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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
3. Gahapati 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
3. The Householder

Sutta 129

Ghosita Suttam

Ghosita

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[113] [1199]

[1][pts] On one occasion the Venerable Anandawas dwelling at Kosambi in Ghosita's Park.

Then the householder Ghosita approached the Venerable Ananda... and said to him:

[114] "Venerable Ananda, it is said, 'diversity of elements, diversity of elements.'

In what way, venerable sir, has the diversity of elements been spoken of by the Blessed One?"

"Householder, there exists the eye element, and forms that are agreeable, and eye-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as pleasant, a pleasant feeling arises.

There exists the eye element, and forms that are disagreeable, and eye-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as painful, a painful feeling arises.

There exists the eye element, and forms that are a basis for equanimity, and eye-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as neither-painful-nor-pleasant, a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling arises.

"Householder, there exists the ear element ... the nose element ... the tongue element ... the body element ... the mind element, and mental phenomena that are agreeable, and mind-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as pleasant, a pleasant feeling arises.

There exists the mind element, and mental phenomena that are disagreeable, and mind-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as painful, a painful feeling arises.

There exists the mind element, and mental phenomena that are a basis for equanimity, and mind-consciousness: in dependence on a contact to be experienced as neither-painful-nor-pleasant, a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling arises.

"It is in this way, householder, that the diversity of elements has been spoken of by the Blessed One."

 


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