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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
12. Nidāna Saɱyutta
II. Āhāra Vagga

Sutta 15

Kaccāna-Gotta Suttaɱ


Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[16] [544]

[1][bit][pts][than][olds] At Sāvatthī.

[17] Then the Venerable Kaccānagotta approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him:

"Venerable sir, it is said, 'right view, right view.'

In what way, venerable sir, is there right view?"

"This world, Kaccāna, for the most part depends upon a duality — upon the notion of existence and the notion of nonexistence.

But for one who sees the origin of the world as it really is with correct wisdom, there is no notion of nonexistence in regard to the world.

And for one who sees the cessation of the world as it really is with correct wisdom, there is no notion of existence in regard to the world.

"This world, Kaccāna, is for the most part shackled by engagement, clinging, and adherence.

But this one [with right view] does not become engaged and cling through that engagement and clinging, mental standpoint, adherence, underlying tendency; he does not take a stand about 'my self.'

He has no perplexity or doubt that what arises is only suffering arising, what ceases is only suffering ceasing.

His knowledge about this is independent of others.

It is in this way, Kaccāna, that there is right view.

"'All exists': Kaccāna, this is one extreme.

'All does not exist': this is the second extreme.

Without veering towards either of these extremes, the Tathāgata teaches the Dhamma by the middle:

'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.

But 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."

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