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The Powers of One Who has Ended Defilements —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 10

9. Senior Mendicants

90. The Powers of One Who has Ended Defilements

1.1Then Venerable Sāriputta went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. The Buddha said to him:

1.2“Sāriputta, how many powers does a mendicant who has ended the defilements have that qualify them to claim: 1.3‘My defilements have ended.’”

2.1“Sir, a mendicant who has ended the defilements has ten powers that qualify them to claim: 2.2‘My defilements have ended.’ 2.3What ten? 2.4Firstly, a mendicant with defilements ended has clearly seen with right wisdom all conditions as truly impermanent. 2.5This is a power that a mendicant who has ended the defilements relies on to claim: 2.6‘My defilements have ended.’

3.1Furthermore, a mendicant with defilements ended has clearly seen with right wisdom that sensual pleasures are truly like a pit of glowing coals. 3.2This is a power that a mendicant who has ended the defilements relies on to claim: 3.3‘My defilements have ended.’

4.1Furthermore, the mind of a mendicant with defilements ended slants, slopes, and inclines to seclusion. They’re withdrawn, loving renunciation, and they’ve totally done with defiling influences. 4.2This is a power that a mendicant who has ended the defilements relies on to claim: 4.3‘My defilements have ended.’

5.1Furthermore, a mendicant with defilements ended has well developed the four kinds of mindfulness meditation. 5.2This is a power that a mendicant who has ended the defilements relies on to claim: 5.3‘My defilements have ended.’

6.1Furthermore, a mendicant with defilements ended has well developed the four right efforts. … 6.2the four bases of psychic power … 6.3the five faculties … 6.4the five powers … 6.5the seven awakening factors … 6.6the noble eightfold path. 6.7This is a power that a mendicant who has ended the defilements relies on to claim: 6.8‘My defilements have ended.’

7.1A mendicant who has ended the defilements has these ten powers that qualify them to claim: 7.2‘My defilements have ended.’”

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