Sutta Nipāta 5.5
The Way to the Beyond
The Young Man Mettagū’s Questions
“I ask you, Gracious One, please tell this to me,” said venerable Mettagū,
“I think you have true understanding, and a developed self—
how have these countless kinds of suffering
arisen for whoever is in the world?”
“You asked me about the origin of suffering, Mettagū,” said the Gracious One,
“as I know it I will declare it to you:
Because of clinging to a basis countless kinds
of suffering originate for whoever is in the world.
“You have proclaimed to us what we asked you about,” said venerable Mettagū,
“another thing we ask, come on, please answer it:
How do the wise ones cross over the flood
of birth, old age, grief, and lamentation?
Please explain this to me, O sage,
for this Teaching has been understood by you.”
“Whatever you know, Mettagū,” said the Gracious One,
“above, below, and across the middle,
dispel the enjoyment of, and settling on, these things,
and consciousness, and one will not remain in existence.
“I greatly rejoice in this, the Great Seer’s word,” said venerable Mettagū,
“O Gotama, well proclaimed is freedom from clinging.
Surely the Gracious One gave up suffering,
for this Teaching has been understood by you.
“You should know the brahmin who has true understanding, Mettagū,” said the Gracious One,
“who has nothing, and is not clinging to sense existence,
for he has surely crossed over the flood,
without hindrance or doubt, he has crossed beyond.
“That man here who is wise, and has true understanding,
who has released the shackle of repeated existence,
he is craving-free, not troubled, not yearning—
he has crossed over birth and old age, I say.”
The Young Man Mettagū’s Questions are Finished