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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
45. Magga Saɱyutta
4. Paṭipatti Vagga: Gaŋgā Peyyāla
3. Amat'Ogadha

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Great Book,
Chapter I (45): Connected Discourses on the Path

Suttas 115-126

XI.
Third Ganges Repetition Series

(iii)
The Deathless as its Ground Version

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Sutta 115

Paṭhama Pācīna Suttaɱ

Slanting to the East (1)

[1][pts] At Sāvatthī.

"Bhikkhus, just as the river Ganges slants, slopes, and inclines towards the east, so too a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna

And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna?

"Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops and cultivates right view ... right concentration, which has the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal."

It is in this way, bhikkhus, that a bhikkhu develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna."

 


 

Suttas 116-120

Dutiya-Chaṭṭha Pācīna Suttaɱ

Slanting to the East (2-6)

[2][pts] At Sāvatthī.

"Bhikkhus, just as the river Yamunā ...

.. the river Aciravatī...

the river Sarabhū ...

the river Mahī ...

whatever great rivers there are — that is, the Ganges, the Yamunā, the Aciravatī Sarabhū the Mahī — all slant, slope, and incline towards the east, so too a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna."

/(Complete as above.)/

 

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Suttas 121-126

Paṭhama-Chaṭṭha Samudda Suttaɱ

The Ocean (1-6)

[7][pts] At Sāvatthī.

"Bhikkhus, just as the river Ganges ... whatever great rivers there are ... all slant, slope, and incline towards the ocean, so too a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna"

/(Complete as above.)/


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