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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasam Catuttham
1. Nandikkhaya Vagga

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense
The 'Fourth Fifty' Suttas
1. The Chapter on the Destruction of the Lure

Sutta 161

Kotthita Anicca Suttam

Kotthika (i)

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][olds]Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Rajagaha in Jivaka's Mango Grove.

Then the venerable Kotthika[1] the Great came to see the Exalted One
on coming to him greeted him courteously,
and after the exchange of greetings and compliments
sat down at one side.

Seated at one side he said to the Exalted One:

"Well for me, lord, if the Exalted One would teach me the Norm in brief,
hearing which teaching from the Exalted One
I might dwell solitary,
remote,
earnest,
ardent
and aspiring."

"What is impermanent, Kotthika, -
you should put away desire for that.

And what is impermanent?

The eye, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Objects, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Eye-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Eye-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to eye-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The ear, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Sounds, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Ear-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Ear-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to ear-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The nose, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Scents, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Nose-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Nose-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to nose-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The tongue, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Savours, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Tongue-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Tongue-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to tongue-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The body, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Tangibles, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Body-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Body-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to body-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The mind, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Mind-states, Kotthika, are impermanent.

You should put away desire for them.

Mind-consciousness, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

Mind-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

The weal or woe or neutral state experienced
that arises owing to mind-contact, Kotthika, is impermanent.

You should put away desire for that.

What is impermanent, Kotthika, -
you should put away debire for that."

 


[1] Kotthita. Cf. Brethren, 6 and n., M. i, 292 f.; K.S. ii, 79.
He was famous for his proficiency in jhana. Infra, I 191


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