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Itivuttaka 102 Āsavakkhaya Sutta
The Destruction of the Taints

The Buddha explains how knowing and seeing the Four Noble Truths lead to the destruction of taints but not for those who do not know or see.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, for one knowing and seeing, I say there is the destruction of the taints; but not for one not knowing and not seeing. But, monks, for one knowing what, and seeing what, is there the destruction of the taints?

Monks, for one knowing and seeing, ‘This is suffering,’ there is the destruction of the taints. Monks, for one knowing and seeing, ‘This is the cause of suffering,’ there is the destruction of the taints. Monks, for one knowing and seeing, ‘This is the cessation of suffering,’ there is the destruction of the taints. Monks, for one knowing and seeing, ‘This is the path leading to the cessation of suffering,’ there is the destruction of the taints.

Thus, it is, monks, that for one knowing and seeing there is the destruction of the taints.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

For a trainee monk who is training along the straight path to ultimate freedom, Nibbāna, the knowledge of the destruction of the defilements arises first and the knowledge of liberation follows immediately.

To the monk liberated by that supreme liberation of defilements, there arises the knowledge of destruction: “Thus the fetters are destroyed.”

The lazy and foolish person who is ignorant of the Dhamma is incapable of attaining ultimate freedom, Nibbāna, the loosening of all ties and defilements.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 102 Āsavakkhaya Sutta: The Destruction of the Taints

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