8 4: Nibbāna Suttaṃ
Translated from the Pali by John D. Ireland.
©1997 Buddhist Publication Society.
From The Udana: Inspired Utterances of the Buddha, (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1997). Copyright © 1997 Buddhist Publication Society. Used with permission.
[VIII-4.1][than] Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Wood at Anathapindika's monastery. On that occasion the Lord was instructing... the bhikkhus with a Dhamma talk connected with Nibbana, and those bhikkhus... were intent on listening to Dhamma.
Then, on realizing its significance, the Lord uttered on that occasion this inspired utterance:
For the supported
there is instability,
for the unsupported
there is no instability;
when there is no instability
there is serenity;
when there is serenity
there is no inclination:
when there is no inclination
there is no coming-and-going;
when there is no coming-and-going
there is no decease-and-uprising;
when there is no decease-and-uprising
there is neither "here" nor "beyond"
nor "in between the two."
Just this is the end of suffering.