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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
III. Khandha Vagga:
22: Khandha Saɱyutta
2.4. Thera Vagga

Sutta 83

Ananda Sutta

Ananda

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] At Savatthi.

There Ven. Ananda addressed the monks:
"Friend monks!"

"Yes, friend,"
the monks responded to him.

Ven. Ananda said:

"Friends, Ven. Punna Mantaniputta was very helpful to us
when we were newly ordained.
He exhorted us with this exhortation:

"'It's with possessiveness, friend Ananda,
that there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
And through possessiveness of what
is there "I am,"
not without possessiveness?

Through possessiveness of form
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
Through possessiveness of feeling
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
Through possessiveness of perception
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
Through possessiveness of fabrications
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
Through possessiveness of consciousness
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.

"'Just as if a young woman
— or a man —
youthful, fond of adornment,
contemplating the image
of her face
in a mirror, pure and bright,
or in a bowl of clear water,
would look with possessiveness,
not without possessiveness.
In the same way,
through possessiveness of form
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness,
Through possessiveness of feeling
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness,
Through possessiveness of perception
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness,
Through possessiveness of fabrications
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.
Through possessiveness of consciousness,
there is "I am,"
not without possessiveness.

"'What do you think, friend Ananda
— Is form constant or inconstant?'

"'Inconstant, friend.'

"'And is that which is inconstant
easeful or stressful?'

"'Stressful, friend.'

"'And is it fitting to regard
what is inconstant,
stressful,
subject to change as:
"This is mine.
This is my self.
This is what I am"?'

"'No, friend.'

"'What do you think, friend Ananda
— Is feeling constant or inconstant?'

"'Inconstant, friend.'

"'And is that which is inconstant
easeful or stressful?'

"'Stressful, friend.'

"'And is it fitting to regard
what is inconstant,
stressful,
subject to change as:
"This is mine.
This is my self.
This is what I am"?'

"'No, friend.'

"'What do you think, friend Ananda
— Is perception constant or inconstant?'

"'Inconstant, friend.'

"'And is that which is inconstant
easeful or stressful?'

"'Stressful, friend.'

"'And is it fitting to regard
what is inconstant,
stressful,
subject to change as:
"This is mine.
This is my self.
This is what I am"?'

"'No, friend.'

"'What do you think, friend Ananda
— Are fabrications constant or inconstant?'

"'Inconstant, friend.'

"'And is that which is inconstant
easeful or stressful?'

"'Stressful, friend.'

"'And is it fitting to regard
what is inconstant,
stressful,
subject to change as:
"This is mine.
This is my self.
This is what I am"?'

"'No, friend.'

"'What do you think, friend Ananda
— Is consciousness constant or inconstant?'

"'Inconstant, friend.'

"'And is that which is inconstant
easeful or stressful?'

"'Stressful, friend.'

"'And is it fitting to regard
what is inconstant,
stressful,
subject to change as:
"This is mine.
This is my self.
This is what I am"?'

"'No, friend.'

"'Thus, friend Ananda,
any form whatsoever
that is past, future, or present;
internal or external;
blatant or subtle;
common or sublime;
far or near:
every form is to be seen
as it actually is
with right discernment as:
"This is not mine.
This is not my self.
This is not what I am."

"'Any feeling whatsoever
that is past, future, or present;
internal or external;
blatant or subtle;
common or sublime;
far or near:
every feeling is to be seen
as it actually is
with right discernment as:
"This is not mine.
This is not my self.
This is not what I am."

"'Any perception whatsoever
that is past, future, or present;
internal or external;
blatant or subtle;
common or sublime;
far or near:
every perception is to be seen
as it actually is
with right discernment as:
"This is not mine.
This is not my self.
This is not what I am."

"'Any fabrications whatsoever
that is past, future, or present;
internal or external;
blatant or subtle;
common or sublime;
far or near:
every fabrication is to be seen
as it actually is
with right discernment as:
"This is not mine.
This is not my self.
This is not what I am."

"'Any consciousness whatsoever
that is past, future, or present;
internal or external;
blatant or subtle;
common or sublime;
far or near:
every consciousness is to be seen
as it actually is
with right discernment as:
"This is not mine.
This is not my self.
This is not what I am."

"Seeing thus,
the instructed disciple of the noble ones
grows disenchanted with form,
disenchanted with feeling,
disenchanted with perception,
disenchanted with fabrications,
disenchanted with consciousness.

Through disenchantment,
he becomes dispassionate.
Through dispassion,
he is fully released.
With full release,
there is the knowledge,
'Fully released.'
He discerns that
'Birth is ended,
the holy life fulfilled,
the task done.
There is nothing further for this world.'"

"Friends, Ven. Punna Mantaniputta was very helpful to us
when we were newly ordained.
He exhorted us with this exhortation.
And when I had heard this Dhamma-explanation
from Ven. Punna Mantaniputta,
I broke through to the Dhamma."

 


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