45. Magga Saɱyutta
2. Vihāra Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
Chapter I (45): Connected Discourses on the Path
Dutiya Kukkuṭ'Ārāma Suttaɱ
The Cock's Park (2)
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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What now, friend, is the holy life and what is the final goal of the holy life?"
"Good, good, friend Bhadda!
Your intelligence is excellent, friend Bhadda, your ingenuity is excellent, your inquiry is a good one.
For you have asked me:
'Friend Ānanda, it is said, "the holy life, the holy life."
What now, friend, is the holy life and what is the final goal of the holy life?'"
"This Noble Eightfold Path, friend, is the holy life; that is, right view ... right concentration.
The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this, friend, is the final goal of the holy life."