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Sides —Bhikkhu Sujato

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11. Sides

103. Sides

1.1At Sāvatthī.

1.2“Mendicants, there are these four sides. 1.3What four? 1.4The side of identity, the side of the origin of identity, the side of the cessation of identity, and the side of the practice that leads to the cessation of identity. 1.5And what is the side of identity? 1.6It should be said: the five grasping aggregates. 1.7What five? 1.8That is, the grasping aggregates of form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness. 1.9This is called the side of identity.

2.1And what is the side of the origin of identity? 2.2It’s the craving that leads to future lives, mixed up with relishing and greed, taking pleasure in various different realms. That is, 2.3craving for sensual pleasures, craving to continue existence, and craving to end existence. 2.4This is called the side of the origin of identity.

3.1And what is the side of the cessation of identity? 3.2It’s the fading away and cessation of that very same craving with nothing left over; giving it away, letting it go, releasing it, and not adhering to it. 3.3This is called the side of the cessation of identity.

4.1And what is the side of the practice that leads to the cessation of identity? 4.2It is simply this noble eightfold path, that is: 4.3right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right immersion. 4.4This is called the side of the practice that leads to the cessation of identity. 4.5These are the four sides.”