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From The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya. Vol. 1, by Bhikkhu Bodhi. 2000: Wisdom Publications. pg. 536.

At Savatthi. "Bhikkhus, I will teach you the wrong way and the right way. Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak."

"Yes, venerable sir," those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed one said this:

"And what bhikkhus, is the wrong way? With ignorance as condition, volitional formations [come to be]; with volitional formations as condition, consciousness....Such is the origin of this whole mass of suffering. This, bhikkhus, is called the wrong way.

"And what bhikkhus, is the right way? With the remainderless fading away and cessation of ignorance comes cessation of volitional formations; with the cessation of volitional formations, cessation of consciousness.....Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering. This, bhikkhus, is called the right way."

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