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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
III. Khandha Vagga:
22: Khandha Sa.myutta
2.4. Thera Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
Part II.
The Book of the Aggregates Khandha-Vagga
22. Connected Discourses on the Aggregates
2.4. The Elders

Sutta 83

Aananda Sutta.m

Aananda

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[105] [928]

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

There the Venerable Aananda addressed the bhikkhus thus:

"Friends, bhikkhus."

"Friend." those bhikkhus replied.

The Venerable Aananda said this:

"Friends, the Venerable Pu.n.na Mantaaniputta was very helpful to us when we were newly ordained.

He exhorted us with the following exhortation:

"It is by clinging, Aananda, that [the notion] 'I am' occurs, not without clinging.

And by clinging to what does 'I am' occur, not without clinging?

It is by clinging to form that 'I am' occurs, not without clinging.

It is by clinging to feeling ... to perception ... to volitional formations ... to consciousness that 'I am' occurs, not without clinging.

"Suppose, friend Aananda, a young woman - or a man - youthful and fond of ornaments, would examine her own facial image in a mirror or in a bowl filled with pure, clear, clean water: she would look at it with clinging, not without clinging.

So too, it is by clinging to form that 'I am' occurs, not without clinging.

It is by clinging to feeling ... to perception ... to volitional formations ... to consciousness that 'I am' occurs, not without clinging.

"What do you think, friend Aananda, is form permanent or impermanent?"

... (as in preceding sutta) ...

"Seeing thus ...

He understands:

'... there is no more for this state of being."

"Friends, the Venerable Pu.n.na Mantaaniputta [106] was very helpful to us when we were newly ordained.

He exhorted us with that exhortation.

And when I heard his Dhamma teaching I made the breakthrough to the Dhamma."


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