Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

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Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:24 am

Are there any suttas that describe the fetters in detail, and explain how they can be eradicated?

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Re: Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby cooran » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:16 am

Hello mettafuture,

A little bit of reading here, following a search on AccessToInsight:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/search_r ... &sa=Search

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Re: Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby ground » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:50 am

mettafuture wrote:... the fetters ... and explain how they can be eradicated?

In the Theravada tradition an 8fold path is mentioned in this context. :sage:

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Re: Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:40 pm

Thanks.

I found what I was looking for:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

"When a monk's fermentations that should be abandoned by seeing have been abandoned by seeing, his fermentations that should be abandoned by restraining have been abandoned by restraining, his fermentations that should be abandoned by using have been abandoned by using, his fermentations that should be abandoned by tolerating have been abandoned by tolerating, his fermentations that should be abandoned by avoiding have been abandoned by avoiding, his fermentations that should be abandoned by destroying have been abandoned by destroying, his fermentations that should be abandoned by developing have been abandoned by developing, then he is called a monk who dwells restrained with the restraint of all the fermentations. He has severed craving, thrown off the fetters, and — through the right penetration of conceit — has made an end of suffering & stress."
-- Sabbasava Sutta

So one can throw off the fetters (samyojana) by restraining the taints (asavas).

I swear, everything for liberation can be found in the first 10 suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya.

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Re: Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Hi mettafuture
The index on Access to Insight although far from perfect, is a great resource for finding texts on specific subjects.
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Re: Suttas: Description of Fetters, and How to Eradicate Them?

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:26 pm

Cittasanto wrote:Hi mettafuture
The index on Access to Insight although far from perfect, is a great resource for finding texts on specific subjects.

Thank you. I know. Unfortunately it only lists 1 sutta on the fetters, and other references are wildly scattered about in other suttas. But I've been able to find a way to approach the fetters through the teachings on the asavas.


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