4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
44. Avyākata Saɱyutta
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Then the wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Venerable Sabhiya Kaccāna and exchanged greetings with him.
When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to him:
"How is it, Master Kaccāna, does the Tathāgata exist after death?"
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"What then, Master Kaccāna, is the cause and reason why this has not been declared by the Blessed One?"
"Vaccha, as to the cause and condition for describing him as 'consisting of form' or as 'formless' or as 'percipient' or as 'nonpercipient' or as 'neither percipient nor nonpercipient': if that cause and condition were to cease completely and totally without remainder, in what way could one describe him as 'consisting of form' or as 'formless' or as 'percipient' or as 'nonpercipient' or as 'neither percipient nor nonpercipient'?"
"How long has it been since you went forth, Master Kaccāna?"
"Not long, friend. Three years."
"One, friend, who has gotten so much in such a time has indeed gotten much, not to speak of one who has surpassed this!"
The Book of the Six Sense Bases is finished.