

There, to the Beggars gathered round, he said:


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

Then Bhagava said:

There are these five allies of the seeker; what are these five?

The Trust-Ally,[2]
The Sense-of-Shame-Ally,[3]
The Fear-of-Blame-Ally,[4]
The Energy-Ally,[5]
The Wisdom-Ally.[6]

These, then, Beggars, are five allies of the seeker.

Wherefore, Beggars, train yourselves this way:
"We shall make live within us 'The Trust-Ally,' ally of seekers;
"We shall make live within us 'The Sense-of-Shame-Ally,' ally of seekers;
"We shall make live within us 'The Fear-of-Blame-Ally,' ally of seekers;
"We shall make live within us 'The Energy-Ally,' ally of seekers;
"We shall make live within us 'The Wisdom-Ally,' ally of seekers.

This is how you should train yourselves!


[1] Balāni: usually translated "powers," ability, enabler. See: Glossology: Balāni

[2] Saddhā: usually translated "faith," Bhikkhu Thanissaro has the unique: "conviction" which comes closer to the way Buddhists view faith. See: Glossology: Saddhā

[3] Hiri: See: Glossology: Hiri

[4] Ottappa: See: Glossology: Ottappa

[5] Viriya: Bhikkhu Thanissaro uses the unique (and I am not sure justified) "persistance." See: Glossology: Viriya

[6] Paññā: Hare uses "Insight;" Bhikkhu Thanissaro uses "discernment." The word means: Pan-knowledge. I see it as the ability to use knowledge wisely; discernment in the sense of being able to judge what's best according to circumstances based on experience rather than judging by theory. See: Glossology: Paññā




PTS: Aṅguttara-Nikāya, III, Edited by Prof. E. Hardy, PhD, DD
The Book of the Gradual Sayings, III: The Book of the Fives, E.M. Hare, trans.


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