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  Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang:
-Is there paradise or hell?
Chih-t'sang replied:
-No.
Chang-ch'o protested:
-That is not correct. When I was studying under the priest... continue...

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ONE IS LIBERATED BY NONCLINGING
At Savatthi. Then the Venerable Suradha approached the Buddha...and said to him:

"Venerable sir, how should one know, how should one see so that, in regard to this body
with consciousness and in regard to all external signs, the mind is rid of I-making, mine-
making, and conceit, has transcended discrimination, and is peaceful and well liberated?"

"Any kind of form whatsoever, Suradha, whether past, futre, or present...far or near - having
seen all form as it really is with correct wisdom thus: "This is not mine, this I am not, this is
not myself," one is liberated by nonclinging.
"Any kind of feeling whatsoever... Any kind of perception whatsoever... Any kind of volitional
formations whatsoever... Any kind of consciouness whatsoever, whether past, future, or
present, internal or external, gross or subtle, inferior or superior, far or near - having seen
all consciouness as it really is with correct wisdom thus: "This is not mine, this I am not,
this is not myself," one is liberated by nonclinging.
"When one knows and sees thus, Suradha, then in regard to this body with consciousness
and in regard to external signs, the mind is rid of I-making, mine-making, and conceit, has
transcended discrimination, and is peaceful and well liberated."

Then the Venerable Suradha...became one of the arahants.

From the Samyutta Nikaya" of the Buddha
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi


 



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