46. Bojjhanga Saɱyutta
5. Cakka-Vatti Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
Chapter II (46): Connected Discourses on the Factors of Enlightenment
V. Wheel-Turning Monarch
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Bhikkhus, this is the forerunner and precursor of the rising of the sun, that is, the dawn.
So too, for a bhikkhu this is the forerunner and precursor of the arising of the seven factors of enlightenment, that is, good friendship.
When a bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the seven factors of enlightenment.
"And how does a bhikkhu who has a good friend develop and cultivate the seven factors of enlightenment?
Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of mindfulness ... he develops the enlightenment factor of equanimity, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.
It is in this way that a bhikkhu who has a good friend develops and cultivates the seven factors of enlightenment."