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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Dasaka-Nipāta
IX: Thera-Vagga

Sutta 81

Bāhuna Suttaṃ

Old Man Bāhuna

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][than] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time The Lucky Man,
round-about Campā
bank of Gaggarā Lotus-pond.

There then Old Man Bāhuno approached the Lucky Man.

Having approached and paid respects,
he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side
Old Man Bāhuno said this to The Lucky Man:

What then, bhante are the things a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart[1] made boundless?

There are these ten things, Bāhuno,
that a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

What ten?

Shape[2] Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Sensation Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Peception Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Own-making[3] Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Consciousness[4] Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Birth Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Aging Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Dying Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Pain Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Slime Bāhuno, a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

In the same way Bāhuno,
as the blue lotus,
or the red lotus,
or the white lotus,
born in the water,
growing up in the water,
rises above the water,
stands in the water,
but is not wet by the water,
even so, Bāhuno,
a Tathāgata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
these ten things
and lives with a heart made boundless.

 


[1] Cetasā. Heart. Bhk. Thanissaro has 'awareness'. This is not so much an awareness as a feeling (and not so much a feeling as an absense of or freedom from feeling); a state of the heart or mind, not a function. The idea of the sutta is the condition achieved through detachment from every existing thing whatsoever. That state may be accompanied by awareness but is not awareness.

[2] Rūpa. Previously I have favored 'form' for rūpa, but am switching to 'shape' to free up 'form' for use as 'Dhamma' when it is to stand for 'Good Form'. see: Rhys David's Buddhist India pg292

[3] Saŋkhārā. These first five are the khandhas, the constituent parts of individuality. Saŋkhārā is the aspect of that which is the making of the world of individual experience by way of acts of mind speech and body.

[4] Viññāṇa. Consciousness. Re-knowing knowing. This means consciousness as an individual. Woodward's '(persisting) consciousness' appears to be an attempt to join this to theories of self and by that explain how it may be stripped off, but there is no idea in the pali of 'persisting'.

 


 

References:

Rhys David's Buddhist India


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