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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
12. Dhamma-Kathika Vagga

Sutta 113

Paṭhama Avijjā (or Bhikkhu) Suttaɱ

Blindness (1)

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL;

Once Upon a Time, Sāvatthi-town,
the Bhagava came a revisit'n.

There then, a certain beggar approached the Lucky Man and drew near.

Having drawn near and exchanging greetings, he took a seat to one side.

Having taken a seat to one side, he asked the Lucky Man this question:

"Blindness, blindness' they say, Bhante.

To what extent then, bhante, is there being blind?

"Here, beggar the unread commoner
does not comprehend form,
does not comprehend the arising as self of form,
does not comprehend the ending of form,
does not comprehend the way to go to the ending of form;

does not comprehend sense-experience,
does not comprehend the arising as self of sense-experience,
does not comprehend the ending of sense-experience,
does not comprehend the way to go to the ending of sense-experience;

does not comprehend perception,
does not comprehend the arising as self of perception,
does not comprehend the ending of perception,
does not comprehend the way to go to the ending of perception;

does not comprehend the own-made,
does not comprehend the arising as self of the own-made,
does not comprehend the ending of the own-made,
does not comprehend the way to go to the ending of the own-made;

does not comprehend consciousness,
does not comprehend the arising as self of consciousness,
does not comprehend the ending of consciousness,
does not comprehend the way to go to the ending of consciousness.|| ||

This, beggar, is the extent to which there is being blind.

 


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