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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
5. Sala 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
5. The Sixes

Sutta 96

Decline

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[76] [1178]

[1][pts][bd]"Bhikkhus, I will teach you about one who is subject to decline, about one who is not subject to decline, and about the six mastered bases. Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak.

"Yes, venerable sir," those bhikkus replied.

The Blessed One said this:

"And how, bhikkhus, is one subject to decline?[78]

Here, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has seen a form with the eye, there arise in him evil unwholesome states, memories and intentions connected with the fetters.[79] If the bhikkhu tolerates them and does not abandon them, dispel them, put an end to them, and obliterate them, he should understand this thus:
'I am declining away from wholesome states.
For this has been called decline by the Blessed One.'

"Further, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has heard a sound with the ear ... cognized a mental phenomenon with the mind, [77] there arise in him evil unwholesome states, memories and intentions connected with the fetters. If the bhikkhu tolerates them and does not abandon them, dispel them, put an end to them, and obliterate them, he should understand this thus:
'I am declining away from wholesome states.
For this has been called decline by the Blessed One.'

"It is in such a way, bhikkhus, that one is subject to decline.

"And how, bhikkhus, is one not subject to decline?

Here, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has seen a form with the eye, there arise in him evil unwholesome states, memories and intentions connected with the fetters. If the bhikkhu does not tolerate them, but abandons them, dispels them, puts on end to them, and obliterates them, he should understand this thus:
'I am not declining away from wholesome states.
For this has been called non-decline by the Blessed One.'

"Further, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has heard a sound with the ear ... cognized a mental phenomenon with the mind, there arise in him evil unwholesome states, memories and intentions connected with the fetters. If the bhikkhu does not tolerate them, but abandons them, dispels them, puts an end to them, and obliterates them, he should understand this thus:
'I am not declining [1179] away from wholesome states. For this has been called non-decline by the Blessed One.' "It is in such a way, bhikkhus, that one is not subject to decline.

"And what, bhikkhus, are the six mastered bases?[80]

Here, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has seen a form with the eye, there do not arise in him evil unwholesome states, nor any memories and intentions connected with the fetters. The bhikkhu should understand this thus:
'This base has been mastered.
For this has been called a mastered base by the Blessed One.'

"Further, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu has heard a sound with the ear ... cognized a mental phenomenon with the mind, there do not arise in him evil unwholesome states, nor any memories and intentions connected with the fetters. The bhikkhu should understand this thus:
'This base has been mastered.
For this has been called a mastered base by the Blessed One.'

These, bhikkhus, are called the six mastered bases."

 


[78]Parihanadhamma.

[79]Sarasankappa sanyojaniya. Spk derives sara from saranti, to run (glossed dhavanti), but I take it to be from the homonym meaning "to remember" (which is also the basis of the noun sati, meaning both memory and mindfulness).

[80]Cha abhibhayatanani. Spk glosses with abhibhavitani ayatanani. These are altogether different from the attha abhibhayatanani, the eight bases of mastery (mentioned at DN II 110-11, MN II 13-14, etc.).

 


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