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Anguttara Nikaya
Dasaka-Nipata
IX: Thera-Vagga

Sutta 81

Bahuna Suttam

Old Man Bahuna

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][than] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time The Lucky Man,
round-about Campa
bank of Gaggara Lotus-pond.

There then Old Man Bahuno approached the Lucky Man.

Having approached and paid respects,
he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side
Old Man Bahuno said this to The Lucky Man:

What then, bhante are the things a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart[1] made boundless?

There are these ten things, Bahuno,
that a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

What ten?

Shape[2] Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Sensation Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Peception Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Own-making[3] Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Consciousness[4] Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Birth Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Aging Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Dying Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Pain Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Slime Bahuno, a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

In the same way Bahuno,
as the blue lotus,
or the red lotus,
or the white lotus,
born in the water,
growing up in the water,
rises above the water,
stands in the water,
but is not wet by the water,
even so, Bahuno,
a Tathagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
these ten things
and lives with a heart made boundless.

 


[1] Cetasa. Heart. Bhk. Thanissaro has 'awareness'. This is not so much an awareness as a feeling (and not so much a feeling as an absense of or freedom from feeling); a state of the heart or mind, not a function. The idea of the sutta is the condition achieved through detachment from every existing thing whatsoever. That state may be accompanied by awareness but is not awareness.

[2] Rupa. Previously I have favored 'form' for rupa, but am switching to 'shape' to free up 'form' for use as 'Dhamma' when it is to stand for 'Good Form'. see: Rhys David's Buddhist India pg292

[3] Sankhara. These first five are the khandhas, the constituent parts of individuality. Sankhara is the aspect of that which is the making of the world of individual experience by way of acts of mind speech and body.

[4] Vinnana. Consciousness. Re-knowing knowing. This means consciousness as an individual. Woodward's '(persisting) consciousness' appears to be an attempt to join this to theories of self and by that explain how it may be stripped off, but there is no idea in the pali of 'persisting'.

 


 

References:

Rhys David's Buddhist India


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