2. Nidāna Vagga
1. Buddha Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Book of Causation Nidāna-Vagga
12. Connected Discourses on Causation
I. The Buddhas
The Two Ways
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Bhikkhus, I will teach you the wrong way and the right way.
Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak."
"Yes, venerable sir," those bhikkhus replied.
The Blessed One said this:
"And what, bhikkhus, is the wrong way?
With ignorance as condition, volitional formations [come to be]; with volitional formations as condition, consciousness....
Such is the origin of this whole mass of suffering.
This, bhikkhus, is called the wrong way.  "And what, bhikkhus, is the right way?
With the remainderless fading away and cessation of ignorance comes cessation of volitional formations; with the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness....
Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering.
This, bhikkhus, is called the right way."