The Fire Sermon

SN 35.28
PTS: S iv 19 CDB ii 1143
Adittapariyaya Sutta
(The Fire Sermon)

Thus have I heard.

On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Gayā, at Gayāsīsa, together with a thousand bhikkhus. There he addressed the bhikkhus:

“Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?

“The eye is burning, visible forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with eye-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“The ear is burning, sounds are burning, ear-consciousness is burning, ear-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with ear-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“The nose is burning, odors are burning, nose-consciousness is burning, nose-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with nose-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“The tongue is burning, flavors are burning, tongue-consciousness is burning, tongue-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with tongue-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“The body is burning, tangible forms are burning, body-consciousness is burning, body-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with body-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“The mind is burning, thoughts are burning, mind-consciousness is burning, mind-contact is burning. The feeling that is associated with mind-contact – whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant – that is burning, too. With what is it burning? It is burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. It is burning with birth, aging, sickness and death, with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“Seeing thus, the practitioner becomes disenchanted. Becoming disenchanted, passion fades out. With the fading of passion, he is liberated. When liberated, there is knowledge that he is liberated. He knows: ‘Birth is destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no further becoming into any state of being.’”

That is what the Blessed One said. Delighted, the bhikkhus rejoiced at his words. And while this teaching was spoken, the minds of those thousand bhikkhus, no longer subject to attachment, were freed of defilements.

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