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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35: Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
Paññāsaka Dutiya
1. Avijjā Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense
The 'Second Fifty' Suttas
1. The Chapter on Ignorance

Sutta 53

Avijjā-Pahāna Suttaɱ

Ignorance

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

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[1][bodh]Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then a certain brother came to the Exalted One,
and on coming to him saluted him
and sat down at one side.

So seated that brother said this:

"By how knowing, lord,
by how seeing
does ignorance vanish
and knowledge arise?"

"In him that knows and sees the eye as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees objects as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees eye-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees eye-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through eye-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees the ear as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees sounds as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees ear-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees ear-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through ear-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees the nose as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees scents as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees nose-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees nose-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through nose-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees the tongue as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees savours as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees tongue-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees tongue-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through tongue-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees the body as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees things tactile as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees body-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees body-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through body-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees the mind as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees mind-states as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees mind-consciousness as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees mind-contact as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

In him that knows and sees
whatever weal or woe or neutral state
that arises experienced through mind-contact
as impermanent, brother,
ignorance vanishes
and knowledge arises.

This is how knowing,
how seeing
that ignorance vanish
and knowledge arises."


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