Samyuktagama 3

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Saṃyuktāgama

3. First Discourse on Not Understanding

Thus have I heard. At one time the Buddha was staying at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. At that time the Blessed One said to the monks:

“Not understanding bodily form, not having knowledge regarding it, not eradicating desire for it, not being free from desire for it, one is unable to eradicate dukkha. In the same way not understanding feeling … perception … formations … consciousness, not having knowledge regarding it, not eradicating desire for it, not being free from desire for it, one is unable to eradicate dukkha.

“Monks, understanding bodily form, having knowledge regarding it, eradicating desire for it, being free from desire for it, one is able to eradicate dukkha. In the same way understanding feeling … perception … formations … consciousness, having knowledge regarding it, eradicating desire for it, being free from desire for it, one is able and capable to eradicate dukkha.”

Then the monks, hearing what the Buddha had said, were delighted and received it respectfully.