Inclining towards the Ocean of Liberation

Saṃyutta Nikaya 45.91-138
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Inclining towards the Ocean
The Ganges Repetition Series

At Sāvatthī.

“Bhikkhus, just as the river Ganges and all other great rivers slant, slope, and incline towards the ocean, so too a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna.

“And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna?

“Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops Right View, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Intention, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Speech, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Action, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Effort, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“He develops Right Concentration, which is based upon seclusion, based upon dispassion, based upon cessation, leading to the removal of greed, the removal of hatred, the removal of delusion, maturing in release, having the Deathless as its ground, the Deathless as its destination, the Deathless as its final goal.

“It is in this way, bhikkhus, that a bhikkhu develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path so that he slants, slopes, and inclines towards Nibbāna.”

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