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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
2. Lokakamaguna 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
2. The World and Cords of Sensual Pleasure

Sutta 118

Sakka-Panha Suttam

Sakka's Question

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[101] [1192]

[1][pts] On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Rajagaha on Mount Vulture Peak.

Then Sakka, lord of the devas, approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, stood to one side, and said to him:

"Venerable sir, what is the cause and reason [102] why some beings here do not attain Nibbana in this very life?

And what is the cause and reason why some beings here attain Nibbana in this very life?"

"There are, lord of the devas, forms cognizable by the eye that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu seeks delight in them, welcomes them, and remains holding to them, his consciousness becomes dependent upon them and clings to them.

A bhikkhu with clinging does not attain Nibbana.

"There are, lord of the devas, sounds cognizable by the ear ... mental phenomena cognizable by the mind that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu seeks delight in them, welcomes them, and remains holding to them, his consciousness becomes dependent upon them and clings to them.

A bhikkhu with clinging does not attain Nibbana.

"This is the cause and reason, lord of the devas, why some beings here do not attain Nibbana in this very life.

"There are, lord of the devas, forms cognizable by the eye ... mental phenomena cognizable by the mind that are desirable, lovely, agreeable, pleasing, sensually enticing, tantalizing.

If a bhikkhu does not seek delight in them, does not welcome them, and does not remain holding to them, his consciousness does not become dependent upon them or cling to them.

A bhikkhu without clinging attains Nibbana.

"This is the cause and reason, lord of the devas, why some beings here attain Nibbana in this very life."

 


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