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Sa.myutta Nikaaya
II. Nidaana Vagga
XII. Nidaana Sa.myutta
V. Gahapati Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
Part II.
The Book of Causation Nidaana-Vagga
12. Connected Discourses on Causation
5. The Householder

Sutta 44

Loka Sutta.m

The World

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[73] [581]

[1][pts][than] At Saavatthii.

"Bhikkhus, I will teach you the origin and the passing away of the world.

Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak."

"Yes, venerable sir," the bhikkhus replied.

The Blessed One said this:

"And what, bhikkhus, is the origin of the world?

In dependence on the eye and forms, eye-consciousness arises.

The meeting of the three is contact.

With contact as condition, feeling [comes to be]; with feeling as condition, craving; with craving as condition, clinging; with clinging as condition, existence; with existence as condition, birth; with birth as condition, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair come to be.

This, bhikkhus, is the origin of the world.

"In dependence on the ear and sounds ...

In dependence on the nose and odours ...

In dependence on the tongue and tastes ...

In dependence on the body and tactile objects ...

In dependence on the mind and mental phenomena, mind-consciousness arises.

The meeting of the three is contact.

With contact as condition, feeling [comes to be]; with feeling as condition, craving; with craving as condition, clinging ... existence ... birth; with birth as condition, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair come to be. This, bhikkhus, is the origin of the world.

"And what, bhikkhus, is the passing away of the world? In dependence on the eye and forms, eye-consciousness arises.

The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as condition, feeling [comes to be]; with feeling as condition, craving.

But with the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving comes cessation of clinging; with the cessation of clinging, cessation of existence; with the cessation of existence, cessation of birth; with the cessation of birth, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair cease.

Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering.

This, bhikkhus, is the passing away of the world.

"In dependence on the ear and sounds ... [74] ...

In dependence on the mind and mental phenomena, mind-consciousness arises.

The meeting of the three is contact.

With contact as condition, feeling [comes to be]; with feeling as condition, craving. But with the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving comes cessation of clinging ... cessation of existence ... cessation of birth; with the cessation of birth, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, displeasure, and despair cease.

Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering.

This, bhikkhus, is the passing away of the world."


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