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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
12. Dhamma-Kathika Vagga

Sutta 122

Sīla Suttaɱ

The Fruit of Studious Etiological[1] Examination

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

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

Once upon a time the ancient Sāriputta
and the ancient Mahā-Koṭṭhita,
Benares revisiting,
Deer Park, Isipatane.

There then the ancient Mahā-Koṭṭhita,
arising towards evening from his seclusion
approached the ancient Sāriputta and drew near.

Having drawn near
he exchanged friendly greetings.

Having exhanged friendly greetings,
he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side, then, the ancient Mahā-Koṭṭhita said this to the ancient Sāriputta:

"By the ethically observant beggar, friend Sāriputta,
of what things should the etiology be given studious examination?"

"By the ethically observant beggar, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
the five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

What five?

These:

The form-fuel-stockpile,
the sense-experience-fuel-stockpile,
the perception-fuel-stockpile,
the own-making-fuel-stockpile,
the consciousness-fuel-stockpile.

"By the ethically observant beggar, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
these five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

Taking such a stand, friend,
it may be seen that
the ethically observant beggar,
studiously examining the etiology of
the instability,
the pain,
the disese,
the tumer,
the sting,
the abyss,
the affliction,
the 'otherness',
the cronic disease,
the emptiness,
the not-selfness
of these five fuel-stockpiles
will be able to realize the fruit of Stream-entry.

 

§

 

"By the Stream-winner, friend Sāriputta,
of what things should the etiology be given studious examination?"

"By the Stream-winner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
the five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

What five?

These:

The form-fuel-stockpile,
the sense-experience-fuel-stockpile,
the perception-fuel-stockpile,
the own-making-fuel-stockpile,
the consciousness-fuel-stockpile.

"By the Stream-winner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
these five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

Taking such a stand, friend,
it may be seen that
the Stream-winner,
studiously examining the etiology of
the instability,
the pain,
the disese,
the tumer,
the sting,
the abyss,
the affliction,
the 'otherness',
the cronic disease,
the emptiness,
the not-selfness
of these five fuel-stockpiles
will be able to realize the fruit of Once-returning.

 

§

 

"By the Once-returner, friend Sāriputta,
of what things should the etiology be given studious examination?"

"By the Once-returner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
the five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

What five?

These:

The form-fuel-stockpile,
the sense-experience-fuel-stockpile,
the perception-fuel-stockpile,
the own-making-fuel-stockpile,
the consciousness-fuel-stockpile.

"By the Once-returner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
these five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

Taking such a stand, friend,
it may be seen that
the Once-returner,
studiously examining the etiology of
the instability,
the pain,
the disese,
the tumer,
the sting,
the abyss,
the affliction,
the 'otherness',
the cronic disease,
the emptiness,
the not-selfness
of these five fuel-stockpiles
will be able to realize the fruit of Non-returning.

 

§

 

"By the Non-returner, friend Sāriputta,
of what things should the etiology be given studious examination?"

"By the Non-returner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
the five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

What five?

These:

The form-fuel-stockpile,
the sense-experience-fuel-stockpile,
the perception-fuel-stockpile,
the own-making-fuel-stockpile,
the consciousness-fuel-stockpile.

"By the Non-returner, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
these five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

Taking such a stand, friend,
it may be seen that
the Non-returner,
studiously examining the etiology of
the instability,
the pain,
the disese,
the tumer,
the sting,
the abyss,
the affliction,
the 'otherness',
the cronic disease,
the emptiness,
the not-selfness
of these five fuel-stockpiles
will be able to realize the fruit of Arahantship.

 

§

 

"By the Arahantr, friend Sāriputta,
of what things should the etiology be given studious examination?"

"By the Arahant, friend Koṭṭhita,
the instability of,
the pain of,
the disese of,
the tumer of,
the sting of,
the abyss of,
the affliction of,
the 'otherness' of,
the cronic disease of,
the emptiness of,
the not-selfness of
the five fuel-stockpiles
should the etiology be given studious examination.

It is not, friend, that the Arahant has more to do,
or to bring about,
but these things,
developed,
made a big thing
conduce to pleasant living in this seen thing
and minding self-awareness."

 


[1] Yoniso mananasi karo. Womb-mind-study. Etiology: The investigation of the source, driving-force and development of a thing.

 


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