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Ñāṇavatthu Sutta

1. Ñāṇavatthu Sutta.– There are forty-four objects of knowledge. What are they? Aging and death, the arising of aging and death, the cessation of aging and death, the way leading to the cessation of aging and death; birth, the arising of birth, the cessation of birth, the way leading to the cessation of birth; becoming … attachment … craving … feeling  contact … mind and matter … consciousness … mental formations, the arising of mental formations, the cessation of mental formations, the way leading to the cessation of mental formations. These, monks, are called the forty-four objects of knowledge. S.ii.56.

2. Dutiya Ñāṇavatthu Sutta.– There are seventy-seven objects of knowledge. What are they? Aging and death are conditioned by birth, when there is no birth there is no aging and death, in the past too aging and death were conditioned by birth, if there were no birth there would have been no aging and death, in the future too, aging and death will be conditioned by birth, if there is no future birth there will be no aging and death, this insight knowledge is also subject to destruction, change, dissolution, and cessation.

Birth is conditioned by becoming … becoming is conditioned by grasping … grasping is conditioned by craving … craving is condition by feeling … feeling is conditioned by contact … contact is conditioned by the six sense bases … the six sense bases are conditioned by mind and matter … mind and matter are conditioned by consciousness … consciousness is conditioned by mental formations … mental formations are conditioned by ignorance, when there is no ignorance there are no mental formations, in the  past too mental formations were conditioned by ignorance, if there were no ignorance there would have been no mental formations, in the future too, mental formations will be conditioned by ignorance, if there is no ignorance there will be no future mental formations, this insight knowledge is also subject to destruction, change, dissolution, and cessation. These, monks, are called the seventy-seven objects of knowledge. S.ii.59.

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