Dharma Pearls

Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

1. The Aggregates

4. Not Self

Thus have I heard:1 One time, the Buddha stayed in the kingdom of Śrāvastī at Anāthapiṇḍada Park in Jeta Grove.

It was then that the Bhagavān told the monks: “You must contemplate form to be not self. Such contemplation then is right view. Rightly contemplating it, you’ll become disillusioned. Being disillusioned, your delight and greed for it will come to an end. When your delight and greed for it have ended, I say your mind is liberated.

“Thus contemplate feeling, perception, volition, and consciousness to be not self. Such contemplation then is right view. Rightly contemplating it, you’ll become disillusioned. Being disillusioned, your delight and greed for them will come to an end. When your delight and greed for them have ended, I say your mind is liberated.

“So it is, monks, that if your mind is liberated and you wants to realize it yourself, then you can realize: ‘My births have ended; the religious practice has been established; and the task has been done.’ You yourself will know that you won’t be subject to a later existence.”

The monks who heard what the Buddha had taught then rejoiced and handed it down.

Endnotes

  1. This sutra is reconstituted according to the description at 1a14, replacing ‘impermanent’ with ‘not self’ in SA 1.1. It’s parallel to SN 22.14 and 22.51.