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Chapter 43. Asaṅkhatasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on the Unconditioned

I. The First Subchapter

1 (1) Mindfulness Directed to the Body
At Sāvatthī. “Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Listen to that….
    “And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned? The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this is called the unconditioned.
    “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? Mindfulness directed to the body: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.
    “Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you. These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” [360]

2 (2) Serenity and Insight
“Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Listen to that….
    “And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned? The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this is called the unconditioned.
    “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? Serenity and insight: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned….”

3 (3) With Thought and Examination
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? Concentration with thought and examination; concentration without thought, with examination only; concentration without thought and examination: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned….”

4 (4) Emptiness Concentration
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The emptiness concentration, the signless concentration, the undirected concentration:this is called the path leading to the unconditioned….”

5 (5) Establishments of Mindfulness
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The four establishments of mindfulness….”

6 (6) Right Strivings
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The four right strivings….”

7 (7) Bases for Spiritual Power
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The four bases for spiritual power….” [361]

8 (8) Spiritual Faculties
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The five spiritual faculties….”

9 (9) Powers
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The five powers….”

10 (10) Factors of Enlightenment
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The seven factors of enlightenment….”

11 (11) The Eightfold Path
… “And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? The Noble Eightfold Path: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.
    “Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned…. This is our instruction to you.”
 

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