The Unconditioned

Saṃyutta Nikāya 43.1-12
PTS: S iv 359
The Unconditioned

Dwelling at Savatthī, the Blessed One said this:

“Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Listen and attend closely to what I shall say.”—“Yes, venerable sir,” the bhikkhus replied.

The Blessed One said this:

“And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned? The destruction of desire, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this is called the unconditioned.

“And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned?

“Mindfulness directed to the body: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Calm abiding and insight: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Concentration with thought and examination; concentration without thought, with examination only; concentration without thought and examination: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Emptiness concentration, signless concentration, and undirected concentration: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Contemplation of the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Contemplation of feeling in feeling, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Contemplation of mind in mind, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Contemplation of mental phenomena in mental phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Awakening zeal for the nonarising of unarisen unskillful and unwholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Awakening zeal for the abandoning of arisen unskillful and unwholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Awakening zeal for the arising of unarisen wholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Awakening zeal for the continuance of arisen wholesome states, for their nondecay, increase, expansion, and fulfilment by development, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Development of the four bases for spiritual power due to intention, energy, mind, and investigative discrimination: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Development of the five spiritual faculties of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Development of the five powers of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Development of the seven enlightenment factors of mindfulness, investigation of dhammas, energy, rapture, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Development of the Noble Eightfold Path factors of right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned.

“Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you. These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you.”

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Saṃyutta Nikāya 43.1-44
PTS: S iv 359
The Unconditioned

Dwelling at Savatthī, the Blessed One said this:

“Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined and the path leading to the uninclined, the taintless and the path leading to the taintless, the truth and the path leading to the truth, the far shore and the path leading to the far shore, the subtle and the path leading to the subtle, the very difficult to see and the path leading to the very difficult to see, the unaging and the path leading to the unaging, the stable and the path leading to the stable, the undisintegrating and the path leading to the undisintegrating, the unmanifest and the path leading to the unmanifest, the unproliferated and the path leading to the unproliferated, the peaceful and the path leading to the peaceful, the deathless and the path leading to the deathless, the sublime and the path leading to the sublime, the auspicious and the path leading to the auspicious, the secure and the path leading to the secure, the destruction of craving and the path leading to the destruction of craving, the wonderful and the path leading to the wonderful, the amazing and the path leading to the amazing, the unailing and the path leading to the unailing, the unailing state and the path leading to the unailing state, Nibbāna and the path leading to , the unafflicted and the path leading to the unafflicted, dispassion and the path leading to dispassion, purity and the path leading to purity, freedom and the path leading to freedom, the unadhesive and the path leading to the unadhesive, the island and the path leading to the island, the shelter and the path leading to the shelter, the asylum and the path leading to the asylum, the refuge and the path leading to the refuge, the destination and the path leading to the destination. Listen and attend closely to what I shall say.”—“Yes, venerable sir,” the bhikkhus replied.

The Blessed One said this:

“And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore? The destruction of desire, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this is called the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…?

“Mindfulness directed to the body: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Calm abiding and insight: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Concentration with thought and examination; concentration without thought, with examination only; concentration without thought and examination: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Emptiness concentration, signless concentration, and undirected concentration: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Contemplation of the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Contemplation of feeling in feeling, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Contemplation of mind in mind, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Contemplation of mental phenomena in mental phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, and mindful, having set aside desire and grief in regard to the world: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the taintless, the truth, the far shore…

“Awakening zeal for the nonarising of unarisen unskillful and unwholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Awakening zeal for the abandoning of arisen unskillful and unwholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Awakening zeal for the arising of unarisen wholesome states, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Awakening zeal for the continuance of arisen wholesome states, for their nondecay, increase, expansion, and fulfilment by development, making an effort, arousing energy, applying the mind, and striving: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Development of the four bases for spiritual power due to intention, energy, mind, and investigative discrimination: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore.

“Development of the five spiritual faculties of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Development of the five powers of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Development of the seven enlightenment factors of mindfulness, investigation of dhammas, energy, rapture, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Development of the Noble Eightfold Path factors of right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration, which are based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release: this is called the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined, the truth, the far shore…

“Thus, bhikkhus, I have taught you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned, the uninclined and the path leading to the uninclined, the taintless and the path leading to the taintless, the truth and the path leading to the truth, the far shore and the path leading to the far shore, the subtle and the path leading to the subtle, the very difficult to see and the path leading to the very difficult to see, the unaging and the path leading to the unaging, the stable and the path leading to the stable, the undisintegrating and the path leading to the undisintegrating, the unmanifest and the path leading to the unmanifest, the unproliferated and the path leading to the unproliferated, the peaceful and the path leading to the peaceful, the deathless and the path leading to the deathless, the sublime and the path leading to the sublime, the auspicious and the path leading to the auspicious, the secure and the path leading to the secure, the destruction of craving and the path leading to the destruction of craving, the wonderful and the path leading to the wonderful, the amazing and the path leading to the amazing, the unailing and the path leading to the unailing, the unailing state and the path leading to the unailing state, Nibbāna and the path leading to , the unafflicted and the path leading to the unafflicted, dispassion and the path leading to dispassion, purity and the path leading to purity, freedom and the path leading to freedom, the unadhesive and the path leading to the unadhesive, the island and the path leading to the island, the shelter and the path leading to the shelter, the asylum and the path leading to the asylum, the refuge and the path leading to the refuge.

“Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you. These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you.”

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