Dependent Origination

SN 12.15
PTS: S ii 16 CDB i 544
Kaccāyanagotta Sutta
(On Right View)

Dwelling at Sāvatthi.

At that time, the venerable Kaccāyanagotta approached the Blessed One, greeted him reverently, and sat down to one side.

Sitting to one side, the venerable Kaccāyanagotta said to the Blessed One: “‘Right view, right view,’ it is said, venerable sir. In what way is there right view?”

“This world, Kaccāyana, is, for the most part, supported by two views: ‘existence’ and ‘non-existence.’ But for one who sees with right wisdom the arising of the world as it really is, the idea of ‘non-existence’ in regard to the world does not occur. And for one who sees with right wisdom the ceasing of the world as it really is, the idea of ‘existence’ in regard to the world does not occur.

“For the most part, Kaccāyana, this world is bound by attachments, clingings, and inclinations. But one who does not get involved with attachments, clingings, fixations of awareness, biases, or obsessions; who is not resolved on ‘this is my self;’ who thinks ‘the arising of suffering is what arises, the ceasing of suffering is what ceases’ – such a person does not doubt and is not perplexed. When one’s knowledge about what arises and what ceases is one’s own, not dependent on others, there is right view.

“‘Everything exists’ – this is one extreme. ‘Everything does not exist’ – this is the second extreme.

“Without getting involved with either of these extremes, the Tathāgata teaches the Dhamma by the middle:

“With the arising of ignorance, volitional formations come into being; with the arising of volitional formations, consciousness; with the arising of consciousness, name-and-form; with the arising of name-and-form, the six sense bases; with the arising of the six sense bases, contact; with the arising of contact, feeling; with the arising of feeling, craving; with the arising of craving, clinging; with the arising of clinging, becoming; with the arising of becoming, birth; with the arising of birth, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair come into being.

“Thus there is the arising of this whole mass of suffering.

“But with the complete fading away and cessation of ignorance, there is the cessation of volitional formations; with the cessation of volitional formations, there is the cessation of consciousness; with the cessation of consciousness, there is the cessation of name-and-form; with the cessation of name-and-form, there is the cessation of the six sense bases; with the cessation of the six sense bases, there is the cessation of contact; with the cessation of contact, there is the cessation of feeling; with the cessation of feeling, there is the cessation of craving; with the cessation of craving, there is the cessation of clinging; with the cessation of clinging, there is the cessation of becoming; with the cessation of becoming, there is the cessation of birth; with the cessation of birth, there is the cessation of old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

“Thus there is the cessation of this entire mass of suffering.”

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