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  How does one Accumulate a Heap of Advantage?



The Blessed Buddha once said:

Bhikkhus, if one should call anything a heap of the Disadvantage, then
it is these five hindrances, that one could rightly call this. For these are
verily only one heap of evil Disadvantage, these five mental hindrances...
What five?

1: The Mental Hindrance of Desire for Sensing...
2: The Mental Hindrance of Aversion & Ill-Will...
3: The Mental Hindrance of Lethargy & Laziness...
4: The Mental Hindrance of Restlessness & Regret...
5: The Mental Hindrance of Doubt & Uncertainty...

If one were to call anything a mass of the Disadvantage, then it is about
those five hindrances, that one could rightly say this. Since indeed are
these five mental hindrances an immense stockpile of damage and loss!



However:
If, Bhikkhus, one were to call anything a heap of Advantage, then it is
these Four Foundations of Awareness, that one could rightly call this.
For these are verily a perfect accumulation of sole Advantage, that is,
these Four Foundations of Awareness... What four?

1: Awareness of the Body merely as a transient & compounded form..
2: Awareness of Feeling just as a passing reactive sensation.
3: Awareness of Mind only as a group of habitual & temporary moods..
4: Awareness of Phenomena simply as momentary mental states..

If, Bhikkhus, one were to call anything an Accumulation of Advantage,
then it is these Four Foundations of Awareness, that one could rightly
call this. For these are verily a pure & massive abundance of Advantage,
that is, these Four Foundations of Awareness... !



On the 4 Foundations of Awareness (Sati):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Causes_of_sati.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Clear_Comprehension.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/What_is_Right_Awareness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Manual/Meditation.Manual.htm

On the 5 Mental Hindrances (Nivarana):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Mental_Hindrances.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Boiling_but_burnt.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Lethargy_and_Laziness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Restlessness_and_Regret.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Doubt_and_Uncertainty.htm



Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V: 146] 47 The Foundations of Awareness: 5 Heap of Good...

Heap of Good!


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