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Nirvana Sutra (Unbinding)

Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed:
One who is dependent has wavering.  One who is independent has no wavering.
There being no wavering, there is calm.  There being calm, there is no yearning.
There being no yearning, there is no comin or going. 
There being no coming or going, there is no passing away or arising.
There being no passing away or arising, there is neither a here nor a there nor a between-the-two.  
This, just this, is the end of stress. 

Bahuna Sutta 

Lord, freed, dissociated, and released from how many things does the Tathágata dwell with unrestricted awareness?
Freed and released from ten things.
Which ten? 
Freed and released from form
Freed and released from feeling
Freed and released from perception
Freed and released from fabrications
Freed and released from consciousness
Freed and released from birth
Freed and released from aging
Freed and released from death
Freed and released from stress
Freed and released from defilement
 
The Tathágata dwells with unrestricted awareness.


The Fire Sermon
 
'Monks, the All is aflame. What All is aflame? The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Visual consciousness is aflame. Visual contact is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on visual contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I say, with birth, ageing death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, grief’s despairs.
 
'The ear is aflame. Sounds are aflame...
'The nose is aflame. Odors are aflame...
'The tongue is aflame. Flavors are aflame...
'The body is aflame. Tactile sensations are aflame...
'The intellect is aflame. Ideas are aflame. Mental consciousness is aflame. Mental contact is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on mental contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I say, with birth, ageing, & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, grief's & despairs.
 
'Seeing thus, the instructed Noble disciple grows disenchanted with the eye, disenchanted with forms, disenchanted with visual consciousness, disenchanted with visual contact. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on visual contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: He grows disenchanted with that too.
 
'He grows disenchanted with the ear...
'He grows disenchanted with the nose...
'He grows disenchanted with the tongue...
'He grows disenchanted with the body...
'He grows disenchanted with the intellect, disenchanted with ideas, disenchanted with mental consciousness, disenchanted with mental contact. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on mental contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: He grows disenchanted with that too. Disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion, he is released. With release, there is the knowledge, "Released." He discerns that, "Birth is depleted, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world."'



 
 
 


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