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A'nguttara Nikaaya
Dasaka-Nipaata
IX: Thera-Vagga

Sutta 81

Baahuna Sutta.m

Old Man Baahuna

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

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

Once upon a time The Lucky Man,
round-about Campaa
bank of Gaggaraa Lotus-pond.

There then Old Man Baahuno approached the Lucky Man.

Having approached and paid respects,
he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side
Old Man Baahuno said this to The Lucky Man:

What then, bhante are the things a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart[1] made boundless?

There are these ten things, Baahuno,
that a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

What ten?

Shape[2] Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Sensation Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Peception Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Own-making[3] Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Consciousness[4] Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Birth Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Aging Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Dying Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Pain Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

Slime Baahuno, a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
so as to live with a heart made boundless.

In the same way Baahuno,
as the blue lotus,
or the red lotus,
or the white lotus,
born in the water,
growing up in the water,
rises above the water,
stands in the water,
but is not wet by the water,
even so, Baahuno,
a Tathaagata has set down,
unyoked,
stripped away,
these ten things
and lives with a heart made boundless.

 


[1] Cetasaa. Heart. Bhk. Thanissaro has 'awareness'. This is not so much an awareness as a feeling (and not so much a feeling as an absense of or freedom from feeling); a state of the heart or mind, not a function. The idea of the sutta is the condition achieved through detachment from every existing thing whatsoever. That state may be accompanied by awareness but is not awareness.

[2] Ruupa. Previously I have favored 'form' for ruupa, but am switching to 'shape' to free up 'form' for use as 'Dhamma' when it is to stand for 'Good Form'. see: Rhys David's Buddhist India pg292

[3] Sa'nkhaaraa. These first five are the khandhas, the constituent parts of individuality. Sa'nkhaaraa is the aspect of that which is the making of the world of individual experience by way of acts of mind speech and body.

[4] Vi~n~naa.na. Consciousness. Re-knowing knowing. This means consciousness as an individual. Woodward's '(persisting) consciousness' appears to be an attempt to join this to theories of self and by that explain how it may be stripped off, but there is no idea in the pali of 'persisting'.

 


 

References:

Rhys David's Buddhist India


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