Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
VI. Brāhmaṇa Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
III. The Book of the Threes
The Second Fifty
I. Brahmins

Sutta 55

Nibbuta Suttaɱ

Nibbāna

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts] Then a certain brahmin Jāṇussoṇī approached the Blessed One ... and

"Master Gotama, it is said:

'Directly visible Nibbāna Nibbānā, directly visible Nibbāna.

In what way is Nibbānā directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise?"

[159] (1) "Brahmin, one excited by lust, overcome by lust, with mind obsessed by it, intends for his own affliction, for the affliction of others, or for the affliction of both, and he experiences mental suffering and dejection.

But when lust is abandoned, he does not intend for his own affliction, for the affliction of others, or for the affliction of both, and he does not experience mental suffering and dejection.

It is in this way that Nibbānā is directly visible.

(2) "One full of hate, overcome by hatred ...

(3) "One who is deluded, overcome by delusion, with mind obsessed by it, intends for his own affliction, for the affliction of others, or for the affliction of both, and he experiences mental suffering and dejection.

But when delusion is abandoned, he does not intend for his own affliction, for the affliction of others, or for the affliction of both, and he does not experience mental suffering and dejection.

It is in this way, too, that Nibbānā is directly visible.

"When, brahmin, one experiences the remainderless destruction of lust, the remainderless destruction of hatred, and the remainderless destruction of delusion, it is in this way, too, that Nibbānā is directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise."

"Excellent, Master Gotama! ... Let Master Gotama consider me a lay follower who from today has gone for refuge for life."


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