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98199[dsg] Sangiiti Sutta Fours (13-14) and commentary, part 2.

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  • Nina van Gorkom
    Jun 1 1:39 AM
      Dear friends,

      sutta 14.
      DN 33.1.11(14) 'Four characteristics of a Stream-Winner: Here, the
      Ariyan disciple is possessed of unwavering confidence in the
      Buddha, ... in the Dhamma, in the Sangha.. And (d) he is possessed
      of morality dear to the Noble Ones, unbroken, without defect,
      unspotted, without inconsistency, liberating, praised by the wise,
      uncorrupted, and conducive to concentration.

      N: The subco elaborates on the unshakable confidence of the
      sotaapanna. Because he has penetrated the truths, he understands the
      excellent qualities of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, and
      thus, confidence has arisen which cannot be shaken by anything.
      The Co refers to the explanation in the Visuddhimagga for the words
      expressing this confidence.

      Without having developed right understanding one does not know what
      it means that the Buddha has penetrated the truth of all realities.
      One does not know what nibbaana is nor what it means that ariyans
      have attained enlightenment and experienced nibbaana. One may doubt
      whether it is possible ever to attain enlightenment. As understanding
      of realities develops confidence in the Buddha�s teachings grows.

      The sotaapanna has no more doubt about the truths he has penetrated.
      Because of his firm pa~n~naa his confidence in the Triple Gem has
      become unshakable, it has become a power (bala). His siila is
      unbroken, uncorrupted. He has no more conditions to transgress the
      five precepts.

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