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Powers in Detail —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 7

1. Wealth

4. Powers in Detail

1.1“Mendicants, there are these seven powers. 1.2What seven? 1.3The powers of faith, energy, conscience, prudence, mindfulness, immersion, and wisdom.

2.1And what is the power of faith? 2.2It’s when a noble disciple has faith in the Realized One’s awakening: 2.3‘That Blessed One is perfected, a fully awakened Buddha, accomplished in knowledge and conduct, holy, knower of the world, supreme guide for those who wish to train, teacher of gods and humans, awakened, blessed.’ 2.4This is called the power of faith.

3.1And what is the power of energy? 3.2It’s when a mendicant lives with energy roused up for giving up unskillful qualities and embracing skillful qualities. They’re strong, staunchly vigorous, not slacking off when it comes to developing skillful qualities. 3.3This is called the power of energy.

4.1And what is the power of conscience? 4.2It’s when a noble disciple has a conscience. They’re conscientious about bad conduct by way of body, speech, and mind, and conscientious about acquiring any bad, unskillful qualities. 4.3This is called the power of conscience.

5.1And what is the power of prudence? 5.2It’s when a noble disciple is prudent. They’re prudent when it comes to bad conduct by way of body, speech, and mind, and prudent when it comes to the acquiring of any bad, unskillful qualities. 5.3This is called the power of prudence.

6.1And what is the power of mindfulness? 6.2It’s when a noble disciple is mindful. They have utmost mindfulness and alertness, and can remember and recall what was said and done long ago. 6.3This is called the power of mindfulness.

7.1And what is the power of immersion? 7.2It’s when a mendicant, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters and remains in the first absorption, which has the rapture and bliss born of seclusion, while placing the mind and keeping it connected. … 7.3 7.4Giving up pleasure and pain, and ending former happiness and sadness, they enter and remain in the fourth absorption, without pleasure or pain, with pure equanimity and mindfulness. 7.5This is called the power of immersion.

8.1And what is the power of wisdom? 8.2It’s when a noble disciple is wise. They have the wisdom of arising and passing away which is noble, penetrative, and leads to the complete ending of suffering. 8.3This is called the power of wisdom.

9.1These are the seven powers.

10.1The powers are faith and energy,
10.2conscience and prudence,
10.3mindfulness and immersion,
10.4and wisdom as the seventh power.
10.5Empowered by these,
10.6an astute mendicant lives happily.

11.1They should examine the teaching rationally,
11.2discerning the meaning with wisdom.
11.3The liberation of their heart
11.4is like a lamp going out.”