Dear forum ,
Yesterday i was thinking , it seems there are too many agama sutras that are still unavailable in english and if i could contribute a little to this forum and everyone that are interested in the nikaya parallel could benefits from it .
Probably if Charles Patton dont mind and could lend a hand to proofread if there are some errors .
So here goes my first try-out .
八力 (SA 694)
The eight powers
Thus i have heard
At one time Buddha was staying at
Anāthapiṇḍika’s park in Jeta’s Grove of Sāvatthī .
At that time , Venerable Sariputra approached the Buddha dwelling , bowed and sat down at one side , he addressed the Buddha , saying : “ World-honored One ! A bhiksu whom the defilements has ended have how many powers ? ”
The Buddha told Venerable Sariputra : “ a bhiksu who has ended the defilements has eight powers . Which are the eight ?
That is , the mind of taintless bhiksu leaning towards renunciation , streaming towards renunciation , inclining towards renunciation , leaning towards detachment , streaming towards detachment , inclining towards detachment , leaning towards nibbana , streaming towards nibbana and inclining towards nibbana .
If upon seeing the five kinds of sense desires, it is akin of one seeing the fire pit , as such one then has clearly seen it , one will not forever dwells with sensual thoughts , sensual feelings and governed by desire , thus developed in the four kinds of mindfulness meditation … four right effort … the four bases of supernormal powers … the five faculties … the five powers … the seven awakening factors … and the noble eightfold path. ”
After the Buddha spoke the sutra , hearing thus Venerable Sariputra was delighted and adhered with what the Buddha said .