4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
36. Vedanā Saɱyutta
3. Aṭṭha-Sata-Pariyāya Vagga
A Certain Bhikkhu
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"Venerable sir, what now is feeling?
What is the origin of feeling?
What is the way leading to the origination of feeling?
What is the cessation of feeling?
What is the way leading to the cessation of feeling?
What is the gratification in feeling?
What is the danger?
What is the escape?"
There are, bhikkhu, these three feelings: pleasant feeling, painful feeling, neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling.
This is called feeling.
With the arising of contact there is the arising of feeling.
Craving is the way leading to the origination of feeling.
With the cessation of contact there is the cessation of feeling.
This Noble Eightfold Path is the way leading to the cessation of feeling; that is, right view ... right concentration.
The pleasure and joy that arise in dependence on feeling: this is the gratification in feeling.
That feeling is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change: this is the danger in feeling.
The removal and abandonment of desire and lust for feeling: this is the escape from feeling."