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- Udana I.3
- Bodhi Sutta
- The Bodhi Tree (3)
- Translated from the Pali by John D. Ireland
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Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying at Uruvela ... for seven days
experiencing the bliss of liberation. Then, at the end of those seven days, the Lord ...
gave well-reasoned attention during the last watch of the night to dependent arising in
both forward and reverse order, thus:
"This being, that is; from the arising of this, that arises; this not being, that
is not; from the cessation of this, that ceases. That is: with ignorance as condition,
volitional activities come to be; ... with birth as condition, aging-and-death, sorrow,
lamentation, pain, grief, and despair come to be. This is the origin of this whole mass of
"But from the complete disappearance and cessation of ignorance, volitional
activities cease; ... from the cessation of birth, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation,
pain, grief, and despair cease. This is the ceasing of this whole mass of suffering."
Then, on realizing its significance, the Lord uttered on that occasion this inspired
When things become manifest
To the ardent meditating brahmin,
He abides scattering Mara's host
Like the sun illumining the sky.
See also: Ud I.1; Ud I.2.