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Āhāra

Āhāra (‘food’ or ‘nutrition’). In the Pāli Nikāyas, āhāra sums up the whole teaching of the Buddha in relation to the living being, including the ‘Doctrine of Dependent Origination’, paticca-samuppāda. The basic perception is that ‘all beings live on food’ (sabbe sattā āhāraṭṭhitika, Digha Nikāya iii. 211). This statement covers the whole nature of a living organism, which depends not only on material food but also psychic food, for its sustenance.

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