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Title: Nibbāna Sutta: Unbinding (1)
Summary: url=index.html#ud.8.01.than On the nature of Nibbana.
PTS: Ud 80
Nibbāna Sutta: Unbinding (1)
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I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī at Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's monastery. And on that occasion the Blessed One was instructing, urging, rousing, & encouraging the monks with Dhamma-talk concerned with unbinding. The monks — receptive, attentive, focusing their entire awareness, lending ear — listened to the Dhamma.
Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed:
There is that dimension, monks, where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception; neither this world, nor the next world, nor sun, nor moon. And there, I say, there is neither coming, nor going, nor staying; neither passing away nor arising: unestablished,(1) unevolving, without support [mental object].(2) This, just this, is the end of stress.
On unestablished consciousness, see SN 22.87 and the discussion in The Paradox of Becoming, chapter 7.
See also: DN 11;
[[en:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.049.than|MN 49]]; SN 35.117; [[en:tipitaka:sut:kn:ud:ud.8.02.than|Ud 8.2]]; [[en:tipitaka:sut:kn:ud:ud.8.03.than|Ud 8.3]]; [[en:tipitaka:sut:kn:ud:ud.8.04.than|Ud 8.4]].