SN.45.42–47. Saṁyojanappahānādisuttachakka ("Six Discourses on Giving Up Fetters, Etc.")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

“Mendicants, if wanderers who follow another path were to ask you: ‘Reverends, what’s the purpose of leading the spiritual life under the ascetic Gotama?’ You should answer them like this:

‘The purpose of leading the spiritual life under the Buddha is to give up the fetters.’ …

‘… to uproot the underlying tendencies.’ …

‘… to completely understand the course of time.’ …

‘… to end the defilements.’ …

‘… to realize the fruit of knowledge and freedom.’ …

‘… for knowledge and vision.’ …”

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