The Discourse that Set the Dhamma Wheel Rolling – Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

The Discourse that Set the Dhamma Wheel Rolling

Translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

The Middle Way
…then the Fortunate One addressed the group-of-five monks, saying:
“There are these two extremes, monks, that one who has gone forth ought not to associate with, which is this: devotion to the pleasure and happiness in sense pleasures, which is low, vulgar, worldly, ignoble, and not connected with the goal; and this: devotion to self-mortification, which is painful, ignoble, and not connected with the goal. Not having approached either of these two extremes, monks, the middle practice was awakened to by the Realised One, which produces vision, produces knowledge, and which leads to peace, deep knowledge, Complete Awakening, and Nibbāna. Now what is this middle practice, monks, that was awakened to by the Realised One, which produces vision, produces knowledge, and which leads to peace, deep knowledge, Complete Awakening, and Nibbāna?

It is this noble path with eight factors, as follows:
right view
right thought
right speech
right action
right livelihood
right endeavour
right mindfulness
right concentration.

This is the middle practice, monks, that was awakened to by the Realised One, which produces vision, produces knowledge, and which leads to peace, deep knowledge, Complete Awakening, and Nibbāna.

 

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