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The Experience of Change uproots Egoism!

At Savatthi the blessed Buddha said:
Bhikkhus, when the perception of impermanence is developed & cultivated,
then it eliminates all sense desire, it eliminates all lust for becoming into
something else, it also eliminates all ignorance, and finally it uproots even
this deep self-deception that "I Am"...
Just as, bhikkhus, in the autumn, when the sky is ultra clear and cloudless,
then the rising sun dispels all darkness from all the space wherever it shines,
so too when the perception of impermanence is developed and cultivated,
then it eliminates all sense desire, it eliminates lust for renewed becoming
into something new, and it also evaporates and eliminates all ignorance...
Finally it even uproots this core conceit that "I Exist"!
And how, bhikkhus, is perception of impermanence developed & cultivated
so that it eliminates all sense desire, lust for becoming, ignorance & egoism?
It is by noting, seeing, reflecting repeatedly upon & thus understanding that:
Such is form, such is the arising of form, such is the ceasing of form..
Such is feeling, such is the arising of feeling, such is the ceasing of feeling..
Such is perception, such is the arising of perception, such is its cessation..
Such is construction, such is the arising of construction, & such its ceasing.
Such is consciousness, such is the arising of consciousness, & such its ceasing.
That is how the perception of impermanence is developed and cultivated so
that it eliminates all sense desire, all lust for becoming something else,
all ignorance, and so that it finally uproots this conceit that "I Am"...


Causes cause emergence when present, while ceasing when they are absent:
Body is caused by food, ignorance, form lust, & intention resulting in form.
Feeling arises from contact, ignorance, desire for feeling, & prior intention.
Perception is caused by contact, ignorance, lust for perception, and kamma.
Mental Construction arises caused by contact, past ignorance, desire for
mental construction, and prior intention = kamma resulting in construction.
The causes of consciousness are mentality-&-materiality, prior ignorance,
desire for being conscious, and kammic intention resulting in consciousness.
Ignorance is Not Knowing: Suffering, Craving as the cause of Suffering,
No Craving as the End of Suffering, and the Noble Way to end Suffering...
Ignorance is thus Not Knowing the 4 Noble Truths...

Whether going along, above, across or back, wherever he goes in this world
let him carefully scrutinize the arising and ceasing of all constructed things...
Itivuttaka 120

More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Transient_formations.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Impermanence_Anicca.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Internal_Transience.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_External_Transience.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Impermanence.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Contemplating_Impermanence_2.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Experiencing_Universal_Transience.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya 22:102 III 155-7
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/sn/index.html

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