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Sa.myutta Nikaaya
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
35: Sa.laayatana Sa.myutta
Pa~n~naasaka Dutiya
3. Gilaana 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
3. The Chapter on the Sick Man

Sutta 80

Dutiya Avijjaa Sutta.m

Ignorance (ii)

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

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[1][than][olds][bodh] At Saavatthii was the occasion (for this discourse)

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

As he sat at one side he said to the Exalted One: -

"Is there, lord, any one thing
which must be abandoned;
by abandoning which
ignorance is abandoned
and knowledge springs up in a brother?"

"There is indeed, brother, one thing
which must be abandoned;
by abandoning which
ignorance is abandoned
and knowledge springs up in a brother.

 


 

What then lord, is that one thing
which must be abandoned;
by abandoning which
ignorance is abandoned
and knowledge springs up in a brother?"

 


 

"Herein, brother, it has been heard by a certain brother:

"All things ought not to be adhered to."[1]

Then if that brother has heard,

"All things ought not to be adhered to,"

he fully understands the whole Norm.

Fully understanding it,
he [27] comprehends it.

Comprehending it,
he regards all phenomena[2] as changeable.

He regards the eye as changeable,
he regards objects as changeable,
he regards eye-consciousness as changeable,
he regards eye-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to eye-contact as changeable.

He regards the ear as changeable,
he regards sounds as changeable,
he regards ear-consciousness as changeable,
he regards ear-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to ear-contact as changeable.

He regards the nose as changeable,
he regards scents as changeable,
he regards nose-consciousness as changeable,
he regards nose-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to nose-contact as changeable.

He regards the tongue as changeable,
he regards savours as changeable,
he regards tongue-consciousness as changeable,
he regards tongue-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to tongue-contact as changeable.

He regards the body as changeable,
he regards tangibles as changeable,
he regards body-consciousness as changeable,
he regards body-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to body-contact as changeable.

He regards the mind as changeable,
he regards mind-states as changeable,
he regards mind-consciousness as changeable,
he regards mind-contact as changeable,
he regards that weal
or woe
or neutral state
arising owing to mind-contact as changeable.

So knowing,
so seeing,
a brother abandons ignorance
and knowledge arises in him."

 


[1] Dhammaa naa.la'n abhinivesaaya. Comy. 'Tebhuumaka-dhammaa (belonging to the three worlds of existence): na yuttaa abhinivesattha'n paraamasaa-gaahena ganhitu'n' - i.e., ought not to be taken hold of by way of mental bias, with wrongful view.

[2] Sabbanimittaani a~n~nato, by way of 'otherness.'


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