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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.33 Daṇda Sutta
A Stick

The Buddha gives a simile about people blindly going from one world to another fettered with the defilements.

“Monks, suppose a stick was tossed up in the air. Sometimes it would fall on one end, sometimes the middle, and sometimes the other end. It’s the same for beings wandering and journeying in the cycle of birth and death, hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. Sometimes they go from this world to the other world, and sometimes they come from the other world to this world. Why is that? It’s because they haven’t realized the Four Noble Truths. What four? The noble truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand: ‘This is suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the origin of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the cessation of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.33 Daṇda Sutta: A Stick

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