4.1 (1) Anubuddha Sutta

~ Understood ~

Dhamma Talk by Bhikkhu Dhammasena

August 18, 2018

 

Why are we here? How do we stop the cycle of death and rebirth?

There are four things that we have wandered for such a long time in this cycle of death and rebirth.

  1. Do not understand noble virtuous behavior
  2. Do not understand noble concentration
  3. Do not understand noble wisdom
  4. Do not understand noble liberation

If we understand those four, craving for existence will be cut off, the causes of existence are destroyed and no more rebirth.

 

The Sutta:

Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Vajjis at Bhaṇḍagāma. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus: “Bhikkhus!”

“Venerable sir!” those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: [618] “Bhikkhus, it is because of not understanding and penetrating four things that you and I have roamed and wandered for such a long stretch of time. [619] What four?

“It is, bhikkhus, because of not understanding and penetrating noble virtuous behavior, noble concentration, noble wisdom, and noble liberation that you and I have roamed and wandered for such a long stretch of time.

“Noble virtuous behavior has been understood and penetrated. Noble concentration has been understood and penetrated. Noble wisdom has been understood and penetrated. Noble liberation has been understood and penetrated. Craving for existence has been cut off; the conduit to existence has been destroyed; [620] now there is no more renewed existence.”

This is what the Blessed One said. Having said this, the Fortunate One, the Teacher, further said this:

“Virtuous behavior, concentration, wisdom,
and unsurpassed liberation:
these things the illustrious Gotama
understood by himself.

“Having directly known these things,
the Buddha taught the Dhamma to the bhikkhus.
The Teacher, the end-maker of suffering,
the One with Vision, has attained nibbāna.” [621]

Source: The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya 4.1 (1)(The Teachings of the Buddha)” by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bodhi, Wisdom Publication