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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.”

 

《長阿含經》卷10

 

有一段世尊與阿難尊者間的問答:

【「阿難!緣識有名色,此為何義?若識不入母胎者,有名色不?」答曰:「無也。」「若識入胎不出者,有名色不?」答曰:「無也。」「若識出胎,嬰孩壞敗,名色得增長不?」答曰:「無也。」「阿難!若無識者,有名色不?」答曰:「無也。」「阿難!我以是緣,知名色由識,緣識有名色,我所說者,義在於此。」】