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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
3. Bhāra Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
Part II.
The Book of the Aggregates Khandha-Vagga
22. Connected Discourses on the Aggregates
III. The Burden

Sutta 31

Agha-Mūla Suttaɱ

The Root of Misery

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[1][pts][olds] At Sāvatthī.

"Bhikkhus, I will teach you misery and the root of misery.

Listen to that. ...

"And what, bhikkhus, is misery?

Form is misery; feeling is misery; perception is misery; volitional formations are misery; consciousness is misery.

This is called misery.

"And what, bhikkhus, is the root of misery?

It is this craving that leads to renewed existence, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there; that is, craving for sensual pleasures, craving for existence, craving for extermination.

This is called the root of misery."

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