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SN 56.21 Koṭigāma Sutta
At the Village of Koṭi 1

What is the reason we are still roaming in this saṁsara?

In those days the Buddha was living in the province of the Vajjis at the village of Koṭi. There the Buddha addressed the monks, “Monks, not understanding and not comprehending the Four Noble Truths, both you and I have wandered and journeyed in this cycle of birth and death for a very long time.

“What four? Monks, not understanding and not comprehending the Noble Truth of suffering, both you and I have wandered and journeyed in this cycle of birth and death for a very long time.

“Monks, not understanding and not comprehending the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, both you and I have wandered and journeyed in this cycle of birth and death for a very long time.

“Monks, not understanding and not comprehending the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, both you and I have wandered and journeyed in this cycle of birth and death for a very long time.

“Monks, not understanding and not comprehending the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering, both you and I have wandered and journeyed in this cycle of birth and death for a very long time.

“Monks, now, this noble truth of suffering has been understood and comprehended, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering has been understood and comprehended, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering has been understood and comprehended, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering has been understood and comprehended. Craving for continued existence has been cut off. The attachment to continued existence is destroyed. Now there are no more future lives for us.”

That is what the Buddha said. The Blessed One further said,

“Because of not truly seeing
the Four Noble Truths,
we have journeyed for a long time
from one birth to the next.

“But now that these noble truths have been seen,
the attachment to rebirth is eradicated.
The root of suffering is cut off,
now there are no more future lives for us.”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.21 Koṭigāma Sutta: At the Village of Koṭi 1

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