Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Threes

51. Elements

This was said by the Lord …

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

By fully understanding the form element
Without getting stuck in the formless,
They are released into cessation
And leave Death far behind them.

Having touched with his own person
The deathless element free from clinging,
Having realized the relinquishment of clinging
His taints all gone,
The Fully Enlightened One proclaims
The sorrowless state that is void of stain.