Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

1. The Aggregates

159 (47). Faithful

1. Thus have I heard:[1] One time, the Buddha was staying at Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park in Jeta’s Grove of Śrāvastī.

2. It was then that the Bhagavān addressed the monks, “A faithful good son should have this thought, ‘I should follow the teaching. I will often cultivate disillusionment with form … feeling … conception … volition … often cultivate disillusionment with consciousness.’

3. “A faithful good son then often cultivates disillusionment with form … feeling … conception … volition … often cultivates disillusionment with consciousness. He becomes disillusioned with form … feeling … conception … volition … becomes disillusioned with consciousness. After being disillusioned, he parts with desire for it and is liberated from it. Being liberated, he knows and sees: ‘My births have been ended, the religious life has been established, and the task has been accomplished. I myself know that I won’t be subject to a later existence.’”

4. After the Buddha spoke this sūtra, the monks who heard what the Buddha taught rejoiced and approved.


  1. This sūtra is parallel with SN 22.146. [back]

Translator: Charles Patton

Last Revised: 18 October 2022