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The Abandoning of the Fetters, Etc.—Bhikkhu Bodhi

Saṃyutta Nikāya 45

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42–48. The Abandoning of the Fetters, Etc.

“Bhikkhus, if wanderers of other sects ask you: ‘For what purpose, friends, is the holy life lived under the ascetic Gotama?’—being asked thus, you should answer them thus: ‘It is, friends, for the abandoning of the fetters … for the uprooting of the underlying tendencies … for the full understanding of the course … for the destruction of the taints … for the realization of the fruit of true knowledge and liberation … for the sake of knowledge and vision … … for the sake of final Nibbāna without clinging that the holy life is lived under the Blessed One.’

“Then, bhikkhus, if the wanderers of other sects ask you: ‘But, friends, is there a path, is there a way for attaining final Nibbāna without clinging?’—being asked thus, you should answer them thus: ‘There is a path, friends, there is a way for attaining final Nibbāna without clinging.’

“And what, bhikkhus, is that path, what is that way for attaining final Nibbāna without clinging? It is this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view … right concentration. This is the path, this is the way for attaining final Nibbāna without clinging.

“Being asked thus, bhikkhus, you should answer those wanderers of other sects in such a way.”