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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
38. Jambukhādaka Saɱyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
4. The Book Called the Saḷāyatana-Vagga
Containing Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
38. Kindred Sayings about Jambukhādaka

Sutta 14

Dukkha Suttaɱ

Suffering

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

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[175]

[1][than] Thus have I heard:

Once the venerable Sāriputta was staying among the folk of Magadha,
at Nālaka village.

Then the Wanderer, Rose-apple-eater came to visit the venerable Sāriputta,
and on coming to him greeted him in friendly wise,
and after the exchange of greetings and courtesies
sat down at one side.

So seated, the Wanderer, Rose-apple-eater,
said to the venerable Sāriputta: -

"'Suffering, suffering!' is the saying, friend Sāriputta.

Pray what is suffering?"

"There are these three forms of suffering,[1]friend:
the sort of suffering caused by pain,
the sort caused by the activities,
the sort caused by the changeable nature of things.

These are the three sorts of suffering."

"But, friend, is there any way,
any approach
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering?"

"There is such a path, friend,
there is such an approach
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering."

"And what is that path, friend,
what is that approach
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering?"

"It is this Ariyan Eightfold Path, friend,
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering
to wit:

Right view,
right aim,
right speech,
right action,
right living,
right effort,
right mindfulness,
right concentration.

Such, friend, is this path,
this approach
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering."

"A goodly path, friend,
a goodly approach
to the comprehension of these forms of suffering
and a proper occasion for earnestness too, friend!"

 


[1] Dukkhatā, the abstract of dukkhaŋ.


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