3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
5. Atta-Dīpa Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
The Book of the Aggregates Khandha-Vagga
22. Connected Discourses on the Aggregates
V. With Yourselves as an Island
Dutiya Aniccatā Suttaɱ
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Bhikkhus, form is impermanent. ...
Feeling is impermanent. ...
Perception is impermanent. ...
Volitional formations are impermanent. ...
Consciousness is impermanent.
What is impermanent is suffering.
What is suffering is nonself.
What is nonself should be seen as it really is with correct wisdom thus:
'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.'
"When one sees this thus as it really is with correct wisdom, one holds no more views concerning the past.
When one holds no more views concerning the past,  one holds no more views concerning the future.
When one holds no more views concerning the future, one has no more obstinate grasping.
When one has no more obstinate grasping, the mind becomes dispassionate towards form, feeling, perception, volitional formations, and consciousness, and is liberated from the taints by nonclinging.
"By being liberated, it is steady; by being steady, it is content; by being content, one is not agitated.
Being unagitated, one personally attains Nibbāna.
'Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being."