ItivuttakaItv 72 Nissaraniya Sutta

The Buddha explains the three elements of escape.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard:

“Monks, there are three elements of escape. What three? Renunciation, which is the escape from sense pleasures; the escape from forms and from the formless; and escape from whatever is born, conditioned, and dependently arisen, called the cessation of craving, Nibbāna. These, monks, are the three elements of escape.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

One who understands the escape from sense pleasures and the overcoming of forms and who is ardent and unfailingly energetic reaches the cessation of all formations, Nibbāna.

Seeing things correctly, one’s release is based on renunciation. The peaceful sage, accomplished in superb knowledge and having taken control of his mind, has gone beyond all bonds.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 72 Nissaraniya Sutta: Escape

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