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Neither existence, nor non-existence
June 19th, 2014
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Neither existence, nor non-existence

All dependent phenomena are impermanent;
All dependent phenomena are in the nature of dukkha;
All phenomena are empty of essence and selfless.

« By & large, Kaccayana, this world is supported by a polarity, that of existence & non-existence. But when one sees the arising of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'non-existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one. When one sees the cessation of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one.

« By & large, Kaccayana, this world is in bondage to attachments, clingings, and biases. But one such as this does not get involved with or cling to these attachments, clingings, fixations of awareness, biases, or obsessions; nor is he resolved on 'my self.' He has no uncertainty or doubt that just stress, when arising, is arising; stress, when passing away, is passing away. In this, his knowledge is independent of others. It's to this extent, Kaccayana, that there is right view. »
— Kaccayanagotta Sutta (SN 12.15)


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SN 12.15: accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.015.than.html
Image: "Meditation", Oil on canvas © Francis Cunningham, 1988