Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Threes

55. Search (2)

This was said by the Lord…

“Bhikkhus, there are these three kinds of search…”

Sensual search, the search for being,
The search for a holy life of one
Who takes his stand upon a view
And holds it tightly as the truth—
These are heapings of defilements.

For a bhikkhu wholly dispassionate
And freed by the destruction of craving,
Searches have been relinquished
And uprooted the standpoint of views.
With the destruction of searches a bhikkhu
Is free from desire and doubt.