The Discourse about the Great Emancipation

[The First Chapter for Recitation]

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[5: Seven Further Things which Prevent Decline in the Community (15-21)]

I will teach you a further seven things which prevent decline, listen to it, apply your minds well, and I will speak.”

“Very well, reverend Sir,” those monks replied to the Gracious One, and the Gracious One said this:

  1. “For as long, monks, as the monks will have faith, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline. This and the following things which prevent decline are known as the Seven Good Qualities (Sattasaddhammā), see Saṅgītisuttaṁ (DN 33).01

  2. For as long, monks, as the monks will have a conscientious mind, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  3. For as long, monks, as the monks will have a sense of shame, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  4. For as long, monks, as the monks will be learned, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline. The Commentary explains that learning here means specifically pariyatti (knowledge of scripture).02

  5. For as long, monks, as the monks will be strenuous, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  6. For as long, monks, as the monks will attend to mindfulness, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  7. For as long, monks, as the monks will possess wisdom, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

For as long, monks, as the monks will maintain these seven things which prevent decline, and the monks will agree with these seven things which prevent decline, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.