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With the cessation of contact, feeling ceases. With the cessation of feeling, craving ceases. With the cessation of craving, grasping ceases. With the cessation of grasping, becoming ceases. With the cessation of becoming, birth ceases. With the cessation of birth, ageing and death together with sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair, cease. Thus, does this entire bundle of suffering cease. ‡†‡‡†‡ 46 Upasamànussati Recollection of Peace Aniccà vata sankhàrà. Uppàda-vaya-dhammino. Uppajjitvà nirujhanti.

Adinnàdàna veramanã sikkhàpadaü samàdiyàmi. I take the precept to refrain from stealing or cheating. ) Kàmesu micchàcàrà veramanã sikkhàpadaü samàdiyàmi. I take the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct. ) Musàvàdà veramanã sikkhàpadaü samàdiyàmi. I take the precept to refrain from lying. (I will speak words that are true, gentle, noble and beneficial) Surà-meraya-majja-pamàdatthànà veramanã sikkhàpadaü samàdiyàmi. I take the precept to refrain from taking alcohol and drugs which cause heedlessness.

11. So, one should listen and learn from the wise man who has given up grief. Seeing that a person has passed away and lived out his life, one should understand, “This person has gone on. ” 18. Just as one might extinguish the flames of a burning house with water, so too the wise man, skilful, learned and firm, extinguishes sorrow when it has arisen. He lets go of the grief as the wind that blows away a tuft of cotton. 19. The person who is searching for happiness should pull out the dart that is stuck to his chest, the barb of grieving, of desiring, of despair.

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