What is the classical commentarial understanding of the Bahiyasutta Ud 1.10?

Specifically this part:

“Therefore, Bāhiya, this is how you are to train yourself:

“In the seen, there will be just the seen.

In the heard, there will be just the heard.

In the sensed2, there will be just the sensed.

In the cognized, there will be just the cognized.

This, Bāhiya, is how you are to train yourself.

Bāhiya, when it is like this for you –

In the seen, there is just the seen,

In the heard, there is just the heard,

In the sensed, there is just the sensed,

In the cognized, there is just the cognized –

Then, Bāhiya, there will be no ‘you’ in terms of this.

When there is no ‘you’ in terms of this,

Then there is no ‘you’ there;

When there is no ‘you’ there,

There is no ‘you’ here, or beyond, or in between.

Just this is the end of suffering.”

Then while the Blessed One was teaching this brief Dhamma teaching to Bāhiya, Bāhiya‘s mind was liberated from the corruptions by means of non-attachment. After the Blessed One had instructed Bāhiya with this brief instruction, he left. And not long after the Blessed One left, a young cow encountered Bāhiya and killed him.

I roughly remember it as something close to follows, until I or someone quote the relavant commentary passages later.

In the Khandas there is just the Khandas.
No Person/You.

That is why the next sentence goes as below.

I remember the Abhidhamma scholars say that Bahiya sutta is not about “Passive/mere Observation without reactions” as some modern people use to interpret.


This is the Commentary to the Bahiya sutta translated by Peter Masefield
bahiya commentary from udana-part1-Copy.pdf (6.3 MB)

bahiya commentary from udana-part2.pdf (6.0 MB)

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Thanks! Much appreciated!

Thanks much! Are all the commentaries translated now? Or is this from a collection of selections that have been translated?

A number of Commentaries are fully translated but there remain many untranslated.

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Do you know the names of them? Where are they available in print or digital?

the translations are in red.
Also see Bhikkhu Bodhi’s wonderful sutta translations with Commentaries and tikas (e.g the brahamajala sutta). Plus he gives notes with some Commentaries to Majhimma nikaya , samyutta nikaya and anguttara nikya.


Wow!.. pts actually updated their website with a modern interface!

Thanks! I may be misunderstanding something, or having an error, but the page looks likenit should have hyper links, yet I can only actually click on the Vinaya commentary.