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Saɱyutta Nikāya
2. Nidāna Vagga
12. Nidāna-Saɱyutta
1. Buddha-vaggo

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part II.
The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
XII. The Kindred Sayings on Cause
I. The 'Buddha' Suttas

Sutta 3


The Way (or Course)

Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by F. L. Woodward

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain


[4] [5]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's Park.

[2] And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:


'Master!' responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

'I will teach you, brethren, both the wrong way and the right way.
Listen to it,
give your minds thoroughly
and I will speak.'

'Even so, lord,' responded those brethren.

[3] The Exalted One spake this:

Which, brethren, is the wrong way?

Conditioned by ignorance activities come to pass;
conditioned by activities consciousness,
conditioned by consciousness name-and-shape,
conditioned by name-and-shape sense,
conditioned by sense contact,
conditioned by contact feeling,
conditioned by feeling craving,
conditioned by craving grasping,
conditioned by grasping becoming,
conditioned by becoming birth,
conditioned by birth old age-and death, grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, despair come to pass.

...even [the way of] the uprising of this entire mass of ill.

This, is called the wrong way.

[4] And which is the right way?

But from the utter fading away and ceasing of ignorance [comes] ceasing of activities;
from ceasing of activities ceasing of consciousness;
from ceasing of consciousness ceasing of name-and-shape;
from ceasing of name-and-shape ceasing of sense;
from ceasing of sense ceasing of contact;
from ceasing of contact ceasing of feeling;
from ceasing of feeling ceasing of craving;
from ceasing of craving ceasing of grasping;
from ceasing of grasping ceasing of becoming;
from ceasing of becoming ceasing of birth;
from ceasing of birth,
old age-and-death, grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, despair cease.

...even [the way of] the ceasing of this entire mass of ill.

This is called the right way.

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