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Gellanna Sutta - The Sick Ward

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  • Leo
    Gelañña Sutta Samyutta Nikaya The Sick Ward (made as close as possible to ancient version with no I making and understanding body as body only) On one
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      Gelañña Sutta
      Samyutta Nikaya
      The Sick Ward
      (made as close as possible to ancient version with no I making and
      understanding body as body only)

      On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near
      Vesali, in the Great Forest, at the Gabled Pavilion. Then, in the
      late afternoon, he left his seclusion and went to the sick ward and
      on arrival sat down on a prepared seat. As he was sitting there, he
      addressed the monks: "A monk should approach the time of death
      mindful & alert. This is our instruction to you all.
      "And how is a monk mindful? There is the case where a monk remains
      focused on the body in & of itself -- ardent, alert, & mindful --
      putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. He
      remains focused on feelings themselves... mind of itself... mental
      qualities of themselves -- ardent, alert, & mindful -- putting aside
      greed & distress with reference to the world. This is how a monk is
      mindful.
      "And how is a monk alert? When going forward & returning, he makes
      himself fully alert of body position; when looking toward & looking
      away, he makes himself fully alert of body position, when bending &
      extending his limbs, he makes himself fully alert of body position,
      when carrying his outer cloak, his upper robe & his bowl, he makes
      himself fully alert of body position, when eating, drinking, chewing,
      & savoring he makes himself fully alert of body position, when
      urinating & defecating, he makes himself fully alert of body
      position, when walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up,
      talking, & remaining silent, he makes himself fully alert about body
      position . This is how a monk is alert about body.
      "So a monk should approach the time of death mindful & alert. This is
      our instruction to you all.
      "As a monk is dwelling thus mindful & alert -- heedful, ardent, &
      resolute -- a feeling of pleasure arises in him. He discerns that 'A
      feeling of pleasure has arisen in this body. It is dependent on a
      requisite condition, not independent. Dependent on what? Dependent on
      this body. Now, this body is inconstant, fabricated, dependently co-
      arisen. Being dependent on a body that is inconstant, fabricated, &
      dependently co-arisen, how can this feeling of pleasure that has
      arisen be constant?' He remains focused on inconstancy with regard to
      the body and to the feeling of pleasure. He remains focused on
      dissolution... dispassion... cessation... relinquishment with regard
      to the body and to the feeling of pleasure of the body. As he remains
      focused on inconstancy... dissolution... dispassion... cessation...
      relinquishment with regard to the body and to the feeling of
      pleasure, he abandons any passion-obsession with regard to the body
      and the feeling of pleasure of the body.
      "As he is dwelling thus mindful and alert -- heedful, ardent, and
      resolute -- a feeling of pain arises in him. He discerns that 'A
      feeling of pain has arisen in this body . It is dependent on a
      requisite condition, not independent. Dependent on what? Dependent on
      this body. Now, this body is inconstant, fabricated, dependently co-
      arisen. Being dependent on a body that is inconstant, fabricated, &
      dependently co-arisen, how can this feeling of pain that has arisen
      be constant?' He remains focused on inconstancy with regard to the
      body & to the feeling of pain. He remains focused on dissolution...
      dispassion... cessation... relinquishment with regard to the body &
      to the feeling of pain. As he remains focused on inconstancy...
      dissolution... dispassion... cessation... relinquishment with regard
      to the body and to the feeling of pain, he abandons any pain-feeling-
      obsession with regard to the body and the feeling of pain.
      (Comprehending it as bodily pain only)
      "As he is dwelling thus mindful & alert -- heedful, ardent, &
      resolute -- a feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain arises, He
      discerns that 'A feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain has arisen' It
      is dependent on a requisite condition, not independent.
      Dependent on what? Dependent on this body. Now, this body is
      inconstant, fabricated, dependently co-arisen. Being dependent on a
      body that is inconstant, fabricated, & dependently co-arisen, how can
      this feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain that has arisen be
      constant?' He remains focused on inconstancy with regard to the body
      & to the feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain. He remains focused on
      dissolution... dispassion... cessation... relinquishment with regard
      to the body & to the feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain. As he
      remains focused on inconstancy... dissolution... dispassion...
      cessation... relinquishment with regard to the body & to the feeling
      of neither-pleasure-nor-pain, he abandons any ignorance-obsession
      with regard to the body & the feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain.
      "Sensing a feeling of bodily pleasure, he discerns that it is
      inconstant, not grasped at, not relished. Sensing a feeling of
      pain... Sensing a bodily feeling of neither-pleasure-nor-pain, he
      discerns that it is inconstant, not grasped at, not relished. Sensing
      a feeling of bodily pleasure, he senses it disjoined from it. Sensing
      a feeling of bodily pain... Sensing a bodily feeling of neither-
      pleasure-nor-pain, he senses it disjoined from it. When sensing a
      feeling limited to the body, he discerns that `This is the feeling
      limited to the body.' When sensing a feeling limited to life of the
      body, he discerns that 'This is sensing the feeling limited to life
      of the body.' He discerns that 'With the break-up of the body, at the
      end of life of it, all that was sensed through the body.
      "Just as an oil lamp burns in dependence on oil & wick; and from the
      termination of the oil & wick -- and from not being provided any
      other sustenance -- it goes out unnourished; in the same way, when
      sensing a feeling limited to the body, he discerns that 'This is
      sensing of feeling limited to the body.' When sensing a feeling
      limited to life of the body, he discerns that 'This is a sensing of
      feeling limited to life of the body.' He discerns that 'With the
      break-up of the body, at the end of life of it, all that was sensed
      through the body.
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