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Sa'nyutta Nikaya
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
44. Avyaakata Sa'nyutta

Sutta 3

Saariputta-Ko.t.thika (or Pagata, or Upagata) Sutta.m

Sariputta and Kotthita (1)

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] On one occasion Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Maha Kotthita were staying near Varanasi in the Game Refuge at Isipatana. Then in the evening, Ven. Maha Kotthita emerged from his seclusion and went to Ven. Sariputta and exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings and courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to Ven. Sariputta, "Now then, friend Sariputta, does the Tathaagata exist after death?"

"That, friend, has not been declared by the Blessed One: 'The Tathaagata exists after death.'"

"Well then, friend Sariputta, does the Tathaagata not exist after death?"

"Friend, that too has not been declared by the Blessed One: 'The Tathaagata does not exist after death.'"

"Then does the Tathaagata both exist and not exist after death?"

"That has not been declared by the Blessed One: 'The Tathaagata both exists and does not exist after death.'"

"Well then, does the Tathaagata neither exist nor not exist after death?"

"That too has not been declared by the Blessed One: 'The Tathaagata neither exists nor does not exist after death.'"

"Now, friend Sariputta, when asked if the Tathaagata exists after death, you say, 'That has not been declared by the Blessed One: "The Tathaagata exists after death."' When asked if the Tathaagata does not exist after death... both exists and does not exist after death... neither exists nor does not exist after death, you say, 'That too has not been declared by the Blessed One: "The Tathaagata neither exists nor does not exist after death."' Now, what is the cause, what is the reason, why that has not been declared by the Blessed One?"

"'The Tathaagata exists after death' is immersed in form. 'The Tathaagata does not exist after death' is immersed in form. 'The Tathaagata both exists and does not exist after death' is immersed in form. 'The Tathaagata neither exists nor does not exist after death' is immersed in form.

"'The Tathaagata exists after death' is immersed in feeling...

"'The Tathaagata exists after death' is immersed in perception...

"'The Tathaagata exists after death' is immersed in fabrication...

"'The Tathaagata exists after death' is immersed in consciousness. 'The Tathaagata does not exist after death' is immersed in consciousness. 'The Tathaagata both exists and does not exist after death' is immersed in consciousness. 'The Tathaagata neither exists nor does not exist after death' is immersed in consciousness.

"This is the cause, this is the reason, why that has not been declared by the Blessed One."

 


 

See also:
AN IV.42.

 


 

 [SN 44 Introduction and Contents]  [SN 44 1: With Khema]  [SN 44 2: To Anuradha]  [SN 44 3: Sariputta and Kotthita (1)]  [SN 44 4: Sariputta and Kotthita (2)]  [SN 44 5: Sariputta and Kotthita (3)]  [SN 44 6: Sariputta and Kotthita (4)]  [SN 44 7: With Moggallana]  [SN 44 8: With Vacchagotta]  [SN 44 9: With Vacchagotta]  [SN 44 10: To Ananda]  [SN 44 11: With Sabhiya]


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