4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35. Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
§ III: Paññāsaka Tatiya
5. Nava-Purāṇa Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Third Fifty
5. New and Old
Equipped with Faculties
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Venerable sir, it is said, 'equipped with faculties, equipped with faculties.'
In what way, venerable sir, is one equipped with faculties?"
"If, bhikkhu, while one dwells contemplating rise and fall in the eye faculty, one experiences revulsion towards the eye faculty; if, while one dwells contemplating rise and fall in the ear faculty, one experiences revulsion towards the ear faculty; ... if, while one dwells contemplating rise and fall in the mind faculty, one experiences revulsion towards the mind faculty, then, experiencing revulsion, one becomes dispassionate. ...
When [the mind] is liberated, there comes the knowledge:
'Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being.'
It is in this way, bhikkhu, that one is equipped with faculties."