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Dhamma Niyama Sutta

The Discourse on the Orderliness of the Dhamma

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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I have heard that at one time the Blessed One was staying in Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's park. There he addressed the monks, saying, "Monks."

"Yes, lord," the monks responded to him.

The Blessed One said, "Whether or not there is the arising of Tathágatas, this property stands -- this steadfastness of the Dhamma, this orderliness of the Dhamma: All processes are inconstant.

"The Tathágata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it forth. He reveals it, explains it, and makes it plain: All processes are inconstant.

"Whether or not there is the arising of Tathágatas, this property stands -- this steadfastness of the Dhamma, this orderliness of the Dhamma: All processes are stressful.

"The Tathágata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it forth. He reveals it, explains it, and makes it plain: All processes are stressful.

"Whether or not there is the arising of Tathágatas, this property stands -- this steadfastness of the Dhamma, this orderliness of the Dhamma: All phenomena are not-self.

"The Tathágata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it forth. He reveals it, explains it, and makes it plain: All phenomena are not-self."

That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, the monks delighted at his words.

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