Book XX. The Path, Magga Vagga

XX. 4. Unreality Text: N iii. 406-407.01


(4. So also goes the story relating to the Third Stanza.)

Only on this occasion the Exalted One, knowing that in a previous state of existence these monks had devoted themselves to meditation on the Characteristic of Unreality, said to them, “Monks, the Elements of Being are not self-determining, and are therefore unreal.” So saying, he pronounced the following Stanza, {3.407}

279. “Unreal are all existing things.”
With wisdom who perceives this fact,
Straightway becomes contemptuous of suffering.
This is the Way of Salvation.