The Way to the Beyond

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16: Piṅgiya's Questions

“I am old, without strength, with poor complexion, my eyes are unclear, and hearing is difficult - may I indeed not perish a fool mid-way!The Commentary explains that Piṅgiya was 120 years old. Mid-way refers to what is short of Arahatta.01 Explain the Teaching so that I may know how to give up birth and old age.” [145]

“Having seen people struck down amid forms, and that the heedless are pained amid forms - being heedful, Piṅgiya, must give up form, and not come into existence again.” [146]

“The four directions, the four intermediate directions, above and below: in these ten directions, there is nothing for you that is unseen, unheard, unsensed, or uncognized in the world! Explain the Teaching so that I may know the complete giving up of birth and old age.” [147]

“Seeing human beings, victims of craving, are tormented, and overcome by decay - being heedful, Piṅgiya, you must give up craving and not come into existence again.” [148]