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Unformatted text preview: 1 Home » Tipitaka » Sutta » Samyutta » 56 » About | Index | Abbrev | Glossary | Help | SN 56.11 Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta The Discourse on the Setting in Motion of the Wheel (of Vision) of the Basic Pattern: the Four Realities of the Noble One(s) Translated from the Pali by Peter Harvey building on the translation of Bhikkhu Bodhi Alternate translation: Ñanamoli Piyadassi Thanissaro PTS: S v 420 CDB ii 1843 Source: Transcribed from a file provided by the translator. Copyright © 2007 Peter Harvey <[email protected]> Access to Insight edition © 2007 For free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted, and redistributed in any medium. It is the author's wish, however, that any such republication and redistribution be made available to the public on a free and unrestricted basis and that translations and other derivative works be clearly marked as such. Other formats: Translator's note: The setting: seven weeks after the Buddha's enlightenment/awakening, he goes to five former companions that he had previously practiced extreme asceticism with (Vin i 8-10). After trying asceticism, he had given this up for a more moderate approach based on a healthy body and jh ā na (mindful, calm and joyful altered states of consciousness based on sam ā dhi (mental unification)). The following is seen as the first teaching he gave to anyone. In other contexts, the Buddha taught the Four Realities of the Noble One(s) to people after first giving them a preparatory discourse to ensure they were in the right frame of mind be able to fully benefit from the teaching: Then the Blessed One gave the householder Up ā li a step-by-step discourse, that is, talk on giving, talk on moral virtue, talk on the heaven worlds; he made known the danger, the inferior nature of and tendency to defilement in sense-pleasures, and the advantage of renouncing them. When the Blessed One knew that the householder Up ā li's mind was ready, open, without hindrances, inspired and confident, then he expounded to him the elevated Dhamma-teaching of the buddhas: dukkha, its origination, its cessation, the path. [M i 379-80] The four realities taught by the Buddha are not as such things to "believe" but to be open to, see and contemplate, and respond to appropriately: by fully understanding dukkha/pain, abandoning that which originates it, personally experiencing its cessation, and cultivating the path that leads to this. 2 Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One was dwelling at B ā r āṇ as ī in the Deer Park at Isipatana. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus of the group of five thus: "Bhikkhus, these two extremes should not be followed by one gone forth (into the homeless life). What two?...
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