THE SEVEN FACTORS OF AWAKENING



MAHASATIPATTHANA SUTRA- SEVEN GREAT FACTORS OF AWAKENING



Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta

             Bojjhaṅgapabba.     The Section on the Factors of Awakening 

Again, monks, a monk dwells observing mental contents in mental contents, as regards the seven factors of awakening.

MINDFULNESS

Here, monks, a monk understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, mindfulness, is present within him, "The factor of awakening, mindfulness, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, mindfulness, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, mindfulness, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, mindfulness, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, mindfulness, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.

THE INVESTIGATING OF DHARMA

When the factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma,  is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, investigation of Dhamma, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.


EFFORT

When the factor of awakening, effort, is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, effort, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, effort, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, effort, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, effort, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.

RAPTURE

When the factor of awakening, rapture, is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, rapture, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, rapture, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, rapture, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, rapture, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, rapture, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.


TRANQUILITY

When the factor of awakening, tranquillity, is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, tranquillity, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, tranquillity, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, tranquillity is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, tranquillity, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, tranquillity, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.

CONCENTRATION MEDITATION

When the factor of awakening, concentration, is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, concentration, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, concentration, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, concentration, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, concentration, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, concentration, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.

EQUANIMITY

When the factor of awakening, equanimity, is present in him, he understands properly, "The factor of awakening, equanimity, is present in me." He understands properly that, when the factor of awakening, equanimity, is absent from him, "The factor of awakening, equanimity, is absent from me." He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, equanimity, that has not yet arisen in him, comes to arise. He understands properly, how the factor of awakening, equanimity, that has now arisen, is developed and perfected.

SUMMARY

Thus he dwells observing mental contents in mental contents internally, or he dwells observing mental contents in mental contents externally, or he dwells observing mental contents in mental contents both internally and externally. Thus he dwells observing the phenomenon of arising in the mental contents, thus he dwells observing the phenomenon of passing away in the mental contents, thus he dwells observing the phenomenon of arising and passing away in the mental contents. Now his mindfulness is established: "These are mental contents!" Thus he develops his mindfulness to such an extent that there is mere understanding along with mere mindfulness. In this way he dwells detached, without clinging towards anything in the world [of mind and matter]. This is how, monks, a monk dwells observing mental contents in mental contents as regards the seven factors of awakening.