Sn 5.11
Jatukanni-manava-puccha: Jatukannin's Question
translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Hearing that there was a hero — desiring no sensuality, having crossed over the flood — I've come with a question: Tell me the state of peace, O One with quick eyes. O Blessed One, tell me as it actually is. For the Blessed One lives having surpassed sensuality, as the radiant sun, in its radiance, the earth. Limited my discernment, O One whose discernment's profound. Teach me to know the Dhamma, the abandoning here of birth & aging.

[The Buddha:]

Subdue greed for sensual pleasures, & see renunciation as rest. Let there be nothing grasped or rejected by you. Burn up what's before, and have nothing for after. If you don't grasp at what's in between, [1] you will go about, calm. One completely devoid of greed for name & form, brahman, has no effluents by which he would go under Mara's sway.


According to Nd.II, "before" stands for defilements related to the past, "after" for defilements related to the future, and "in between" for the five aggregates — form, feeling, perception, thought-fabrications, sensory consciousness — in the present.