The Annihilation Of Suffering





And the Buddha said: "What, my friends, is evil?



"Killing is evil; stealing is evil; yielding to sexual passion is

evil; lying is evil; slandering is evil; abuse is evil; gossip is

evil; envy is evil; hatred is evil; to cling to false doctrine is

evil; all these things, my friends, are evil.



"And what, my friends, is the root of evil?



"Desire is the root of evil; hatred is the root of evil; illusion

is the root of evil; these things are the root of evil.



"What, however, is good?



"Abstaining from killing is good; abstaining from theft is good;

abstaining from sensuality is good; abstaining from falsehood is

good; abstaining from slander is good; suppression of unkindness

is good; abandoning gossip is good; letting go all envy is good;

dismissing hatred is good; obedience to the truth is good; all

these things are good.



"And what, my friends, is the root of the good?



"Freedom from desire is the root of the good; freedom from hatred

and freedom from illusion; these things, my friends, are the root

of the good.



"What, however, O brethren, is suffering? What is the origin of

suffering? What is the annihilation of suffering?



"Birth is suffering; old age is suffering; disease is suffering;

death is suffering; sorrow and misery are suffering; affliction

and despair are suffering; to be united with loathsome things is

suffering; the loss of that which we love and the failure in

attaining that which is longed for are suffering; all these

things, O brethren, are suffering.



"And what, O brethren, is the origin of suffering?



"It is lust, passion, and the thirst for existence that yearns

for pleasure everywhere, leading to a continual rebirth! It is

sensuality, desire, selfishness; all these things, O brethren,

are the origin of suffering.



"And what is the annihilation of suffering?



"The radical and total annihilation of this thirst and the

abandonment, the liberation, the deliverance from passion, that,

O brethren, is the annihilation of suffering.



"And what, O brethren, is the path that leads to the annihilation

of suffering?



"It is the holy eightfold path that leads to the annihilation of

suffering, which consists of, right views, right decision, right

speech, right action, right living, right struggling, right

thoughts, and right meditation.



"In so far, O friends, as a noble youth thus recognizes suffering

and the origin of suffering, as he recognizes the annihilation of

suffering, and walks on the path that leads to the annihilation

of suffering, radically forsaking passion, subduing wrath,

annihilating the vain conceit of the "I-am," leaving ignorance,

and attaining to enlightenment, he will make an end of all

suffering even in this life."





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