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Itivuttaka 51 Dhātu Sutta
Elements

The Buddha explains the three types of elements: form element, the formless element, and the element of cessation.

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

“Monks, there are three types of elements. What three? The form element, the formless element, and the element of cessation. Monks, these are the three types of element.”

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

By fully understanding the form element and without getting stuck in the formless element, the Enlightened Ones become liberated from defilements by focusing their minds on ultimate freedom, Nibbāna. They have overcome Māra.

Having touched the deathless-element, Nibbāna, with his body, freed from defilements, having attained the relinquishment of defilements, his stains all gone, the fully enlightened Buddha teaches about the sorrowless, stainless state, Nibbāna.

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

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