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Itivuttaka 49 Diṭṭhigata Sutta
Overcome by Views

The Buddha explains how some humans and gods adhere and overreach but only the wise see the true nature of life.

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

“Monks, overcome by two views, some gods and humans adhere and some overreach; only those who are wise see the true nature with wisdom.

And how, monks, do some adhere? Monks, gods, and humans are stuck in existence, delight in existence, and enjoy existence. When the Dhamma is taught to them for the sake of the cessation of existence their minds do not take to it, are not pleased with it, do not settle on it, and they do not place confidence in the teaching. Monks, this is how some adhere.

How, monks, do some overreach? Some are troubled, ashamed, and disgusted by this very same existence and delight in non-existence (the view of extinction) thinking, “oh dear friends, how wonderful it is, that at the break-up of the body, after death, if this life is annihilated, destroyed, and does not exist after death—this is peaceful, this is excellent, this is reality!” Monks, this is how some overreach.

How, monks, do those who are wise see the true nature with wisdom?

In this case, a monk sees what has come to be dependent on causes as to be what has come to be dependent on causes. Having seen what has come to be as what has come to be, he practices for disenchantment, dispassion, and cessation of what has come to be. Monks, this is how those who are wise see the true nature with wisdom.”

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

Those, having seen what has come to be as what has come to be, pass beyond what has come to be. As a result of seeing things as they really are, they become liberated through the destruction of craving for existence.

The monk who has fully understood the five groups of clinging that have come to be is freed from craving for existence and non-existence. Since he has destroyed what has come to be, he never returns to repeated existence.

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

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