SN.44.5. Tatiyasāriputtakoṭṭhikasutta ("With Sāriputta and Koṭṭhita, 3rd")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

At one time Venerable Sāriputta and Venerable Mahākoṭṭhita were staying near Benares, in the deer park at Isipatana. …

(The same down as far as:) “What’s the cause, reverend, what’s the reason why this has not been declared by the Buddha?”

“Reverend, if you’re not rid of greed, desire, fondness, thirst, passion, and craving for form … feeling … perception … choices … consciousness, you think ‘a Realized One exists after death’ … ‘a Realized One neither exists nor doesn’t exist after death.’

If you are rid of greed for form … feeling … perception … choices … consciousness, you don’t think ‘a Realized One exists after death’ … ‘a Realized One neither exists nor doesn’t exist after death.’

This is the cause, this is the reason why this has not been declared by the Buddha.”

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