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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
III. Khandhā Vagga:
22: Khandhāsaɱyutta
5. Attadīpa Vagga

Sutta 48

Khandhā Suttaɱ

The Stockpiles

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

Translator's Introduction

The stockpiles are one of the ways in which the Buddha has broken into smaller units everything in existence. The distinction between the stockpiles and the fueled stockpiles is that the fueled stockpiles are, as the name indicates, stockpiles fueled by the corrupting influences of lust, existence and blindness. In other words they have become the objects of the intent to experience sense-pleasures, existence, or the product of some point of view. The distinction is very clearly drawn in this sutta, but is it correct to draw the conclusion that it is saying that the khandhas exist separately from individuality? Identifying with the khandhas, or one of them, or holding opinions about the self (as per the previous sutta) they are upadana-kkhandha; seen externally, objectively, they are just khandha. When the asavas (corrupting influences: lust, existence and blindness) have been destroyed in the living Arahant, the khandhas are seen to carry on for the remainder of the lifespan of the being who became arahant. Subsequent to the 'visible' death of the Arahant, the body, sense-experience, perception, own-making and sense-consciousness dhatu break apart, separate off and he makes no further khandhas the object of intent to experience sensory existence and for him without such intent, because he has destroyed the asavas, do not arise again. So from two perspectives (the living arahant, and the separation from body, etc. of the living being from the khandhas at death) we can see that there is a distinction between khandhas that are fueled and those that are no longer fueled, but we cannot say that there is any sustained or autonomous existence of the khandhas separate from individuality.

 


 

[1-2][pts][than][bodh]I HEAR TELL:

Once Upon a Time, the Lucky Man, Sāvatthī-Town, Anathapindika Park, came-a ReVisiting.

There he addressed the beggars:

"Beggars!"

"Bhante!" they responded.

The Lucky Man said this to them:

"I will teach you, beggars,
the five stockpiles,
and the five fueled-stockpiles.

Listen up!
Pay good attention!
I will speak!"

"Even so, bhante!" said those beggars in response.

Then The Lucky Man said:

And what, beggars are the five stockpiles?

Whatever is shape, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
this is called 'the shape stockpile'

Whatever is sense-experience, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
this is called 'the sense-experience stockpile'

Whatever is perception, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
this is called 'the perception stockpile'

Whatever is ownmaking, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
this is called 'the ownmaking stockpile'

Whatever is sense-consciousness, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
this is called 'the sense-consciousness stockpile'

These are what is called the five stockpiles.

 


 

And what, beggars are the five fueled-stockpiles?

Whatever is shape, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
that is fueled with the corrupting influences,[1]
this is called 'the shape-fueled stockpile'

Whatever is sense-experience, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
that is fueled with the corrupting influences,
this is called 'the sense-experience-fueled stockpile'

Whatever is perception, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
that is fueled with the corrupting influences,
this is called 'the perception-fueled stockpile'

Whatever is own-making, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
that is fueled with the corrupting influences,
this is called 'the own-making-fueled stockpile'

Whatever is sense-consciousness, beggars,
whether past, future, or present,
internal or external,
gross or subtle,
inferior or exalted
far or near,
that is fueled with the corrupting influences,
this is called 'the sense-consciousness-fueled stockpile'

 


[1] Sāsava. With'asava. Accompanied by, supported with/by. Lust, existing and blindness.

 


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