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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
2. Migajala Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Second Fifty
2. Migajala

Suttas 71-73

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[43] [1155]

Sutta 71

Pathama Chaphassayatana Suttam

The Six Bases for Contact 1

[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, if a bhikkhu does not understand as they really are the origin and the passing away, the gratification, the danger, and the escape, in the case of these six bases for contact, then he has not lived the holy life; he is far away from this Dhamma and Discipline."

When this was said, a certain bhikkhu said to the Blessed One:

"Here, venerable sir, I am lost, for I do not understand as they really are the origin and the passing away, the gratification, the danger, and the escape, in the case of these six bases for contact."

"What do you think, bhikkhu, do you regard the eye thus:

'This is mine, this I am, this is my self'?"

"No, venerable sir."

"Good, bhikkhu!

And here, bhikkhu, you should clearly see the eye as it really is with correct wisdom thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'

This itself is the end of suffering.

"Do you regard the ear thus... ?

Do you regard the mind thus:

'This is mine, this I am, this is my self'?"

"No, venerable sir."

"Good, bhikkhu!

And here, bhikkhu, you should clearly see the mind as it really is with correct wisdom thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'

This itself is the end of suffering."

 


[44]

Sutta 72

Dutiya Chaphassayatana Suttam

The Six Bases for Contact 2

[1][pts] (The first two paragraphs as in the preceding sutta.)

"What do you think, bhikkhu, do you regard the eye thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self'?"

"Yes, venerable sir."

"Good, bhikkhu!

And here, bhikkhu, you should clearly see the eye as it really is with correct wisdom thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'

Thus this first base for contact will be abandoned by you for no future renewed existence.

"Do you regard the ear thus... ?

Thus this second base for contact will be abandoned by you for no future renewed existence. ...

"Do you regard the mind thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self'?"

"Yes, venerable sir."

"Good, bhikkhu!

And here, bhikkhu, you should clearly see the mind as it really is with correct wisdom thus:

'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'

Thus this sixth base for contact will be abandoned by you for no future renewed existence."

 


 

Sutta 73

Tatiya Chaphassayatana Suttam

The Six Bases for Contact 3

[1][pts] (The first two paragraphs as in I71.)

[45] "What do you think, bhikkhu, is the eye permanent or impermanent?"

"Impermanent, venerable sir."

"Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness?"

"Suffering, venerable sir."

"Is what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change fit to be regarded thus:

'This is mine, this I am, this is my self'?"

"No, venerable sir."

"Is the ear ... the mind permanent or impermanent?"

"Impermanent, venerable sir."

"Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness?"

"Suffering, venerable sir."

"Is what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change fit to be regarded thus:

'This is mine, this I am, this is my self'?"

"No, venerable sir."

"Seeing thus, bhikkhu, the instructed noble disciple experiences revulsion towards the eye ... revulsion towards the mind.

Experiencing revulsion, he becomes dispassionate.

Through dispassion [his mind] is liberated.

When it is liberated there comes the knowledge:

'It's liberated.'

He understands:

'Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being."

 


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