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Index of the Suttas of the Samyutta Nikaya
Nidana Vagga
Rahula Samyutta

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II. Nidana Vagga

PTS: Samyutta Nikaya Volume 2, Nidana-Vagga ed. by M. Léon Feer, London: Pali Text Society 1888. The html formatted Pali Text Society edition of the Pali text.
BJT: Samyutta Nikaya Volume 2, Nidana-Vagga The Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series Pali text.

The Pali text for individual suttas listed below is adapted from the Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series [BJT], not from the PTS version.
Each translation is linked to it's Pali version and to the PTS, Sister Upalavanna, Olds and where available to the ATI Bhk. Thanissaro translation, and each of these is in turn linked back to each of the others. Many, but not all have been checked against the Pali Text Society edition, and many have been reformatted to include the original Pali (and/or organizational) phrase and sentence breaks.

PTS: The Kindred Sayings on Cause, translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids assisted by F.L. Woodward,
WP: The Book of Causation, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
ATI: The translations of Bhikkhu Thanissaro and others originally located on Access to Insight.
BD: The translations of M. Olds
MNL: The trnslations of Sister Upalavanna.

VII. Rahula Samyutta, II.244

PTS: Kindred Sayings about Rahula, II.165
WP: Connected Discourses with Rahula, I.694

I.

1. Cakkhu Suttam, II.244

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on change, pain, and not self from the Buddha. The six sense organs.Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on change, pain, and not self from the Buddha.
This and the following nine suttas, which are all constructed using the same form, are not a series of variations, but a series which gets progressively deeper.
Altough each sutta is here apparently independent, it is much more likely it was given as a whole, perhaps over several days. In any case, once completed it makes a whole and should be read as such.
Mrs. Rhys Davids translation here is misleading and spoils the message. She translates the terms 'eye, ear, nose, etc.' as 'sight, hearing, smelling, etc.' which is to speak of the sense experience when what is being spoken of is the sense organ. The idea is that when the sense organ is not stable, anything derived from that is going to be unstable. She gives the lesson no foundation in the concrete. Her abridgements in the following suttas are so severe as to allow multiple interpretations; I have chosen in expanding these suttas those possibilities I believe are most closely aligned with the Pali.
The lesson is:
Dependent on the eye and visual objects, eye-consciousness;
Dependent on the eye, visual objects and eye-consciousness, visual contact;
Dependent on the eye, visual objects, eye-consciousness and visual contact, eye-sense-experience;
Dependent on eye-sense-experience, eye-sense perception;
Dependent on eye-sense perception, intentions with regard to visual objects;
Dependent on intentions with regard to visual objects, thirst for visual objets;
Dependent on thirst for visual objects pain;
and this applies to all of the senses;
for anything derived from earth, water, fire, or wind
including forms, sense-experience, perception, own-making, or consciousness.
And this lesson amounts to what? The Paticca Samuppada.

PTS: The Eye, II.165
WP: The Eye, Etc., I.194

2. Rupa Suttam, II.245

PTS: Thing Seen, II.166
WP: Forms, Etc., I.695

3. Vinnana Suttam, II.246

PTS: Awareness, II.166
WP: Consciousness, I.695

4. Samphasso Suttam, II.246

PTS: Contact, II.166
WP: Contact, I.695

5. Vedana Suttam, II.247

PTS: Feeling, II.166
WP: Feeling, I.695

6. Sanna Suttam, II.247

PTS: Perception, II.166
WP: Perception, I.696

7. Sancetana Suttam, II.247

PTS: Volition, II.166
WP: Volition, I.696

8. Tanha Suttam, II.248

PTS: Craving, II.166
WP: Craving, I.696

9. Dhatu Suttam, II.

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on change, pain, and not self from the Buddha. On the data points: earth, water, fire, and wind.

PTS: Element, II.166
WP: Elements, I.697

10. Khandha Suttam, II.249

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on change, pain, and not self from the Buddha. On the stockpiles: form, sense-experience, perception, own-makiing and consciousness.

PTS: Aggregates, II.166
WP: Aggregates, I.697

II.

11. Cakkhu Suttam, II.249

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on change, pain, and not self from the Buddha. On the six sense organs from another angle.
This and the following ten suttas are identical respectively to Numbers 1 to 10 above with the difference that they omit the request by Rahula. The first batch therefore were the lessons, the second batch a re-enforcement. In the PTS they are abridged into one line that does not explain the difference.

PTS: The Eye
WP: 11-20: The Eye, Etc., I.697

12. Rupa Suttam, II.251

PTS: Thing Seen

13. Vinnana Suttam, II.251

PTS: Awareness

14. Samphasso Suttam, II.251

PTS: Contact

15. Vedana Suttam, II.251

PTS: Feeling

16. Sanna Suttam, II.251

PTS: Perception

17. Sancetana Suttam, II.251

PTS: Volition

18. Tanha Suttam, II.251

PTS: Craving

19. Dhatu Suttam, II.251

PTS: Element

20. Khandha Suttam, II.252

PTS: Aggregates

21. Anusaya Suttam, II.252

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on how to view all things as not-self.
The trick is to break perception down into the categories called 'the khandhas' 'the stockpiles': form, sense-experience, perception, own-making and consciousness where it is easy to see these things as 'not self'. This already creates a tendency to objectification and makes the transfer of that objectivity to the otherwise identified-with body and mind much easier.

PTS: Insidious Tendency, II.167
WP: Underlying Tendency, I.698

22. Manapagata Suttam, II.253

Rahula, Gotama's son, receives instruction on how to view all things as not-self.

PTS: Gone Away From, II.168
WP: Rid Of, I.698


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