4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35. Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
§ II: Paññāsaka Dutiya
3. Gilāna Vagga
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Second Fifty
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Venerable sir, it is said, 'the world, the world.'
In what way, venerable sir, is it said 'the world'?"
"It is disintegrating, bhikkhu, therefore it is called the world.
And what is disintegrating?
The eye, bhikkhu, is disintegrating, forms are disintegrating, eye-consciousness is disintegrating, eye-contact is disintegrating, and whatever feeling arises with eye-contact as condition ... that too is disintegrating.
The ear is disintegrating ...
The mind is disintegrating ...
Whatever feeling arises with mind-contact as condition ... that too is disintegrating.
It is disintegrating, bhikkhu, therefore it is called the world."