4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35. Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
§ II: Paññāsaka Dutiya
4. Channa 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 would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute."
"What do you think, Bāhiya, is the eye permanent or impermanent?"
"Impermanent, venerable sir." ...
(as in §32 down to:) ...
 "He understands:
'Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being."
Then the Venerable Bāhiya, having delighted and rejoiced in the Blessed One's words, rose from his seat, and, after paying homage to the Blessed One, keeping him on his right, he departed.
Then, dwelling alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute, the Venerable Bāhiya, by realizing it for himself with direct knowledge, in this very life entered and dwelt in that unsurpassed goal of the holy life for the sake of which clansmen rightly go forth from the household life into homelessness.
He directly knew:
"Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being."
And the Venerable Bāhiya became one of the arahants.