The Six Senses (The Destruction of Delight)

Saṃyutta Nikaya 35.156-159
Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Destruction of Delight

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the eye. Recognize the impermanence of the eye as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the eye, recognizes the impermanence of the eye as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the eye. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the eye which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to visible forms. Recognize the impermanence of visible forms as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to visible forms, recognizes the impermanence of visible forms as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards visible forms. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent visible forms which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

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“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the ear. Recognize the impermanence of the ear as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the ear, recognizes the impermanence of the ear as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the ear. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the ear which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to sounds. Recognize the impermanence of sounds as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to sounds, recognizes the impermanence of sounds as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards sounds. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent sounds which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

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“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the nose. Recognize the impermanence of the nose as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the nose, recognizes the impermanence of the nose as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the nose. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the nose which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to odors. Recognize the impermanence of odors as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to odors, recognizes the impermanence of odors as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards odors. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent odors which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

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“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the tongue. Recognize the impermanence of the tongue as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the tongue, recognizes the impermanence of the tongue as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the tongue. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the tongue which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to flavors. Recognize the impermanence of flavors as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to flavors, recognizes the impermanence of flavors as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards flavors. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent flavors which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

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“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the body. Recognize the impermanence of the body as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the body, recognizes the impermanence of the body as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the body. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the body which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to tactile objects. Recognize the impermanence of tactile objects as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to tactile objects, recognizes the impermanence of tactile objects as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards tactile objects. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent tactile objects which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

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“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to the mind. Recognize the impermanence of the mind as it really is. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to the mind, recognizes the impermanence of the mind as it really is, he feels disenchantment towards the mind. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent the mind which is actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.”

“Bhikkhus, attend carefully to mental phenomena. Recognize the impermanence of mental phenomena as they really are. When a bhikkhu, attending carefully to mental phenomena, recognizes the impermanence of mental phenomena as they really are, he feels disenchantment towards mental phenomena. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.

“Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu sees as impermanent mental phenomena which are actually impermanent: that is his right view. Seeing rightly, he experiences disenchantment. With the destruction of delight comes destruction of desire; with the destruction of desire comes destruction of delight. With the destruction of delight and desire the mind is said to be well liberated.”

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