Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

12. Factors of Awakening

33. Seven Fruits

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

2. Like 12.30 above except for this: “Suppose a monk cultivates the seven factors of awakening. After often cultivating them, he’ll attain seven kinds of fruit and seven kinds of benefit. What are the seven? This monk will attain knowledge in the present life and realize happiness. If he hasn’t attained knowledge in the present life and realized happiness when his life ends, he’ll attain the end of the five lower bonds when it ends, and then he’ll attain parinirvāṇa in the interim. If he doesn’t attain parinirvāṇa in the interim, then he’ll attain parinirvāṇa at birth. If he doesn’t attain parinirvāṇa at birth, then he’ll attain parinirvāṇa without practice. If he doesn’t attain parinirvāṇa without practice, then he’ll attain parinirvāṇa with practice. If he doesn’t attain parinirvāṇa with practice, then he’ll attain parinirvāṇa upstream.”

3. After the Buddha taught this sūtra, that certain monk who heard what he taught rejoiced and approved.


Translator: Charles Patton

Last Revised: 14 September 2020