by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw | 1990 | 1,044,401 words
This page describes The Buddha’s Repeated Exhortations about Sila, Samadhi, Panna contained within the book called the Great Chronicle of Buddhas (maha-buddha-vamsa), a large compilation of stories revolving around the Buddhas and Buddhist disciples. This page is part of the series known as the Buddha Declared the Seven Factors of Non-Decline for Rulers. This great chronicle of Buddhas was compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw who had a thorough understanding of the thousands and thousands of Buddhist teachings (suttas).
During the sojourn at the Gijjakuṭa hill in Rājagaha, as His passing away was drawing near (only one year and three months hence), whenever the Buddha discoursed to the bhikkhus, the following theme occurred repeatedly:
“Such is sīla (morality); such is samādhi (concentration); such is paññā (wisdom). Concentration that is developed through morality is highly efficacious and productive. Wisdom that is developed through concentration is highly efficacious and productive. The mind that is developed through wisdom is thoroughly liberated without any remnant from the moral taints or pervasive defilements (āsavas), namely kammāsava (the taint of sense-desire), bhavāsava (the taint of hankering after continued existence), and avijjāsava (the taint of ignorance of the Four Ariya Truths).”