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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
38. Jambukhādaka Saɱyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
4. The Book Called the Saḷāyatana-Vagga
Containing Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
38. Kindred Sayings about Jambukhādaka

Sutta 1

Nibbānaɱ Suttaɱ


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

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the venerable Sāriputta was staying among the folk of Magadha,
at Nālaka[1] village.

Then the Wanderer, Rose-apple-eater,[2] came to visit the venerable Sāriputta,
and on coming to him greeted him in friendly wise,
and after the exchange of greetings and courtesies
sat down at one side.

So seated, the Wanderer, Rose-apple-eater,
said to the venerable Sāriputta: -

"'Nibbāna, Nibbāna!'[3] is the saying, friend Sāriputta.

Pray, friend, what is Nibbāna?"

"The destruction of lust,
the destruction of hatred,
the destruction of illusion, friend,
is called Nibbāna."

"But is there, friend, any path,
any approach
to the realization of this Nibbāna?

"There is such a path, friend,
there is such an approach."

"And what is that path, friend,
what is that approach
to the realization of this Nibbāna?"

"It is this Ariyan Eightfold Path, friend,
for the realization of Nibbāna,
to wit:

Right view,
right aim,
right speech,
right action,
right living,
right effort,
right mindfulness,
right concentration.

Such, friend, is this path,
this approach
to the realization of Nibbāna."

[171] A goodly[4] path, friend,
a goodly approach
to the realization of this Nibbāna
and a proper occasion[5] for earnestness too, friend!"


[1] Nālaka, of Magadha, was the native village of Sāriputta, and is frequently mentioned in Psalms of the Brethren, q v. He died there (S. v. 161).

[2] Jambu-khādaka, 'the name of one of Sāriputta's nephews, a 'clothed' (channa) Wanderer.' Comy.

[3] Cf. Pts. of Contr., 144 n.; Buddhism., 180.

[4] Bhaddaka.

[5] Alañ ca.

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