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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
48. Indriya Saɱyutta
3. Chaḷ-Indriya Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
48. Kindred Sayings on the Faculties
3. The Six Faculties

Sutta 23

Ñāya (Aññ'Indriya) Suttaɱ

The Method[1]

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,


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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these three controlling faculties.

What three?

The consciousness that

'I shall know the unknown;'

the consciousness of gnosis;

the consciousness of one who has the gnosis.[2]

These are the three faculties."


[1] Ñāya. Cf. Buddh. Psych. 121; D. iii, 219.

[2] Buddh. Psych. Eth. 86; V.M. 491; Asḷ. 291; B. 'The faculty of the aññātāvin (the holder of things known), of him who, in the philosophy of the Four Truths, has completed what was to be done.'

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