A Shipwreck of Fetters

The Buddha // Maggasaṃyutta, Pali Canon

BUDDHA QUOTE — Suppose there were a seafaring ship bound with rigging that had been worn out in the water for six months. It would be hauled up on the dry land during the cold season, and its rigging would be further attacked by wind and sun. Inundated by rain from a rain cloud, the rigging would easily collapse and rot away. So too, when a wise one developes and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path, one’s fetters easily collapse and rot away.

And how is this so? Here, a wise one develops right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release. It is in this way, that one develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path so that one’s fetters easily collapse and rot away.

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