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How are the Seven Links to Awakening Fulfilled?


Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
How, Ānanda, are the Four Foundations of Awareness trained and developed  so
that they fulfil the Seven Links to Awakening?
Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu is reflecting upon the body only as an accumulation,
right on that very occasion, unconfused and undistracted awareness is established
in that Bhikkhu. Therefore on that occasion the Awareness Link to Awakening is
aroused, and as it gradually develops, it reaches a fine fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
Dwelling thus aware, he investigates and examines that state by understanding.
Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu dwells investigating any state, on that occasion the
Investigation Link to Awakening is aroused, and as it gradually develops by many
repetitions, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu. While he investigates phenomena
using keen intelligence, examines them, his energy is aroused without slackening!
On that occasion the Energy Link to Awakening is enlivened, and as it gradually
develops by many reiterations, it comes to reach fine fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
When his enthusiastic energy is aroused, there arises in him a rapturous joy :-)
On that occasion the Joy Link to Awakening is instigated, and as it gradually
develops by many renewals, it comes to reach fine fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
Both the body and mind becomes tranquil, in whoever is mentally elated by joy.
On that occasion the Tranquillity Link to Awakening is therefore induced, and
as it gradually develops by maturation, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
In one whose body is tranquil, and who is happy, the mind becomes concentrated!
On that occasion, the Concentration Link to Awakening is therefore stimulated,
and as it gradually develops by training, it reaches fine fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
He then just looks on this concentrated mind with imperturbable equanimity...
On that occasion is therefore induced the Equanimity Link to Awakening, and
as it gradually develops by rehearsal, it reaches fulfilment in that Bhikkhu.
It is, Ānanda, when the four Foundations of Awareness are trained and refined
in exactly this very way, that they fulfill the Seven Links to Awakening...!

More on these Seven Sublime Links to Awakening:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Awareness_Sati.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Investigation_Vicaya.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Energy_Viriya.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Joy_Piti.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Tranquillity_Passaddhi.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Concentration_Samadhi.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Equanimity_Upekkha.htm




Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:331-33]
section 54: Ānāpānasamyutta. Thread 13: Ānanda

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