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The Exterior as Impermanent —Bhikkhu Sujato

Linked Discourses 35

1. Impermanence

4. The Exterior as Impermanent

1.1“Mendicants, sights are impermanent. 1.2What’s impermanent is suffering. 1.3What’s suffering is not-self. 1.4And what’s not-self should be truly seen with right understanding like this: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self.’

1.5Sounds, 1.6smells, 1.7tastes, 1.8touches, 1.9and thoughts are impermanent. 1.10What’s impermanent is suffering. 1.11What’s suffering is not-self. 1.12And what’s not-self should be truly seen with right understanding like this: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self.’

1.13Seeing this, a learned noble disciple grows disillusioned with sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, and thoughts. 1.14Being disillusioned, desire fades away. When desire fades away they’re freed. When they’re freed, they know they’re freed.

1.15They understand: ‘Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence.’”