I: Sekha-Bala Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
V. The Book of the Fives
I. The Trainee's Powers
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Sāvatthī in Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus:
"Venerable sir!" those bhikkhus replied.
The Blessed One said this:
"Bhikkhus, there are these five trainee's powers.
The power of faith, the power of moral shame, the power of moral dread, the power of energy, and the power of wisdom.
These are the five trainee's powers.
Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus:
'We will possess the power of faith, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of moral shame, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of moral dread, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of energy, a trainee's power; we will possess the power of wisdom, a trainee's power.'
Thus, bhikkhus, should you train yourselves."
[This is what the Blessed One said.
Elated, those bhikkhus delighted in the Blessed One's statement.]