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Aŋguttara-Nikaya
Tikanipāta

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings

The Book of the Threes

Sutta 76

Existence 1

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 

[76.1][pts][ati] I HEAR TELL

Once upon a time the Ancient, Ananda, Vesali-town revisiting, Great Woods, The Chamber of the Pinicaled Ceiling.

There then, he drew near to The Lucky Man.

Drawing near, giving greeting, he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side the Ancient, Ananda, said this to the Lucky Man:

'Existence! Existence!' bhante, it is said.

How far, bhante, can it be said that there is existence?

Result characterized by pleasure, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of pleasurable existence?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in consciousness characterized as "low".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

3. Result characterized by form, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of existence as form?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in consciousness characterized as "middling".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

4. Result characterized by formlessness, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of formless existence?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in consciousness characterized as "high".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

 


Sutta 77


 

Existence 2

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 

[77.1][pts][ati] I HEAR TELL

Once upon a time the Ancient, Ananda, Vesali-town revisiting, Great Woods, The Chamber of the Pinicaled Ceiling.

There then, he drew near to The Lucky Man.

Drawing near, giving greeting, he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side the Ancient, Ananda, said this to the Lucky Man:

'Existence! Existence!' bhante, it is said.

How far, bhante, can it be said that there is existence?

Result characterized by pleasure, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of pleasurable existence?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in a heart,
become established in a wish
characterized as "low".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

3. Result characterized by form, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of existence as form?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in a heart,
become established in a wish
characterized as "middling".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

4. Result characterized by formlessness, Ananda, and,
intentional action not existing,
could there then be any knowing of formless existence?

Not in this case, bhante.

Thus it is then, Ananda, with
intentional action the site,
consciousness the seed,
thirst the moisture,
blindness-obstructed beings yoked to thirst
become established in a heart,
become established in a wish
characterized as "high".

Thus there is further existence-production going foward.

This then, Ananda, is existence.

 


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