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Udaya-manava-puccha: Udaya's Questions


Summary: url=index.html#snp.5.13.than In what way should one live mindfully, so as to bring about Awakening.

Sn 5.13 PTS: Sn 1105-1111

Udaya-manava-puccha: Udaya's Questions

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu


To the one in jhana

seated dustless,
his task done,
	gone to the beyond
	of all phenomena,

I've come with a question. Tell me the gnosis of emancipation,

the breaking open
of ignorance.

[The Buddha:]

The abandoning

both of sensual desires,
& of unhappiness,

the dispelling of sloth, the warding off of anxieties, equanimity-&-mindfulness purified,

with inspection of mental qualities
swift in the forefront:

That I call the gnosis of emancipation,(1) the breaking open

of ignorance.<span notetag #fnt-2>([[#fn-2|2]])</span>


With what

is the world fettered?

With what

is it examined?

Through the abandoning of what

is there said to be

[The Buddha:]

With delight

the world's fettered.

With directed thought

it's examined.

Through the abandoning of craving

is there said to be


Living mindful in what way does one bring consciousness

	to a halt?

We've come questioning

to the Blessed One.

Let us hear your words.

[The Buddha:]

Not relishing feeling,

inside or out:

One living mindful in this way

brings consciousness
	to a halt.<span notetag #fnt-3>([[#fn-3|3]])</span> 



For a discussion of the “gnosis of emancipation” — the state of knowledge consisting of mental absorption coupled with an analysis of mental states, see AN 9.36 and Section III.F in //The Wings to Awakening//.


AN 3.32 contains a discussion of this verse. The Buddha tells Ven. Sariputta that one should train oneself such that “with regard to this conscious body, there will be no 'I'-making or 'mine'-making or obsession of conceit, such that with regard to all external themes [topics of concentration] there will be no 'I'-making or 'mine'-making or obsession of conceit, and that we will enter & remain in the awareness-release & discernment-release in which there is no 'I'-making or 'mine'-making or obsession of conceit.” When one has trained in this way, he says, one is called a person who has cut through craving, unraveled the fetter, who has, through the right penetration of conceit, put an end to suffering & stress. He then states that it was in connection to this state that he uttered this verse.


For a discussion of “bringing consciousness to a halt” — showing that it is not an annihilation of consciousness, but rather the ending of its proliferating activity — see SN 22.53.

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