Monday, November 12, 2012
Monday Morning Blues; Body & Soul
Coleman Hawkins • Body & Soul
"From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications... From birth as a requisite condition, then aging-&-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suffering."
When this was said, a certain monk said to the Blessed One: "Which aging & death, lord? And whose is this aging & death?"
"Not a valid question," the Blessed One said. "If one were to ask, 'Which aging & death? And whose is this aging & death?' and if one were to ask, 'Is aging & death one thing, and is this the aging & death of someone/something else?' both of them would have the same meaning, even though their words would differ. When there is the view that the soul is the same as the body, there isn't the leading of the holy life. And when there is the view that the soul is one thing and the body another, there isn't the leading of the holy life. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata points out the Dhamma in between: From birth as a requisite condition comes aging & death."
excerpt from the Avijjapaccaya Sutta: From Ignorance as a Requisite Condition