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Itivuttaka 56 Paṭhama Āsava Sutta
Taints 1

The Buddha explains the three taints: taint of sensuality, the taint of existence, and the taint of ignorance.

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

“Monks, there are three taints. What three? The taint of sensuality, the taint of existence, and the taint of ignorance. Monks, these are the three taints.”

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

The Buddha’s disciple with a still mind, with wise awareness and with wise mindfulness understands taints and the arising of taints.

He also understands where taints cease (with the attainment of Nibbāna at passing away) and the noble path that leads to the destruction of taints. The monk who, having destroyed all taints, is freed from the thirst of defilements and attains Nibbāna at passing away.

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

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Itivuttaka 56 Paṭhama Āsava Sutta: Taints 1

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