The Sutra on Totality


‘Monks, I will teach you the totality of life. Listen, attend carefully to it and it will speak.

What, monks, is totality? It is just the eye with the objects of sight, the ear with the objects of hearing, the nose with the objects of smell, the body with the objects of cognition. This, monks, is called totality.

Now, if anyone were to say, “Aside from this explanation of totality, I will preach another totality,” that person would be speaking empty words, and being questioned would not be able to answer. Why is this? Because that person is talking about something outside of possible knowledge.’

Source: Samyutta Nikaya, Translation: Gil Fronsdal (Teachings of the Buddha, page 57)


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