Points of Controversy
17.5. Of “save only the Ariyan Path”
Theravādin: Then you call the Cause of Suffering also Suffering? If you deny, you cannot maintain your proposition. If you assent, do you mean that there are but three Truths? If you deny, your proposition falls. If you assent, do you not contradict the words of the Exalted One, that the Truths are four—Suffering, Cause of Suffering, Cessation of Suffering, Way going to the Cessation of Suffering?
Theravādin: But the Ariyan Path, is that impermanent?
Theravādin: Then is not that also Suffering?…
You say then that the Path is impermanent but not Suffering, while the Cause of Suffering is both impermanent and Suffering. It is impossible for you to maintain such a position… .