We read in the 'Kindred Sayings' (IV, Salāyatana-vagga, Kindred Sayings on
Sense, Second Fifty, Ch. III, par. 81, A brother) about the purpose of the
Buddha's teachings. The text states:
Then a number of monks came to see the Exalted One....
Seated at one side those monks said to the Exalted One:- -
'Now here, lord, the wandering sectarians thus question us:
'What is the object, friend,
for which the holy life is lived under the rule of Gotama the recluse?'
Thus questioned, lord, 'we thus make answer to those wandering sectarians:
'It is for the full knowledge of dukkha
that the holy life is lived under the rule of the Exalted One.
Pray, lord, when, thus questioned, we so make answer,
do we state the views of the Exalted One,
without misrepresenting the Exalted One by stating an untruth?
Do we answer in accordance with his teaching,
so that no one who agrees with his teaching
and follows his views could incur reproach?'
'Truly, monks, when thus questioned, You thus make answer,
you do state my views.. in stating that
it is for the full knowledge of dukkha
that the holy life is lived under my rule.
But if, monks, the wandering sectarians should thus question you:
'But what, friend, is that dukkha,
for the full knowledge of which the holy life is lived
under the rule of Gotama the recluse?'- -
thus questioned you should answer thus:
'The eye, friend, is dukkha.
For the full knowledge of that the holy life is lived...
Objects...that pleasant or unpleasant or indifferent feeling
that arises through mind-contact,- - that also is dukkha.
Fully to know that, the holy life is lived under the rule of the Exalted One.'
Thus questioned, monks, by those wandering sectarians,
thus should You make answer.'
- The object for which the holy life is lived
- Is there a method?
- The purpose of the Buddha's teachings
- Experience an object through one of the six doors
- Experience an object without any doorway
- Some cittas perform many functions through many doors
- Bases and doors have different function
- Cittas and cetasikas arise on the same base
- What is the purpose of understanding