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AN8:39 Precepts as Great Gifts

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  • Antony Woods
    There are these five gifts, five great gifts — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that are
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 11, 2009
      "There are these five gifts, five great gifts —
      original,
      long-standing,
      traditional,
      ancient,
      unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning —
      that are not open to suspicion,
      will never be open to suspicion,
      and are unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
      Which five?

      "There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones,
      abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life.
      In doing so, he gives
      freedom from danger,
      freedom from animosity,
      freedom from oppression
      to limitless numbers of beings.
      In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
      oppression to limitless numbers of beings,
      he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from
      animosity, and freedom from oppression.
      This is the first gift, the first great gift —
      original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated,
      unadulterated from the beginning —
      that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is
      unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
      And this is the fourth reward of merit,
      reward of skillfulness,
      nourishment of happiness,
      celestial,
      resulting in happiness,
      leading to heaven,
      leading to what is desirable, pleasurable, & appealing;
      to welfare & to happiness.

      "Furthermore,
      abandoning taking what is not given (stealing),
      the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking what is not given.
      In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
      freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
      In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
      oppression to limitless numbers of beings,
      he gains a share in limitless
      freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
      This is the second gift, the second great gift... and this is the
      fifth reward of merit...

      "Furthermore,
      abandoning illicit sex,
      the disciple of the noble ones abstains from illicit sex.
      In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
      freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
      In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
      oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
      freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
      This is the third gift, the third great gift... and this is the sixth
      reward of merit...

      "Furthermore,
      abandoning lying,
      the disciple of the noble ones abstains from lying.
      In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
      freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
      In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
      oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
      freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
      This is the fourth gift, the fourth great gift... and this is the
      seventh reward of merit...

      "Furthermore, abandoning the use of intoxicants,
      the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking intoxicants.
      In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
      freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
      In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
      oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
      freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
      This is the fifth gift, the fifth great gift —
      original,
      long-standing,
      traditional,
      ancient,
      unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning —
      that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion,
      and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
      And this is
      the eighth reward of merit,
      reward of skillfulness,
      nourishment of happiness,
      celestial,
      resulting in happiness,
      leading to heaven,
      leading to what is desirable,
      pleasurable, & appealing;
      to welfare & to happiness."
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.039.than.html
      From: Abhisanda Sutta
      Rewards
      Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    • antony272b2
      There are these five gifts, five great gifts — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that are
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 11, 2013
        "There are these five gifts, five great gifts —
        original,
        long-standing,
        traditional,
        ancient,
        unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning —
        that are not open to suspicion,
        will never be open to suspicion,
        and are unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
        Which five?

        "There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones,
        abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life.
        In doing so, he gives
        freedom from danger,
        freedom from animosity,
        freedom from oppression
        to limitless numbers of beings.
        In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
        oppression to limitless numbers of beings,
        he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from
        animosity, and freedom from oppression.
        This is the first gift, the first great gift —
        original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated,
        unadulterated from the beginning —
        that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is
        unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
        And this is the fourth reward of merit,
        reward of skillfulness,
        nourishment of happiness,
        celestial,
        resulting in happiness,
        leading to heaven,
        leading to what is desirable, pleasurable, & appealing;
        to welfare & to happiness.

        "Furthermore,
        abandoning taking what is not given (stealing),
        the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking what is not given.
        In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
        freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
        In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
        oppression to limitless numbers of beings,
        he gains a share in limitless
        freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
        This is the second gift, the second great gift... and this is the
        fifth reward of merit...

        "Furthermore,
        abandoning illicit sex,
        the disciple of the noble ones abstains from illicit sex.
        In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
        freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
        In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
        oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
        freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
        This is the third gift, the third great gift... and this is the sixth
        reward of merit...

        "Furthermore,
        abandoning lying,
        the disciple of the noble ones abstains from lying.
        In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
        freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
        In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
        oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
        freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
        This is the fourth gift, the fourth great gift... and this is the
        seventh reward of merit...

        "Furthermore, abandoning the use of intoxicants,
        the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking intoxicants.
        In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity,
        freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.
        In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from
        oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless
        freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
        This is the fifth gift, the fifth great gift —
        original,
        long-standing,
        traditional,
        ancient,
        unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning —
        that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion,
        and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & priests.
        And this is
        the eighth reward of merit,
        reward of skillfulness,
        nourishment of happiness,
        celestial,
        resulting in happiness,
        leading to heaven,
        leading to what is desirable,
        pleasurable, & appealing;
        to welfare & to happiness."
        http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.039.than.html
        From: Abhisanda Sutta: Rewards
        Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
        For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and Thanissaro Bhikkhu

        With metta / Antony.
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