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Nagara Sutta: The City (SN 12.65)
There are no owners of the Dhamma. The Dhamma is timeless, impersonal and cannot be owned by anyone. There are practitioners and teachers of the Dhamma.
Furthermore, the Dhamma is discovered. A fully enlightened Buddha discovers the Dhamma and expounds it.
In the Nagara Sutta, the Buddha teaches how he discovered an ancient Path, the Noble Eightfold Path, and by following it he came to experience the cessation of aging and death (conditioned reality).
"… So too, bhikkhus, I saw the ancient path, the ancient road travelled
by the Perfectly Enlightened Ones of the past. And what
is that ancient path, that ancient road? It is just this Noble
Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech,
right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right
concentration. I followed that path and by doing so I have directly
known aging-and-death, its origin, its cessation, and the way leading to its cessation …"
-- SN 12.65: The City, p. 603, Bodhi transl.
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