Chapter Twenty-Five: Analysis of the Transcendence of Suffering

 
 
 
If all of this were empty,
Nothing would arise or be destroyed.
Which elimination and cessation is it
That you assert leads to the transcendence of suffering? [25.1]

If all of this were not empty,
Nothing would arise or be destroyed.
Which elimination and cessation is it
That you assert leads to the transcendence of suffering? [25.2]

No elimination and no attainment,
No annihilation and no permanence,
No cessation and no arising-
This is termed the transcendence of suffering. [25.3]

Now, the transcendence of suffering is not an entity,
For it would then be characterized by aging and death.
There is no entity that is free
From aging and death. [25.4]

If the transcendence of suffering were an entity,
The transcendence of suffering would be conditioned.
An entity that is not conditioned
Does not exist anywhere at all. [25.5]

If the transcendence of suffering were an entity,
Why would it not be dependent?
An entity that is not dependent
Does not exist al all. [25.6]

If the transcendence of suffering is not an enitity,
How could it be a nonentity?
When the transcedence of suffering is not an entity,
Neither is it a nonentity. [25.7]

If the transcendence of suffering is not an enitity,
Why would it not be dependent?
Indeed, there is no nonentity at all
That is not dependent. [25.8]

Entities that come and go
Are dependent and caused
Their being independent and not caused
Is taught to be the transcendence of suffering [25.9]

The Teacher has declared
The abandonment of arising and disintegration.
Thus, it makes sense that the transcendence of suffering
Is not an entity or a nonentity. [25.10]

If the transcendence of suffering
Were both entity and nonentity,
Entity and nonentity would be liberation,
Yet this does not make sense. [25.11]

If the transcendence of suffering
Were both entity and nonentity,
The transcendence of suffering would not be independent,
Because these two are dependent. [25.12]

How could the transcendence of suffering
Be both entity and nonentity?
The transcendence of suffering is unconditioned,
Entity and nonentity are conditioned. [25.13]

How could the transcendence of suffering
Possess both entity and nonentity?
These two cannot coexist,
Just like light and darkness. [25.14]

The teaching that the transcendence of suffering
Is neither entity nor nonentity
Would be established
If entity and nonentity were established. [25.15]

If the transcendence of suffering
Were neither entity nor nonentity,
Who would perceive that
“It is neither entity nor nonentity?” [25.16]

When the Transcendent Conqueror has gone beyond,
He is not perceived as “existent.”
Nor as “nonexistent,”
As “both,” or as “neither.” [25.17]

Even as the Transcendent Conqueror remains,
He is not perceived as “existent”
Nor as “nonexistent,”
As “both,” or as “neither.” [25.18]

Cyclic existence is not the slightest bit
Different from the transcendence of suffering
Transcendence of suffering is not the slightest bit
Different from cyclic existence. [25.19]

That which is the condition of transcendence
Is the condition of cyclic existence as well.
Between these two there is not
The slightest bit of difference. [25.20]

Views of what follows the passing, of the finite and so on,
Along with these on permanence and so forth,
Are based on the transcendence of suffering,
The limit of the future, and the limit of the past. [25.21]

When all things are empty,
What is finite and what is infinite?
What is both finite and infinite?
What is neither finite and infinite? [25.22]

What is identical and what is different?
What is permanent, what is impermanent?
What is both permanent and impermanent?
What is neither permanent and impermanent? [25.23]

Complete pacification of all observations,
The complete pacification of constructs, peace-
Nowhere did the Buddha teach
Any Dharma to anyone at all. [25.24]         
<- Prev  Next ->

 

 

19 20 21 | 22 23 | 24 25 26 27

 

  Internet Teaching  |   Prayer Book