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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.60 Dutiya Pabbatūpama Sutta
Mountain 2

Like pebbles the size of mustard seeds is the amount of suffering remaining for a stream-enterer.

“Monks, suppose the Himalayan Mountain, was worn away and destroyed except for seven pebbles the size of mustard seeds.

“What do you think, monks? Which is more: the portion of the Himalayan Mountains that has been worn away and destroyed, or the seven pebbles the size of mustard seeds that are left?”

“Bhante, the portion of the Himalayan Mountain that has been worn away and destroyed is certainly more. The seven pebbles the size of mustard seeds are tiny. Compared to the Himalayas, they can’t be reckoned or compared. They’re not even a fraction.”

“Monks, in the same way, a person becomes a noble disciple with right view by understanding the Four Noble Truths. The suffering that’s over and destroyed by him is more, the suffering that’s left over is tiny.

“He’s understood, ‘This is suffering, this is the origin of suffering, this is the end of suffering and this is the path that leads to the end of suffering. Therefore, there are at most seven more lives for him.

“Compared to the mass of suffering in the past that’s over and destroyed, it can’t be reckoned or compared. It’s not even a fraction.

“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 end of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the end of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.60 Dutiya Pabbatūpama Sutta: Mountain 2

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