AN III 32 To Ānanda on Nibbāna

AN III 32 To Ānanda on Nibbāna

 

Ānanda Sutta #

 

 

Then, the Elder Ānanda went to see the Awakened One,

Having approached and paid loving homage,

He sat down beside him and asked:

 

 

[Ānanda]

 

“Bhante, could a monk reach such a state of meditation such as:

 

(1) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride 

In regards to this body 

animated by consciousness; [1]

 

(2) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or 

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride

In regards to all external things; [2]

 

(3) And that he could understand and abide in 

The Unbinding of the mind, 

the Unbinding by Discernment, [3]

Freed from the conception: 

“I am this” or 

“this is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride;

 

And he would thus live Unbinded in mind 

and unbinded by discernment?

 

[The Buddha]

“A monk could, Ānanda,

Reach such a state of meditation that:

 

(1) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride 

In regards to this body 

animated by consciousness; [4]

 

(2) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or 

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride

In regards to all external things; [5]

 

(3) And that he could understand and abide in 

The Unbinding of the mind, 

the Unbinding by Discernment, [6]

Freed from the conception: 

“I am this” or 

“this is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride;

 

And he would thus live Unbinded in mind 

and unbinded by discernment.”

 

[Ānanda]

“Pray Bhante, how could a monk 

reach such a state of meditation as this?”

 

[The Buddha]

Here Ānanda, a monk knows:

 

“This is peaceful, this is sublime, [7]

That is, the appeasement of all mental activities [8]

The giving up of all mental limitations, [9]

The Complete Calming of Tension,

Unclenching, release,

Nibbāna.”[10]

 

“It is in this way Ānanda, 

That a monk could reach such a state of meditation that:

 

 

(1) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride 

In regards to this body 

animated by consciousness; [11]

 

(2) There would not be any conception of 

“I am this” or 

“This is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride

In regards to all external things; [12]

 

(3) And that he could understand and abide in 

The Unbinding of the mind, 

the Unbinding by Discernment, [13]

Freed from the conception: 

“I am this” or 

“this is mine” or 

Any inclination to pride

 

And he would thus live unbinded in mind 

and unbinded by discernment.

 

[Pārāyana]

 

“It is in this regard that I have said Ānanda, 

In the Pārāyana, the Question to Puṇṇaka:

 

Knowing this world’s low and beyond, [14]

Unstirred by worldly things,

Serene and clear, untroubled and desireless, [15]

He has transcended aging and death I say. [16]

 

 


[1] Yathā imasmiñca saviññāṇake kāye ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[2] Bahiddhā ca sabbanimittesu ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[3] Yañca cetovimuttiṃ paññāvimuttiṃ upasampajja viharato.

[4] Yathā imasmiñca saviññāṇake kāye ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[5] Bahiddhā ca sabbanimittesu ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[6] Yañca cetovimuttiṃ paññāvimuttiṃ upasampajja viharato.

[7] ‘Etaṃ santaṃ etaṃ paṇītaṃ 

[8] Yadidaṃ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho 

[9] Sabbūpadhipaṭinissaggo: Upadhi: Skt: “Imposition” Indian phil.: concept of adventitious limiting conditions.

[10] Taṇhākkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānan’ti. Nibbāna: Salvation, quenching out, the blowing out, the putting out.

[11] Yathā imasmiñca saviññāṇake kāye ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[12] Bahiddhā ca sabbanimittesu ahaṅkāramamaṅkāramānānusayā nāssu.

[13] Yañca cetovimuttiṃ paññāvimuttiṃ upasampajja viharato.

[14] Saṅkhāya lokasmiṃ paroparāni.

[15] Santo vidhūmo anīgho nirāso.

[16] Atāri so jātijaranti brūmī’”ti.

 

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