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Itivuttaka 43 Ajāta Sutta
The Unborn

The Buddha explains Nibbāna; how it is the ultimate freedom and the cessation of all suffering.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard:

“Monks, there is an unborn (by causes), unformed, unmade (by anyone), unconditioned thing (Nibbāna, the ultimate freedom). If, monks, there were not that unborn (by causes), unformed, unmade (by anyone), unconditioned thing (Nibbāna), there would not be any escape from suffering, which is a born, formed, made, and conditioned thing. But, monks, because there is an unborn (by causes), unformed, unmade (by anyone), and unconditioned thing (Nibbāna, the ultimate freedom), therefore, there is an escape from what is born, formed, made, and conditioned (suffering).

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

Everything that has been born, formed, produced, made, and conditioned is undoubtedly impermanent, bound with aging and death, like a nest of diseases, and is certainly perishable. This life has arisen from craving for four types of nutriment. It is not fit to take delight in this life, thinking, “This I am, this is mine.”

The escape from the five groups of clinging is absolutely peaceful, beyond reasoning, permanent, unborn, unproduced, sorrowless, and stainless. Nibbāna, the ultimate freedom, is the cessation of all suffering. There, the stilling of all conditioned things is extremely blissful.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 43 Ajāta Sutta: The Unborn

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