Sutta Nipāta 5.14

The Way to the Beyond

The Young Man Udaya’s Questions

“To the meditator who sits dust-free,” said venerable Udaya,
“with duty-done, pollutant-free,
who is perfect in all things, I have come in need with a question:
please tell of freedom through knowledge, the breaking up of ignorance.”

“The giving up of sensual desire, Udaya,” said the Gracious One,
“and of sorrow, these two,
the dispelling of sloth, and the constraint of worry about wrong-doing.

“Purity through equanimity and mindfulness, preceded by thought of impermanent things,
this I call freedom through knowledge, the breaking up of ignorance.”

“By what is the world fettered?” said venerable Udaya,
“By what does it roam about?
By completely giving up what thing is there what is called Nibbāna?”

“The world is fettered by enjoyment, Udaya,” said the Gracious One,
“it roams about through reflections.
By completely giving up craving there is what is called Nibbāna.”

“For he who lives mindfully, how is it consciousness ceases?
We have come to ask the Gracious One, therefore may we hear your word.”

“Without rejoicing over feeling on the inside or outside—
for he who lives mindfully in this way, consciousness ceases.”

The Young Man Udaya’s Questions are Finished