So I have heard. At one time the Fortunate One was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the Fortunate One was educating, encouraging, firing up, and inspiring the practitioners with a Dharma talk about nirvana. And those practitioners were paying heed, paying attention, engaging wholeheartedly, and lending an ear.

Then, understanding this matter, on that occasion the Fortunate One expressed this heartfelt sentiment:

“There is, practitioners, an unborn, unproduced, unmade, and unconditioned. If there were no unborn, unproduced, unmade, and unconditioned, then you would find no escape here from the born, produced, made, and conditioned. But since there is an unborn, unproduced, unmade, and unconditioned, an escape is found from the born, produced, made, and conditioned.”


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