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Describing his awakening, the Buddha said: “Coming to be, coming to be! Ceasing to be, ceasing to be! At that thought, monks, there arose in me a vision of things not before called to mind. Knowledge arose–such is form, such is the coming to be of form, such is its passing away. Recognition arose–such is its coming to be, such is its passing away. And the state of abiding in the understanding of arising and passing away–that too arose.”
–Samyutta Nikaya
From “The Pocket Buddha Reader,” edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,

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