4 summaries

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Four summaries of the Dhamma:

1. Life in any world is unstable, it is swept away: this is the first summary of the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees, accomplished and fully enlightened. Knowing and seeing and hearing this, I went forth from the home life into homelessness.

2. Life in any world has no shelter and no protector: this is the second summary of the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees.

3. Life in any world has nothing of its own; one has to leave all and pass on: this is the third summary of the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees ...

4. Life in any world is incomplete, insatiate, the slave of of craving: this is the fourth summary of the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One who knows and sees.

(from Majjhima Nikaya 82)

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