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Anguttara Nikāya
Atthaka Nipāta
Rāgādipeyyālaṃ

Sutta 93

Abhibhāyatana Suttaɱ

The Spheres of Deliverance from Passion

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time The Lucky Man, Savatthi Town revisiting.

There, to the Beggars gathered round he said:

Beggars!

And, Broke Tooth! they responded.

Beggars, for the complete understanding of passion eight things must be developed.

What eight?

2. Seeing the materiality of material.

Perceiving personal immaterialiality
one sees external forms.

Thinking "How pure!"
he is intent on that.

Elevating himself above all perceptions of materiality,
allowing perceptions of resistance to subside,
not scrutinizing perceptions of diversity,
thinking:

'Un-ending is space.'

he enters into and makes a habitat of the Dimension of Space.

Elevating himself completely above the Dimension of Unending Space,
thinking:

'Unending is consciousness.'

he enters into and makes a habitat of the Dimension of Unending Consciousness.

Elevating himself completely above the Dimension of Unending Consciousness,
thinking:

'There is nothing there.'

he enters into and makes a habitat of the Dimension of No Things There.

Elevating himself completely above the Dimension of No Things There
he enters into and makes a habitat of the Dimension of Neither-perception-nor-non-perception.

Elevating himself completely above the Dimension of Neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
he enters into and makes a habitat of
the ending of sense-perception.

Beggars, for the complete understanding of passion these eight things must be developed.


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