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Kiµ pan’ ettha åvuso Såriputta sukhaµ, yad ettha natthi vedayitan ti? Etad eva khv ettha åvuso sukhaµ, yad ettha natthi vedayitaµ. (Aπguttara, IX,34) Then the Venerable Såriputta addressed the monks, ‘It is extinction, friends, that is pleasant; it is extinction, friends, that is pleasant.’ When this was said, the Venerable Udåyi said to the Venerable Såriputta, ‘But what, friend Såriputta, is pleasant herein, since herein there is no feeling?’ ‘Just this, friends, is pleasant herein, that herein there is no feeling.’ Thus, neither of the Extinction Elements is stated as containing, or consisting of, all or any of the five aggregates; both are stated in terms of absence of undesirable things; both are permanent and pleasant. Nibbåna then, or extinction, is negative, as ‘minus three oranges’ is negative: but just as there must have been a pile of oranges in the first place before we can say ‘minus three oranges’, so there must have been a living being full of lust, hate, and delusion, before we can say ‘nibbåna’. Nibbåna is not nothing: it is cessation of the process of3 existence. Bhavanirodho nibbånaµ, bhavanirodho nibbånan ti. (Aπguttara, X,7) Extinction is cessation of being! Extinction is cessation of being! And is this not annihilation? So, indeed, it will appear to anyone who believes that there is something permanent and unchanging, a lasting self, to be annihilated: Siyå nu kho bhante ajjhattaµ asati paritassanå ti.—Siyå bhikkh¨ti Bhagavå avoca. Idha bhikkhu ekaccassa evaµ di††hi hoti: So loko so attå, so pecca bhavissåmi nicco dhuvo sassato avipari~åmadhammo, sassati­samaµ tath’ eva †hassåm⁄ti. So su~åti Tathågatassa vå Ta­thå­ ga­ta­såvakassa vå sabbesaµ di††hi††hånådhi††hånå-pariyu††hånå­ bhini­vesånusayånaµ samugghåtåya sabbasaπkhårasamathåya sabb¨padhipa†inissaggåya ta~hakkhayåya virågåya nirodhåya nibbånåya dhammaµ desentassa. Tassa evaµ hoti: Ucchijjissåmi nåma su, vinassissåmi nåma su, na su nåma bhavissåm⁄ti. So socati kila­mati 3.  [‘the process of’ is crossed out in pencil.]

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Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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