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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
12. Nidāna Saɱyutta
5. Gahapati Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
Part II.
The Book of Causation Nidāna-Vagga
12. Connected Discourses on Causation
5. The Householder

Sutta 48

Lokāya-Tika Suttaɱ

A Cosmologist

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts][than]At Sāvatthī.

Then a brahmin who was a cosmologist approached the Blessed One ... and said to him:

"How is it, Master Gotama: does all exist?"

"'All exists': this, brahmin, is the oldest cosmology."

"Then, Master Gotama, does all not exist?"

"'All does not exist': this, brahmin, is the second cosmology."

"How is it, Master Gotama: is all a unity?"

"'All is a unity': this, brahmin, is the third cosmology."

"Then, Master Gotama, is all a plurality?"

"'All is a plurality': this, brahmin, is the fourth cosmology.

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

When this was said, that brahmin said to the Blessed One:

"Magnificent, Master Gotama! ...

From today let Master Gotama remember me as a lay follower who has gone for refuge for life."

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