The Discourse about the Great Emancipation

[The First Chapter for Recitation]

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[6: Seven Further Things which Prevent Decline in the Community (22-28)]

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 develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Mindfulness, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline. These are known as the Seven Factors of Complete Awakening (Sattasambojjhaṅga) see Saṅgītisuttaṁ (DN 33), and Bojjhaṅgasamyuttaṁ (SN 46) for more details.01

  2. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Investigation of (the nature of) things, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  3. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Energy, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  4. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Rapture, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  5. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Calm, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  6. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Concentration, surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

  7. For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Equanimity, 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.