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it turns out (see M. 9) that only the ariyasåvaka sees the foundation of ethics, so ethics have a transcendental (lokuttara) origin and justification. Besides, nibbåna is, precisely, the end of ethics. All personal existence (‘I am’) is ethical, since all action is either good or evil. Nibbåna is beyond good and evil. [The first and most important way to reach N. is by means of the eightfold Path]: Is there any other way? [N. is the untranslatable expression of the Unspeakable] ‘untranslatable’ u/l: Why? The translation is ‘extinction’. [cp. the simile of extinction of the flame which may be said to pass from a visible state into a state which cannot be defined] ‘state … defined’ u/l: Nonsense—the flame is extinguished, and so is the arahat. [årogya-paramå låbhå nibbånam paramam sukham … “N. is a higher bliss than the acquisition of perfect health …”]: No. årogya here is a synonym for nibbåna, and does not refer to bodily health. ‘(Mental) health is the highest gain, extinction is the highest bliss, etc.’ Nimitta [animitta]: Animitta cetosamådhi is possibly equivalent to saññåvedayitanirodha. M. iii,107-8; A. iii,397; iv,78; S. iv,268. (A. iv,78 restricts it to ariyas. A. iii,397 allows it to sotåpannas and sakadågåm⁄s—who can still be a prey to råga. S. iv,268 and M. iii,107 put it after nevasaññånåsaññå.) This identification is perhaps doubtful—will not cetosamådhi also have ceased? The usual interpretation, that it is equivalent to phalasamåpatti (not, I think, a Sutta expression), may be correct. Niratta (1) [soulless; view of soullessness or unsubstantiality]: NO—denial of self or soul, i.e. ucchedadi††hi, is not the same as anattå. Paccaya [I.e. paccaya became synonymous with our “relation”, understood in a causal sense, hetu meaning condition, causal antecedent, and 23 other relations being added as special modes of causality. Later still these 24 were held as reducible to 4]: A wholly misc(h)ievous and misleading development. [-åkåra]: Structure of conditions. Pañca [When Gotama said that his “religion” would last 500 years he meant that it would last a very long time,


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