Clinging (SN 22.121)

Saṃyutta Nikaya 22.121
PTS: S iii 167 CDB i 970
Upādāna Sutta
(Clinging)

“Bhikkhus, I will teach you the things that can be clung to and the clinging. Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak.”

“Yes, venerable sir,” those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this:

“And what, bhikkhus, are the things that can be clung to, and what is the clinging? Form, bhikkhus, is a thing that can be clung to; the delight and desire for it is the clinging there. Feeling is a thing that can be clung to; the delight and desire for it is the clinging there. Perception is a thing that can be clung to; the delight and desire for it is the clinging there. Volitional formations are things that can be clung to; the delight and desire for them is the clinging there. Consciousness is a thing that can be clung to; the delight and desire for it is the clinging there. These are called the things that can be clung to, and this the clinging.”

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