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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
VI: Nīvaraṇa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
VI: The Hindrances

Sutta 52

Akusala-Rāsi Suttaɱ

The Heap

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[65] [53]

[1][bodh][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park,
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

'"Tis[1] a heap of bad things!" monks;
and in saying this of the five hindrances,
one would speak rightly.

Indeed, monks, the whole
is a heap of bad things,
that is to say:
the five hindrances.

What five?

The hindrance of sensual desire,
the hindrance of ill-will,
the hindrance of sloth and torpor,
the hindrance of flurry and worry,
the hindrance of doubt.

"Tis a heap of bad things!" monks;
and in saying this of the five hindrances,
one would speak rightly.

Indeed, monks, the whole
is a heap of bad things,
that is to say:
the five hindrances.'

 


[1] This recurs at S. v, 145; for akusalarāsi trsl. there has 'heap of demerit.'


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