Maha-satipatthana Sutta: The Great Frames of Reference

The Great Frames of Reference : DN 22.0


"Now, if anyone would develop these four frames of reference [body (kaya) feeling (vedana), mind (citta), phenomena (dhamma)] in this way for seven years *

one of two fruits can be expected for him: either arahatship right here & now, or — if there be any remnant of clinging-sustenance — non-returner (anagami)."

"Let alone seven years. If anyone would develop these four frames of reference in this way for six years... five... four... three... two years... one year... seven months... six months... five... four... three... two months... one month... half a month..., seven days, one of two fruits can be expected for him: either arahatship right here & now, or — if there be any remnant of clinging-sustenance — non-returner (anagami)." 

Because of these beneficial results, I have declared at the beginning thus: "Bhikkhus, this is the one and only way for the purification of the minds of beings, for overcoming sorrow and lamentation, for the complete destruction of physical pain and mental distress, for attainment of the noble Ariya Magga, and for the realization of Nibbāna. That only way is the practice of the four methods of Steadfast Mindfulness."

Thus spoke the Bhagava. Delighted, the bhikkhus received the words of the Buddha with respectful appreciation. 


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* - this duration is extremely brief compared to the indefinite time one spent in samsara

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