The Bouddha speaks : Samyutta Nikaya

Sorrow is  suffering brought about by myself alone good Buddha?” asked Kassapa.
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then by another?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then both together, myself and another?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then is it brought about by chance?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then is there no suffering?”
“No, Kassapa, it is not that there is no suffering. For there is suffering.”
“Well then, perhaps you neither know nor see it, Buddha.”
“It is not that I don’t know suffering or don’t see it. I know it well and see it.”

“But to all my questions, good Buddha, you have answered no—and yet you say you know suffering and see it. Please teach me about it.”

“Kassapa, there are two wrong views. One says that oneself is the entire author of a deed and all consequent suffering one brings upon oneself and this is so from the beginning of time. The other says that it is deeds by other people that bring about one’s own suffering.

You should avoid both these views, Kassapa. Here we teach another way. All deeds, wether your own or another’s are conditionned by ignorance and that is the origin of this whole mass of suffering. By ending that ignorance in youself, and by way of yourself in others, wisdom comes into being and the suffering ceases. »

Samyutta Nikaya

from : The Bouddha speaks (edited by Anne Bancroft)

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