Mahāparinibbānasuttaṁ
The Discourse about the Great Emancipation

[Paṭhamabhāṇavāraṁ]
[The First Chapter for Recitation]

[6: Apare Satta Saṅgha-Aparihāniyā Dhammā] cf. AN Bk. 7.26.01
[Seven Further Things which Prevent Decline in the Community (22-28)]

Apare pi vo bhikkhave satta aparihāniye dhamme desessāmi,
I will teach you a further seven things which prevent decline,

taṁ suṇātha sādhukaṁ manasikarotha bhāsissāmī ti.”
listen to it, apply your minds well, and I will speak.”

“Evaṁ Bhante,” ti kho te bhikkhū Bhagavato paccassosuṁ,
“Very well, reverend Sir,” those monks replied to the Gracious One,

Bhagavā etad-avoca:
and the Gracious One said this:

1) “Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Satisambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
“For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Mindfulness,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline. These are known as the Seven Factors of Complete Awakening (Sattasambojjhaṅga) see Saṅgītisuttaṁ (DN 33), and Bojjhaṅgasamyuttaṁ (SN 46) for more details.02

2) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Dhammavicayasambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Investigation of (the nature of) things,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

3) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Viriyasambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Energy,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

4) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Pītisambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Rapture,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

5) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Passaddhisambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Calm,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

6) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Samādhisambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Concentration,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

7) Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave bhikkhū Upekkhāsambojjhaṅgaṁ bhāvessanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will develop the factor of Perfect Awakening that is Equanimity,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.

 

Yāvakīvañ-ca bhikkhave ime satta aparihāniyā dhammā bhikkhūsu ṭhassanti,
For as long, monks, as the monks will maintain these seven things which prevent decline,

imesu ca sattasu aparihāniyesu dhammesu bhikkhū sandississanti,
and the monks will agree with these seven things which prevent decline,

vuḍḍhi yeva bhikkhave bhikkhūnaṁ pāṭikaṅkhā no parihāni.
surely growth, monks, is to be expected for the monks, not decline.