Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

2. The Sense Fields

6. Not Knowing

1. Thus I have heard:[1] One time, the Buddha was staying at Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park in Jeta’s Grove of Śrāvastī.

2. It was then that the Bhagavān addressed the monks, “If you don’t know or understand and don’t stop or become free of desire for the eye, it’s not possible to correctly end suffering. The ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind are likewise.

3. “Monks, if you know and understand and stop and become free of desire for the eye, it’s possible to correctly end suffering. If you know and understand and stop and become free of desire for the eye … nose … tongue … body … mind, it’s possible to correctly end suffering.”

4. After the Buddha spoke this sūtra, the monks who heard what the Buddha taught rejoiced and approved.

Notes

  1. This sūtra has a similar formula as SN 35.26-27. Note that the Pali parallels treat the eighteen elements as a totality, whereas this Chinese sūtra is equivalent to SĀ 1.6. [back]

Translator: Charles Patton

Last Revised: 13 April 2021