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Bodhipakkhiya-dhammā: The 37 'things pertaining (or steps) to enlightenment', or 'requisites of enlightenment' comprise the entire doctrines of the Buddha. They are:

  • The 4 foundations of awareness or mindfulness satipatthāna,
  • The 4 right efforts see: padhāna,
  • The 4 roads to power iddhi-pāda,
  • The 5 spiritual abilities indriya, see: bala,
  • The 5 spiritual powers bala,
  • The 7 factors of enlightenment bojjhanga,
  • The Noble 8-fold path see: magga.

In M. 77 all the 37 bodhipakkhiya-dhammā are enumerated and explained though not called by that name. A detailed explanation of them is given in Vis.M XXII. In S.XLVII, 51, 67, only the five spiritual abilities indriya are called bodhipakkhiya-dhammā and in the Jhāna Vibhanga, only the 7 factors of enlightenment bojjhanga.

See also


Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952.