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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
1. Yogakkhemi Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Third Fifty
1. Secure from Bondage

Sutta 108

Seyya Suttam

I Am Superior

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

"OBhikkhu Bodhi 2000., The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications, 2000)
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[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, when what exists, by clinging to what, by adhering to what, does the thought occur:

'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am inferior'?"

"Venerable sir, our teachings are rooted in the Blessed One. ..."

"When there is the eye, bhikkhus, by clinging to the eye, by adhering to the eye, the thought occurs:

'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am inferior.'

When there is the ear ...

When there is the mind, by clinging to the mind, by adhering to the mind, the thought occurs:

'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am inferior.'

"What do you think, bhikkhus, is the eye ... the mind permanent or impermanent?"

"Impermanent, venerable sir."

... "But without clinging to what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change, could the thought occur:

'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am inferior'?"

"No, venerable sir."

"Seeing thus ...

He understands:

'... there is no more for this state of being."

 


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