The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha - Selections

VI. Lust and So Forth Repetition Series

118 (1)
“Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, eight things are to be developed. What eight? Right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. For direct knowledge of lust, these eight things are to be developed.”

119 (2)
“Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, eight things are to be developed. What eight? (1) One percipient of forms internally sees forms externally, limited, beautiful or ugly. Having overcome them, he is percipient thus: ‘I know, I see.’ (2) One percipient of forms internally sees forms externally, measureless, beautiful or ugly. Having overcome them, he is percipient thus: ‘I know, I see.’ (3) One not percipient of forms internally sees forms externally, limited, beautiful or ugly. Having overcome them, he is percipient thus: ‘I know, I see.’ (4) One not percipient of forms internally sees forms externally, measureless, beautiful or ugly. Having overcome them, he is percipient thus: ‘I know, I see.’ [349] (5) One not percipient of forms internally sees forms externally, blue ones, blue in color, with a blue hue, with a blue tint … (6) … yellow ones, yellow in color, with a yellow hue, with a yellow tint … (7) … red ones, red in color, with a red hue, with a red tint … (8) … white ones, white in color, with a white hue, with a white tint. Having overcome them, he is percipient thus: ‘I know, I see.’ For direct knowledge of lust, these eight things are to be developed.”

120 (3)
“Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge of lust, eight things are to be developed. What eight? (1) “One possessing form sees forms. (2) One not percipient of form internally sees forms externally. (3) One is focused only on ‘beautiful.’ (4) With the complete surmounting of perceptions of forms, with the passing away of perceptions of sensory impingement, with non-attention to perceptions of diversity, [perceiving] ‘space is infinite,’ one enters and dwells in the base of the infinity of space. (5) By completely surmounting the base of the infinity of space, [perceiving] ‘consciousness is infinite,’ one enters and dwells in the base of the infinity of consciousness. (6) By completely surmounting the base of the infinity of consciousness, [perceiving] ‘there is nothing,’ one enters and dwells in the base of nothingness. (7) By completely surmounting the base of nothingness, one enters and dwells in the base of neither-perception-nor-nonperception. (8) By completely surmounting the base of neither-perception-nor-nonperception, one enters and dwells in the cessation of perception and feeling. For direct knowledge of lust, these eight things are to be developed.”

121 (4)–147 (30)
“Bhikkhus, for full understanding of lust … for the utter destruction … for the abandoning … for the destruction … for the vanishing … for the fading away … for the cessation … for the giving up … for the relinquishment of lust … these eight things are to be developed.”

148 (31)– 627 (510)
“Bhikkhus, for direct knowledge … for full understanding … for the utter destruction … for the abandoning … for the destruction … for the vanishing … for the fading away … for the cessation … for the giving up … for the relinquishment of hatred … of delusion … of anger … of hostility … of denigration … of insolence … of envy … of miserliness [350] … of deceitfulness … of craftiness … of obstinacy … of rivalry … of conceit … of arrogance … of intoxication … of heedlessness … these eight things are to be developed.”
    This is what the Blessed One said. Elated, those bhikkhus delighted in the Blessed One’s statement.

 

The Book of the Eights is finished.

 

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