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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
45. Magga Saɱyutta
3. Micchatta Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
45. Kindred Sayings on the Way
3. Perversion

Sutta 29

Vedanā Suttaɱ


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

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,


"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these three feelings, monks.[1]

What three?

Feeling that is pleasant,
feeling that is painful,
feeling [20] that is neither pleasant nor painful.

These are the three feelings.

Woodward has reversed the meaning of this sutta to make it that the Magga is to be understood by understanding the feelings. It is the feelings that are to be understood by cultivation of the Magga.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

By the comprehension, monks,
of these three feelings
the Ariyan eightfold way must be cultivated.

What Ariyan eightfold way?

That which is right view,
right aim,
right speech,
right action,
right living,
right effort,
right mindfulness
right concentration.

By the comprehension
of these three feelings
the Ariyan eightfold way must be cultivated.


[1] Cf. K.S. iv, 136, etc.

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