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With Ānanda (2nd)—Bhikkhu Sujato

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38. With Ānanda (2nd)

1.1At Sāvatthī. 1.2Sitting to one side, the Buddha said to Ānanda:

2.1“Ānanda, suppose they were to ask you: 2.2‘Reverend Ānanda, what are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident? 2.3What are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident? 2.4What are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting are evident?’ 2.5How would you answer?”

2.6“Sir, suppose they were to ask me: 2.7‘Reverend Ānanda, what are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident? 2.8What are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident? 2.9What are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting are evident?’ 2.10I’d answer like this: 2.11‘Whatever form has passed, ceased, and perished, 2.12its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident. 2.13Whatever feeling … 2.142.15perception … 2.16choices … 2.172.18consciousness has passed, ceased, and perished, 2.19its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident. 2.20These the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident.

3.1Whatever form is not yet born, and has not yet appeared, 3.2its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident. 3.3Whatever feeling … 3.43.5perception … 3.6choices … 3.73.8consciousness is not yet born, and has not yet appeared, 3.9its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident. 3.10These are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident.

4.1Whatever form has been born, and has appeared, 4.2its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting is evident. 4.3Whatever feeling … 4.4perception … 4.5choices … 4.64.7consciousness has been born, and has appeared, its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting are evident. 4.8These are the things for which arising is evident, vanishing is evident, and change while persisting is evident.’ 4.9That’s how I’d answer such a question.”

5.1“Good, good, Ānanda. 5.2‘Whatever form has passed, ceased, and perished, 5.3its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident. 5.4Whatever feeling … 5.5perception … 5.6choices … 5.7consciousness has passed, ceased, and perished, 5.8its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident. 5.9These the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting were evident.

6.1Whatever form is not yet born, and has not yet appeared, 6.2its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident. 6.3Whatever feeling … 6.4perception … 6.5choices … 6.6consciousness is not yet born, and has not yet appeared, 6.7its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident. 6.8These are the things for which arising, vanishing, and change while persisting will be evident.

7.1Whatever form has been born, and has appeared, 7.2its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting are evident. 7.3Whatever feeling … 7.4perception … 7.5choices … 7.6consciousness has been born, and has appeared, 7.7its arising, vanishing, and change while persisting are evident. 7.8These are the things for which arising is evident, vanishing is evident, and change while persisting is evident. 7.9That’s how you should answer such a question.”