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SN 12.20 Paccaya Sutta: Requisite Conditions

The Buddha teaches Dependent Origination and adds that someone who has understood it would not run back into the past thinking:

“Did I exist in the past?
Did I not exist in the past?
What was I in the past?
How was I in the past?
Having been what, what did I become in the past?”

That person would not run off to the future with similar questions.

They would not become confused about the present asking:

“Do I exist?
Do I not exist?
What am I?
How am I?
This being - where has it come from and where will it go?”

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