Long Āgama Sutra, Vol. 10

Quotes from the Long Āgama Sutra, Vol. 10 


“Ananda! What is meant by ‘Upon the condition of vijñāna (consciousness), name and form (nāmarūpa) become’? If the vijnana does not enter the mother’s womb, would there be name and form?”

Ananda replied, “No.”

“If the vijñāna enters the womb without being born, would there be name and form?”

Ananda answered, “No!”

“If the vijñāna leaves the womb and the fetus decays, would name and form grow?”

Ananda answered, “No!”

“Ananda! Would there be name and form without vijñāna?”

Ananda replied, “No!”

“Ananda! On the basis of these conditions, I know that name and form originate from vijñāna, that vijñāna conditions name and form. This is the principle of what I say.”