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Kaccānagotta Sutta

Kaccānagotta Sutta.– A monk named Kaccānagotta approaches the Blessed One and asked about the meaning of right view.

The Buddha explains that most depend on a dualistic notion that something either exists or does not exist. However, one who sees the origin of the world clearly there is no notion of non-existence, and seeing the cessation of the world there is no notion of existence.

Most are fettered by clinging and adherence to views. However, one with right view does not cling or adhere to views regarding the self. He has no doubt, without depending on others, and sees only the arising and cessation of suffering.

“All exists,” is one extreme, “All does not exist,” is the other extreme. The Tathāgata teaches the Dhamma avoiding these two extremes by way of dependent origination: with ignorance as condition, mental formations arise … thus arises this whole mass of suffering. With the cessation of ignorance, mental formations cease … thus this whole mass of suffering ceases. S.ii.17 ff.

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